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MG5 EV: running costs & insurance

The MG5 is cheap to run and costs a lot less to buy than most electric estates

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.5 out of 5

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

Insurance group

Warranty

Service interval

Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)

30-31

7yrs/80,000 miles

1yr/15,000 miles

From £124/£248

The MG5’s running costs really hammer home the benefit of electric cars, and MG throws in a few sweeteners of its own in the form of one of the longest warranties in the industry, generous service intervals and comprehensive service packages. Whether buying privately or for business, running costs should be low, thanks to zero CO2 emissions and the lowest 2% company-car tax rate.

MG5 EV insurance group

The pre-facelift MG5 fell into insurance group 27 regardless of the specification, however, the updated electric estate lands in group 30 if you go for the base SE model and group 31 in Trophy trim. That means it will now be slightly more expensive to insure than a Kia Niro EV (groups 28-29), MG ZS EV (27-28) or even the MG4 EV (27-29) – excluding the range-topping Extended Range and XPower models, that is.

Warranty

Short of only Kia's policy, the MG5’s seven-year/80,000-mile warranty is the longest in the industry, and a huge reassurance for anyone concerned about the longevity of electric cars. Kia’s warranty goes 20,000 miles further over those seven years, but 80,000 miles really isn’t to be sniffed at, particularly as it fully covers the battery pack, too.

Servicing

We’ve got used to seeing some fairly broad service intervals on electric cars, and the MG5 is no different. While MG still recommends the car comes in for a checkup each year, you can do up to 15,000 miles before it needs a service – a benefit of not requiring oil and filter changes like a combustion-engined model. MG also offers service plans for the MG5, priced from as little as £6 per month over two to five years. 12 months' AA roadside assistance is also included.

Road tax

With zero CO2 tailpipe emissions, you don’t have to pay any road tax (VED) when the MG5 is first registered – or any year thereafter, for that matter. However, electric cars’ exemption both from road tax and the London Congestion Charge will come to an end in 2025. Company car driver’s will also love the fact that the MG5 sits in the very lowest 2% Benefit-in-Kind tax bracket, meaning it should be incredibly cheap to run for business.

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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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