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MG5 EV: reliability & safety rating

MG has a sorry-looking reliability record, but buyers seem to be pleased with their MG5s overall

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£30,995 - £33,495
Fuel Type:
Electric

We won’t be sure of the MG5’s long-term reliability, but owners have reported it to be somewhat dependable at least. It’s yet to be independently crash-tested too, however, 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

The MG5 only narrowly missed out in making our top 10 ranking of the best electric cars to own in our latest Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. It placed 1st in terms of value-for-money – no surprise there – and ranked 8th in the reliability category. 

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This is at least better than how MG fared overall in our brand survey, placing plumb last out of 32 manufacturers. Roughly 33% of owners reported a fault with their cars within the first year of ownership – not something you really want to hear when buying a new car.

Safety

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.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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