New 2021 MG 5 EV facelift steps up to 249 miles of range

New look for MG 5 EV combines with more power and a greater claimed range, but UK launch uncertain

MG has revealed a revised version of the 5 - its budget conscious all-electric family estate.

Under the skin lies an upgraded electric motor that now delivers a maximum 184hp and 280Nm of torque, 30hp and 20Nm up on the pre-facelift car we drove last year. 

It gives the MG 5 the ability to accelerate from 0-62mph in a brisk 8.3 seconds, which is comparable with acceleration figures from major rivals, such as the Hyundai Kona Electric

However, it is also slower than the 7.7 second 0-62mph time claimed by the pre-facelift model. Though as yet unconfirmed (and we have asked MG for clarification), MG may have recalibrated the power map of the electric motor system in favour of greater electric range, compared with outright performance. 

That would tally with the new maximum claimed range - it has increased from the 214 miles of the old car to 249 miles under WLTP rules for this one, though MG has not confirmed it the new MG 5 gets a new, larger battery pack than the 52.5kWh cell in the pre-facelift car. 

The MG 5 also offers quick charging capability at a public charging point through its 11 kW on-board three-phase charger. It is also suitable for rapid-charging at suitable charging points, which can take the battery up to 80% in just 30 minutes. Again, while unconfirmed, it suggests that the maximum DC charging rate has been upped from 50kW to 100kW. 

The styling has been updated at the front and rear to offer a much more contemporary look than the old car. There are revised bumpers, plus more streamlined nose with new lights and a smaller grille.

At the rear, the bumper has been similarly updated and the tailgate is flanked by two more modern-looking tail lights. No interior images have been revealed. 

Otherwise the MG 5 is largely unchanged, so maximum boot capacity remains unchanged at 1,456 litres with the seats folded down. Seats-up capacity stays at 464 litres with the load cover in place, and 578 litres to the roof. 

The MG 5 EV is scheduled to go on sale in Europe this October, and MG says more will be revealed about the updated model in the run-up to it arriving in dealerships. 

A UK launch has not yet been confirmed. But should MG offer the updated 5 in its UK line-up, the revised model with its more robust electric powertrain will more than likely creep up in price from the £24,495 starting price of the current entry-level Excite model.

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