MG MOTOR UK

MG MOTOR UK MG5 ELECTRIC ESTATE 115kW Exclusive EV 53kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.7s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range214 miles

MG continues to specialise in providing budget brand buyers access to full electrification at super-affordable prices. Here's the company's second zero emissions model, the MG5 EV, a compact estate that offers up to 250 miles of driving range and a spacious cabin seemingly little compromised by this model's advanced battery tech. All for a reasonably conventional price. Exciting? Possibly not. Clever? Definitely.

5 STAR?

MG's second full-electric model is this MG5 EV compact estate. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

MG continues to specialise in providing budget brand buyers access to full electrification at super-affordable prices. Here's the company's second zero emissions model, the MG5 EV, a compact estate that offers up to 250 miles of driving range and a spacious cabin seemingly little compromised by this model's advanced battery tech. All for a reasonably conventional price. Exciting? Possibly not. Clever? Definitely.

Background

Another fresh MG model - and it's not an SUV. The MG5 EV is electrified though - which is up to the minute, even if the genre of this car, a compact estate, is quite traditional. Basically, what's on offer here is an alternative to these compact SUV electric models that are now springing up, but at a much lower price and with more interior space. This MG5 is basically a European-ised version of a model from MG's Chinese parent group SAIC, the Roewe Ei5. Over 63,000 examples of that car have been sold to Chinese folk since it was launched in back in March 2018. So MG hopes the auspices are good for the chances of this car establishing a little niche for itself in our market.

Driving Experience

It's a sign of the times that you can't have any sort of combustion engine in an MG5, not even a plug-in hybrid one. And it's a reflection of the needs of the European market that the single EV model we do get is quite a lot more powerful than the version offered to the Chinese. Output has been raised by 42PS to 156PS reflecting the fact that family folk here have been conditioned to expect their EVs to be quite quick; so this one gets to 62mph in just over 8 seconds, on the way to a rather un-EV-like top speed of 115mph. Those family folk will be expecting a reasonably long driving range too, hence the installation of a gutsy 52.7kWh lithium-ion battery that's WLTP-rated at 214 miles. There's also a Long Range version that can improve that to 250 miles. Either way, as usual in a full EV, the battery is mounted centrally under the floor in a manner that gives a low centre of gravity. This, to some extent, offsetting the inevitable downsides of the EV powertrain's extra weight. MG claims very similar handling characteristics to the conventionally-fuelled Chinese market model.

Design and Build

MG already sells the market's most affordable family-sized EV contender, the ZS EV. But while that model won't be quite big enough for some families, this contender might well be. It's 4.54m long, which, to give you some perspective, is about 100mm shorter than a Ford Focus Estate, though this MG's 2.6m wheelbase is only 43mm shorter than that Ford's. This MG5 is 1.82m wide and 1.54m tall too. The exterior styling is restrained and conservative, though not particular suggestive of a budget brand. You'll want to know about boot space, which is rated at 578-litres with the rear seats in place. That's about 200-litres more room than you'd get from an EV hatch like the Volkswagen ID.3. Fold the rear bench flat in this MG5 and you can extend your storage space to 1456-litres. Up-front, the fit and finish is close to volume brand standards, without feeling especially plush. The top 'Exclusive'-spec variant that most will want enhances things with niceties like leather upholstery and a panoramic sunroof. On the rear seat, there's ample headroom and legroom, even for taller occupants.

Market and Model

There are two trim levels, base 'Excite' and 'Exclusive', with respective asking prices starting at around £25,000 for the 'Excite' variant - that's after the government's £2,500 Plug-in Car Grant has been deducted. The alternative 'Long Range' version is priced from around £26,500 in 'Excite' form - allow another £2,500 for top 'Exclusive' trim. 'Excite' trim gets you 16-inch 'Meteor' alloy wheels, remote entry with push-button start, air conditioning, four electric windows, electrically adjustable mirrors, smartphone compatibility, an eight-inch colour touchscreen and seven-inch driver information display, cruise control, a leather steering wheel, a rotary gear selector, speed-sensing locking, three driving modes, rear parking sensors and follow-me-home headlights, as well as a 7-year warranty. The top 'Exclusive' version adds leather-style upholstery with heated front seats featuring six-way electric adjustment for the driver. Plus at this level there's one-shot electric rear windows, silver roof rails, electrically adjustable folding heated mirrors, smart keyless entry with push-button start, an automatically dimming rear view mirror, rain-sensing wipers and satellite navigation. Safety features fitted across the range include mostly passive systems - there's not much in terms of camera-driven tech. You do though get front, side and curtain airbags, electronic brake assist, ABS with EBD, twin ISOFIX points in the rear, a tyre pressure monitoring system, Hill Start Assist and seatbelt warnings for front and rear passengers.

