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MG 4

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

81
%
A

Used car score:

79
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

82
%
A

Safety Rating:

81
%
A

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

80
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

81
%
A

Used car score:

79
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

82
%
A

Safety Rating:

81
%
A

Eco Rating:

A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

80
%
A

The MG 4 is The Car Expert’s Car of the Year 2024!

Summary


The MG 4 (styled by the company as MG4) is a five-door hatchback and one of the cheapest electric cars on the market, undercutting established battery-powered rivals like the Vauxhall Corsa Electric and Volkswagen ID.3.

Officially marketed as the MG4 EV in Europe and the MG Mulan in China, this small family car is MG’s first full-electric hatchback, and going by to the glowing reviews published by the UK motoring media, the manufacturer seems to have hit the nail on the head in what the Carwow team calls “a landmark moment for the brand.”

Besides its low price point that makes it an attractive gateway to EV ownership, reviewers comment that the MG 4 is one of the best options in its class thanks to its competitive battery range and generous seven year warranty, as well as its comfortable and rewarding driving experience.

“It’s not just the budget brands who should be worried about this car stealing their sales”, Parker‘s Tom Wiltshire argues, “the established players ought to keep a look out too.”

These established rivals do have more interior refinement – the MG 4’s cheap interior plastics a reflection of its low pricing. The car has also received some flack for its fiddly infotainment system, but What Car? comments that this touchscreen console is “still slightly better than the appalling infotainment in the Volkswagen ID.3.”

Available for £10k less than the ID.3, the MG 4 is certainly an appealing value-for-money EV contender that many journalists believe is set to become a frequent sight on UK roads in the coming years. As Top Gear concludes, “When you dig into what the MG4 does for the money, it’s probably the only car in the class to recommend.”

In December 2023, the MG 4 won The Car Expert’s Car of the Year Award 2024, as well as Best Medium Car 2024. The Car Expert editor, Stuart Masson said: “The MG 4 is, quite simply, a remarkable car. It’s fully electric, with a battery range of more than 300 miles on some versions. It has a five-star safety rating. It’s very well kitted out. It comes with a seven-year warranty. And its pricing makes every other family car on the road, let alone other electric cars, look silly.”

A higher-performance model called the MG 4 XPower, which will generate more than 400hp, joined the range in 2023. We have a separate page for this vehicle here.

As of January 2024, the MG 4 holds an excellent New Car Expert Rating of A with a score of 81%. It has excellent scores in every category, with the only caveat being that it’s too new a model for us to have reliability data yet. Check back again soon.

MG 4 highlights

  • Fun to drive
  • Competitive battery range
  • Comfortable ride
  • Long warranty
  • Unparalleled pricing

MG 4 lowlights

  • Fiddly infotainment
  • Rather poor rear visibility
  • Some cheap interior plastics
  • No front boot storage
  • Road noise can be loud at speed

Key specifications


Body style: Medium hatchback
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £26,995 on-road

Launched: Summer 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Motoring Research

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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which EV?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 83%
Child protection: 80%
Vulnerable road users: 75%
Safety assist: 78%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: Comfort RWD Automatic

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: February 2024
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 10 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 9.2 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 9.4 / 10

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

The MG 4 is still a fairly new model, so we don’t have enough reliability data on the MG 4 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the MG 4 we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models256 milesB218 – 281 milesB – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.3 m/KWhB3.6 – 4.4 m/KWhB – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models28B27 – 29B – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£139A
Year 2£338A
Year 3£590A
Year 4£707A
Year 5£979A
Overall£2,753A

As well as being cheap to buy, the MG 4 is very cheap to run. It’s electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is good, while insurance premiums should be good compared to other cars as well. But the even better news is that scheduled servicing costs for the MG 4 are excellent.

In addition, an official battery range of 256 miles (which varies from 218 miles to 281 miles, depending on which model you choose) is above average. So you shouldn’t need to worry about running out of charge in normal day-to-day driving.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the MG 4 has received

2024

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Electric Car

2023

  • The Car Expert Awards – Car of the Year + Best Medium Car
  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Family Car
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Affordable Electric Car
  • Automotive Management Awards – Best EV
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Small EV
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Family Electric Car
  • EcoCar Electrified Top 50 – Best Electric Medium Car
  • Parkers Awards – Car of the Year + Best Small Family Car + Best Value Car
  • Southern Group of Motoring Writers – Car of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Electric Car
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Family Car

2022

  • Carwow Awards – Car of the Year
  • DrivingElectric Awards – Car of the Year + Best Value Electric Car + Readers’ Favourite Electric Car
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Sub-£40K EV
  • Top Gear Awards – Best Bargain

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the MG 4, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Cupra Born | DS 3 E-Tense | Honda e | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Hyundai Kona Electric Kia Soul EVMini Electric | Ora Funky Cat | Peugeot e-208 | Renault Mégane E-TechRenault Zoe | Smart #1 | Vauxhall Corsa ElectricVolkswagen ID.3


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Other electric cars are more polished, but reviewers believe the MG 4 is one of the best in its class - its unbeatable pricing is a bonus.MG 4