New long-range MG 5 EV on sale now from £26,495

The MG 5 EV can now be specified with a larger 61.1kWh battery pack, which boosts the estate’s maximum range to 250 miles

MG has launched a new, long-range version of the MG 5 EV. It’s available to order now, with prices starting from £26,495 including the government’s £2,500 plug-in car grant.

It’s powered by a 61.1kWh battery pack (up from the 52.5kWh cell in the standard car), which increases the estate’s range from 214 to 250 miles. However, MG says that range figure will increase to 334 miles if the car is only driven around town.

The new battery pack also offers support for 100kW DC rapid charging, which can top the cells up to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes. When connected to a home wallbox charger, the battery can be fully recharged in around eight and a half hours.

The larger battery feeds an electric motor mounted on the front axle, which develops 154bhp and 260Nm of torque. The company says that’s enough grunt for a 0–60mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 115mph.

Like the standard MG 5 EV, this long-range model focuses on practicality. The boot can swallow up to 578 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place – and this figure expands to 1,456 litres with the bench seat folded flat.

Buyers have their choice of two specifications, called Excite and Exclusive. The base-model comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable door mirrors and safety kit such as lane assist and autonomous emergency braking.

The MG 5 EV’s safety equipment is bundled into the standard-fit MG Pilot package, which also includes items like adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist, meaning the electric estate can automatically keep pace with stop-start traffic.

Inside, the MG 5 EV Excite comes with air conditioning, a leather steering wheel, a six-speaker stereo, four electric windows, four USB ports, a seven-inch digital gauge cluster and an eight-inch infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The MG 5 EV Exclusive is priced from £28,995 including the government grant. Upgrades over the base model include silver roof rails, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, keyless entry and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

The cabin gets a lift, too, with heated front seats, faux leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, satellite navigation and six-way electrical adjustment with lumbar support for the driver’s seat. Both models also come with MG’s competitive seven-year warranty.

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