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.
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.