The vast majority of car makers will tell you that 2020 has been a terrible year – but MG Motor UK Ltd isn’t one of them.
In 2019, this was the UK’s fastest-growing car brand, registering just over 13,000 cars. This year, it surpassed that volume threshold before the end of September. At the end of August, in a wider UK car market down on sales by almost 40% year on year, it had grown by more than 30%.
Betting on very attractively priced electric and hybrid cars has fuelled its growth. We brought you verdicts on the ZS EV crossover and HS SUV last year. But now along comes an electric family car that’s even cheaper than the ZS, with just as much on-board space and even better usable range: the MG 5 SW EV, which, as MG rather proudly crows, is nothing more or less than the market’s very first all-electric estate car.
The new 5 is, on the face of things, a decidedly ordinary compact estate car in all respects bar one. Interrogate and scrutinise it more deeply, though, and you’ll find it has secrets to reveal. It’s also certainly a stronger operator, in some important respects, than you’d expect one of the cheapest pound-for-pound electric cars on sale could possibly be.
The MG 5 line-up at a glance
Like other budget brands, MG Motor UK keeps the buying process simple and offers this car in only two equipment specifications: Excite and Exclusive. Standard equipment on Excite includes a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple and Android smartphone mirroring, a rear-facing parking camera and cruise control.