New MG 4 EV to hit UK showrooms in September, priced from £25,995

Published: 05 August 2022

► Affordable EV hatch set for launch in September
► Built on MG’s all-new dedicated electric platform
► Rear-wheel drive and 50:50 weight balance promised

MG has confirmed prices and specifications for the new 4 EV. The electric hatchback will go on sale in the UK in September 2022 with prices starting from £25,995. That means it’ll undercut rivals like the Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra Born by a staggering £10,000.

Buyers will be able choose from two trim levels called SE and Trophy, and two battery packs dubbed Standard Range and Long Range. Like the rest of its cars, MG will sell the 4 EV with a competitive level of standard equipment despite its low price.

The cheapest SE Standard Range model features 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and automatic climate control. It’ll be powered by a 51kWh battery pack, which MG says will provide a maximum range of 218 miles.

SE cars will be optionally available with MG’s 64kWh Long Range battery, which will bump maximum range up to 280 miles. This variant also features an active shutter that blanks off the car’s radiator grille when it isn’t required for cooling to increase the amount of range you can get from a single charge by as much as 10%. Prices will start from £28,495.

MG 4 EV interior

The range-topping MG 4 EV Trophy will have a starting price of £31,495. It will feature MG’s Long Range battery as standard but, because it’s fitted with a lot more equipment than the SE model, it’s maximum range drops to 270 miles.

Upgrades over the SE model include a two-tone paint finish, rear privacy glass, a larger rear spoiler, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree parking camera and a wireless smartphone charger. Buyers will also get some extra safety equipment such as lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot monitoring system.

Both specifications will feature the same seven-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment system, although the Trophy variant will have a built-in sat-nav system. Buyers will also have a choice of six paint colours, including the rather striking Volcano Orange seen on the car here.

What’s propping up this bargain basement EV?

The 4 EV is based on MG’s new Modular Scalable Platform (MSP), which will underpin all the firm’s next-generation electric vehicles. And we’re not just talking cheap electric runabouts here – MG says the new underpinnings are versatile enough to support everything from a hatchback to an SUV and even a sports car, with wheelbases ranging from 2,650mm to 3,100mm.

MG also claims the platform has been designed with handling in mind. The electric motor is mounted on the rear axle and the brand has designed a new slimline battery, which helps to lower the car’s centre of gravity by dropping the driver closer to the ground. The firm’s engineers claim these advancements result in a 50:50 weight distribution. Impressive stuff for such a budget brand.

MG 4 EV platform infographic

MG’s engineers have also tried to futureproof the platform wherever possible. For example, they’ve made space in the design for a battery swap system to be added later (which will work like Nio’s Power Swap Station), while over-the-air updates will allow buyers to upgrade their car’s software as the company releases improvements.

What’s the MG 4’s interior like?

It looks like a big step up for MG, although you can tell where the company’s designers got their ideas from. There’s a new widescreen infotainment system and a tiny digital gauge cluster mounted on the dashboard, which looks suspiciously similar to the infotainment setup in the Cupra Born. There’s also a two-spoke steering wheel, like you get in a Skoda Enyaq.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, though, and there are some original ideas present. Take that floating centre console – it houses the car’s rotary gear selector, electronic parking brake and a storage tray, which we expect will house the wireless smartphone charger on the most expensive versions of the car.

MG hasn’t issued any figures on the 4 EV’s carrying capacity, but the brand’s latest images suggest it’ll be quite practical. The company has also assured us that the car will offer plenty of interior space and a well-sized boot.

MG 4 EV boot

Guy Pigounakis, MG’s Commercial Director certainly seems confident about the 4 EV’s capabilty. He said: “Our first all-electric hatchback will offer unrivalled interior space and practicality, with a level of equipment usually expected from premium and performance EV manufacturers.

“We believe our new MG4 EV will be an enticing proposition for customers seeking an affordable electric car without compromise. The potential of the innovative Modular Scalable Platform is considerable and is set to deliver some exciting new MGs over the coming years.”

By Luke Wilkinson

Staff writer. Unhealthy obsession with classic Minis and old Alfas. Impenetrable Cumbrian accent