MG 4 EV Review 2024

MG 4 EV At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The MG 4 is one of the cheapest electric cars on sale but it has a great deal more appeal than just its price tag. It represents staggeringly good value for money, with generous equipment levels and a spacious cabin compared to similarly priced EVs. It's surprisingly good to drive, too, while its range will be more than adequate for most.

+Extremely good value for money. Fun to drive. Range of up to 281 miles.

-Cabin is a little dark and downmarket. Fiddly infotainment. Some buyers would be better looking at SUV alternatives.

Proving that electric cars don't have to be prohibitively expensive, the MG 4 EV strikes an excellent balance of performance, practicality and desirability. It might undercut rivals like the Renault Megane E-Tech, Nissan Leaf and Cupra Born in price but you'd be hard-pushed to work out why it's so much cheaper than competitors.

MG has cornered the market for affordable electric cars in recent years - with cars like the MG ZS EV and MG 5 EV providing excellent value for money and selling in considerable numbers as a result. The MG 4 takes things a step further, though, as its head-turning looks and stylish interior mean it's actually quite a desirable choice. The fact it's priced below other models in MG's range just adds to the appeal.

So what is it? Well, it's an all-electric hatchback that's roughly the size of a Volkswagen Golf but priced from around £27,000 - less than smaller EVs like the Renault Zoe, Vauxhall Corsa-e and MINI Electric. It's also likely to tempt buyers away from electric SUVs like the Kia Niro EV, Mazda MX-30 and Vauxhall Mokka-e.

It's available with two battery sizes: there's the MG 4 Standard Range, which uses a 51kWh battery pack and 218-mile range, while the MG 4 Long Range has a 64kWh battery and can travel up to 281 miles between charges (depending on trim level).

Charging is easy, using a charging port at the rear of the car (where you'd usually find the fuel filler cap). A full charge will take between 7.5 and nine hours overnight, or around 35 minutes if you find a rapid public charger.

While MG's heritage as a manufacturer of twee sports cars feels like a distant memory, the MG 4 is actually one of the best electric cars to drive (certainly at this end of the market). You might expect a fairly anodyne driving experience (much like the Ora Funky Cat or even the MG 5), but the MG 4's rear-wheel-drive layout means it's a lot of fun to drive both in and out of town.

That doesn't have a negative impact on comfort, either, as the MG 4 rides pretty well for a relatively heavy EV. And there's plenty of technology fitted as standard to keep you safe - even entry-level models come with active emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and intelligent speed limit assist with traffic sign recognition. The MG 4 has been awarded five stars for safety by Euro NCAP, too, which should put your mind at rest that any corners have been cut.

There has to be some compromise somewhere, though, and that's probably the interior. It looks swish enough on first impressions, but some of the finishes aren't as plush as you'd get in a Renault Megane E-Tech. It doesn't boast the biggest cabin in its class, either, but it is practical enough to use as your main family car - something that can't be said for a lot of EVs at this price.

A few less-than-plush finishes are a small price to pay for a car that's around £10,000 less than a Volkswagen ID.3 (a car which isn't exactly known for its classy cabin), though, while MG's seven-year warranty should put your mind at ease about buying an electric car from a relatively small brand.