MG4 EV vs Kia Niro EV: running costs and warranty
Both cars will be cheap to run, but a starting price of under £26,000 makes the MG4 the bargain of the year
The MG4 is quite possibly the bargain of the year. Starting from under £26,00, it is the second cheapest electric car on sale at the moment, undercut only by the dinky Smart EQ ForTwo – a compromised two-seater with a painfully short range. Even the top-of-the-range MG4 Trophy we tested comes in under £32,000, which is thousands less than a base Kia Niro EV, let alone the near-£40,000 price tag of the mid-range model in our test.
MG is also one of the few manufacturers that comes close to matching Kia’s industry-leading seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. The MG4 gets a seven-year/80,000-mile guarantee, plus one year of free breakdown cover – though the same is true for the Niro EV.
Generally, both cars will be cheap to run. Company-car drivers will love the 2% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate that applies to the Kia and MG, as it means 20% earners need pay just over £100 a year in tax to run either model as tested. Both are also zero-rated for VED (road tax), as well as being exempt from the London Congestion Charge and other clean-air zone fees – at least for now.
Charging at home and on an energy tariff of 28p/kWh, it’ll cost £1,600 to cover over 20,000 miles in the MG, but £1,436 for its Kia competitor due to its superior efficiency.
They will both be more expensive insure than their petrol-powered equivalents, but the two versions of the Niro EV and MG4 we tested both land in insurance group 29.
In This Review
- 1IntroTwo of this year’s stand-out electric cars go head-to-head as we pit MG’s cut-price hatchback against the e-Niro’s successor
- 2Range and chargingThe MG’s 135kW rapid charging speeds are impressive at this price, but the superior efficiency of the Niro EV pays dividends on the road
- 3Performance and handlingThe MG4 is one of the most fun to drive electric cars we’ve tested in 2022, but still comfortable around town and cruising on the motorway
- 4Space and practicalityThe Niro EV triumphs here thanks to its huge boot, handy frunk and spacious cabin
- 5Interior and infotainmentCredit to MG for what it’s achieved at this price point, it just doesn’t quite match the material quality and infotainment in the Kia
- 6Running costs and warranty - currently readingBoth cars will be cheap to run, but a starting price of under £26,000 makes the MG4 the bargain of the year
- 7Safety and reliabilityKia’s performance in the latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey gives it edge here, though you still get a suite of safety kit as standard with both cars
- 8Verdict and specificationsWe love the Kia Niro EV, but the MG4 matches it in several areas, while costing a whole lot less