MG 5 SW 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
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Standard range||214 miles||8hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||36mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
|Long range||250 miles||9hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||40mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
The MG 5 launched in September 2020 with a reasonably large battery pack, giving it an eminently usable driving range, and that was extended further in July 2021 with the introduction of an (only slightly more expensive) longer range version with a larger battery.
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 for the standard version and even more for the longer-range model 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 80kW 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
The standard MG 5 SW EV, launched in September 2020, got a 52.5kWh battery offering a claimed 214 miles' driving range. Our test car showed 191 miles remaining after a full charge when in 'Normal' mode, and a shade over 200 miles in 'Eco' mode (which is actually perfectly useable for everyday driving). The range indicator tends to be spot-on, too, being neither too optimistic nor too pessimistic about how far the energy in the battery will get you, so you can rely on it with confidence.
In July 2021, the MG 5 range was expanded to include a new longer-range model with a 61.1kWh battery and an official range number of 250 miles. Based on our experience with the original model, this should translate to well over 200 miles of real-world range in most driving conditions, even with a few passengers and some luggage on board.
MG hasn't skimped on the 5's charging capability, with 80kW charging supported for what it claims will be a 10-80% charge in around 40 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 or nine hours.
In This Review
- 1VerdictIt may not be the most exciting or desirable electric model on sale, but the MG 5 EV electric estate car makes a lot of sense on many levels
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingA 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
- 3Running costs & insuranceA low 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 & performancePerformance is pretty strong, but the MG 5's overly soft suspension means it's not very satisfying to drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & 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
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityA 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 & safety ratingThere are no independent crash-test or owner satisfaction scores yet, but the MG 5 has the simplicity of an electric drivetrain on its side