- • Capable of up to 214 miles on a charge
- • 578-litre boot
- • Priced from £24,495 after PiGC
The all-new MG 5 EV family estate is now on sale in the UK, with prices starting from £24,495 after the plug-in car grant. The car is MG’s second electric model after the MG ZS EV.
Billed as a less expensive alternative to mainstream electric models like the Volkswagen ID.3 and Kia e-Niro, the MG 5 has a range of up to 214 miles on a charge, which increases to 276 miles in ‘City’ driving. According to MG, the 5 EV’s powertrain has an efficiency of 3.6 miles/kWh.
2020 MG 5 EV estate – performance, electric motor and charging
The MG 5 EV is a restyled version of the Roewe Ei5 estate that’s currently sold in China. It uses a 52.5kWh battery and a 154bhp electric motor to drive the front wheels. Performance is brisk, with a 0-60mph time of just over eight seconds.
When using a 50kW rapid charging point, the MG 5’s battery can be topped up to around 80% in only 50 minutes. A home wallbox gives the car a full charge in around 8.5 hours.
Practicality and boot space
According to MG, placing the car’s battery in the floor helps to maximise interior space, and offers plenty of head and legroom for rear passengers, even when sitting behind a tall driver.
Boot space is an impressive 578 litres behind the rear seats, which is not far off the 581 litres of the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports hybrid. In the MG it extends to 1,456 litres with the seats folded down.
Trim levels and specifications
The MG 5 EV range consists of two trim levels called Excite and Exclusive. Every model gets 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors and follow-me home headlights. Cruise control, auto-hold hill start and a speed limiter are also standard.
Interior features include cloth-trimmed seats, air conditioning, a six-speaker stereo, a seven-inch digital dial cluster and an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Flagship Exclusive cars start from £26,995 and get leather upholstery with heated front seats. Other upgrades include sat nav, automatic air conditioning, keyless entry, rain sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rear mirror.
MG is also planning to launch a plug-in hybrid version of its HS SUV this year. Once it has three practical, family-orientated alternative fuel models, MG will likely concentrate on an electric two-door coupe with four-wheel drive. Previewed by the E-motion concept, this could act as a ‘halo’ vehicle for the brand, with a 0-62mph acceleration time of less than four seconds.
What it means for car buyers
The MG ZS EV has proved a hit for MG, becoming the UK’s third highest selling EV in 2020. Not only has it undercut rivals on price, MG’s Chinese parent company SAIC has provided a steady flow of batteries. Rivals such as Hyundai have struggled to meet demand and turned customers for its Kona Electric away as a result. If the MG 5 EV can also plug a gap in the market, it could see similar success as other manufacturers race to catch up.