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Review of the MG Cyberster: A Comprehensive Look at Performance and Features

The MG Cyberster is a nostalgic nod to the brand’s classic roadsters like the MGA, MGB, and MGF, yet it stands as a modern, fully electric vehicle (EV) with a futuristic design. With no direct EV competitors, it’s compared to petrol sports cars like the BMW Z4 and Porsche 718 Boxster. The Cyberster offers two models: the entry-level Trophy with 335bhp and 316 miles of range, and the GT with 503bhp and 276 miles of range. Despite its performance, the Cyberster feels more like a grand tourer. Interior quality and practicality are impressive, but some interface issues exist. It’s competitively equipped, though MG’s reliability is uncertain.

The MG Cyberster: Cranking Up the Future of Sports Cars

Introduction

What Car? says…

In a sense, the MG Cyberster represents a wistful look back to the glory days of the brand. That’s because this is a convertible two-seat sports car (or roadster, if you prefer), just like the MGA, MGB, and MGF. However, the Cyberster is thoroughly modern in concept. It looks very different from anything in MG’s back catalog (no retro styling here), has a name that could have been chosen by Elon Musk, and, most importantly, is a fully electric car.

The fact that it is an electric vehicle (EV) makes it difficult to position, as there are currently no other battery-powered cars for us to compare to the Cyberster. A new electric Porsche Boxster is on the way in 2025, and we’re crossing our fingers that the much-delayed Tesla Roadster will finally go into production.

If you just want a sporty convertible and don’t care whether it’s powered by electricity or gasoline, indirect rivals of the Cyberster include the BMW Z4 and the existing Porsche 718 Boxster. Read on to find out how we rate the MG Cyberster against the best sports cars…

Performance and Drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Forces

  • Wildly fast GT
  • Good wind protection except for six feet

Weaknesses

  • Not the most nimble roadster
  • Drive safely at all speeds

The entry-level MG Cyberster is called the Trophy and has a 335bhp electric motor driving its rear wheels, giving it an official 0-62mph time of 5.0 seconds. The other option – and the only version we’ve driven so far – is the Cyberster GT, which has a second electric motor driving its front wheels and a total of 503 bhp. Acceleration is downright brutal (0-62mph in 3.2 seconds) and will leave any BMW Z4 or Porsche 718 Boxster for dead in a drag race.

Yet despite its ferocious performance, the Cyberster doesn’t feel like a hardcore sports car. Its relaxed demeanor is more reminiscent of a grand tourer. While it handles surprisingly well through fast corners, it doesn’t change direction with the agility of most petrol cars.

That has a lot to do with the fact that the GT weighs nearly two tonnes (the Trophy is around 100kg lighter). Unsurprisingly, there’s more body lean than in the much lighter Boxster and more nose dive under braking. However, stopping power is strong and, despite the regenerative braking system working away, the brakes are predictable.

The steering doesn’t deliver every nuance of the road surface to your fingertips, but it’s precise and weight builds steadily as you turn into bends. That means it gives you the confidence to drive the Cyberster fast, and you’ll have fun doing it – just not as much as you would in an Alpine A110 or Boxster.

The suspension is relatively flexible and smoothes out larger bumps and undulations quite well. In short, you won’t be swinging your way down every bumpy road. That said, the Cyberster – or at least the GT version we tested – shudder noticeably over minor road imperfections. This does take away from the car’s long-distance cruising ability.

As this is an electric car, you want to know how far you can drive before plugging in to charge. All Cybersters have the same 74.4kWh (usable capacity) battery, but the lighter and less powerful Trophy has an official range of 316 miles, compared to 276 miles for the GT.

Interior

The interior arrangement, fit and finish

Forces

  • Comfortable seat
  • Good interior quality
  • Electric roof folds down in 10 seconds

Weaknesses

  • User interface is disappointing
  • Some drivers will want to sit lower

Getting into the MG Cyberster is an event in itself as it involves pushing a button and watching the entire door pivot upwards electrically. The scissor doors – similar to those on some Lamborghini car models – add a lot of drama and also make it easier to get in and out if you’re parked near another car.

They are quite slow to open, so it’s nice that you can also activate them with a key while walking to the car. And don’t worry: there are sensors to prevent them from clipping an innocent bystander or, indeed, you if you get distracted while standing near your Cyberster.

The driving position is relatively tall by two-seat sports car standards, but you sit closer to the road than you would in the average hatchback. The fully powered seats offer just enough support, and there’s a good range of adjustment to help you get comfortable behind the wheel.

