MG5 EV ESTATE LONG RANGE REVIEW

The all-electric MG5 EV Estate is now available with a longer driving range of 250 miles, and it’s still good to drive, practical and good value for money.

  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
  • MG5 EV Estate Long Range
Green Car Guide Rating: 8/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:    MG5 EV Exclusive Long Range
  • Fuel:    Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP):  250 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:  80 kW

Summary

  • It’s an all-electric Estate – which makes it unique
  • Now with a longer range of 250 miles
  • Good to drive
  • Good value for money

BACKGROUND

MG is now a Chinese-owned brand and it’s finding that its electric models are selling well in the UK. The MG5 EV Estate is still the only all-electric estate on sale in the UK and it now has a longer driving range of 250 miles.

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DESIGN & ENGINEERING

The MG5 EV has styling that matches the practicality of the estate body style rather than being the height of fashion. The same can be said of the interior, where we love the way practicality wins over fashion – more on that later.

Under the skin the MG5 EV now has a 61.1 kWh battery, compared to the 52.5 kWh battery in the previous MG5 that we tested. The 115 kW (154 hp) electric motor is unchanged, along with the automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

The MG5 is a five-seater estate with a boot volume of 464 litres, which increases to 1,456 litres with the rear seats folded down. It also has roof rails but, strangely, MG says that these are for decorative purposes only and you can’t fit roof bars.

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MG5 EV LONG RANGE DRIVING EXPERIENCE

Some people may have their own preconceptions about what the MG5 is like to drive, and whatever these thoughts may be, the reality is that the MG5 is good to drive, in urban areas and even on motorways and country roads. The normal EV qualities are there: instant responses when accelerating (there’s a 0-62 mph time of 7.3 seconds), and it’s quiet, refined and easy to drive.

And in addition to the above, the MG5 is an Estate, not an SUV, so it’s low down, which improves the already low centre of gravity due to the battery being positioned in the floor, meaning there’s decent handling.

And there’s the lightness – with a kerb weight of just over 1.5 tonnes, the MG5 feels more agile than many heavier EVs. It’s also narrower than most new cars, which are generally large SUVs, which helps with manoeuvrability.

And then there’s the ride quality – the benefit of the small (16-inch) wheels and the lack of low profile tyres is comfortable ride quality.

Because the MG5 is front-wheel drive, you can experience wheelspin if accelerating enthusiastically in wet or damp conditions.

There are three levels of brake regeneration, which can be adjusted via the KERS switch, and there’s a number – 1, 2 or 3 – in a very small circle in the bottom of the instrument display to tell you which level you’ve selected.

The interior is a great case study for why functionality is better than fashion. Most new cars have a large touchscreen and almost all car controls are hidden in here, including the heating and ventilation. So if you get in such a car when it’s cold and you’re in a rush, you often have to wait for the touchscreen to wake up, and then go hunting around on-screen for buttons to change the temperature, change the fan speed, etc etc.

Not so in the MG5. There’s a collection of heating and ventilation controls which, unusually, face upwards on the centre console near the gear selector. You can turn a dial to change the temperature, and you can turn a dial to change the fan speed. This may not be seen as the latest high-tech way to control the climate inside a car, but it works so much better than searching for sub-menus in a touchscreen.

The same comment applies to the drive mode switch (which offers the three drive modes of Eco, Normal and Sport), the KERS switch and the rotary gear selector, and even the switches for the heated seats – all are really easy to reach on the dashboard.

The MG5 does have a central touchscreen, which has a home button, and the home screen features three boxes; the system works adequately, but most other cars will have more sophisticated systems.

There can be quite a lot of beeping if you’re driving towards a parked car, as the MG5 thinks you’re going to crash, even if there’s no chance of an imminent collision. We’d have preferred the engineers to have instead invested their budget into better headlights rather than the beeping warning system.

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MG5 EV LONG RANGE ELECTRIC RANGE AND CHARGING

The new MG5 EV has an official combined electric driving range (WLTP) of 250 miles, up from 214 miles. The last time we tested an MG5 was in Spring; this time it was December, so the heating and demister was on much of the time. This had an impact on the real-world driving range, which averaged around 190 miles.

The MG5 EV should take around an hour for a 0-80% charge at a 50kW rapid charger, or 40 minutes for a 0-80% charge at a 100kW rapid charger.

A full charge at a 7kW home charger should take 9.5 hours.

How to charge an electric car

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PRICE AND MODEL RANGE

Our MG5 Exclusive test car cost £28,995 after the £2,500 UK government Plug-in Car Grant. The MG5 is also available in entry-level Excite trim.

Whole-life running costs are likely to be less than those of a petrol car, and Benefit in Kind company car tax rates are just 1% for 2021/22.

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Conclusion

There are now increasing amounts of electric cars that cost upwards of £40,000, but there aren’t many around the £30,000 mark, and there are no all-electric Estate cars apart from the MG5. As well as being relatively affordable and practical, the MG5 is good to drive and has a functional interior – even if many people are likely to prefer fashion over function. The MG5 EV is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 8 out of 10.

Car facts and figures MG5 EV ESTATE LONG RANGE REVIEW

  • Test electric driving range: 190 miles
  • Driving Efficiency (WLTP Combined): 3.6 miles/kWh (17.5 kWh/100km)
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):    £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2021/22): 1%
  • Price:    £28,995 after £2,500 UK government Plug-in Car Grant
  • Insurance group:    TBC
  • Power:    156 PS
  • Torque:    260 Nm
  • Max speed:    115 mph
  • 0-62 mph:    7.3 seconds
  • Weight:    1,550 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor