Along with the MG Marvel R Electric, a new MG5 Electric (new MG5 EV) for the European market debuted digitally in March. It features a fresher design and improved range and will go on sale in the first markets in October. We expect MG to introduce the refreshed MG5 in the UK in 2022.
Compared to the current version, the 2022 MG5 has a cleaner design that makes it instantly recognisable. That’s only applicable at the front, though, where the new model incorporates a specially designed nose without a large faux radiator grille, unlike the current model. The sleeker headlamps, vertical side air vents, and newly designed bumper give the new electric estate a sharper and bolder appearance. Shiny new alloy wheels enhance the styling on the sides.
Features & Specifications
Compared to the current MG5, the 2022 MG5 has significant improvements when it comes to specifications, as listed in the table below:
In addition to the technical improvements and a refreshed design, the 2022 MG5 will come with new features like MG Pilot advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and V2L (at 2.5 kW). The new model could be pricier compared to the current vehicle, which arrived in the UK in September 2020.
|Aspect||2020 MG5 EV Specification||2022 MG5 EV Specification*|
|Width||1,818 mm||1,811 mm|
|Range (WLTP Combined)||214 miles (344 km)||>249 miles (>400 km)|
|Motor Power||115 kW (154 bhp)||135 kW (181 bhp)|
|Motor Torque||260 Nm (192 lb ft)||280 Nm (207 lb ft)|
|Acceleration (0-62 mph/0-100 km/h)||7.7 seconds||8.3 seconds|
|11 kW AC Charger (3-phase fast charging)||No||Yes|
|0-80% DC Fast-Charging Time||50 minutes||30 minutes|
On the current MG5
The MG5 electric estate is nothing more than a rebadged Roewe Ei5, a Chinese car. The European and Chinese versions have no differences whatsoever except for the badge. The UK gets the MG5 electric estate in Excite and Exclusive trims costing GBP 25,095 and GBP 27,595, respectively. Prices include the government’s plug-in vehicle grant.
A CarAdvice.com.au report insinuates that MG does not have an elaborate global rollout plan for its electric station wagon. With few RHD (Right Hand Drive) markets globally that can offer meaningful volumes, MG is not exploring every one of them and could lock in on the UK to derive volumes. The company has ruled out launching the MG5 EV in Australia. Estates, in general, have been losing popularity with the emergence of high-riding crossover SUVs.
The current MG5’s key specifications include 214 miles (344 km) of WLTP combined range, 276 miles (444 km) of WLTP city range, 17.5 kWh/100 km of combined energy consumption, and 578 litres of luggage space, which buyers can increase to 1,456 litres by folding down the rear seats.
|Length (est.)||4,544 mm|
|Width (est.)||1,818 mm|
|Height (est.)||1,536 mm|
|Wheelbase (est.)||2,665 mm|
|Trunk Capacity||578 litres (seats up)/1,456 litres (seats down)|
|Battery Pack Capacity||52.5 kWh|
|Power||115 kW (154 bhp)|
|Torque||260 Nm (192 lb ft)|
|Combined Range (WLTP)||214 miles (344 km)|
|City Range (WLTP)||276 miles (444 km)|
|Combined Power Consumption||17.5 kWh/100 km (3.6 miles/kWh)|
The MG 5 SW estate is available with features like projector headlights, LED DRLs, 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support, front seat heating, rear foot ventilation, etc.
The MG5 electric estate currently has no direct competitor. It is the only electric station wagon on sale in the UK and the world. Electric cars in the UK and Europe usually come in hatchback (Honda e, Nissan Leaf, VW e-Up! & Mini electric), sedan (Hyundai Ioniq & Tesla Model 3), and SUV body types (Tesla Model X, VW ID.4 and Hyundai Kona). MG is the first company to have identified the need for a zero-emissions station wagon, a common preference of fleet operators and families who travel with a lot of luggage.
Long Range version launched in the UK
The market release of the restyled MG5 in Europe is a few months away, and in the meantime, the current model has received added travel range in the UK. The Long Range variant with a bigger 61.1 kWh battery pack has been included in the lineup. Charging the 61.1 kWh battery pack to 100% SoC using a 7 kW charger takes 9.5 hours, and the charging time for 80% SoC using a 100 kW charger is 61 minutes.
While the standard range variant, in a full charge, comes to a stop at 214 miles (344 km), the Long Range variant can provide 250 miles (402 km). Both range figures are WLTP combined cycle. The efficiency rating of the new Long Range variant is the same as that of the standard range variant – 3.5 miles/kWh (17.5 kWh/100 km).
The MG5 Long Range is available in Excite and Exclusive trims at GBP 26,495 (OTR) and GBP 28,995 (OTR), respectively. Prices include the government’s plug-in vehicle grant.
MG UK creates new sales record
MG UK’s July 2021 sales numbers stood at 2,411, up nearly 30.6 per cent, making it the fastest-growing mainstream brand in the UK. The MG5 and ZS EV account for 8.9 per cent of the UK’s BEV market.
According to the statement released by the company, MG Motor managed to garner a record market share of 2 per cent in the UK. The market share for MG BEV’s also rose to 8.9 per cent. This makes it the third best-selling EV brand in the UK, ahead of the likes of Mercedes, Audi and Hyundai. Overall, MG managed to grow sales by 67.5 per cent on a year-to-date basis against a market growth of just 24.7 per cent.
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