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MG4 EV SE

MG4 EV SE

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: MG4 EV SE
  • Fuel: Electric
  • Range (WLTP): 218 miles
MG4 EV SE

Summary

MG has filled a niche in the UK market by offering EV’s at a lower price than established manufacturers are prepared to. However they have been one trick ponies as you pay less but also get less. Up to now it has been clear why they are cheaper and that makes them very difficult to recommend unless price is your only consideration. Now we have the MG4, the first of a new generation of electric MG’s promising to take things to the next level whilst keeping the price attractive. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

A quick look at the technical specs reveals some very promising stats. For starters there is 50:50 weight distribution, rear wheel drive and a modest (for an EV) kerb weight of 1,655 kg. And when you do grab the keys the ‘4’ reveals a correspondingly good driving experience. The balance is good, the steering is well weighted and provides a good sense of the grip available and the stability control allow a degree of slip from those rear wheels, which all makes this MG surprisingly good fun.

The entry level battery pack provides 218 miles of official range which equates to somewhere between 160 – 218 miles in the real world. Fast charging is handled by a 7 kW onboard charger whilst Rapid charging enables just over 50 kW, which equates to a 10 – 80% recharge in around 40 minutes. A larger battery option is available which both useful extends the range and ups the charging speed.

So far so good, so what about styling? Well looks are subjective, but this is the first MG that has design content rather than just using the body to keep the rain out. It is distinctive, but shares no styling signature with the rest of the brand, which might be a good thing. Inside the basic layout is contemporary with a floating central screen a separate driver’s display and a floating feature between the front seats. We can imagine it looked great in the designer’s sketch book but in reality the material quality is average and there are some unfortunate hard plastics, such as the central section which can dig into your leg.

Some of the interior shortcomings are easily explained by the price tag, but some could be easily rectified. The ‘4’ follows the trend of pairing back controls to a minimum, it would be good to have easier access to the drive modes which are hidden in sub menus (not great, but not a disaster) and regenerative braking modes which also require too many stabs at the touchscreen (more annoying).

The MG4 is significantly better than previous electric MG’s, is good to drive, and should offer serious value for money. The interior shortcomings can be overlooked thanks the keen pricing, but it does feel like it has been built to the low price rather than over delivering. Overall there is much to like and we are not surprised that the ‘4’ has brought new customers to the MG brand.

 

Read our full MG4 EV Trophy Long Range review

 

Estimated real world range: 160 – 218 miles
Official range: 218 miles
Official electricity consumption: 170 Wh/km
Battery pack: 51 kWh (gross) 50.8 (usable) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty
Recharge time: 7.4 kW charge approx 7 hours 30 mins; Rapid CCS 50 kW 40 mins (10 – 80%)

Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over-estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.

Specifications MG4 EV SE

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: N/A
  • Fuel economy, urban: N/A
  • CO2 emissions: Officially 0 g/km. Estimated UK average grid approx 36 g/km (218 mile range); (160 mile range) 49 g/km
  • VED: £0 a year
  • Weight: 1,655 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2023/24): 2%
  • Price: £26,995
  • Insurance group: TBC
  • Power: 168 bhp
  • Max speed: 100 mph
  • 0-62mph: 7.8 seconds
  • Torque: 184 lb ft