MG 5 SW EV electric estate review
It may not be the most exciting or desirable electric car on sale, but the MG 5 EV electric estate car makes a lot of sense on many levels
- Great value
- Lots of standard equipment
- Plasticky interior
- Not the best to drive
- Lacks appeal of some rivals
|Car type||Electric range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Electric||214 miles||8hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||50mins (0-80%, 50kW)|
MG has enjoyed major success with its ZS EV, the cheapest electric SUV on sale. It has sold in big numbers and proved that UK motorists are keen on affordable and well equipped pure-electric cars with a decent equipment list, regardless of the badge on the nose.
With this in mind, the brand has brought another electric car to these shores – the MG 5. It's the first – and for now only – pure-electric estate car on sale in the UK, based on the Chinese-market Roewe Ei5. As with so many MG cars, value is the order of the day – this is a family car that costs less than a Renault ZOE or Honda e.
What it lacks in excitement it makes up for in the kind of areas that should suit sensible, value-orientated consumers – something not many electric vehicles have done up until now. From the outside you’d barely be able to identify it as an electric car, and while that’s partly down to it being based on a conventional Chinese family car that also offers petrol powerplants, that subtlety should also appeal to those put off by overly futuristic designs.
It’s a similar story inside, with a practical cabin, plenty of kit and a larger boot than many cars at the 5’s price point, but its real trump card is running costs. A real-world range approaching 200 miles will cover the needs of most buyers but zero road tax, negligible Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax for company-car drivers and a top-notch warranty will bring down other running costs, too; the warranty cover in particular is better than all but one or two rivals.
Given its combination of low price, good range, strong performance and value-packed equipment levels, it's hard not to recommend the MG 5 EV. It doesn't offer the last word in polish, desirability or badge appeal – and we've yet to see how it performs in a Euro NCAP crash test – but it's the most accessible route into electric family-car ownership we've seen yet. For a more detailed look at the car, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingIt may not be the most exciting or desirable electric car on sale, but the MG 5 EV electric estate car makes a lot of sense on many levels
- 2Range, battery & chargingHealthy battery size means a decent range for the MG 5, and charging times aren’t too bad either whether topping up at home or on the road
- 3Running costsA competitive purchase price, zero road tax, very competitive BiK rates and a long warranty all mean the MG 5 should cost pennies to run
- 4Electric motor, drive & performancePerformance is pretty strong, but the MG 5's overly soft suspension means it's not very satisfying to drive
- 5Interior & comfortIt doesn't have the most stylish interior available at this price point, but the MG 5 is comfortable and well equipped even in entry-level form
- 6Practicality & boot spaceA practical estate bodystyle pays dividends for both passenger space and boot volume in the MG 5, both of which are competitive for a car of this price
- 7Reliability & safetyThere are no independent crash-test or owner satisfaction scores yet, but the MG 5 has the simplicity of an electric drivetrain on its side