MG 5 SW range, battery & charging
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
|Range||Battery size||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|214 miles||52.5kWh||8hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||50mins (10-80%, 50kW)|
MG has sensibly endowed the 5 SW with a reasonably large battery pack, giving it an eminently usable driving range, and has backed that up with good charging ability too. 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 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 50kW 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
There’s a 52.5kWh battery offering a claimed 214 miles' driving range. Our test car showed 191 miles of range after a full charge, however, so as ever it's worth taking these figures with a pinch of salt. It's a useful range in any case, and more than some more expensive electric cars – including the MG ZS EV – can manage.
MG hasn't skimped on the 5's charging capability, with 50kW charging supported for what it claims will be an 80% charge in just 50 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 and a half hours.
In This Review
- 1VerdictIt may not be the most exciting or desirable electric car on sale, but the MG 5 EV electric estate car makes a lot of sense on many levels
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingHealthy 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 costsA competitive 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 & 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
- 6Practicality & boot spaceA 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 & safetyThere are no independent crash-test or owner satisfaction scores yet, but the MG 5 has the simplicity of an electric drivetrain on its side