MG 5 EV (2021) Review
MG 5 EV (2021) At A Glance
You might associate the MG brand with 60s sports cars or maybe rebadged Rovers from the early 00s but, under Chinese ownership, it's now carving its own niche as a maker of a affordable electric vehicles. The MG 5 EV is the first mainstream electric estate car on the market – yet it's priced in line with much smaller alternatives like the Peugeot e-208, Renault Zoe and Fiat 500 Electric.
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All MG 5 EV models are powered by the same 156PS electric motor, while buyers get a choice of two battery sizes. The smaller (52.5kWh) unit provides an official range of 214 miles, while the bigger (61.1kWh) pack can cover 250 miles between charges.
It's an unintimidating car to drive, particularly if you haven't driven an electric car before. It's just like driving an automatic petrol vehicle, really, albeit without any engine noise. Acceleration is swift although, while it's easy to spin the front wheels, it's not going to push you back in your seat like a Tesla.
Electric cars are usually quite firm – the suspension having to work particularly hard to cope with the weight of the batteries. The MG 5 EV is surprisingly soft, though, soaking up lumpy road surfaces with ease. The flip side of this is that it leans quite a lot during cornering, but the higher ZS SUV is more likely to make you seasick.
There are just trim levels available: the Excite model and the top-spec Exclusive. Standard kit on the Excite includes an eight-inch media system (with DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), cruise control and a rear parking camera. The Exclusive adds navigation, leather-style upholstery and heated front seats.
The MG 5 certainly doesn't feel like the budget option you might expect. It generally seems well-made, while the brand's seven-year warranty should put to rest any concerns that it's going to fall apart quicker than a mainstream alternative.
Of course, it's the 5's practicality which sets it apart from rivals. It's available solely as an estate car, with more interior space than aforementioned electric city cars – while it's more suited to family life than the Nissan Leaf hatchback.
It also represents exceedingly good value for money. Even a top-spec Long Range Exclusive model is well under the £35,000 threshold for the government's plug-in car grant, meaning you'll save £2500 off the list price if buying new. We'd recommend looking for a pre-registered or ex-demonstrator model, though – we've seen as-new MG 5s offered for less than £21,000.