MG5 EV: performance, motor & drive
The MG5 is adequate, if a tad uninspiring to drive; buyers simply looking for a fuss-free driving experience will find exactly what they’re looking for here
The MG5 was never the most exciting electric car to drive, and despite what its new front end might suggest, it’s the same story with the updated version. It even uses the same 154bhp motor as before, which powers the front wheels only, unlike the new MG4 which is rear-wheel drive and based on an EV-specific platform, too.
MG5 EV 0-60mph, top speed and acceleration
The MG5 uses a single electric motor that sends all 154bhp and 280Nm of torque to the front wheels. It’s less powerful than rivals like the Kia Niro EV, but still enough oomph to propel the electric estate from 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds. On the move it's the torque that's more obvious, and the MG5 can certainly shift, no matter if you’re in town, on a country road, or the motorway.
There are three driving modes, too – Eco, Normal and Sport. Eco maximises range by limiting performance, while Normal offers a bit more of that addictive EV off-the-line performance. Switching to Sport will get you closest to the MG5's official acceleration figure and adds a little weight to the steering, but ultimately feels a little unnecessary in a car like this.
The MG5 doesn’t offer much in the way of fun from behind the wheel, but you’d hardly expect a family estate to set your trousers on fire. Perhaps more important is the car’s light and direct steering and how well the MG5 keeps body roll in check, making it at least feel pretty secure. Ride comfort is fine, as the MG5 damps out bigger bumps so passengers aren’t thrown around when you hit a pothole – something that’s increasingly likely on British roads nowadays.
On the motorway, refinement is also good. Not much wind noise infiltrates the cabin, and there's barely any whine from the motor, even with the most aggressive of the regenerative braking modes engaged. Slowing down requires some finesse as the top of the brake pedal’s travel is difficult to modulate. There are three levels of regenerative braking to choose from, but even the strongest one doesn’t allow for one-pedal driving which is a shame.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe MG5 may be feeling a little long in the tooth – despite a recent nip and tuck – but it remains a great budget electric estate option
- 2Range, battery & chargingOther electric cars have a longer range and faster charging than the MG5, but at least its quoted figures are easy to match
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe MG5 is cheap to run and costs a lot less to buy than most electric estates
- 4Performance, motor & drive - currently readingThe MG5 is adequate, if a tad uninspiring to drive; buyers simply looking for a fuss-free driving experience will find exactly what they’re looking for here
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe MG5’s interior isn’t as dreary as it once was, but it’s still indicative of the car’s bargain price
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe MG5 is certainly roomy, but several of its SUV rivals offer greater practicality overall
- 7Reliability & safety ratingMG has a sorry-looking reliability record, but buyers seem to be pleased with their MG5s overall