MG 5 SW reliability & safety rating
There are no independent crash-test or owner satisfaction scores yet, but the MG 5 has the simplicity of an electric drivetrain on its side
We won’t be sure of the MG 5’s long-term reliability until it has been on the market for a few years, and it has yet to be independently crash-tested, but there are a few signs that it could prove fairly painless to live with. MG’s scores in the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey haven’t been spectacular in the past, but electric models tend to do well, and the 5’s reliability is backed up by a long warranty. Other MGs have scored well in recent crash tests, too.
MG 5 SW reliability & problems
Two MGs were ranked in the 2020 Driver Power survey, with the MG ZS placing 55th and MG 3 just sneaking into the list at 74th. Neither is a stellar performance (although the ZS was flanked by two of its rivals, the Nissan Qashqai and Suzuki Vitara), but they do give a general indication of MG ownership satisfaction. Electric models tend to do fairly well in the survey, which may benefit the MG 5, and a seven-year warranty is also evidence of MG's confidence in its cars’ durability.
The MG 5 is too new to have been tested for crash safety by Euro NCAP just yet. There have been concerns in the past over the safety of some Chinese cars, but that reputation has largely been overturned in recent years, particularly for models sold in Europe. Most recently, the MG ZS EV achieved a full five-star rating with good scores in all categories from Euro NCAP, so hopefully the MG 5 will replicate those results.
In July 2021, a suite of active safety and driver-assistance systems known as 'MG Pilot' was added to the 5, in tandem with the introduction of the longer-range model. This incorporates active emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, traffic-jam assistance, high-beam assistance and speed-limit assistance.
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 & chargingA 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 rating - currently readingThere are no independent crash-test or owner satisfaction scores yet, but the MG 5 has the simplicity of an electric drivetrain on its side