In-depth reviews

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

£27,244 - £29,744
Fuel Type:
ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Long Range250 miles10hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)42mins (10-80%, 80kW)

The MG 5 launched in September 2020 with a reasonably large battery pack, giving it a usable driving range of just over 200 miles. That was extended further in July 2021 with the introduction of an (only slightly more expensive) longer-range version with a larger battery for a 250-mile claimed range. As of early 2022, this is now the only version of the MG 5 you can buy new.

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 of well over 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 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 EV range

The standard-range MG 5 SW EV, launched in September 2020, had a 52.5kWh battery for 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 range was expanded to include a new longer-range model with a 61.1kWh battery and an official range 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. As of early 2022, the standard-range model is no longer offered; this is the only MG 5 you can buy.

Charge time

MG hasn't skimped on the 5's charging capability, with 80kW charging supported for a 10-80% charge in around 40 minutes from a typical public rapid charging point. 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 10 hours.

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