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New battery extends range of MG5 EV

New longer-range model goes an extra 35 miles between charges

The all-electric MG5 family estate car has gained a new model option extending its potential range by more than 35 miles.

A 61.1kWh battery pack sees the car’s official WLTP-certified range between charges rise from 214 miles to 250 miles. MG adds that the potential range grows to 334 miles if the car is used solely for urban driving with lots of speed changes, with resultant energy recovery from regenerative braking.

The new battery pack can be recharged to 80% capacity in 61 minutes using a 50kW rapid charger – this time drops to 40 minutes using a 100kW charger. A full overnight charge on a domestic home charger takes around 9.5 hours.

Propulsion is provided by a 115kW electric motor, equivalent to 156hp. This gives the car a 7.3-second 0-60mph time and a top speed where permitted of 115mph.

MG’s Pilot driver assistance system, which debuted on the ZS SUV, extends to the MG5 with the new model. It comprises a suite of active safety technologies including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping, traffic-jam, high-beam and speed limit assistance.

MG5 EV interior

MG also offers the ZS EV and the HS plug-in hybrid, claiming that the electric percentage of its model range is four times the average among other brands.

The MG5 claimed the title of first estate EV in Europe when it launched in October 2020. The car’s makers expect it to particularly appeal to fleet buyers trying to improve their green credentials, due to the large boot that offers up to 578 litres of spaces extending to 1456 with the rear seats folded.

Already on sale, the longer-range MG5 is priced at £26,495 after the Government’s plug-in grant is included. For the present it will be sold alongside the existing MG5 EV. It also carries MG’s standard seven-year/80,000-mile warranty.

Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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