I think I’ve found the car that completely fits the word EV. it’s this, the MG 5 EV of 2020. it’s not exactly a supercar. but this is the most practical pure electric vehicle I can think of. sounds fairly bold saying that. especially for something you might forget what it looks like in a car park. so why do I think it’s so good?
You will notice that this is a small estate car. now that means, it’s good for moving people and stuff. but not too big that. you can’t thread it through town. it’s also a pure electric car which is new for the UK market. which means it’s great for people with small businesses and startups.
There are 5 seats and yes properly sized humans can fit in the back and a possible 578 liters of load space. or you can drop the rear seats and have a two-seater with 1,456 liters of huge space. if you can’t visualize the liters then just think, that space is nearly enough to sleep for two persons.
So the space of the MG 5 EV is very nice. but not exactly game changing. so maybe it’s the way it drives which makes it so special.
Um.. no, not really.
Battery and Range
There’s a 52.2 kWh battery pack right at the bottom of the car. the range of this electric car is 214 miles.
This car has a 115-kilowatt electric motor that’s about 156 BHP powering just the front wheels. yes, the MG 5 is a front-wheel-drive EV.
Talking about the acceleration. it takes 7.7 seconds to reach 0-62 mph. you do get very reasonable.
Brake Regen Technology
The regenerative braking system of the MG 5 got 3 stages. I’m going to put it into the strongest one. and even in the strongest setting, it’s not exactly aggressive. it’s not a true one-pedal car. the same sort of goes for the way that it handles. it’s neat. but it’s not going to blow your socks off. but it’s quite enough though not spectacularly. so you can probably hear a little bit of rumble. perky. is probably the best word for it it’s not a huge amount more. it’s good enough.
But here’s where it gets interesting. because the company is pricing the MG 5 to be really competitive. and that’s where a lot of pure EVs come unstuck. because they’re expensive for what you get.
The MG 5 EV starts at £24,495 (after Plug-in Car Grant) with the current government grant for the exciting model. and the posh, exclusive trim model one costs you £2,500 more.
I know that’s not beans but for an EV this usable. that’s actually really cheap. so it isn’t the last word in luxury even though. there is a more expensive 27 grand model.
The basic one actually still gets the 8-inch touchscreen and the 10-inch digital display in front of the driver. there is a lot of kit as standard.
There’s a six-speaker stereo, DAB radio, 4 USB ports, electric windows, all-round air conditioning, alloy wheels, regenerative braking, cruise control, and auto hold, electric parking brake, rain-sensing wipers, and push-button starter all the standard equipment.
There are 6 airbags, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, twin Isofix points in the rear, a tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist, it’s got all the handy basics covered.
The more expensive car adds navigation, leather, keyless entry, and the like but to be honest it’s all mostly luxury stuff that I’m not sure you actually need in a car like this. stay simple stay value.
The plastics they might be a bit workmanlike. but at least you can kind of see where the money’s been saved. and it’s not that offensive it’s just frugal. it’s a bit like dachas. you can see where they’ve saved the money but it doesn’t bother you. and that value for money when it runs through the whole ownership experience.
Both models get a 7 year or 80,000-mile transferable parts and labor warranty. which means that when you’re buying one of these second hand you still get loads of peace of mind.
As with all EVs at the moment the MG 5 EV also attracts 0% benefit and kind tax for the first year. which makes it very attractive for business users and fleets. and as for the practical stuff, it supports a ccs charge so you can run from zero to eighty percent in fifty minutes. or about eight and a half hours on a home wall box. not that many people with electric cars do that sort of thing. again all very practical.
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