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Car of the Year Awards 2023: Small Electric Car of the Year
This class embraces nimble city cars and family hatchbacks, as long as they are no more than 4.5 metres long...
MG 4 EV Standard Range SE
Spotting a gap in the market can be the key to the success of a new product. So, when you consider the strong demand for electric cars and the fact that they can be quite expensive to buy, the MG4 EV, with its very keen price tag, is the right car at the right time.
How keen are we talking here? Well, the MG4 is similar in size to the Cupra Born, Renault Megane E-Tech and Volkswagen ID 3, but it undercuts those cars by up to £10,000. In fact, it’s cheaper than smaller electric hatchbacks such as the Peugeot e-208 and Renault Zoe.
Surely this means the MG4 is inferior in other ways, though? Incredibly, that’s largely not the case. Our preferred version, the entry-level SE, features a 50.8kWh (usable) battery that gives an official range of 218 miles and can be replenished from 10-80% in around 37 minutes (at a competitive rate of up to 117kW). True, the aforementioned rivals can all go farther, but for those who need more, MG also offers a 281-mile Long Range model that’s still cheaper; it’s just that we think the
SE represents the best value.
Similarly, while the MG4 isn’t on the same level as the Born when it comes to ride and handling, it’s still good to drive, with plenty of grip and little body lean in corners. What’s more, it rides pretty well, while performance is brisk and the brakes are smooth.
The MG4 is competitive when it comes to space, too, with more rear leg room than you’ll find in the Megane E-Tech and a bigger boot than you get in the e-208 and Zoe. Handily, there are loads of places to store everyday items around the interior, including some large storage bins in the front.
Despite the MG4’s low price, interior quality impresses; in places, it trumps that of the ID 3, thanks to its soft- touch dashboard and nicely damped switches. The infotainment system also has a panel of physical shortcut buttons below it, making it easier to use on the move than those found in the Born and ID 3, both of which rely on fiddly touch-sensitive controls.
As for technology and equipment, the SE comes with a good-sized 10.25in infotainment screen, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors and vehicle-to-load charging (which means it can power other devices via its charging port). In fact, it comes with just as much kit as you’ll find in the entry-level Born.
Sealing the MG4’s win is the fact that you get the reassurance of a seven-year warranty – something very few car makers can match, regardless of how much they charge.
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