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UK's first affordable electric estate is available in two trim levels and priced from £24,995
Felix Page Autocar writer
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22 September 2020

MG has opened order books for its new 5 electric estate ahead of customer deliveries kicking off in November.

Priced from £24,995 in entry-level Excite trim and £26,995 in range-topping Exclusive form, the 5 is the only electric estate car currently available to buy in Europe, and will play a key role in helping MG to achieve a 50% plug-in sales mix by 2021.

MG is well under way with its transition to becoming a maker of EVs, with the 5 arriving alongside a new plug-in hybrid version of its HS SUV flagship

The 5 is based on the Chinese-market Roewe Ei5 from MG parent company SAIC, which has sold more than 63,000 units since it was launched in March 2018, with power output boosted by 42bhp to 154bhp for the UK market. Torque output is up slightly, too, from 188lb ft to 192lb ft. 

MG claims the 5 can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.7sec and reach a top speed of 115mph. Its 52.2kWh water-cooled, lithium ion battery pack offers a WLTP combined range of 214 miles, but MG claims urban drivers can achieve up to 276 miles from a charge. 

The 5 can be charged to full capacity in eight and a half hours from a standard Type 2 charger, with a fast charger giving 80% charge in around 50 minutes. 

With the battery mounted under the floor, the 5 has a low centre of gravity that is said to offer “very similar handling characteristics” to a conventionally fuelled estate car while having minimal impact on interior space. With the rear seats up, the 5 offers 578 litres of boot space, with that rising to 1456 litres when the seats are folded. 

The 5 retains the Ei5's dimensions at 4.54m long, just under 1.82m wide and 1.54m tall, making it around 10cm shorter than the Ford Focus Estate, although its 2.67m wheelbase is only 43mm shorter. MG claims that “rear-seat passengers are very well catered for with ample head room and plenty of leg room”, even when sat behind tall occupants. 

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There are three drive modes offering varying levels of regenerative braking, with a rotary controller standing in for a conventional gearstick and parking brake set-up. 

The 5 follows its ZS EV stablemate in offering alloy wheels, smartphone compatibility, DAB radio and rear parking sensors as standard, with Exclusive trim bringing extras including one-touch windows, radar cruise control, leather-style seats and a panoramic sunroof. 

Daniel Gregorious, the brand’s sales and marketing boss, previously told Autocar: “It’s exciting because it’ll be our first model that’s truly unique in the market. We expect success but it’ll be fascinating to see how it plays with fleet and business customers.”

At the car’s official unveiling, Gregorious said he expects roughly 50% of the new 5 to go to private buyers. 

If the plug-in HS and new electric estate sell well, Gregorious said MG’s next move will be to launch a production version of its handsome E-Motion high-performance four-seat sports car, unveiled as a concept at the Shanghai motor show in 2017. It’s a twin-motor, all-electric design with 3.0sec 0-60mph acceleration and is aimed at moving it into Porsche or Jaguar territory.

“The car is still in our plans,” said Gregorious, “and it will make a great halo flagship car. We’re only planning one model like it at present. But if we can do well with mainstream models, there could be plenty of opportunity for more sporty models in the future.”

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22 April 2020
It's still hard to equate that badge with these cars.

22 April 2020
hackjo wrote:

It's still hard to equate that badge with these cars.

 

That is quite probably as a result of you being a mixture of a racist and a dead slow thinker.

MrJ

23 April 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

hackjo wrote:

It's still hard to equate that badge with these cars.

 

That is quite probably as a result of you being a mixture of a racist and a dead slow thinker.

I don't see what racism has to do with it. The car is quite interesting, as it is (I think) the first MG estate since the ZT, itself an example of badge-engineering. So no worse than many MGs from the BL era and before. If this new one has decent handling, it could well carve out out a modest niche, especially as its styling appeals to me more than, say, the current trout-pout Focus.

23 April 2020
MrJ wrote:

Takeitslowly wrote:

hackjo wrote:

It's still hard to equate that badge with these cars.

 

That is quite probably as a result of you being a mixture of a racist and a dead slow thinker.

I don't see what racism has to do with it. The car is quite interesting, as it is (I think) the first MG estate since the ZT, itself an example of badge-engineering. So no worse than many MGs from the BL era and before. If this new one has decent handling, it could well carve out out a modest niche, especially as its styling appeals to me more than, say, the current trout-pout Focus.

 

Not hugely surprised that you missed the overtly racist reference, that is glaringly obvious except to the most obtuse...that's you. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again...if that doesn't work, give up,

10 September 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

Not hugely surprised that you missed the overtly racist reference, that is glaringly obvious except to the most obtuse...that's you. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again...if that doesn't work, give up,

 

I do wish you'd give up. It would improve this website no end.

This new 'MG' has zero conceptual link to the original brand. It's hardly racist to point that out.

23 April 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

hackjo wrote:

It's still hard to equate that badge with these cars.

 

That is quite probably as a result of you being a mixture of a racist and a dead slow thinker.

Don't you dare call me a racist.

 

27 July 2020
hackjo wrote:

It's still hard to equate that badge with these cars.

Wrong dynasty, Morris was founded in the last years of the Qing dynasty.

Anyway, if you look at their products over the last 10 years it is quite close to most of the MG-badged cars in the history of the marque. Most people only think of 2-seater softtops, but in numbers it's probably been on more sedans and hardtop cars than on the TD/TC/TF/B/F models.

As probably the only person here actually to have been in this car (or rather the Ei5 version) I can tell you all it is a quiet, refined and well-riding vehicle -even in taxi form. The range seems realistic as well. I just hope it's keenly-priced.

 

10 September 2020

You are quite correct, how does anyone in the UK, Europe and and the US equate these cars with the original MG? It is quite impossible for a big section of the motoring public. Nothing racist about it, just the idiots who like to attach that kind of moniker to anything they disagree with or a comment they dont like.

22 September 2020
Well I agree you look at the old mg brand and they where fun too drive from a mga mgb TC all the way up to the last mgs tf Zr zs zt even the zt was well refined I've had a drive in the mg zs mg3 mg6 and although they are ok to drive they don't have the same charisma .. MG stood for fun handling and decent amount of performance all for a sensible price .. mg3 fun but guttless and can chains go bang mg6 was n series version of k and wasn't bad to drive only plastics let it down dodgy fitments .. new mg zs as like driving a Hyundai of 15 years ago drives ok has got about as much fun as watching paint dry in a warehouse ! And has 30 different blends of cars that some Chinese employee has been surfing Google images !!!

23 September 2020
Nearly as sad as a Skoda.

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