MG5 EV range, battery & charging

A 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

Price
£30,995 - £33,495
Fuel Type:
Electric
RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
235-250 miles61.1kWh10hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)35mins (10-80%, 80kW)

The refreshed MG 5 electric estate is fitted with the same 61.1kWh battery as before and its usable capacity of 57.4kWh is enough for an official range of between 235 and 250 miles depending on which trim level you go for. The 87kW rapid charging speeds are unchanged, too, but still sufficient so you won’t have to spend too long topping up at service stations on longer journeys. Plus, the charging port is in the MG5’s nose, which makes plugging in a little easier.

MG5 EV range

The MG5 currently only comes in Long Range form, unlike the MG4 which is available with various battery sizes. The Entry-level MG5 SE boasts an official range of 250 miles, while the more generously equipped Trophy-spec can only cover 235 miles on a full charge according to MG, likely due to its larger 17-inch rims. 

Our test car was a Trophy-spec model, which we used to cover a mixture of motorway and town driving, with the MG5 returning 3.6 miles per kWh. With a usable capacity of 57.4kWh, that level of efficiency translates to a real-world range of about 206 miles. And that’s in the winter, with the heated seats on their highest setting and cabin temperature turned up, which will bring an EVs range down; getting within 30 miles of MG's claimed figure is pretty good. Plus the MG5 consumed energy at a predictable rate, which makes it easy to plan ahead – always a welcome trait in an electric car.

Charge time

The MG5's 87kW rapid charging capability is respectable in the electric family car class, and enough that a 10-80% top-up takes around half-an-hour from most public rapid charging points. Fully replenishing the 61.1kWh battery will take a little over 10 hours if you use a 7.4kW home wallbox, while the same job will take nearly a day with a three-pin plug. It’s best treat that as a last resort when you’re away from home.

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