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MG 5 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

MG 5 2020 infotainment
  • MG 5 2020 front tracking
  • MG 5 2020 rear view
  • MG 5 2020 dashboard
  • MG 5 2020 rear seats
  • MG 5 2020 infotainment
  • MG 5 2020 front cornering
  • MG 5 left panning
  • MG 5 2020 wide static front view
  • MG 5 2020 control details
  • MG 5 2020 front seats
  • MG 5 2020 boot open
  • MG 5 2020 rear lights
  • MG 5 2020 front tracking
  • MG 5 2020 rear view
  • MG 5 2020 dashboard
  • MG 5 2020 rear seats
  • MG 5 2020 infotainment
  • MG 5 2020 front cornering
  • MG 5 left panning
  • MG 5 2020 wide static front view
  • MG 5 2020 control details
  • MG 5 2020 front seats
  • MG 5 2020 boot open
  • MG 5 2020 rear lights
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Despite the MG 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, and 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.

Euro NCAP is yet to safety test the 5, but it’s very disappointing that automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assistance are not available on the standard range car. You have to pay for the longer range version to get those items as part of the MG Pilot suite of safety tech.

That puts the MG 5 on a par with the Zoe, which reserves AEB for the Safety Pack on mid-range Iconic. It’s worth pointing out that the Mazda MX-30 gets all that technology and blind-spot monitoring as standard.

MG 5 2020 infotainment

Overview

If you’re after an electric car with a long range, enough room for a family and a high level of standard kit, the MG 5 could be the car for you. It’s also comfy, quiet at speed and has punchy acceleration. True, it doesn’t drive as nicely as a similarly priced MX-30 (although it does have a longer range) and it's not as quick as an ID.3, but then it doesn’t cost nearly as much. Go for the longer range 61.1kWh version for the added safety tech and you’ll have a car that’s got a lot going for it due to its tempting price.

  • Relatively good electric range
  • Low cash price
  • Sprightly performance and comfy
  • 52.5kWh version misses crucial safety kit
  • Harsh depreciation
  • Not much fun to drive
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