The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Although dummy readings were good, there was insufficient pressure in the airbag to prevent the driver's head from making contact, through the fabric of the airbag, with the rim of the steering wheel. The car was penalised for this 'bottoming out' of the airbag. Dummy readings indicated a high load for the driver's left femur, and the steering column adjuster lever was broken during the impact. In the side barrier impact, dummy readings of rib compression indicated marginal protection of the driver's chest. In the side pole impact, protection of the chest and abdomen was adequate. The seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. The MG6 is currently on sale only in the UK. MG showed that a left hand drive car would offer similar levels of adult occupant protection.
In the frontal impact, forward movement of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive. In the side impact, both the 3 year and the 18 month dummies were properly contained by the shells of their restraints, minimising the likelihood of dangerous head contacts. The passenger airbag can be disabled by means of a switch to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear and the system was not rewarded. The MG6 is currently sold only in the UK. For this market, the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint without first disabling the passenger airbag are clearly described.
The bumper provided good protection to pedestrians' legs in all areas tested, and scored maximum points. However, the front edge of the bonnet offered poor protection and scored no points. In most areas tested, the bonnet provided poor protection to the head of a struck pedestrian.
Electronic stability control is standard equipment, and the system met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is fitted as standard for the driver and front passenger seating positions. A speed limitation device is not offered on the MG6.