MG launches first fully electric estate car
23rd Sep 2020 Danny Morgan
The MG5 EV is the first all-electric estate and MG’s second fully electric vehicle following the launch of the MG ZS EV in 2019.
What is it?
The MG5 EV is a fully electric estate with up to 214 miles of range. The electric car market has been crying out for options other than a saloon or the raft of SUVs, with an estate car high up on the demand list.
What you need to know
Practicality and range
Any estate car needs to deliver where it matters most – boot space and overall practicality. An electric estate car needs to deliver this and have a generous range for those long family drives or trips to the tip.
Fortunately, the MG5 EV appears to meet expectations with a range of up to 214 miles and 464 litres of boot space with the rear seats up. Retract the load cover and this increases to 578 litres.
You can also drop the rear seats down, which are in a 60:40 configuration, to expand capacity to 1,456 litres. This compares favourably with the BMW 3 Series Touring which has a slightly larger 1,510 litres of space.
MG says passenger space is not compromised, with plenty of legroom and head room.
The impressive 214-mile range is delivered by a 52.2kWh battery, although MG reckons this will increase to 276 miles for city use.
Charging the MG5 EV at home will take around eight hours from empty to full using a 7.4kW home charge point. But it will be rare that you need to charge from 0-100% so charging will be more likely to be a top-up.
There is also rapid charging capability thanks to the CCS connection, allowing for a 0-80% charge in about 50 minutes.
Our editor Danny Morgan explains why charging at home is much quicker than most people realise in this video.
Design and equipment
In the design department, there isn’t so much fanfare. It’s an estate and a pretty standard looking one at that.
MG says the 5 EV estate sits lower than most other vehicles in this segment, with the water-cooled battery integrated into chassis, which gives the car a low centre of gravity for better handling.
There are five colours to choose from a launch, including Piccadilly Blue, Westminster Silver, Dynamic Red, Black Pearl, and Arctic White.
MG’s recent models have been pretty generous on the equipment front. The MG5 EV includes an eight-inch touchscreen – the MG system is functional, but most drivers will likely use the in-built Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.
There are two versions of the MG5 EV available. The Excite model starts from £24,495 including the Government Plug-In Car Grant and includes 16-inch alloys, remote entry and push-button starts. You also get air-con and electric windows and mirrors as standard, as well as rear parking sensors.
The Exclusive model adds leather-style interior with heated front seats and six-way electric adjustment for the driver. You also get folding heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and built-in sat-nav. This version starts from £26,995 including the grant.
All models get a seven-year warranty and the car goes on sale from October 2020.