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Review: MG4 EV – Performance, Features, and Verdict

The MG4 EV is an affordable electric car option, even cheaper than MG’s other electric models like the MG5 and MG ZS EV. Despite its budget-friendly price, it offers impressive features, including strong acceleration, a comfortable interior, and a range comparable to more expensive rivals like the Cupra Born and Renault Megane E-Tech. The MG4 has several versions: SE, Long Range, XPower, and Extended Range, each with different battery capacities and performance metrics. While it boasts ample front space and decent rear accommodation, its interior quality and infotainment system have drawbacks. Overall, it’s a cost-effective EV with good value, despite some weaknesses in comfort and materials.

Introducing the MG4 EV: A Game Changer in Affordable Electric Cars

Think electric cars are too expensive? Well, think again! The MG4 EV is actually cheaper than many petrol or hybrid equivalents. Surprisingly, it even undercuts other electric offerings from MG, such as the MG5 and MG ZS EV, both known for their value-oriented pricing.

But what does this affordable price point mean for features like range, interior space, and equipment? Let’s dive in to find out.

Performance & Drive

What it’s Like to Drive: Acceleration and Quietness

Strengths

  • Strong acceleration (especially in the XPower)
  • Impressive range
  • Reassuring brake pedal

Weaknesses

  • Relatively noisy on the motorway
  • Rivals are more comfortable

There are four versions of the MG4 EV, three of which sport a single electric motor driving the rear wheels. The entry-level SE model, with a 50.8kWh battery, offers an official range of 218 miles and achieves 0-62mph in just 7.7 seconds. Given its value, it’s our top recommendation.

The Long Range model boosts power with a 201bhp electric motor and a 61.7kWh battery, delivering an impressive real-world range of 253 miles in summer conditions. However, in winter, this drops to 196 miles.

For those craving speed, the MG4 XPower is the go-to. It features an additional motor, delivering a whopping 429bhp, allowing it to sprint from 0-60mph in just 3.6 seconds. However, its efficiency takes a hit due to its additional weight and stickier tires.

Finally, the Extended Range version, with a 77kWh battery, offers the longest range at 323 miles, making it ideal for longer journeys. Its acceleration is brisk, achieving 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds.

Braking and Regenerative Settings

All MG4 versions come with five regenerative braking settings, allowing for one-pedal driving. The brake pedal itself feels well-judged, adding to the smooth driving experience. However, the high-performance XPower model can experience overheating brakes under intense use.

Interior: Layout, Fit, and Finish

Strengths

  • Electric seat adjustment on pricier versions
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard
  • No adjustable lumbar support

Weaknesses

  • Interior feels cheap
  • Fiddly infotainment system

The driving position isn’t perfect; the steering wheel is slightly offset, and there’s no adjustable lumbar support. Higher trims like Trophy and XPower feature six-way electric adjustments, which offer better comfort.

Visibility is generally good, though the rear view suffers from a shallow windscreen. Top trims include a 360-degree parking camera to assist. The climate control functions are managed through a 10.25-inch touchscreen, which can be distracting.

Fortunately, all versions come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for phone mirroring, easing navigation and media playing.

Passenger & Boot Space: Practicality

Strengths

  • Plenty of space in the front
  • Better rear space than a Renault Megane E-Tech
  • Height-adjustable boot floor on some trims

Weaknesses

  • Smaller boot than rivals
  • Cupra Born has comfier rear seats

In the front, the MG4 EV offers ample space and storage options like a central cubby and lidded compartment. Rear space is generous, accommodating tall passengers comfortably.

However, its boot space falls short compared to rivals like the Cupra Born and Renault Megane E-Tech. While it’s functional, fitting five carry-on suitcases, rivals manage to store more. Except for the entry-level SE, all trims have a height-adjustable boot floor, adding practicality.

Buying & Owning: Costs, Reliability, and Safety

Strengths

  • Cheap to buy outright or on PCP finance
  • Plenty of standard kit
  • Long warranty

Weaknesses

  • Worrying reliability
  • No centre rear head restraint

The MG4 EV is one of the most affordable electric cars available, with even the top versions priced competitively against entry-level rivals. It also depreciates slower than cars like the Cupra Born and Renault Megane E-Tech, which is excellent news for finance payments.

For the best value, opt for the entry-level SE trim with the smallest battery. Higher trims add features like heated seats and a 360-degree camera but may not provide the same value for money.

All models include essential safety features like automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assistance. The top trims add advanced safety tech like blind-spot monitoring and lane-change assistance.

Charging Capabilities

The Standard Range supports up to 117kW charging, allowing a 10-80% top-up in less than 40 minutes. The Long Range version can accept 135kW, reducing this time to around 35 minutes. Even more powerful charging speeds are available for the Extended Range and XPower versions.

Reliability and Warranty

The MG brand scored poorly in recent reliability surveys. However, the MG4 EV includes a seven-year warranty (up to 80,000 miles), which is competitive, edge only by a few rivals like Kia.

Conclusion

The MG4 EV blends affordability with impressive range and features. While it has some weaknesses, particularly in terms of interior quality and reliability, its value proposition is hard to beat. Whether you prioritize cost, range, or performance, there’s an MG4 version that should fit your needs.


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FAQs

How much does the MG4 cost in the UK?

The MG4 is one of the most affordable electric cars on the market, priced similarly to entry-level VW Golfs. Check the latest prices on our new MG deals page.

Does the MG4 have a heat pump?

No, the MG4 isn’t available with a heat pump in the UK, and it’s not an optional add-on either.

What are the dimensions of the MG4?

The MG4 measures 4,287mm in length, 2,060mm in width (including mirrors), and 1,504mm in height, classifying it as a small electric car.

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