MG 5 EV electric estate car: prices, specs and details

Chinese-owned brand's electric range expands with five-door estate, priced from £24,495 after grant

MG 5 EV estate

MG has released full UK pricing and specification details for its new MG 5 EV electric estate car, which becomes the only fully electric estate car you can currently buy in the UK. It went on sale on 22 September and joins the MG ZS EV SUV in the brand's line-up of electric cars. No conventional petrol version of the 5 will be offered here.

The 5 EV starts from £24,495 after the government's plug-in car grant has been deducted. That gets you the entry-level Excite specification, featuring an eight-inch colour touchscreen with DAB radio as well as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth phone connectivity. There's also a six-speaker stereo, rear parking camera, cruise control, air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel, electric windows all round and four USB ports.

For £26,995, you can have the higher-spec Exclusive, which builds on the Excite's equipment with keyless entry and push-button start, sat nav, "leather-style" upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver's front seat, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and rain-sensing wipers.

Both versions get a 154bhp electric motor driving the front wheels, fed by a 52.5kWh battery (with a 48.8kWh usable capacity). That's sufficient for a 0-62mph time of 7.7 seconds, a top speed of 115mph and a claimed driving range of 214 miles, while charging from 0-80% can be completed in around 50 minutes using a CCS rapid charger. Home charging with a Type 2 cable will take in the region of eight hours.

MG is keen to emphasise the 5 EV's practicality, citing a 464-litre boot capacity with the rear seats up and load cover in place. With the load cover retracted, that expands to 578 litres with the rear seats still in place, while dropping the 60:40 folding seatback frees up a total of 1,456 litres. Like other MGs, the 5 EV gets a seven-year/80,000-mile manufacturer warranty.

In addition to the MG 5 estate and MG ZS SUV pure-electric cars, a plug-in hybrid version of the large MG HS SUV has also been introduced. The brand says it expects 2021 to be a 'tipping point' when over half of its sales will be of plug-in rather than purely petrol-engined models.