The interior layout, fit and finish
Entry-level Excite trim gives the MG 5 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 steering wheel in the Nissan Leaf moves up and down only – and soft seat cushions, most people should be pretty comfortable on a long trip.
The 5 is leagues ahead of the Mazda MX-30 with its chunky side pillars and tiny back window, for example. 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 system in the Renault Zoe is far slicker. The 5 does have lots of kit, though, including a DAB radio, Bluetooth, built-in sat-nav and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring with both trims. There's even a six-speaker surround-sound stereo.
What about interior quality? This may be 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 much pricier ID.3, and a liberal application of chrome and piano-black trims improves the ambience.