In-depth reviews

MG 5 SW range, battery & charging

Healthy 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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

3.5 out of 5

£27,243 - £29,744
Fuel Type:
RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
214 miles52.5kWh8hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)50mins (10-80%, 50kW)

MG has sensibly endowed the 5 SW with a reasonably large battery pack, giving it an eminently usable driving range, and has backed that up with good charging ability too. As with most electric cars, you’ll want to have a decent wallbox at home to make the most of its capabilities, but even if you only top up now and then, a usable range not far short of 200 miles means many drivers will be able to accomplish much of their week’s driving on a single charge.

The 5’s battery pack is also backed up by the firm’s seven-year/80,000-mile warranty for peace of mind, while 50kW rapid-charging capability means top-ups on the road while you're out and about shouldn’t be too problematic either.

MG 5 SW range

There’s a 52.5kWh battery offering a claimed 214 miles' driving range. Our test car showed 191 miles of range after a full charge, however, so as ever it's worth taking these figures with a pinch of salt. It's a useful range in any case, and more than some more expensive electric cars – including the MG ZS EV – can manage.

Charge time

MG hasn't skimped on the 5's charging capability, with 50kW charging supported for what it claims will be an 80% charge in just 50 minutes. Charge using the three-pin cable and you'll have to wait 18 hours for a full charge (MG says this is for emergencies only), but use a wallbox and that'll drop to around eight and a half hours.

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