MG5 EV review: boot space, seating & practicality
A practical estate bodystyle pays dividends when it comes to both passenger space and luggage capacity in the MG5, but the gains aren’t as significant as you might think
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The MG5 has become the ride-sharing car of choice in recent years, largely because of the amount of cabin space and luggage capacity offered by the budget-friendly estate car. Thankfully, the new MG5 continues that tradition, but annoyingly MG no longer offers the wide range of sensible accessories (such as rubber boot mats and dog guards) it used to for the MG5.
MG5 EV interior space, storage & comfort
Room inside is decent, with rear passengers treated to a relatively generous level of legroom thanks in part to a 2.65-metre wheelbase. However, headroom is a little tighter, especially in the front. That’s a result of the MG5’s relatively low roofline and the driver’s seat being mounted on top of the battery, so you sit high up. But this does provide a good view out, at least.
The main reason you’re going to pick the MG5 estate over electric SUVs like the MG ZS EV or Kia Niro EV is boot space. Or at least it used to be. The MG5 now offers 479 litres with the parcel shelf in place, or 578 litres loaded up to the roof. The former is only four litres more than the Niro EV can muster, and that’s before you take the storage space under the bonnet into consideration – a feature the MG lacks.
It’s a similar story when you fold the rear seats down. Doing so opens up 1,367 litres of luggage capacity, which is not only less than the Niro EV, but close to a 100 litres less than the pre-facelift MG5 offered. The rear seats also don’t fold flat in the MG5, which isn’t great when you’re trying to load flat-pack furniture or other stuff you’d think an estate car would take in its stride. If practicality is your top priority, we recommend taking a look at the Skoda Enyaq iV with its 585-litre boot that expands to a gigantic 1,710 litres with its rear seats folded flat.
In This Review
- 1VerdictMG’s sensible electric estate has been refreshed inside and out with sharper styling and better infotainment, but it still won’t break the bank
- 2Range, battery & chargingA healthy battery size means a decent range for the MG5, and charging times aren’t too bad either – whether topping up at home or on the road
- 3Running costs & insuranceLow purchase price and company car BiK rates, zero road tax and a long warranty, all mean the MG5 should be pretty cheap to run
- 4Performance, motor & drivePerformance is pretty strong, but the MG5 is far from the most satisfying EV to drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortIt no longer comes in under £30,000, but this practical family estate still features an impressive array of kit for less than most electric city cars cost
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingA practical estate bodystyle pays dividends when it comes to both passenger space and luggage capacity in the MG5, but the gains aren’t as significant as you might think
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThere are no independent crash-test or owner satisfaction scores yet, but the MG5 has the simplicity of an electric drivetrain on its side