MG 5 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £27,595What Car? Target Price from£27,323
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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, 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.

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 50mins at 50kW or 40mins if you can find a 100kW charger. From a 7kW wall box, 0-100% takes 8.5hrs while a three-pin plug requires 18 hours.

Entry-level Excite trim is still generously equipped, with keyless start, air-con, 16in alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, cruise control, automatic lights and an automatic electric parking brake. Excite trim adds leather seats (heated in the front), climate control, silver roof rails, electrically folding mirrors, auto wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror 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. That was below all its key rivals with the exception of Peugeot, Vauxhall, Nissan and Renault. 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 very disappointing that neither automatic emergency braking or lane-keeping assistance are available. That's one of the reasons why, if you're looking for a cheap electric car, we'd point you towards the MG ZS EV instead. 

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Overview

If you’re after a relatively good electric 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 comfy, quiet at speed and has punchy acceleration. The lack of safety kit disappoints, though, so it's worth spending a little extra on the MG ZS EV that is even more spacious. If you can live with a smaller car and have more to spend, the Fiat 500, Peugeot e-208 and Renault Zoe are better options.

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

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