Here to clear the air

MG 5 EV Practicality

Tom Says

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8/10

“The MG5 is a really interesting car. It's not exciting to drive or look at, but it does a really good job of being practical and useful at a price which undercuts everything else. I really respect that.”

Ginny Says

8/10

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“The MG5 makes a refreshing change to SUVs. It might not be as fashionable but its great for family and business drivers. I'd expect loads of taxi drivers to love this car too - it will save them a fortune.”


Thanks to some clever packaging, the electrical gubbins don’t hurt interior space or boot room – both of which are much larger than a hatchback.

MG 5 EV practicality and load space

  • Length:4,544 mm
  • Width:2,059 mm
  • Height:1,536 mm
  • Boot space:578 litres / 1,456 litres

MG5 practicality and space 

Even though it’s a low car and doesn't have the supposed roominess of an SUV, the MG5 is actually pretty roomy inside and feels more spacious than an MG ZS EV. There’s loads of room to get comfortable up front, and in the back that extended roofline means headroom is good. 

Storage spaces to hide family paraphernalia are few and far between, but the boot makes up for that. While it’s down on other petrol/diesel mid-size estate cars like the Ford Focus and Skoda Octavia,  the MG5’s boot is big compared to other electric cars. MG claims 464 litres with the parcel shelf in place and 587 with it removed; all seats folded gives a handy 1,456 litres which is large enough for a bike or four large suitcases. It's the shame the floor isn't completely flat though - the folded rear seats leave a big bump in the space which could make some loads tricky to accommodate. There's quite a big sill once the boot is open too.

MG MG5 Tech 

It won’t come as much surprise but Chinese car makers throw in quite a bit of standard tech in their cars, and the MG5 is no exception. Even the basic Excite model gets a rear parking camera, parking sensors, an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB and Bluetooth while the Exclusive adds sat nav and keyless entry. There are no head-up displays, matrix LED headlights or smartphone apps to monitor charging, however, but nor would we expect that on a car costing between £25,000 and £27,000.  

MG5 safety 

The MG5 hasn’t been tested yet by independent crash safety experts EuroNCAP, and it’s unlikely to get a full five-star safety rating, Why? Well the MG5 doesn’t come as standard with a range of automatic braking tech or extra safety equipment which is needed for the top score these days. That said, there’s a full roster of airbags – including curtain airbags for the windows – and ABS and stability control, which will probably earn it a respectable four stars. Put it this way, for a car to be sold in Europe it has to be safe so there shouldn’t be any concerns.  

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