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Model update: MG5

Date: 13 December 2022   |   Author: Martyn Collins

MG's popular and practical EV estate receives a sharp new look and improved interior.
What's new:
We try the facelifted MG5 in range-topping Trophy trim.
Standard equipment:
Smart keyless entry, vehicle to load charging, 16in alloy wheels, 360-degree parking camera, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, rain sensing wipers, auto air conditioning.
EV: 61kWh/154hp
Equipment grades:
SE, Trophy
Single-speed automatic

After the launch of one of the standout EV models of 2022, with the MG4, it's time for the established MG5 to get a significant work over. The original - which has proved particularly popular with the licenced trade - hasn't been on sale since April this year thanks to the incoming, facelifted model that we've driven here. 

With its angular front air dam and slim LED headlights, you can see the family look between this and the style first seen with the MG4 at the front. Sadly, despite another new bumper and partial LED lights at the back, it can't hide the fact this is based on a car that was perhaps already looking dated when it was originally launched in the UK back in 2020. 

Inside, the biggest change is the 10.25in screen that we first tried on the MG4. Again, we feel it could be easier to use, as all the climate controls are on the screen with no physical buttons. Still, it's a real step up over the aftermarket-looking system that was previously fitted. It also benefits satnav with easy-to-read maps, plus Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity. 

Elsewhere, there's a new, taller centre console with the circular gear selector mounted high up in front of the infotainment screen. The design feels conventional compared to the minimalism of the MG4, but the metal-look dash trim, plastics and seat fabric all feel a step up from the old car. The driving position is also comfortable, rear space is decent enough for paying passengers or children and there's a practical 475-litre boot with a flat load floor. Plus, the 60:40 split/fold rear seat adds further practicality. 

As you'd expect of the high-value MG brand, the MG5 is well-equipped too.  All versions get smart keyless entry, vehicle to load charging, and 16in alloy wheels. The range-topping Trophy that we had added a 360-degree parking camera, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, rain sensing wipers and auto air conditioning.  

Despite all the exterior and interior changes to the MG5, the mechanicals remain unchanged, so think the same 61kWh battery as the previous long-range version. This battery then powers a 154hp electric motor fitted to the front axle. The result is up to 250 miles of range. When you need to find a charger, the 5 will charge up to 87kW, with MG estimating a 10-80% top up taking 35 minutes - which is slower than some rivals, but still reasonable in our opinion. 

The MG5 is very easy and undemanding to drive - perhaps too undemanding. Although like the MG4, with 206lb-ft of torque going through the front wheel, it was all too easy to trip over the traction control, when exiting from junctions. With its 7.7 seconds 0-62mph acceleration figure and 115mph top speed, this MG feels more willing than its estate body would suggest.  

Changes to the drive can be made by the three modes available. 'Eco' retards the throttle and generally makes the car feel more ponderous to save range. 'Sport' does the opposite to 'Eco', giving the car a strangely, almost overeager feel in return for the maximum performance. We spent most of our time in 'Comfort' where the 5 in our opinion felt most at home. You can also adjust the level of regen for the braking, although even the highest level won't give you one-pedal braking. 

It is a shame the MG5's steering is lacking in feel, as otherwise the MG5 drives well, with body roll well contained and the ride on 17in wheels comfortable. More unusual for EVs is that the MG5 is now capable of towing a 500kg trailer. 

We're sure these updates will keep MG5 customers coming back, but wonder if compared to other MG models and rivals, it is looking a bit dated?

MG5 Trophy Estate 

P11D: £33,440

Residual value: 47.19%

Depreciation: £17,661

Fuel: £5,009

Service, maintenance and repair: £1,883

Cost per mile: 40.92p

Range: 235 miles

CO2 (BIK %): 0g/km (2%) 

BIK 20/40% a month: £11/£22

Luggage capaciity: 475 litres

Battery size/power: 61kWh/154hp


  • Impressive performance and range
  • Comfortable ride
  • Practical interior
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Infotainment could be easier to use
  • Charges slower than rivals