MG4 EV review: performance, motor & drive
The MG4 offers sharp handling and a comfortable ride, while the XPower variant is frankly ballistic
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The MG4 manages to make up for any shortcomings with the way it drives. Its soft and forgiving ride means it is just as comfortable around town as it is on country roads and motorways. Meanwhile, the quick steering allows the family hatchback to dart through corners, so when face-to-face with a twisty British B-road the MG4 is supremely fun to drive. There is some noticeable road noise at higher speeds, which are easy to reach – especially in the new hot XPower variant.
MG4 EV 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
MG says Standard and Long Range models will hit 62mph in around eight seconds, while the most expensive Extended Range model will get there in 6.5 seconds – and we have no reason to doubt that. Floor it from a standstill and the MG4 doesn’t feel that fast, though power delivery from the electric motor is linear even up past 60mph. But once you’re on the move, it’s just point and squirt, and you’ll be surprised how fast the MG4 gains speed. There’s plenty of poke for getting around town and overtaking on the motorway.
Those wondering whether the hot hatch market will live on in the new electric age should take a look at the new MG4 XPower. While the lack of noise does mean the sportiest MG4 lacks the soul and character of old-school petrol hot hatches, its 429bhp dual-motor powertrain means it leaves them in the dust; 0-62mph takes just 3.8 seconds, which is on-par with many made-for-purpose sports cars. All of this feels as quick as you’d imagine, with the XPower’s special Bridgestone tyres scrabbling for traction whenever you floor the accelerator.
The MG4 lives up to its looks on the road; it’s fun to drive, but still very comfortable. The steering is quick and nicely weighted in Sport mode, becoming lighter in Normal, and more dull if you switch to Eco for maximum efficiency. But still, because it’s so light and direct it offers a nice sense of agility that’s definitely useful around town and on twister roads, too. And for a car of this size, it’s easy to place on the road. Visibility is also good, and the car’s turning circle is tight, which should help parking and manoeuvring in tight spots.
The MG4 XPower takes things a step further with larger brakes, uprated suspension and, as mentioned, stickier Bridgestone-branded rubber. So what’s the result of this? Well, the 25% stiffer chassis is noticeable, but by no means uncomfortable, while heavier steering is ideal for fast drives down twisty roads. You can feel the traction control kick in when the XPower gets close to its limit, but this doesn’t spoil the fun – if performance is your priority, we’d pick the XPower over a Cupra Born any day.
Unlike the ID.3 or Cupra Born, the MG4’s regenerative braking system has four levels to choose from: Low, Medium, Strong and Apative. While it can be quite fiddly to adjust via the infotainment system (this can be shortcutted to the steering wheel via configurable buttons) the Strong regen mode was by far our favourite as it meant we hardly ever touched the brake pedal. As of 2023, the MG4 now also has a one-pedal driving mode, which makes driving even more effortless.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe MG4 EV combines range, practicality and loads of kit into a sharp-looking, fun-to-drive package all at an unbeatable price
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe MG4 offers superb range figures for the price - especially the new Extended Range variant
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe MG4 is not only cheap to buy, it should be incredibly inexpensive to run, too
- 4Performance, motor & drive - currently readingThe MG4 offers sharp handling and a comfortable ride, while the XPower variant is frankly ballistic
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThe MG4 offers exceptional value-for-money, but it's interior does show signs of cost-cutting
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWhile it doesn't match the boot capacity of some other electric family cars, the MG4 EV’s cabin is spacious and comfortable
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe MG4 EV boasts a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, and we expect it'll be very reliable, too