New MG5 EV Review | MotaClarity
Seemingly little compromised by this models. Advanced battery tech or for a reasonably conventional price, exciting, possibly not clever, definitely Music. Its a sign of the times that you cant have any sort of combustion engine in an mg5, not even a plug in hybrid one and its a reflection of the needs of the european market that the single ev model. We do get its quite a lot more powerful than the version thats offered to the chinese output has been raised by 42 ps to 156 ps, and that reflects the fact that family folk here have been conditioned to expect their evs to be quite quick. So this one gets to 62 miles an hour in just over eight seconds on the way to a rather unev, like top speed of 115 miles an hour, those family folk will be expecting a reasonably long driving range too. Hence the installation of a gutsy 52.2 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery, which is wltp rated at 214 miles as usual in a full ev. The battery is mounted centrally under the floor in a manner that gives the low centre of gravity this to some extent, offsets the inevitable downsides of the ev powertrains extra weight now mg claims very similar handling characteristics to the conventionally fueled chinese market model. Mg already sells. The markets most affordable, family sized, eb contender the zsev, but while that model wont be quite big enough for some families, this contender might well be its four point.
Five four meters long which to give you some perspective, is about a hundred mil shorter than a ford focus estate. Although this mgs 2.6 meter wheelbase is only 43 miles shorter than the fords, this mg5 is 1.82 meters wide and 1.54 meters tall too up front. The fit and finish is close to volume brand standards without feeling, especially plush uh, this top exclusive spec variant, the one that most will want, enhances things with niceties like leather style upholstery and a panoramic sunroof on the rear seat, theres, ample, headroom and legroom. Even for taller occupants youll want to know about boot space, which is rated at 578 litres with the rear seats in place uh fold the rear bench flat in this mg5, you can extend the storage space to 1456 litres. Earlier. We mentioned this cars 214 mile wltp rated driving range thats 51 miles more than the zsev and that rises to 276 miles on the wltp city cycle. Youll have to activate the kers toggle switch, which alters the level of regenerative, braking and therefore, energy harvesting and engage the provided eco mode to get anywhere near. Those figures in normal driving, wed, say 170 to 180 miles between charges will be more achievable. Charging an mg5ev is straightforward, thanks to its combined ccs and type 2 port mounted within the front grille for easy access from either side of the car. The ccs plug is an enhanced version of the type 2 plug with two additional power contacts for the purposes of quick charging, and it supports ac and dc charging power.
It features rapid charging capability uh the car can charge from naught to eighty percent in 50 minutes from a 50 kilowatt charging station. If you can find one at home, the car can recharge itself using a standard, seven kilowatt wall box in around eight and a half hours. That is two and a half hours longer than is needed by the zv, but overnight charging should still be easy in emergencies. The car can also be charged via a standard three pin plug the 52.2 kilowatt hour. Battery pack is managed by mgs intelligent battery temperature control system and its insulated from external temperature variations, so it can deliver the optimum power and range whatever the weather. As with all mg models. You also get one of the longest fully transferable warranties in the class thats. A seven year, 80 000 mile package and its standard across the range as mg sales grow. Its model range widens for the price of a planet, polluting, mid range focus or asteroid estate.