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MG 5

(2020 - present)


    The second model to be added to MG Motor’s EV line-up, after the MG ZS EV, the MG 5 (styled as the MG5) was the first all-electric estate car to go on sale in the UK when it launched in October 2020.

    Offering a lower price of entry to electric car ownership, the MG 5 has been an important contributor to what has been a very successful 2021 so far for MG, as the British manufacturer continues their strategy of undercutting their rivals by selling budget alternatives.

    The MG 5 doesn’t really have much competition; the only other all-electric estate car available at the moment is the Porsche Taycan, and you certainly can’t get one of those for under £35,000…

    To capitalise on the selling success of the MG 5, MG has also released a Long Range variant, which increases the battery range to roughly 220 miles.

    The MG 5 has received mixed review scores from the UK media, which have improved since the car’s 2022 facelift. This facelifted model features dramatically different front-end styling and an upgraded interior infotainment system, but there are no significant mechanical differences. There has also been a significant jump in starting price, as all models sold are now the Long Range version.

    “If you need a practical car but you’ve been put off all-electric models by high prices and fussy looks, look no further than the MG 5”, says Carbuyer‘s Tom Jervis, pointing to the car’s spacious interior and competitive electric battery range.

    The What Car? team concludes that the estate is “comfy, quiet at speed and has punchy acceleration”, but also says that the more expensive Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback is quicker, and the similarly priced Mazda MX-30 SUV is better to drive.

    As of July 2023, the MG 5 has an Expert Rating of 64% based on reviews collected from 29 different UK media sources, which puts it in the middle of a large field of rivals.

    MG 5 highlights

    • Roomy, family-friendly interior
    • Low running costs
    • Respectable battery range
    • Good standard of equipment
    • Great value for money

    MG 5 lowlights

    • Rivals are more fun to drive
    • Alternatives can charger quicker
    • Not as sporty as MG 4 hatchback
    • Rivals have higher interior quality

    Key specifications

    Body style: Medium-sized estate
    Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
    Price: From £30,995 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2020
    Last updated: Summer 2022
    Replacement due: TBA

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    Safety rating

    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    No safety rating

    As of July 2023, the MG 5 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. If and when it is put through its paces by Euro NCAP, we will publish the results here.

    Eco rating

    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of July 2023, the MG 5 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the MG 5 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2023, we don’t have enough reliability data on the MG 5 to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the MG 5, we’ll publish the score here.

    Running cost rating

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    Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

    Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
    EV models243 milesB214 – 250 milesB – B
    Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
    EV models3.9 m/KWhC3.6 – 4 m/KWhC – D
    Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
    All models30C27 – 32B – C
    Service and maintenanceCostScore
    Year 1£121A
    Year 2£362A
    Year 3£590A
    Year 4£700A
    Year 5£925A

    According to data supplied by our partners Clear Vehicle Data, the MG 5’s battery range and efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) are quite competitive, particularly when you factor in its affordable pricing.

    Insurance costs are about average, while scheduled servicing and maintenance costs are very good.


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the MG 5 has received


    • Business Motoring Awards – Best Small Car


    • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Dog Owners
    • What Car? Awards – Best large electric car for value + Best electric estate


    • Business Car Awards – Best Value Car
    • Electrifying.com Awards – Best Value EV
    • WhichEV? Awards – Best Value EV

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