MG4 EV review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Decent interior space and some useful standard features mean the MG4 EV should appeal to family buyers
Despite the MG4’s relatively low roof line it still offers good space inside, while there are plenty of useful storage options. Up front, there is a cubby with a sliding lid that sits just behind two cup holders, and lifting the top of the central armrest uncovers a deep bin for larger items. The glovebox isn’t very practical in terms of size or shape, but there is space in each of the front door bins for bottles and other items.
Keyless entry, automatic headlights, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and a height and reach-adjustable steering wheel are all standard for the MG4. The top-of-the-range Trophy adds extras such as a heating function for the front seats and steering wheel, a six-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, an adjustable boot floor and a wireless smartphone charger.
The MG4 is 4,287mm long, 1,836mm wide and stands 1,504mm tall, which makes it 26mm longer and 27mm wider than Volkswagen's own electric family hatchback, the ID.3. Meanwhile the more expensive Renault Megane E-Tech is 77mm shorter and 56mm narrower than the MG4.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Interior packaging is good in the MG4, and passengers benefit from a decent amount of rear legroom. Knee room is also fine, although there isn’t too much space underneath the front seats for your feet. The EV powertrain means that the central hump in the floor is quite low, which helps accommodate three passengers across the rear seats – the middle of which is surprisingly comfortable.
We found access to the Isofix mounting points was awkward when fitting a child seat; we prefer the plastic surrounds used by the likes of VW rather than the large velcro fabric panels featured in the MG4.
With a luggage capacity of 363 litres, the MG4’s boot isn’t the biggest in its class. Both the VW ID.3 and Cupra Born offer 22 litres of extra cargo space, while the Megane E-Tech tops the lot with its 440-litre boot. The MG4’s boot is still adequate, and there's no load lip to contend with, unlike in the Renault. You also get some extra storage space under the boot floor that’s ideal for your charging cables, but there's no 'frunk' or storage under the bonnet to keep dirty cables away from your clean luggage. Should you need to carry more stuff, the MG4's rear seats fold flat in a 60:40 split, opening up 1,177 litres of cargo space for you to play with.
In this review
- 1MG4 EV reviewThe MG4 EV’s sharp styling, spacious interior and impressive efficiency mean it’s one of the best electric cars around
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceThe MG4 EV is ably set up to deal with the rigours of in-town driving, although it’s still fun to drive
- 3Range, charging and running costsCompetitive pricing, reasonable insurance costs and strong residual values mean the MG4 EV is hard to overlook
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe MG4 EV’s smart, stylish cabin is impressive, but the fit and finish could be a little better
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingDecent interior space and some useful standard features mean the MG4 EV should appeal to family buyers
- 6Reliability and safetyA generous seven-year warranty and plenty of onboard active safety kit should provide MG4 EV buyers with peace of mind