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MG 5 vs Volkswagen ID.3: verdict and specifications

It may not have the ID.3’s contemporary looks, but the MG 5 is the practical, comfortable and more affordable package

MG 5 vs VW ID.3

1st: MG 5 – 4.0 stars

While both cars here have plenty going for them, you can’t get more EV for your money than the MG 5 at the moment, especially if you’re talking about boot space. Monthly finance rates for the electric estate undercut its rival by more than enough to balance out the ID.3’s superior efficiency, too, and the MG is more comfortable around town. However, it’s worth remembering that an updated version with fresh new looks and tech is arriving later this year. Read our full review to find out more.

2nd: Volkswagen ID.3 – 4.0 stars

A second-place finish here doesn’t mean the entry-level ID.3 is without appeal. It’s more efficient than the MG, roomier for passengers and slightly better to drive. But once you look at the hatchback’s price, boot space and kit levels, it’s understandably second best in this company. Some improvements to the in-car tech and better ergonomics is all it’d take for us to consider the extra purchase price justified for the VW, though. Read our full review to find out more.



MG 5 SW EV Exclusive Long Range

Volkswagen ID.3 Life Pro

List price/total as tested




Single electric motor + lithium-ion battery

Single electric motor + lithium-ion battery


Single-speed auto / front-wheel drive

Single-speed auto / rear-wheel drive

Battery capacity



Power / torque

154bhp / 260Nm

143bhp / 310Nm




Top speed



Charge time (wallbox/rapid)

10hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) / 42mins (10-80%, 80kW)

9hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) / 33mins (10-80%, 100kW)

Claimed / predicted range 

250 / 232 miles

260 / 252 miles

BiK rate / total for 20% taxpayer

2% / £128

2% / £129

Length / width / height / wheelbase

4,544 / 1,818 / 1,521 / 2,659mm

4,261 / 1,809 / 1,568 / 2,765mm

Boot capacity (seats up/down)

464 / 1,456 litres

385 / 1,267 litres

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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