MG 5 long-term test: report 6

The MG 5 is one of the cheapest electric cars on sale, and the only electric estate, but is it any good? We're living with one to find out...

Phone mirroring on MG5

The car MG 5 EV Exclusive Long Range Run by Kiall Garrett, senior videographer

Why it’s here To see whether an electric estate car can support the practicality needs of What Car?’s videographer while getting him around the country with relative ease

Needs to be Spacious, have enough range to travel to far-flung film shoots, and be comfortable to drive

Mileage 8189 List price £31,995 Target Price £31,679 Price as tested £30,495 Test range 167 miles Official range 250 miles

5 September – Smartphone bugs

I’ve mentioned in the past that the MG 5’s infotainment software is not a strong point. The menus are confusing, the graphics looks a bit dated and it’s just a bit annoying to interact with.

Fortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are standard. Unfortunately, the actual connection can be unreliable.

MG 5 infotainment

When I plug my phone in it charges without a problem, but CarPlay often won't run. And sometimes when it does, the infotainment system will randomly disconnect from it and then refuse to reconnect.

This is particularly frustrating when using sat-nav apps. You can imagine the pain when, after finally getting CarPlay to work, you approach a confusing roundabout somewhere new and the sat-nav screen suddenly cuts out.

Further investigation is needed to see if it’s a fault with the car or my phone – I’ve got a service due soon so will ask the question then.

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