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  • Launched in 2021
  • Estate
  • EV
  • Launch year
    2021
  • Body type
    Estate
  • Fuel type
    EV

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Affordable introduction to electric cars

Best bits

  • A genuinely affordable and practical electric car
  • Electric range of up to 250 miles
  • Comfortable ride quality

Not so great

  • Driver assistance tech not available on standard MG 5 EV
  • Don't expect to be surprised by the plushness of the interior
  • It looks a bit bland...

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Overall verdict on the MG 5 EV

"The MG 5 EV is an electric estate car with a big boot, long warranty and affordable price tag. There's nothing else quite like it on the market – it's priced about the same as a Fiat 500 Electric, yet it's practical enough to be your main family transport, while its 250-mile range ought to be enough to make buyers think twice about petrol alternatives."

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If you're thinking about making your first step into electric motoring, the MG 5 EV represents few compromises. It's cheaper than the hybrid Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, and it'll cost significantly less to run than a petrol Skoda Octavia Estate. It's better than the electric Nissan Leaf in almost every conceivable way, while you get more for your money than a Volkswagen ID.3. Arguably, the closest competition comes from the MG ZS EV – an equally affordable electric car, albeit one wrapped up in an oh-so-desirable crossover SUV body.


It's essentially a rebadged Roewe Ei5 – a Chinese electric estate car, sold in the UK as an MG through the budget brand's rapidly expanding dealer network. Any doubt you have in your mind about the MG 5's longevity should be laid to rest by the manufacturer's seven-year warranty, while its claim to be the UK's fourth biggest seller of electric cars means it's serious about the EV market.


There are just two trim levels to choose from (Excite and Exclusive), while buyers get a choice of two different battery sizes: 52kWh or 61kWh. Only the smaller battery was initially offered, which explains why it dominates the used market, but we reckon the bigger battery's the one to go for. This can officially cover 250 miles between charges, while the smaller battery can manage a still respectable 214 miles.


It's easy to drive, with the usual instant acceleration we've come to expect from electric cars. This makes darting around town a boon, while there's enough oomph for building speed on a motorway slip road. There are faster alternatives on the market but the MG 5 EV has more than enough power to fluster the front wheels if you're heavy with the accelerator.


Pacey(ish) acceleration aside, there's not much sporty about the MG 5 EV. It actually puts the emphasis on comfort, with surprisingly compliant suspension (helped by the standard-fit 16-inch wheels and chunky tyres). That means it'll wallow about a bit during cornering and the steering feels a bit on the light side, but it's a small price to pay for a car that rides better than some much more expensive alternatives.


The interior is spacious and feels well made, although it's not quite as flashy as something like a Hyundai Ioniq 5. But that's much more expensive. We'd recommend looking for a top-spec Exclusive model for things like faux-leather seats (heated in the front), keyless entry and navigation. Talking of which, the eight-inch touchscreen media system (with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto) looks smart and is easy to use even if, like the rest of the car, it's without fanfare.


In terms of value for money, we don't think there's another electric car that comes close. A new MG 5 EV could be yours from as little as £25,095 (after the plug-in car grant), while the range tops out at £28,995. There are some real bargains about on the nearly-new market, though – a little more than £20,000 will bag you a pre-reg model with delivery miles on the clock. Who says electric cars are expensive?


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115kW Exclusive EV 53kWh 5dr Auto

  • 2020
  • 4,148 miles
  • Richard Hardie Sunderland
  • Tyne and Wear, SR52DA
Price:£22,999
PCP: £382.79/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £382.79, Customer Deposit: £3,449.00, Total Deposit: £3,449.85, Optional Final Payment: £10,668.50, Total Charge For Credit: £4,899.79, Total Amount Payable: £27,898.79, Representative APR: 10.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.3%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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115kW Exclusive EV 53kWh 5dr Auto

  • 2021
  • 9,114 miles
  • Stoneacre Fiat, MG Rochdale
  • Lancashire, OL111TJ
Price:£23,995
PCP: £444.22/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £444.22, Customer Deposit: £3,599.00, Total Deposit: £3,599.25, Optional Final Payment: £9,787.15, Total Charge For Credit: £4,939.10, Total Amount Payable: £28,934.10, Representative APR: 11.3%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.81%, Excess Mileage Charge: 6.37ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

What’s the best MG 5 EV model/engine to choose?

The price difference between the smaller and the bigger battery is so minimal that we'd recommend splashing the cash on the 61kWh version. Equally, we'd look for a top-spec Exclusive model – it's worth it for the faux-leather trim and heated seats.

What other cars are similar to the MG 5 EV?

The MG 5 EV is the only electric estate car on the market, unless you count the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo (with its £80,000+ price tag). It'll cost you about the same as small electric cars like the Peugeot e-208 and Renault Zoe, while electric family cars like the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Nissan Leaf are a bit pricier. The MG 5 EV's biggest competition probably comes from in-house rival, the MG ZS EV. If you need more space, the MG ZS is an electric SUV with a similarly affordable price tag.

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Is the MG 5 EV a good electric car?

We rate the MG 5 EV highly. It's more spacious than other electric cars for the same money, although it perhaps isn't as stylish as something like a Peugeot e-208. It's comfortable and easy to drive, and you get a lot of equipment for your cash. MG's seven-year warranty is excellent, too.

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Where is the MG 5 EV made?

The MG 5 EV is made at SAIC Motor's Zhengzhou Plant in China. Previously, MG models were assembled at the firm's UK facility in Longbridge, Birmingham.

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What is the range of the MG 5 EV?

The electric MG 5 EV is available with two battery sizes. The smaller 52.5kW battery pack provides an official range of 214 miles, while the bigger 61.1kWh unit can cover 250 miles between charges.

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