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MG 5 EV estate - Interior & comfort

The MG 5 is functional and traditional but the kit count isn't bad at all

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

3.5 out of 5

MG 5 dashboard

Costing less than a Renault ZOE despite being the size of a family estate car, it's clear the MG 5 EV has been built to a budget. This is most obvious inside, where there are some hard plastics on display. It all feels rather traditional, forgoing the multiple widescreen displays of the Honda e, instead fitted with a partly analogue instrument cluster and a distinct lack of the more cutting-edge gadgets.

For 2022, MG gave the 5 a significant interior update, with both technology and material quality being improved. There are more soft-touch materials and an eye-catching chromed centre console. MG has also decluttered the centre console by removing a lot of the buttons, while the new ‘floating’ touchscreen looks more modern than the old screen. We’d recommend opting for a post-facelift MG 5 if you can, because the enhancements are noticeable.

The new touchscreen is much bigger than before, at 10.25 inches across, and features MG’s latest iSmart Lite software - plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Equipment

Just as impressive is the standard kit on the Excite model, which includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors and cruise control. Exclusive adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, sat nav, automatic air-conditioning, keyless entry, automatic wipers and a dimming rear-view mirror.

MG is expected to change the trim level names for the facelifted car, with Comfort and Luxury replacing Excite and Exclusive. These will come with similar levels of standard equipment to pre-facelift cars.

Options

There’s no trawling through pages and pages of options with the MG 5. The only thing to choose is the paint colour, and opting for a different colour other than white will cost around £600. Floor mats, a spare wheel and a five-metre charging cable are available as accessories.

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