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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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£27,244 - £31,144
Fuel Type:
Electric
ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Standard range214 miles8hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)36mins (10-80%, 100kW)
Long range250 miles9hrs 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.

Charge time

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.

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