New MG5 estate with more range & new design arrives in October

Along with the MG Marvel Electric, a new MG5 Electric (new MG5 EV) for the European market debuted digitally in March. It features a refreshed design and improved range and scheduled to 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 EV 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.

Compared to the current MG5 EV, the 2022 MG5 EV has significant improvements when it comes to specifications, as listed in the table below:

Aspect2020 MG5 EV Specification2022 MG5 EV Specification*
Width1,818 mm1,811 mm
Range (WLTP Combined)214 miles (344 km)>249 miles (>400 km)
Motor Power115 kW (154 bhp)135 kW (181 bhp)
Motor Torque260 Nm (192 lb ft)280 Nm (207 lb ft)
Acceleration (0-62 mph/0-100 km/h)7.7 seconds8.3 seconds
11 kW AC Charger (3-phase fast charging)NoYes
0-80% DC Fast-Charging Time50 minutes30 minutes
*Provisional specifications

In addition to the technical improvements and a refreshed design, the 2022 MG5 EV 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 was launched in the UK on 22 September 2020 and is priced from GBP 25,095 (after plug-in car grant) currently.

2020 MG5 EV

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.

Specifications

The current MG5 EV’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.

AspectMG5 EV Specification
Length (est.)4,544 mm
Width (est.)1,818 mm
Height (est.)1,536 mm
Wheelbase (est.)2,665 mm
Trunk Capacity578 litres (seats up)/1,456 litres (seats down)
Battery Pack Capacity52.5 kWh
Power115 kW (154 bhp)
Torque260 Nm (192 lb ft)
Combined Range (WLTP)214 miles (344 km)
City Range (WLTP)276 miles (444 km)
Combined Power Consumption17.5 kWh/100 km (3.6 miles/kWh)

Features

The MG 5 SW estate is offered 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.

Competitors

The MG5 EV 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 that is preferred by fleet operators and families who travel with a lot of luggage.