MG5 EV review: range, battery & charging
A healthy battery size means a decent range for the MG5, and charging times aren’t too bad either – whether topping up at home or on the road
|Range||Battery size||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|235-250 miles||61.1kWh||10hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||35mins (10-80%, 80kW)|
The refreshed MG5 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 a couple of battery sizes. Entry-level MG5 SE trim models boast an official range of 250 miles, while the more generously equipped Trophy specification reduces the MG5’s range to 235 miles on a full charge, likely due to its larger 17-inch wheels.
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.
The MG5's 87kW rapid charging capability is respectable in the electric family car class, and even trumps the new Kia Niro EV’s 77kW maximum charging speed. That means the MG will top up from 10-80% in around 40 minutes from most public rapid charging points. Fully recharging the MG5 will take a little over nine hours if you use a 7.4kW home wallbox, while a three-pin plug will do the job in 18 hours. It’s best to treat that as a last resort when you’re away from home.
In This Review
- 1VerdictMG’s sensible electric estate has been refreshed inside and out with sharper styling and better infotainment, but it still won’t break the bank
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingA healthy battery size means a decent range for the MG5, and charging times aren’t too bad either – whether topping up at home or on the road
- 3Running costs & insuranceLow purchase price and company car BiK rates, zero road tax and a long warranty, all mean the MG5 should be pretty cheap to run
- 4Performance, motor & drivePerformance is pretty strong, but the MG5 is far from the most satisfying EV to drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortIt no longer comes in under £30,000, but this practical family estate still features an impressive array of kit for less than most electric city cars cost
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityA practical estate bodystyle pays dividends when it comes to both passenger space and luggage capacity in the MG5, but the gains aren’t as significant as you might think
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThere are no independent crash-test or owner satisfaction scores yet, but the MG5 has the simplicity of an electric drivetrain on its side