MG MG5 EV Range
The MG5’s 214-mile range is some 50 miles better than MG’s other pure electric car, the ZS EV, and is a pretty respectable figure. While it’s true 214 miles is more Peugeot e-208 than Nissan Leaf, the MG undercuts similarly sized cars like the Nissan and Kia e-Niro by around £5,000. MG even says if you mostly drive around town then you can stretch the range to an impressive 276 miles. There are a number of driving modes including an Eco setting to maximise the range and there’s even a ‘KERS’ (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) button to increase the regenerative braking.
At 50kW, the MG5’s battery is the same size you’d get in the smaller Peugeot e-2008 SUV and just like the Peugeot, MG has cleverly packaged it. The MG5 was designed from the outset to take electric power, so the battery pack is located under the car’s floor. By having it low down improves the car’s handling, and it doesn’t impact on passenger space. The battery powers a 115kW electric motor under the bonnet, so along with the battery under the floor the boot is nice and big – perfect for an estate car
The MG5 is pretty conventional when it comes to charging. Plug it into a typical 7kW wallbox at home overnight and a full charge takes eight and a half hours, which is standard for most electric cars. The MG can also be topped up at a CCS charger – a fast-charger, in other words – found at service stations, supermarket car parks and hotels, and a zero-to-80% top-up will take 50 minutes – again, that’s pretty normal. The MG isn’t designed to accept charging at anything higher than 50kW, though, and with the charging port behind the MG badge, you’ll have to remember to drive into charging spaces. That's usually more convenient, but bear it in mind it it won't suit your home charger.