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MG4 EV vs Kia Niro EV: verdict and specifications

We love the Kia Niro EV, but the MG4 matches it in several areas, while costing a whole lot less

MG4 vs Kia Niro EV

1st: MG4 EV – 4.5 stars

The MG4 EV is one of the biggest surprises of 2022, coming out of nowhere to launch with a truly unbeatable starting price. On the road, it’s fun to drive but still very comfortable, while also offering rapid charging speeds and a range on par with the Kia and some much pricier electric hatchbacks. It’s spacious inside, and comes with oodles of standard kit. The MG4 EV really is the car of the moment. Read our full review for more.

2nd: Kia Niro EV – 4.5 stars

It’s easy to fall for the Kia Niro EV. It’s comfortable, stylish, and the tech is slick, and compared with the MG4 feels more special and better built. It’s also the better choice if boot space is a priority for you, and we found it to be significantly more efficient during our time with both cars. However, it takes second place in this test simply because the MG4 can do pretty much everything the Niro EV can, but for a lot less money. Read our full review for more.

Specifications

Car

MG4 EV Trophy Long Range

Kia Niro EV ‘3’

List price/total as tested

£31,495 / £32,190

£38,995 / £40,490

Engine

Single electric motor + lithium-ion battery

Single electric motor + lithium-ion battery

Transmission

Single-speed auto / rear-wheel drive

Single-speed auto / front-wheel drive

Battery capacity (total/usable)

64 / 61.7 kWh

64.8 / 64.8 kWh

Power / torque

201bhp / 250Nm

201bhp / 255Nm

0-60mph

7.9s

7.8s

Top speed

100mph

104mph

Charge time (wallbox/rapid)

10hrs / 35mins

10hrs 30mins / 45mins

Claimed / predicted range 

270 / 216 miles

285 / 253 miles

BiK rate (2022-23) / total for 20% taxpayer 

2% / £126

2% / £158

Length / width / height / wheelbase

4,287 / 1,836 / 1,504 / 2,705mm

4,420 / 1,825 / 1,585 / 2,720mm

Boot capacity (seats up/down)

363 / 1,177 litres

475 / 1,392 litres

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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