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Review of the MG5 EV: An In-Depth Look

The MG5 EV, an affordable, electric estate car with a usable 57kWh battery, offers a range of up to 250 miles on a full charge. It stands out by being significantly less expensive than rivals like the Peugeot e-308 SW and Vauxhall Astra Electric Sports Tourer. The MG5’s interior features include a bright 7-inch digital display, a 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, and good visibility, though it lacks front parking sensors. Space-wise, it has a decently sized boot and ample passenger room, albeit with rear seats that don’t lie flat. Despite some drawbacks like slow maximum charging rates, the MG5 offers excellent value for money and a compelling warranty.

Introduction

What Car? says…

An electric car with good range and a big boot doesn’t have to be expensive, right? Wrong. Let us introduce you to the MG5 EV – an estate car that combines a decent battery with an attractive, smart price.

How far can the MG5 go on a full charge? Offically, the 57kWh (usable) battery gives the model a range of up to 250 miles. That’s not bad considering most rivals with the ability to match that cost thousands of pounds more.

And how much can you fit in the boot? Well, certainly a lot more than you can squeeze into all similarly priced electric rivals.

Who are those rivals? Well, the nearest electric estate rivals are the Peugeot e-308 SW and Vauxhall Astra Electric Sports Tourer, but they are much more expensive than the MG5. In terms of pricing, it’s actually closer to much smaller electric cars including the BYD Dolphin and Cupra Born.

Performance and Drive

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

Forces

  • Decent range and performance
  • A relatively comfortable ride

Weaknesses

  • Noisy inside while moving
  • Not much fun to drive

All MG5 EVs get an electric motor with 154bhp and a 57kWh (usable) battery, which is good for an official WLTP combined range of 250 miles.

For electric cars in this price range, it’s quick, comfortably beating the e-308 and Astra in a drag race – they’ll cover 0-62mph in a leisurely 9.9 and 9.2 seconds respectively.

With 154bhp from its electric motor, the MG5 takes a respectable 7.3 seconds to blast from 0-60mph. Just remember that, like all electric models, the MG5 is unlikely to reach that quoted figure in real-world driving conditions (expect more like 200 miles from a full battery charge).

Interior

The interior arrangement, fit, and finish

Forces

  • Decent quality
  • Good visibility

Weaknesses

  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • No front parking sensors

Entry-level SE trim gives the MG5 EV six-way manual adjustment and adjustable lumbar support for the driver, while Trophy trim adds electric adjustment.

Passenger and Boot Space

How it deals with people and disorder

Forces

  • Decent back seat
  • Bigger boot than small electric rivals

Weaknesses

  • More expensive power forms have larger boots
  • Rear seats do not lie flat when folded down

By the standards of smaller rival electric cars, the MG5 EV is quite spacious. There’s plenty of head and leg room in the front for tall adults, and it’s wide enough so they won’t bump elbows on the center armrest.

Buying and Owning

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

Forces

  • Brilliant value for an electric car
  • Amazing warranty

Weaknesses

  • Slow maximum loading rate
  • MG has a poor reliability record

Despite being bigger, the MG5 EV is cheaper to buy outright than the Cupra Born, the Renault Megane E-Tech and the Volkswagen ID.3, even if you go for a range-topping Trophy-spec model.

It’s also several thousand pounds cheaper than the Peugeot e-308 SW and Vauxhall Astra Electric Sports Tourer (the closest electric estate rivals to the MG5). The MG5 really looks like very good value in the electric car world.

Final Thoughts

The MG5 EV stands out for its value proposition, offering a blend of range, boot space, and features at a price point that undercuts many electric competitors. With a decent seven-year warranty and enough interior quality to keep most buyers happy, it’s worth considering in the budget- to mid-range electric car market.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the MG5 worth buying?
There is a lot to like about it. It’s great value, practical, and has a good range. If you want an electric car in this price range, it’s definitely worth considering.

Who owns MG now?
In 2005, MG was bought by the Chinese company Nanjing Automobile Group, which later merged with Shanghai Automobile Industry Corporation (SAIC). SAIC is still the current owner of the MG brand.

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