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MG 5 EV estate review

"The MG 5 EV is a practical electric car that can do more than 200 miles on a single charge"

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£27,244 - £29,744

Pros

  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Decent range
  • Practical

Cons

  • Soft suspension
  • Lacking some safety kit
  • Tall loading lip

If you need a practical, functional car but you've been put off all-electric models by high prices and fussy looks, look no further than the MG 5 EV estate. Despite costing less than a Renault ZOE or Nissan Leaf, it has more space, an impressive turn of speed and a decent range, especially if you go for the model with the bigger battery.

Based on the Roewe Ei5, a car available in China, the standard MG 5 EV has a 52.5kWh battery that means it can travel up to 214 miles on a single charge and can be topped up to 80% in 50 minutes using a 50kW rapid-charger. In July 2021, a long-range version was introduced, with a 61.1kWh battery increasing the car’s range to 250 miles for around £2,000 extra. While it's certainly no sports car, a 154bhp electric motor means it can dispatch the 0-62mph run in 7.7 seconds, beating most of its conventionally powered rivals off the line.

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The MG 5 has been updated for 2022, with sharper looks and a refreshed interior. It no longer has a massive fake grille and looks smarter and more European as a result. The technology and materials have been upgraded, and the facelifted MG 5 is a far more appealing proposition.

Thanks to its practical, elongated shape, the 5 EV has a 464-litre boot that expands to 1,456 litres with the back seats folded down. There's also plenty of room inside for up to five passengers, with two ISOFIX child-seat mounting points in the back.

Specifications haven’t been confirmed for the facelift model yet, but they should stay close to the pre-facelift trim levels. The entry-level Excite includes a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, alloy wheels and air-conditioning. Spend a bit more and Exclusive trim adds leather-style upholstery, heated front seats, keyless entry and navigation. Both come in under the plug-in car grant threshold.

While many electric models are out of reach because of their high prices, the MG 5 EV will appeal to buyers who value boot space as much as neck-snapping acceleration. It also offers a surprising driving range and plenty of kit.

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