MG5 EV review: reliability & safety rating
There are no independent crash-test or owner satisfaction scores yet, but the MG5 has the simplicity of an electric drivetrain on its side
We won’t be sure of the MG5’s long-term reliability until it’s been on the market for a few years. It has yet to be independently crash-tested, either, but there are a few signs that it could prove fairly painless to live with. Electric cars tend to fare well when it comes to reliability, and the MG5 is backed up by a seven-year warranty. Plus, the recently-introduced MG4 EV scored well in its recent crash-safety tests.
MG5 EV reliability & problems
Only one MG ranked in the 2022 Driver Power survey: the MG ZS, which finished 61st on the list of 75 best new cars. Combined with MG coming second to last in Driver Power’s best manufacturers list, and it’s far from a stellar performance for the Chinese-owned brand. But we hadn’t heard of any reliability issues with the MG5 before its facelift, and a seven-year warranty is also evidence of MG's confidence in its cars’ durability.
The MG5 still hasn’t been tested for crash safety by Euro NCAP. 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. Both MG ZS EV and MG4 EV achieved a full five-star rating with good scores in all categories, so hopefully the MG5 will replicate those results.
Every MG5 also comes with a suite of active safety and driver-assistance systems called 'MG Pilot' which incorporates active emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic-jam assist, high-beam assistance and speed-limit assist.
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 & chargingA 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 rating - currently readingThere are no independent crash-test or owner satisfaction scores yet, but the MG5 has the simplicity of an electric drivetrain on its side