MG 5 SW EV electric estate car gets new longer-range battery

Longer-range model added to electric estate car line-up, promising a 250-mile range and priced at £26,495 after the government grant

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MG has added a longer-range version of the MG 5 SW EV electric estate car to its line-up. The new model has a 61.1kWh battery capacity for an official driving range of 250 miles on a charge – up from the existing version's 214 miles.

It's priced from £26,495 after the government plug-in car grant in entry-level Excite specification, rising to £28,995 for Exclusive trim. The existing standard-range model remains on sale for the time being, priced at £25,095 for the Excite and £27,595 for the Exclusive.

Apart from the extremely expensive Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, the MG 5 is the only fully electric estate car you can currently buy in the UK. It was launched in September 2020, joining the MG ZS EV and MG HS Plug-In SUVs in the brand's line-up of electrified cars. No conventional petrol version of the 5 is offered in the UK.

Entry-level Excite specification features an eight-inch colour touchscreen with DAB radio as well as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth phone connectivity. There's also a six-speaker stereo, rear parking camera, cruise control, air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel, electric windows all round and four USB ports. The higher-spec Exclusive builds on the Excite's equipment with keyless entry and push-button start, sat nav, "leather-style" upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver's front seat, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and rain-sensing wipers.

Both versions get a 154bhp electric motor driving the front wheels. That's sufficient for a 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 115mph. Claimed driving range is 214 miles from the standard version and 250 miles from the larger-battery model introduced in July 2021. Charging the latter from 10-80% can be completed in around 40 minutes using a 100KW rapid charger. Home charging with a Type 2 cable will take in the region of nine-and-a-half hours.

MG is keen to emphasise the 5 EV's practicality, citing a 464-litre boot capacity with the rear seats up and load cover in place. With the load cover retracted, that expands to 578 litres with the rear seats still in place, while dropping the 60:40 folding seatback frees up a total of 1,456 litres. Like other MGs, the 5 EV gets a seven-year/80,000-mile manufacturer warranty.

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