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MG 5

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Summary


The second model to be added to MG Motor’s EV line-up, after the MG ZS EV, the MG 5 was the first all-electric estate car to go on sale in the UK when it launched in October 2020.

Offering a lower price of entry to electric car ownership, the MG 5 has been an important contributor to what has been a very successful 2021 so far for MG, as the British manufacturer continues their strategy of undercutting their rivals by selling budget alternatives.

The MG 5 doesn’t really have much competition; the only other all-electric estate car available at the moment is the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, and you certainly can’t get one of those for under £30,000…

To capitalise on the selling success of the MG 5, MG has also released a Long Range variant, which increases the battery range to roughly 220 miles.

The MG 5 has received mixed reviews from the UK media, with criticism centring around the driving characteristics. Auto Express commented that MG 5’s “steering is numb and remote, there’s plenty of body roll through the bends, and while it has a Sport mode, it’s hard to think of a circumstance where you might use it.”

The exterior design of the MG 5 is also not winning over journalists; the reviewer for Car explained that he is not enthused by “gopping expanse of glossy black plastic that forms the grille.”

Nevertheless, the MG 5 has garnered heaps of praise for its affordability, its practical and roomy interior, its good standard of equipment, and strong battery range. Top Gear concluded, “As a fuss-free entry point into practical EV ownership, there might not be a better option on the market today.”

As of June 2022, the MG 5 has an Expert Rating of 63% based on reviews collected from 19 different UK media sources.

MG 5 highlights

  • Roomy, family-friendly interior
  • Low running costs
  • Respectable battery range
  • Good standard of equipment
  • Great value for money

MG 5 lowlights

  • Bland exterior looks
  • Rigid ride quality
  • Poor handling dynamics and body control
  • Rather pointless Sport mode
  • Rivals have higher quality interior trim

Key specifications


Body style: Medium-sized estate
Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £25,095 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2020
Last updated: Summer 2021
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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

Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mirror

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Discover EV

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of March 2022, the MG 5 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. If and when it is put through its paces by Euro NCAP, we will publish the results here.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2022, the MG 5 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the MG 5 has received

2022

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Dog Owners

2021

  • WhichEV? Awards – Best Value EV
  • Electrifying.com Awards – Best Value EV
  • Business Car Awards – Best Value Car

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MG 5Its not very exciting, but it's not trying to be. The MG 5 is a budget EV family car whose one job is to undercut everything else on price.