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MG 5 SW practicality & boot space

A 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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality & boot space rating

4.0 out of 5

£27,243 - £29,744
Fuel Type:
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,544mm1,818mm1,513mm464/1,456 litres

It’s that pragmatic approach once more from MG here. The 5's slightly awkward exterior proportions hide a practical cabin that liberates plenty of space for front and rear occupants and a sizeable boot, too – even if it can’t match the capacity of (admittedly longer) conventional estates like the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. A wide range of sensible accessories (such as rubber boot mats and dog guards) should suit a wide range of owners, too.

MG 5 SW interior space, storage & comfort

Built for practicality more than style, the MG 5’s interior has plenty of space. There’s good headroom and legroom for those in both the front and rear seats, along with plenty of scope for a decent driving position: the driver gets a six-way adjustable seat, while the passenger's adjusts four ways. Exclusive models get leather-effect seats, with heating for the front passengers and lumbar adjustment for the driver. Overall, comfort is good, but storage cubbies aren’t as liberally offered as some rivals.

Boot space

The MG 5 clearly benefits here from being an estate car, even if its unusual half-and-half proportions mean it doesn’t quite have the capacity of some more conventional estates. There's 464 litres on offer with the seats up and 1,456 litres with them folded flat, which is roughly halfway between a Nissan Leaf (370 litres with seats up) and a regular estate like the Ford Focus (575 litres).

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