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First all-electric estate car in the UK comes at a bargain price

MG MG5 EV Estate (20 on) - rated 0 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £27,495 - £29,995
Lease from new From £323 p/m View lease deals
Used price £17,160 - £20,020
Used monthly cost From £428 per month
Fuel Economy 3.6 miles/kWh
Insurance group 32 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Super-low price, generous equipment
  • Offers more space against similarly-priced cars
  • Long warranty should ease worries

CONS

  • Probably not the most exciting car to drive
  • Cabin plastics lag behind established rivals
  • Sparse dealer network


MG MG5 EV Estate rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

MG has put the cat among the pigeons in the EV market with the arrival of the all-new all-electric 5 estate car. It's the first and only estate car in the EV market and MG says that it aims to buck market trends with this interesting bargain offering.

The company is pitching the new MG5 from £24,995, and hopes to tempt fleet as well as retail customers with the new car. The company has been growing fast in the UK and thanks to the success of the ZS and ZS EV is set to top 20,000 sales in its 'home' market in 2020. The arrival of the Chinese-built MG 5 and its sister the MG HS PHEV, should see the brand further grow in 2021.

The price is interesting because that makes this full-sized estate car cheaper than city-sized electric cars, such as the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208, and significantly less expensive than its closest rival, the hatchback Nissan Leaf.

What do you get for the money?

The MG 5 has been on sale in China since 2018 and has already sold 63,000 copies, but has been upgraded for the UK market. It delivers decent performance for the money with a claimed 0-62mph time of 7.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 115mph from its 156hp EV drivetrain. Battery range is claimed to be 214 miles on the WLTP combined testing cycle.

MG says that the estate-bodied 5 offers a myriad of advantages over an SUV equivalent, and that it hopes to buck the trend of buyers increasingly plumping for a jacked-up crossover. It should offer superior handling and a better driving experience. Given the ZS EV is doing so well, that seems a strange pledge to make – and will drivers who are turning to SUVs be interested in a standard estate car?

It's not massively accommodating though. The Toyota Corolla estate-sized MG5 gets a large 578-litre boot with the seats up, which rises to 1456 litres when the seats are folded - this is larger than typical hatchback rivals in this class, but falls behind more conventional estates.

We'll report back when we've spent more time with the MG5, but on price alone and value for money, it's certainly worth taking seriously.

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Read on for our first thoughts on whether we reckon the MG5 is worth waiting for.

MG MG5 EV Estate rivals