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MG5 EV estate - Electric motor, drive & performance

The MG5 EV’s handling doesn’t quite match up to its straight-line speed

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4.1 out of 5

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Electric motor, drive & performance Rating

3.5 out of 5

The MG5 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. 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.

MG5 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 7.7 seconds, making it faster than most petrol and diesel rivals like the Ford Focus Estate and Kia Ceed Sportswagon

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The instant torque from the electric motors actually makes the MG5 feel even faster than it is; while we doubt most buyers are after blistering acceleration from their family EV, it does make performing overtaking manoeuvres much easier on the motorway. The MG's top speed is 115mph.

However, if you’re after a truly sporty EV, a Cupra Born or even the smaller MG4 may be a better choice. Both are not only faster in a straight line than the MG5, but offer a bit more fun on a twisty road, too.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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