MG4 EV review: boot space, seating & practicality
While it doesn't match the boot capacity of some other electric family cars, the MG4 EV’s cabin is spacious and comfortable
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One of the biggest surprises with the MG4 is the sheer amount of cabin space, thanks to a combination of the EV-specific platform, floating centre console and minimalist design. That’s not to say you feel like a sardine in a tin behind the wheel of a VW ID.3, the MG4 just feels slightly more airy inside. Plus, the seats are pretty comfortable and you can fit three people in the rear, no problem.
However, the black plastics and fake leather combined with the steeply raked windscreen do make the cabin feel a little gloomy. And there’s no option of a sunroof in the UK to mitigate that. The rear-axle-mounted electric motor also reduces the amount of boot space on offer, though the same is true of the VW ID.3 and Cupra Born.
MG4 EV interior space, storage & comfort
The MG4 has lots of room for passengers in the back seats, with enough leg and headroom to seat three adults. There are lots of storage options in the cabin, too, including a storage bin underneath the central armrest, a tray for your smartphone – which in Trophy models gets wireless charging – and decent door bins for other odds and ends. There’s also a little compartment for your glasses in the roof, a covered drawer and a pair of cupholders below the gear selector hub.
On the back of the front seats are a large pocket, plus two more higher up that could potentially be used for passengers' smartphones.
The MG4 falls a little short on the boot space with only 363 litres on offer. That’s 22 litres less than its rivals from VW and Cupra, neither of which excel in the storage front as is. The MG4’s boot is still usable, with no load lip to contend with and some extra storage space under the boot floor that’s ideal for your charging cables. But, we think you might just find yourself testing its carrying capacity every now and again. If you need some extra space the rear seats do fold flat in a 60:40 split, giving you 1,177 litres of cargo space to work with.
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 & chargingFor the money, the Long Range MG4 EV’s 281-mile range is hard to beat, while rapid charging speeds are on par with key rivals from VW and Cupra
- 3Running costs & insuranceRunning costs for MG’s electric family hatchback are likely to be much lower than for its petrol-powered alternatives, especially if you’re planning to run one as a company car
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe MG4 EV lives up to its looks with quick steering and plenty of poke that make it fun to drive around town and on a back road; plus there’s a 400bhp hot version still to come
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThe MG4 EV is exceptional value for money, offering plenty of kit regardless of which trim level you go for, however, its infotainment system is one of the car’s biggest weaknesses
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingWhile 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