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MG 5 EV estate - Electric motor, drive & performance

The MG 5 EV’s handling doesn’t quite match up to its straight-line speed

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Electric motor, drive & performance Rating

3.5 out of 5

The MG 5 has the power to surprise plenty of cars off the line, but it’s not going to satisfy keen drivers or enthusiasts. The impetus is clearly on comfort rather than entertainment, which will suit many buyers perfectly.

Its soft suspension results in a fair amount of body lean and numb steering. There’s a safe feel and the car is also quite stable in corners. Meanwhile, refinement is fairly decent; the ride could be better at lower speeds but it settles at a cruise, and the quiet electric motor doesn’t transmit much noise into the cabin. You may hear a little wind and road noise, though.

Additionally, the regenerative braking feature seems well-sorted and smooth. You’ll be able to drive without using the brakes very often - simply come off the accelerator and the car starts to slow down.

MG 5 electric motor

Buyers should be more than happy with the 5 EV's straight-line performance. Thanks to its 154bhp electric motor it can get from 0-62mph in around eight seconds, making it faster than most petrol and diesel rivals like the Ford Focus Estate and Kia Ceed Sportswagon. We doubt most drivers will use its hot hatchback acceleration very often, but it's there if you need to nip in front of someone at the lights or overtake on a country road.

While it may not matter to many buyers, the MG 5 isn't quite as fast as the Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance but it is a little quicker than the Vauxhall Mokka-e. The MG's top speed is 115mph.

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