MG 5 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £27,495What Car? Target Price from£27,495
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Despite the 5’s size, it’s cheaper to buy outright than the Nissan Leaf, Peugeot e-208 and Renault Zoe. Just bear in mind that MGs are often a little pricier than rivals on monthly PCP finance, with the 5’s heavy predicted depreciation suggesting it’ll be no different. With no CO2 emissions and that low purchase price, it’s guaranteed to be a cheap proposition for company car drivers, though.

Charging times vary greatly depending on what you’re plugged into. As all models are able to be rapid charged from a CCS charger, a 0-80% top up can take as little as 50 minutes at 50kW. On a 7kW wallbox 0-100% takes eight and a half hours while a three pin plug requires 18 hours.

Entry-level Excite trim is still generously equipped, with keyless start, 16in alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, cruise control and an automatic electric parking brake. Excite trim adds faux leather seats with electric adjustment for the driver, climate control, silver roof rails, heated electrically folding mirrors and keyless entry. We’d be tempted to keep it cheap and stick with Excite.

MG didn’t do too well in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing joint 22nd out of 31 manufacturers. At least you get a seven year or 80,000 mile warranty should something go wrong. Euro NCAP is yet to safety test the 5, but it’s disappointing that neither automatic emergency braking or lane-keeping assistance are available.

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If you’re after a big range and enough room for a family from your electric car at a low price, the MG 5 is a temptingly well equipped option. It’s pretty comfy and has punchy acceleration – although it does feel a little unruly at times. The lack of safety kit disappoints, though, and the MG ZS EV is even more spacious for the money. If you can live with a smaller car, the Peugeot e-208 or Renault Zoe are better options.

  • Good range
  • Low price
  • Sprightly performance
  • Missing crucial safety kit
  • Sluggish infotainment
  • Not particularly good to drive

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