MG 5 SW electric motor, drive & performance
Performance is pretty strong, but the MG 5's overly soft suspension means it's not very satisfying to drive
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The MG 5 uses a single electric motor sending power to the front wheels through a single-speed transmission. Peak power is quoted as 154bhp and maximum torque is a useful 260Nm, which is a shade below potential rivals like the Kia e-Niro but still enough to give the MG peppy performance.
There are three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport. Eco maximises range by limiting performance, Normal offers a bit more of that addictive electric-car off-the-line performance, while Sport helps you to achieve the car's official acceleration figures. These modes are complemented by three selectable levels of regenerative braking.
MG 5 SW 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
Performance is surprisingly good. With 260Nm of torque, acceleration is enough to catch most other road users napping: 0-62mph takes 7.7 seconds in Sport mode and it feels plenty fast enough and there’s a 115mph top speed. Sport mode allows full access to that performance, but even if you choose to put the car in its Eco mode, there’s still plenty of oomph for getting around, and naturally there’s a small range benefit in limiting the performance on offer.
It’s not quite as good news here, as the 5 isn't much fun in corners. It pitches and rolls as you fight with the lifeless steering. This isn't a sports car, though, and the lack of communication and above-average levels of body lean will be absolutely fine for most drivers. The trouble is, that softness doesn’t automatically translate to ideal ride comfort either. It handles motorway driving neatly enough, but seems to be caught out by the kind of bumps you find around towns and cities.
In This Review
- 1VerdictIt may not be the most exciting or desirable electric car on sale, but the MG 5 EV electric estate 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 & performance - currently readingPerformance 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