That said, you might struggle to see parts of the digital driver display behind the steering wheel. It consists of three screens – a 10.3in one directly behind the wheel, with a 7.0in touchscreen on either side, angled slightly towards the driver. The problem is that the outer two screens, for some drivers, will be obscured by the actual steering wheel, which is a pain if you’re trying to follow the sat nav directions.

Both infotainment touchscreens are often slow to respond to presses, and while you can use buttons on the steering wheel to scroll through functions, we didn’t find it a particularly intuitive experience.

A fourth screen below is used to control the air conditioning, the heated seats, and some other functions. It’s quicker to respond to prods than the other two, and there’s also a touch-sensitive panel that provides haptic feedback, allowing you to adjust the internal temperature without using the screen, though we’d still prefer proper physical controls.

Interior quality is very impressive, with synthetic leather and suede adorning the dashboard and the insides of the doors. Depending on the paint color, you can choose between a gray or red interior color scheme, and a black or red roof. Speaking of the roof, it folds electrically at the touch of a button, and takes about 10 seconds to go from closed to fully open, or vice versa.

Passenger and Boot Space

How it deals with people and disorder

Forces

  • Lots of space for residents
  • Good internal storage
  • A good-sized boot

Weaknesses

  • It is a two-seater
  • No front boot

The MG Cyberster is a two-seater sports car, so it will obviously never be the most practical car in the world. There’s enough head and leg room for a couple of tall people inside, along with plenty of storage for their odds and ends.

You’ll find some cubbies between the seats, pockets for your phone and wallet, a cubby under the center armrest, and a good-sized glove box. The door bins are small but covered with a lid to stop everything falling out of them when you open the scissor doors.

Behind the seats, you’ll find a surprising amount of space for jackets and soft bags, with plenty of netting to keep everything from sliding around when you’re driving the Cyberster the way a sports car is supposed to be driven.

As for boot size, it’s a respectable 249 liters (about the same size as a Kia Picanto boot). That’s big enough for a week’s shopping, luggage for a weekend away, or even a small bag of golf clubs.

Buying and Owning

Daily costs, in addition to how reliable and safe it is

Forces

  • Extremely well equipped
  • An inexpensive option for business users
  • Seven-year warranty

Weaknesses

  • No Euro NCAP safety rating
  • MG doesn’t have the best reliability record

The Cyberster is by far the most expensive car that MG makes. Indeed, it has a higher starting price than a Porsche 718 Boxster – let alone a BMW Z4 – which might have you raising an eyebrow. Or two.

However, electric cars are always more expensive than petrol alternatives, and the Cyberster is likely to massively undercut rival electric cars, including the upcoming electric Boxster and Polestar 6.

Like all EVs, the Cyberster is particularly tempting for company car drivers paying BIK tax. That’s because it requires a much lower monthly salary than any petrol alternative, even the much smaller and cheaper Mazda MX-5.

The Cyberster has a maximum charging speed of 144kW, which means it’s possible to do a 10-80% charge in 39 minutes using a fast public charger.

You get loads of standard equipment with the entry-level Cyberster Trophy. The GT adds a larger 20in alloy wheel design (the Trophy gets 19in wheels). The Cyberster is very well equipped on the safety front, although at the time of writing no Euro NCAP safety report was available so we can’t tell you how well it’s likely to protect you and your passenger if an accident can’t be avoided.

Likewise, reliability is somewhat unknown. MG was a disappointing 25th out of 32 brands in our 2023 What Car? Reliability survey. Fortunately, you get a competitive seven-year, 80,000-mile warranty in case something goes wrong.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the MG Cyberster cost?

The Cyberster is the most expensive car that MG makes and has a similar starting price to the Porsche 718 Boxster. You can compare prices on our New Car Deals pages.

What is the range of the new MG Cyberster?

That depends on which version you’re on. The entry-level Trophy can officially do 316 miles per charge while the more powerful GT can manage 276 miles. However, you won’t get that far in real-world driving.

Who makes the MG Cyberster?

The MG Cyberster is built by MG in Ningde, China. MG traces its history back to 1924 and was originally a British brand but has been owned by Chinese car brand SAIC since 2007.

How much power does the MG Cyberster have?

The entry-level Trophy has a single 335bhp electric motor driving its rear wheels, while the range-topping GT has a second motor on its front axle and a total of 503bhp.

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