The world’s first all-electric estate, the MG5 does what it can to bridge the gap between technology-laden EVs and affordability. In this MG5 EV review, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the original 2020-2022 MG5.
MG5 Review: What’s it like?
When MG introduced the ZS EV, it was widely considered one of the best budget-friendly, fully electric SUVs on the market. But MG went one step further and released the MG5. Similar to the ZS in price, the MG5 offers a different package tailored to families who need a bit of extra space.
Voted Best Value car by WhichEV and Best Value Car in the 2021 Business Car Awards, this family-friendly estate is surprisingly quick and very practical.
Granted, its design is not the sleekest-looking thing you’ve ever seen, but that’s not what the MG5 is all about. This is a no-nonsense estate with sensible equipment that you’ll actually use.
How many versions does the MG5 come in?
The 2020-2022 MG5 is available in two trim levels – Excite and Exclusive.
Excite models come with alloy wheels, push-button start, rear parking sensors, cruise control, Sat Nav, a 7-inch driver information display, as well as a central touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Exclusive models add luxuries including keyless entry, heated front seats with six-way electric adjustment, silver roof rails, automatic wipers and leather-style upholstery.
MG also released an updated version with a larger battery called the MG5 EV Long Range.
How does it perform?
Considering it’s an affordable estate, there’s still plenty of oomph. If you floor it, the MG5 will hit 0-60mph in just 7.3 seconds and makes for a great motorway cruiser with a top speed of 115mph.
Designed very much with practicality in mind, the MG5 is all about space. With plenty of room front and back for all the family and a large boot (508l capacity when the seats are up and 1,456l when the seats are down), you’d be hard-pushed to find an electric car for similar money with this kind of space.
How far does the MG5 go?
The standard range has a total capacity of 53 kWh, giving a real-world range of 180 miles. The newer Long Range version has a bigger 61 kWh battery and can do up to 250 miles on one charge, according to MG. We see the Long Range giving a real-world range of 210 miles, while in the summer months the range increases to over 240 miles between charges, under regular driving. That’s pretty impressive once you see the price.
Recharging the MG5 is easy with a Type 2 CCS charging point located at the front. 0-100% charge happens in 8.5 hours with the standard Type 2 charger. A 100kW rapid charger will take 40 minutes to hit 80% from zero whilst a 50kW rapid charger can get to 80% in 50 minutes.
What about the features?
The MG5 has a plethora of features that don’t reflect the affordable price point, with each contributing toward making the driving experience fun and easy.
With a seven-inch driver info display and a 10.25-inch colour touchscreen, vehicle control and satellite navigation is simple. There’s also MG Pilot which keeps you and your passengers safer, and six speakers that provide 3D sound.
How does it compare?
In one sense, as it was the first all-electric estate to be launched into the market, it had no direct competitors. The closest rival is probably its ZS EV sibling. In that respect, with performance similar on paper, it depends more on your needs in terms of practicality. If style is more important, the ZS EV is a more attractive piece of kit. But, if ultimate space is your top priority, the MG5 is where it’s at.
If you cast the net wider, the Renault ZOE and Nissan Leaf are also worthy electric rivals.
The Renault ZOE is cheaper starting from £399 on an elmo subscription, but that would be the lower specification Iconic model. The GT Line+ ZOE is closer with regards to equipment but starts from £469 per month and doesn’t come close to the MG5 on interior space.
As a practical and efficient family hatch, the Nissan Leaf is targeting the same type of driver. Priced also at £469 per month, it has a smaller 40 kWh total battery capacity and only a 140-mile range, so the entry-level MG5 is better in all three respects.
What about when compared to petrol models?
Next to the MG3 and the MG ZS petrol models, the MG5 is comparable when it comes to power and performance. While the cost of a petrol model is less than that of an EV, the advantages of the MG5 justify the higher cost.
- Great value
- Loads of boot space for all activities
- Copes well with motorway driving
What could be better?
- The design is not as eye-catching as some models, like the Honda e for example
- The media control touchscreen can be slow to respond
While the MG5 may not wow with its traditional looks, we think it delivers on what matters most: a usable range at a cheaper monthly price, with straightforward functions and plenty of space.
For those looking to make the switch to their first EV, this is a smart electric choice that will get the job done. And there’s room for all the family too.
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