When it comes to the UK electric car market, MG is firmly establishing itself as the go-to brand when it comes to value/budget EVs. MG have their budget compact SUV in the form of the MG ZS, and they also have their hatchback option in the form of the MG4. However, there is another option available in the form of an estate, the MG5. The advantage of estates is they can obviously hold more ‘stuff’ than a standard hatchback. However, when it comes to EVs, estates will also be more efficient than compact SUVs, which is another +.
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Key MG MG5 Specs
- Official Towing Capacity – 500 kg
- Availability – Now
- Price – Starting £30,995 (Long Range)
- Range (EV Database) – 200 miles (Long Range)
- Estimated Towing Range (50%) – 100 miles (Long Range)
- Maximum DC Charge Rate – 87kW (Long Range)
- Rapid Charge 10% to 80% – 42 mins
- Check Used MG MG5 Specs
MG MG5 HP & Torque
- Long Range: FWD with 154 HP and 207 lb-ft of torque
MG MG5 Towing Capabilties
As is currently the case with all electric MG models, the maximum towing capacity of the MG5 is 500kg which obviously isn’t a great amount. Its only sufficient for the smallest cargo trailers and the lightest teardrop caravans/trailer tents.
Currently, MG only appears to be offering a ‘Long Range’ version of the MG5, no ‘Standard Range’ seems to be on offer. So let’s discuss how a Long Range MG5 compares against a Long Range MG4.
When it comes to towing/adventuring, estates are generally more practical to store all your ‘stuff’ that you need to take along with you. In terms of storage capacity, the MG5 does have the MG4 beat offering 1,367L in total compared to 1,177L in the MG4.
However, when it comes to every other key specification and, importantly, the price, the MG4 Long Range (£28,495) is a better deal than the MG5 Long Range (£30,995).
The MG4 has a larger usable battery capacity and, as such, has a longer real-world range of about 20 miles. The MG4 also has a faster DC rapid charging rate of 135kW compared to 87kW with the MG5.
Basically, the MG5 is based on the previous generation MG tech, and as such, it cannot match the MG4 on specifications, though, at the same time, MG is requesting a higher price?
MG MG5 Review
Below I’ve included one of the most up-to-date reviews of the MG MG5 from CarGurus. You see, the MG5 has seen a couple of facelifts over the years, and the tech has been improved since its first iteration.
In the video below, the MG5 is stated to be one of the best-selling budget electric cars in Britain, which is currently true. However, I can see its sibling, the MG4, taking that crown pretty quickly.
As stated in the review, there are rivals coming for the MG5 estate from Peugeot and Vauxhall. However, I should note for readers of this website, neither of those electric estates will currently have any sort of towing capacity at all.
My Thoughts On The MG MG5…
As I stated in the intro, estates have their benefits, you can carry more stuff, and when it comes to EVs, you will get better efficiency from an estate compared to a compact SUV of comparable internal volume due to the reduced aerodynamic drag of an estate.
While I do think the MG5 is still good value compared to rival products from other brands, the MG5 is not as well spec’d or as good value as its own sibling, the MG4.
Therefore, if you can live without the additional storage volume, the MG4 is a better deal. It will go further, its more powerful, and it can charge faster too.