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MG 5

(2020 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

64
%
C

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

78
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

64
%
C

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

78
%
A

Summary


The second model to be added to MG Motor’s EV line-up, after the MG ZS EV, the MG 5 (styled as the MG5) 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, and you certainly can’t get one of those for under £35,000…

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 review scores from the UK media, which have improved since the car’s 2022 facelift. This facelifted model features dramatically different front-end styling and an upgraded interior infotainment system, but there are no significant mechanical differences. There has also been a significant jump in starting price, as all models sold are now the Long Range version.

“If you need a practical car but you’ve been put off all-electric models by high prices and fussy looks, look no further than the MG 5”, says Carbuyer‘s Tom Jervis, pointing to the car’s spacious interior and competitive electric battery range.

The What Car? team concludes that the estate is “comfy, quiet at speed and has punchy acceleration”, but also says that the more expensive Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback is quicker, and the similarly priced Mazda MX-30 SUV is better to drive.

As of January 2024, the MG 5 has an Expert Rating of 68%, which puts it in the middle of a large field of rivals.

MG 5 highlights

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

MG 5 lowlights

  • Rivals are more fun to drive
  • Alternatives can charger quicker
  • Not as sporty as MG 4 hatchback
  • Rivals have higher interior quality

Key specifications


Body style: Medium-sized estate
Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £30,995 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2020
Last updated: Summer 2022
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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

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Daily Mirror

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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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Move Electric

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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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Which EV?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of January 2024, 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 January 2024, the MG 5 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the MG 5 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the MG 5 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 5, 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 models243 milesB214 – 250 milesB – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.9 m/KWhC3.6 – 4 m/KWhC – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models30C27 – 32B – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£121A
Year 2£362A
Year 3£590A
Year 4£700A
Year 5£925A
Overall£2,698A

According to data supplied by our partners Clear Vehicle Data, the MG 5’s battery range and efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) are quite competitive, particularly when you factor in its affordable pricing.

Insurance costs are about average, while scheduled servicing and maintenance costs are very good.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the MG 5 has received

2023

  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Small Car
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Estate Car + Best Used Electric Estate Car

2022

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Dog Owners
  • What Car? Awards – Best large electric car for value + Best electric estate

2021

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

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the MG 5, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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Its 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.MG 5