Cost of Ownership

Earlier we mentioned this car's 214 mile WLTP-rated driving range (51 miles more than a ZS EV) - which rises to 276 miles on the WLTP city cycle. The Long Range version can travel for up to 250 miles - and has the advantage that it can charge at up to 100kW. Charging any MG5 EV is straightforward thanks to its combined CCS and Type 2 port, mounted within the front grille for easy access from either side of the car. The CCS plug is an enhanced version of the Type 2 plug, with two additional power contacts for the purposes of quick charging and supports AC and DC charging power. Featuring rapid charging capability, the car can charge from 0-80% in 50 minutes from a 50kW charging station (if you can find one). At home, the car can recharge itself using a standard 7KW wallbox in around eight and a half hours. That's two and a half hours longer than is needed by a ZS EV but overnight charging should still be easy. In emergencies, the car can also be charged via a standard 3-pin plug. The 52.2kWh battery pack is managed by MG's Intelligent Battery Temperature Control system and insulated from external temperature variations so that it can deliver the optimum power and range whatever the weather. As with all MG models, you also get one of the longest fully transferable warranties in its class, a 7 year/80,000-mile package being standard across all variants. Rivals such as SsangYong, Hyundai and Toyota only provide 5 years. Users will benefit from 0% Benefit-in-Kind tax during the 2020-21 tax year, or 1% in 2021-22. Insurance is group 32D.

Summary

As MG's sales grow, its model range widens. The brand's last family-sized model that wasn't a crossover was the MG6, a car that struggled to find any sort of sales traction at all in the UK market. This MG5 has much more to recommend it for sensible family folk wanting to take the plunge into full-EV motoring. For the price of a planet polluting mid-range Focus or Astra estate, you could have one of these, a car just as practical with zero tailpipe emissions and a model that you could run without ever having to visit a filling station again. Makes you think doesn't it?

  • Heated windscreen
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Front and rear aero wiper
  • Front and rear electric windows with front and rear one-touch up/down

  • 3 regenerative braking system
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • EBA
  • Hill launch assist
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Electronic Stability Programme

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB mobile phone charging function

  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • 3 Driving modes
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Power assisted steering
  • Rear parking camera

  • Trip computer
  • Rotary gear selector
  • 7" Colour driver information system
  • iGo Navigation system
  • 8" colour touch screen

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour electric heated/adjustable/folding mirrors

  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • DAB audio
  • Aux input
  • Radio/MP3 player
  • 4 USB ports
  • iPod compatibility
  • 6 speaker audio system with 3D sound

  • Silver roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • LED centre brake light
  • Front fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Bi-function projection headlight with autolevelling
  • High beam assist
  • Auto headlights

  • Auto air conditioning with odour filter

  • Reach/Tilt adjustable steering
  • Leather style perforated upholstery
  • 12V power sockets
  • Leather steering wheel
  • 3 spoke steering wheel

  • Front side airbags
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Dual front airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Front seatbelts (3-point + pretensioner + load limiter)
  • 2 x adjustable rear head rests

  • 6 way electric adjustable drivers seat
  • ISOFIX restraints on outer rear seats x2
  • 4 way adjustable passenger seat
  • 2nd row 60/40 split/fold
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Driver seat lumbar adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • Front headrests

  • Speed sensing door locks
  • Alarm system and engine immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and push button start system

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors + illuminated mirrors

  • 16" alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 510
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 50
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 50
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 52.5
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 444
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 344
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City: 12.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 17.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City: 4.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.6
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 276
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 214

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Engine Code: N

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Exclusive EV
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 80000
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 156
  • Badge Engine CC: N
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 32D
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 156
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 115
  • Engine Power - KW: 115
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 192
  • Engine Torque - NM: 260

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/60 R16

  • Length: 4544
  • Width: 1818
  • Wheelbase: 2665
  • Width (including mirrors): 2059
  • Height: 1513
  • Height (including roof rails): 1536

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 578
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 442
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1550
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1992
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Max. Roof Load: 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1456
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

  • Metallic paint: £545
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Tri coat paint: £695

  • Metallic - Piccadilly blue: £545
  • Metallic - Westminster silver: £545
  • Metallic - Black pearl: £545

  • Solid - Arctic white: £0

  • Tri coat - Dynamic Red: £695

  • Leather Style - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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