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MG MG5 EV Estate (20 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £29,695 - £31,995
Lease from new From £327 p/m View lease deals
Used price £19,320 - £27,695
Used monthly cost From £482 per month
Fuel Economy 3.6 miles/kWh
Insurance group 27 - 32 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Generous levels of standard kit
  • Sensible real-world range
  • Agreeable ride and handling balance

CONS

  • Boot isn’t that practical for an estate
  • Dowdy styling inside and out
  • Doesn’t feel special

MG MG5 EV Estate rivals

Written by Murray Scullion on

The MG 5 EV is one of just two all-electric estate cars on sale today – the other being the pricey Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. Rare doesn’t necessarily mean good, of course, but there’s plenty to recommend about the MG. It’s an astonishingly accomplished car that ranks highly for usability, practicality and value for money, but poorly for desirability.

If you’re more pragmatic than most and the 5’s astonishly bland styling or dowdy interior doesn’t turn you off, we think you’ll be very impressed by what it has to offer. Key to the MG5 EV’s sales patter is an impressive 250-mile all-electric range, more space than any other budget EV and a high level of standard equipment.

Because of the MG’s low price, rivals are hard to pin down. For a similar amount of money you can get into the likes of a Peugeot e-208 or Nissan Leaf, while a bit more gets you behind the wheel of a Kia e-Niro. There’s even the MG ZS EV, which offers a similar experience to the MG5 EV but in an SUV shape.

Choosing an MG 5 couldn’t be simpler – there are two trim levels and just one powertrain. Trim levels are called Excite and Exclusive, and both come generously equipped. You’ll find that 8.0-inch touchscreen, LED daytime running lights and projector headlamps, air conditioning, a reversing camera and MG’s suite of advanced safety tech, known as MG Pilot – essentially an umbrella term for the combination of adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping aids and autonomous emergency braking on Excite models.

Stepping up to Exclusive trim doesn’t cost a great deal and nets you climate control, auto-folding door mirrors, keyless entry, roof rails and leather upholstery.

All models are eligible for the government’s Plug-in Car Grant.

Over the next few pages we’ll be scoring the MG5 EV in 10 key areas to give it a score out of five. They’ll take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you.

MG MG5 EV Estate rivals