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MG 5 SW reliability & safety

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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£27,243 - £29,744
Fuel Type:
Electric

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.

Safety

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.

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