Chinese-owned MG is growing fast. Its cars might still lag a little behind the established names, but that simply means they offer great value for money.

The GS is a perfect case in point. It’d be optimistic to call it a cut-price Qashqai, but it’s a decent steer out on the road and if you can get past badge snobbery it won’t disappoint.

So if you fancy getting in on the MG revolution fairly early on, we’ve put together a guide to getting yourself a GS crossover – whatever your budget.

The smart choice for those on a budget: MG GS Explore

You’d be forgiven for thinking that an entry-level MG would be something to steer clear of, but to be fair to the GS’s cheapest variant there’s some decent kit for your money.

On the outside there are 17-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights to add a little European bling to the quirky Chinese styling.

Once out on the road, drivers can take advantage of hill-hold assist, automatic headlights, cruise control and air conditioning.

There’s only one engine available, a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit that makes 164bhp with a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s no problem that there’s a lack of choice, though, because it’s a pleasant, thrummy little engine that returns about 45mpg on the combined cycle.

The MG GS Explore is available from £14,995.

The smart choice for value for money: MG GS Excite

If you’re looking for value for money, the mid-range Excite model offers extra kit for just a few thousand extra pounds.

The only major exterior upgrade available over the base model is LED tail lamps. However, the driver benefits from rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

Inside there are a few additions to improve comfort and convenience, including a leather steering wheel with audio controls and automatic air conditioning. The infotainment system is also upgraded with DAB radio, Bluetooth and Mirror Link mobile phone connectivity.

The MG GS Excite starts at £17,495.

The smart choice for technophiles: MG GS Exclusive

For the top-spec model, there’s no extra engine options but there is the addition of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It reduces top speed from 118mph to 112 and reduces fuel economy from 46.3mpg to 45.5.

However, it improves driveability, so if the extra £1,500 premium it commands sounds reasonable it’s definitely worth a try.

Further improvements over the Excite trim include 18-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights and rain-sensing automatic windscreen wipers. The interior benefits from foldable and adjustable rear seats.

The MG GS Exclusive starts at £19,495 for the manual and £20,995 for the automatic.