New MG 5 electric estate confirmed for UK launch with 214 mile range

The MG 5 will join the ZS EV in the firm’s affordable all-electric line-up with huge boot and zero-emissions power

MG has announced that it will soon launch a new, compact pure-electric estate in the UK called the MG 5 EV. 

It’s due to reach UK showrooms later this year, with a maximum claimed range of 214 miles and an expected price-tag of around £25,000 after the government’s plug-in car grant has been applied. 

The MG 5 EV will be the second all-electric offering for the UK from Chinese owned MG, joining the ZS EV in the firm’s affordable zero-emissions line-up. 

When it arrives, it will act as a cheaper alternative to the latest big-name electric hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra el-Born, with no other electric estate cars on the market.

The MG 5 EV is a rebadged version of the pure-electric, China-only Roewe Ei5 estate. As such, the powertrain will likely comprise a 52.5kWh battery pack and a front-axle mounted electric motor, with an output of 114bhp and 255Nm of torque. It results in a top speed of 93mph in the Ei5, but MG could fit a different powertrain for Europe, where WLTP homologation results in 214 miles on a single charge. 

Claimed charge-times are reasonable, too. When plugged-into a DC fast-charger, the Ei5 - and, we expect, the MG 5 - will recover an 80 percent charge in around 40 minutes. Using a conventional AC Wallbox charger, the EV will fully replenish its battery pack in around 8.5 hours.

Boot space stands at 578 litres with the rear seats in place and 1,456 litres with the rear bench folded flat. When it goes on sale in the UK, it should have similar equipment levels to the similarly priced ZS EV SUV. 

MG will follow-up the launch of its electric estate with a plug-in hybrid version of the HS SUV later this year. Once that’s on sale, MG will then set its sights on its most ambitious project yet – launching an all-new, four-wheel-drive, pure-electric, two-door coupe.

The company’s latest sports car is expected to reach the UK market in 2021. It was previewed in 2019 by the E-motion concept – and we expect the finished product will have a 0–62mph time of less than four seconds and a starting price of around £30,000. 

What do you make of the new MG 5 EV estate? Let us know in the comments section below…

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