MG5: the only electric station wagon at the price of a Renault Zoé!

While SUVs are very present in the electric car market, station wagons are not. To the point that motorists have been waiting for the MG5 to be marketed for months. Time for the judgment of our tester Maxime Fontanier.

The tested model

MG communicates today via two lithium batteries to choose from (LFP 50 kWh or NMC 61 kWh) and two trim levels (Comfort and Luxury). The model available to us benefited from the higher endowment.

It was presented in a metallic diamond red and billed at €650 including VAT. The excess to be paid would have been the same in black gravel or silver medal. White is the obligatory series color. Also optional (1,000 euros) light upholstery in fabric and synthetic leather.

The electric station wagon MG5 fits into a rectangle of 4.60 x 1.82 m. With a height of 1.54 m including the roof rack, this footprint is unusual for electric cars. Not at the breadth level that comes close to that of a Hyundai Ioniq, or that of a Kia e-Niro, a Mazda MX30, a Peugeot e-2008, and others.

In a certain German group we find approach lengths: Skoda Enyaq (+5 cm), Volkswagen ID.4 (-1.56 cm).

V2L, towing, WLTP range

The station wagon is powered by a front-mounted permanent magnet synchronous motor from MG. With the same maximum torque of 280 Nm, it develops an output of up to 115 kW (156 hp) with the NMC 61 kWh package, but 130 kW (177 hp) with the LFP 50 kWh battery. Enough to complete the exercise from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.3 s before turning towards the top speed of 185 km/h.

The range in the WLTP combined cycle is 380 km for the tested model (400 km in the Comfort entry-level equipment; 310-320 km in the 50 kWh version). The MG5 does not weigh much heavier than a Renault Zoé, which is 52 cm shorter and 9 cm less wide: 1.562 versus 1.475 tons. Only 87 kg difference.

A trailer weighing up to 500 kg can be coupled with the electric combi. Without offering the same performance as the Korean models, V2L functionality is present, allowing it to charge an electric bike’s battery or occasionally power an electric grill and various power tools.


luxury foundation

In the entry-level Comfort version, the MG5 is already very well equipped. It gets heated seats at the front, a multimedia system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that can be used on the 10.25-inch touchscreen, LED headlights and all the driving aids of the MG Pilot suite.

For 1,500 euros more, the luxury presentation offers more. So without claiming to be complete: 360-degree camera, electrically adjustable driver’s seat (not the front passenger), automatic air conditioning, rain sensor, networked exterior mirrors, remote control for locking/unlocking the doors.

The exterior features tinted glass at the rear and specific two-tone alloy wheels fitted with Michelin Primacy 3 tires in 215/50 R17 (16″ Comfort finish).

Rear reception area

The MG5 has a boot capacity of 479 liters, which can be increased to 1,367 liters by folding down the seat backs in a 60/40 ratio. Values ​​close to those of the Kia e-Niro: 451/1,405 l. However, with a high threshold and a fairly low cut-out, access to the cargo area of ​​the station wagon is not the most practical.

In the utility configuration, the ground is not level. The raised floor can only be used to store the type 2 cable and the usual emergency accessories.

Three passengers can be seated in the back. True, livability isn’t great, though, with roof protection that might be perceived as a bit sparse by those over 6 feet tall. In addition, the seat is low, hence the position of the knees higher than the buttocks.

In addition to cup holders in the center armrest, storage compartments in the door panels and in the back pocket of the front seats, there are grab handles at roof height and 2 grab handles available to the occupants on the bench seat. Console end: 1 USB + 1 USB-C.

The driver’s view

Although the driver benefits from electric adjustments on this finish, the driver may regret not being able to play with the seat’s recline. However, his situation is better than that of the passenger sitting next to him who cannot change the height of his seat. For him, the settings will be manual. ” It’s still a little disappointing for a high-end model. ‘ believes Maxime Fontanier.

The depiction of the elements surrounding the occupants installed at the front of the MG5 is accurate, even though the rigid materials have invaded the dashboard, floating console and door panels. All of these spaces offer multiple storage spaces that are significant and sufficient without always being very bulky.

