MG 5 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:electric
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Entry-level Excite trim has six-way manual adjustment for the driver's seat, while Exclusive trim adds electric adjustment and adjustable lumbar support. We wish the seat height adjuster allowed the seat to drop a little lower but with the height and reach adjustable steering wheel – the Nissan Leaf’s steering wheel moves up and down only – and soft seat cushions, most people should be pretty comfortable on a long trip.

A 7.0in digital display sits between a pair of analogue dials and shows a variety of information. It’s bright and clear enough, with easy-to-use steering wheel-mounted controls. Just don’t expect snazzy graphics like you get with Peugeot e-208's digital dials. It's easier to work the 5's dashboard controls, though' its buttons are big, clear and physical, while the e-208 has some fiddly touch-sensitive controls.  

There's more glass area and thinner windscreen pillars than there is in the e-208, so from behind the wheel, forward visibility is better in the 5. The rising side window line and chunky rear pillars do limit your over-the-shoulder visibility a little, but it's far from the hardest car in the class to reverse. All models get rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, but front sensors and LED headlights aren’t available – the halogen headlights are quite dim at night.

The 8.0in touchscreen for the infotainment is mounted a little low in the dashboard, so you have to take your eyes a long way from the road to use it. The home screen icons are usefully big and there are some physical shortcut buttons below the screen to make swapping between menus easier. Unfortunately, the software is painfully slow to respond at times and the Renault Zoe's system is far slicker. The 5 does have lots of kit, though, including a DAB radio, Bluetooth, in-built sat-nav and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with both trims. There's even a six-speaker surround-sound stereo. 

And what about interior quality? This maybe a relatively cheap car but it's nicer inside than the Leaf. There’s a surprising amount of soft-touch material, even compared with the more much pricier ID.3, and a liberal application of chrome and piano black trims improve the ambience. Excite trim has a leather-trimmed steering wheel, while the Exclusive trim adds leather seats. So it's good inside, but for a really plush look and feel, try the Honda E and Mini Electric.

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