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Electric MG 4 to arrive in September

MG’s latest foray into the EV market comes in the form of a family hatchback with a 280-mile electric range

  • Similar in size to Volkswagen Golf
  • Up-to 280 miles of range
  • On sale September 2022

After much anticipation and a release in China under a different name, the much-anticipated MG 4 electric hatchback has been revealed. This all-new model features a new, more angular design language, a minimalist interior and a range of up to 280 miles.

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Pricing for the MG 4 is yet to be announced, but we expect it to start from around £28,000 when it goes on sale in September 2022. This is significantly less than rivals such as the Volkswagen ID.3 and the Cupra Born; all three are electric family hatchbacks, similar in size to the Volkswagen Golf. Its new platform could also form the basis for the upcoming MG Cyberster electric sports car.

2023 MG 4: design and exterior

MG’s designers have played it safe over the last few years, with the British-Chinese brand’s cars often flying under the radar. This won’t be the case for the MG 4, however, as the new car has a much more aggressive and angular design than other models in the range. The 4’s front end is relatively low to aid aerodynamics, while the sleek headlights converge inwards towards the MG badge in the centre.

Along the side, the MG 4 gets SUV-inspired plastic body cladding and a contrasting black roof. This is finished by a split-design spoiler at the rear, which sits above an LED light bar that spans the majority of the 4’s bootlid. 

Measuring at 4,287mm long, 1,836mm wide and 1,506mm tall, the MG 4 is about bang-on for what we expect for a family hatchback. Nonetheless, the lack of a transmission tunnel due to the car’s electric powertrain should make the rear seat footwell a bit roomier than petrol and diesel-powered rivals.

Interior and technology

The MG 4’s interior is suitably modern and minimalist, with a floating dashboard design. Mounted on top of this are two displays: a central touchscreen and a small digital instrument cluster. From what we can see from MG’s images, the former looks to be running an all-new operating system, which should hopefully be more intuitive than the one found on the MG ZS EV.

Elsewhere, we can see that MG has retained the rotary dial gear selector as seen on the larger MG 5 estate. Some images of the MG 4 also show a two-tone interior – something that would be a welcome change to the relatively drab MG cabins of old.

Powertrain and range

The MG 4 is the first model to sit on the brand’s new MSP architecture, which is set to underpin the majority of the brand’s electric models going forward – likely including the MG Cyberster electric sports car. When it goes on sale, there will be two battery options to choose from: an entry-level 51kWh and a larger 64kWh unit. The former should allow for up to 217 miles of range, while MG claims the latter will get around 280 miles on a single charge. Although details regarding charging speeds are yet to be confirmed, it is possible that the platform could support rapid-charging.

Cars specified with the 51kWh battery will use a single, rear-mounted electric motor with 167bhp. This figure is increased to 201bhp with the larger 64kWh battery, enabling a 0-62mph time of under eight seconds. The MG 4’s top speed will be limited to 99mph.

What does this mean for car buyers?

One of the main criticisms of electric cars are their inherently high price tags, and while the new MG 4 is far from the cheapest car on the market, its sub-£30k price will certainly aid its appeal. At this price point, there are very few all-electric cars that can match the 4 in terms of range, apart from MG’s own ZS EV. Of course, we expect the new car to fall into several of MG’s common shortcomings such as having cheap-feeling interior trim and a less-than-thrilling driving experience. However, private and company car buyers alike are sure to overlook most of this, if only to make use of the EV’s supremely low running costs.

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