Behind the wheel, the display is very easy to read, with a digital dial for speed on the left and the one reserved for power on the right. Between the 2 there is a digital area with an upper line dedicated to driving aids and another below that contains information about the direction of travel selected, the driving mode and regeneration mode, the total mileage, the estimated remaining autonomy and the level of the in energy available from the battery.

ergonomics

Driving aids such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and traffic jam assistant can be easily controlled on the MG5 thanks to the 2 levers to the left of the bracket. R, N, D, P, common walking options, are selectable with a wheel under 2 buttons.

With the left you can change the driving mode (Eco, Comfort and Sport) and with the right the strength of the regenerative braking. However, it is not possible to immobilize the vehicle simply by taking your foot off the accelerator pedal. Below a certain speed, a ramp mode is automatically triggered.

The ergonomics of the multimedia system are satisfactory, with a few keyboard shortcuts under a touchscreen that’s fairly fluid to use. The MG iSmart smartphone application allows you to find the car’s parking space, remotely control the charging process, on-board temperature, door locks and get a large amount of information.


First rounds

Stepping back, we immediately notice that the images transmitted by the cameras to the screen are not of very high quality. However, the device has the advantage that it exists. Like the turning circle of 11.3 m, it makes maneuvering easier. The steering is therefore quite gentle and depends on the selected driving mode. With Sport it is tighter, with Eco and Comfort less.

Likewise, we noticed a very clear difference in acceleration depending on the selection. ” That’s pretty good: That means it’s not a gimmick ‘ emphasizes our tester.

At low speeds, the relatively flexible suspension filters bumps caused by poor speed bumps quite well. With a slightly firmer backrest, the rear-seat passengers will undoubtedly experience a different, less comfortable feeling. ” A little restraint is missing in the relaxation », Maxime Fontanier gauge.

Rather loud, the turn signals should not be forgotten by the driver. The engine, on the other hand, is fortunately quite discreet.

Compatible with family use

At management level, we don’t have a good feeling. It’s not very accurate. The man with the cap quickly notices. Tickling the front axle a little shows a fairly well balanced car with a little body roll due to the suppleness of the suspension. Traction control can be felt quickly in these conditions, without much finesse.

Overall, the MG5 does not show outstanding dynamics. However, accelerations can produce great sensations. At high altitudes, the brakes know how to provide powerful deceleration. The Michelin Primacy 3 tires help to have grip. ” For family trips, the MG5 is perfect », assures Maxime Fontanier.

On the Autobahn, the soundproofing of the electric station wagon is justifiable at speeds of over 110 km/h. From 130 km/h, however, the aerodynamic noise will be present.

consumption and autonomy

One of the good surprises of our review of the MG5 is its moderate consumption. In the combined cycle we achieved an average of 16.8 kWh/100 km. What to do under these conditions? almost 350 kilometers without intermediate charge. The 380 km of autonomy announced by the manufacturer can be achieved with a softer driving style.

At 130 km/h it is 22 kWh/100 km or a range of around 260 km. When driving in Paris, the values ​​drop to 12.5 kWh/100 km. What gives hope here more than 450 km available to the driver of the break of the British brand. Enough to end the week on a single charge for many Ile-de-France motorists.

This MG station wagon offers a very good performance/consumption ratio summarizes our tester.

The machine takes on a charging capacity of up to 92 kW at DC quick clamps. Which finds 80% of the energy in the battery in 30-40 minutes. It is equipped with an 11kW AC charger that allows it to correctly use the 22kW AC infrastructure available on the road.

Prices

By automatically offering all driving aids and lots of interesting equipment for the entry-level model shown from EUR 32,490 including VAT (bonus not deducted), MG gives its electric station wagon excellent value for money/equipment quality.

The car has everything you need straight away. Its prices are very competitive in the electric vehicle market. Almost for the price of a Renault Zoé you have a perfectly equipped family station wagon “, emphasizes Maxime Fontanier. To confirm, the Losange website offers its trendy versatile one from 32,100 euros, dated April 26, 2022.

With the lithium pack and the noble workmanship, the check amount to be issued for the MG5 increases to 36,990 euros. Together with the metallic paintwork and the light upholstery, the example we tested would cost 38,640 euros before deducting the premium.

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