New MG 5: the first electric estate on sale in the UK

Published: 22 September 2020

► The first electric estate in the IK
► Only £25k
► 80% charge in 40 minutes

MG has unveiled price and spec details of its intriguing new all-electric 5 SW estate car. It's the first and only estate car in an SUV-dominated EV market and MG hopes the £25k Chinese-built car will appeal to fleet users as well as retail customers. 

The company has been making quiet progress in UK markets in the past couple of years, and thanks to the success of the ZS and ZS EV is set to top 20,000 sales in its 'home' European market in 2020. The arrival of the MG 5 and its sister the MG HS PHEV, should see the brand achieve a mix of 50% electrified vehicle sales in 2021.

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MG's marketing boss, Daniel Gregorious says that, 'MG will become the go-to brand for mainstream electric cars.' With pricing like this, the company is off to a good start. 

So it's cheap, but is it any good?

The MG 5 has been on sale in Roewe form in China since 2018 and has already sold 63,000 copies. It's been upgraded for UK consumption, and it delivers decent performance for the money. Claimed 0-62mph time is 7.7 seconds with a maximum speed of 115mph from its 154bhp/192lb ft EV drivetrain. Battery range is claimed to be 214 miles on the WLTP combined testing cycle.

In an intriguing press conference, MG said that the 5 SW offers a myriad of advantages over an SUV equivalent, and that it hopes to buck the trend of buyers increasingly plumping for a jacked-up crossover, by being able to offer superior handling and a better driving experience. Given the ZS EV is doing so well, that seems a strange pledge to make.

As an estate, this Toyota Corolla-sized package seems very useful, with 578 litres of boot space with the seats up, rising to 1456 litres when the seats are folded.  

What do you get for your money?

All models get alloy wheels, smartphone compatibility, DAB radio and rear parking sensors as standard, with the range-topping Exclusive adding adaptive cruise control and a panoramic sunroof.  

It offers CCS top-ups, too, as you'd expect, with the MG 5 being able to receive an 80% charge in 40 minutes via a rapid charger, with a conventional 7kWh domestic wallbox being able to fill it in around 8.5 hours. 

The price looks good, with the entry-level Excite model coming in at £24,995 and the range-topping Exclusive coming in at £26,995. MG says that you can order one now, with deliveries promised for November. It's an aggressive price point, which is sure to see MG benefit for the growing interest in EVs thanks to the already popular ZS EV.

By Keith Adams

Devout classic Citroen enthusiast, walking car encyclopedia, and long-time contributor to CAR

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