A car that expertly straddles the old with the new, our MGF for hire provides all the thrills of a well honed sports machine at a superb value price. Looking resplendent in it’s classic British Racing Green with white dials and being of the higher performing VVC variety, it’s both fun and easy to drive in town and country, offering a real stand out experience from its more common Japanese rivals.
Features and Specification
What's she like to drive?
Cheap doesn’t mean cheerful with us, it means fan-bloomin’-tastic fun, fun, fun! This is one eager little puppy, the model with the high revving, more grunty VVC engine that distinguishes it from the more common or garden MGFs. Turn into and around corners is fantastic, which despite it having electric assisted power steering has superb feel, and just makes you all the more eager for the next corner. You’d think the gear change in a mid engine car would feel notchy and remote but once warmed up it doesn’t. It had a lot of engineering expertise put into it to compete with the best and get MG back on the real sports cars map. And in it’s late 90s day, it frequently and perhaps surprisingly trumped the rival BMW Z3s, MX5s and Alfa Spiders, (smaller engined varieties than our V6 that is) in road tests, with Car Magazine concluding “not only does the job better than it’s rivals, it has actually redefined the job. It does brilliantly what a sports car should do.”
What do I need to get used to?
The MGF is pretty modern and nimble, designed to be a sports car from the ground up but it’s supreme cornering chuck-ability does come at the price of a pretty firm ride. It’s superb handling balance is also attributable to the mid engine layout sitting just behind your seats, so it might feel a bit novel to hear revs rising just behind your ears, but it’s not intrusive. And believe us, you’ll want to hear them as past 4000 the VVC engine gives a seriously scintillating shove in the back. Finally if you’re over 6 foot 3, you’ll be wanting to put the roof down a fair bit to hear them all the more, as you’ll likely be a bit close to the roof’s exposed metal framework. We have however made adjustments to the drivers seat to ensure everyone under that height is comfortably accommodated, even without an adjustable steering wheel.
What about safety and reliability?
An MG convertible with electric windows and air conditioning?! Good grief, whatever lily livered luxuries will they think of next? Well several airbags and ABS brakes to boot in this MGF actually. She’s regularly serviced, has had a fair bit of attention spent ensuring things are as they should be, and has to pass the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) test required for rental cars every 6 months.
What condition is she in?
Pretty good for the model, though we have to admit the “Above all, it’s a Rover” slogan used by the parent company was pushing the advertising boundaries a bit. The quality of the fixtures and fittings are definitely in a lower league than our other 90s cars, the rear screen is plastic although newly replaced so visibility is excellent, the plastics are definitely plastic, and the fabric roof doesn’t go up and down by itself. This MGF is a relatively low mileage model at under 55000 km though, so you’ll find the interior and paintwork are pretty smart and the engine not in the least bit tired.
How much luggage can fit?
A fair amount, but as per all our cars we recommend you pack multiple soft luggage items, not a single large hard case. The boot dimensions are a fairly useful 100 L x 32 W x 44 D (cm)
How fast will she go Mister?
Quite fast enough…..let’s say whilst in straight line acceleration the XK8 would leave it standing, on a twisting mountain pass the MGF would easily be king of the hill….
How would a certain Mr Clarkson describe it?
“….the MGF scores a solid 10 out of 10 for desirability….a round of applause for Rover….”
And the RentAClassic description for the MGF?
“…a British sports car that you won’t want to Brexit…..“