MG5 EV 2021 electric car owner review

MG5 EV 2021 electric car owner review

EV Trainer drives a MG5 EV 52.5kWh 2021 electric car.

This is EV Trainer’s first electric car, they’ve owned the MG5 EV from new and drive between 10,000-15,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 10,000-20,000 miles and they achieve 200 miles range from a full charge.


Rate your MG5 EV out of 5.


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Why did you choose this electric car?

As a retired person, I was looking for value for money, plus a decent sized vehicle to accommodate my height, 6’ 2”. The MG5 EV fitted the bill, having test driven the MG ZS short range, plus a Hyundai and a Kia. The price differential was a large factor and the colour I chose was more appealing to me than anything else on the market!


As a classic car enthusiast, it’s nice to be driving an MG, although the link is rather tenuous to the cars I owned in the past. The MG5 is comfortable, relaxing to drive, quite eye catching and has plenty of power if required to hold its own in traffic. Being an estate, its load capacity is very useful, taking four large adults and luggage to the airport in comfort.


We have also toured to the north of Scotland and found the public charging to be easy to use and almost 100% reliable! I would like to see a couple of improvements. Firstly, the passenger seat is non-height adjustable and is set too high for no particular reason and secondly, I’d like a ‘frunk!’


Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.

  • Colour
  • space
  • power!


Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.

  • Passenger seat height
  • slow sat nav
  • basic heating controls.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

Completely lost the infotainment screen display once, turned the car off, waited for complete shutdown for 2 minutes then turned on again and the problem resolved itself. No recurrence and I’ve had no other issues.


What are the standout tech features of your MG5 EV?

Ease of use of the cruise control, selection of drive modes and outstanding power delivery if required in Sport mode.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.

The mid-range torque and acceleration from 30 to 70mph is phenomenal in this price bracket. It’s a real ‘Q’ car!


What electric car are you interested in next and why?

Probably the MG ZS Trophy Long Range. The seating and ease of access would suit me plus having a range nearer 300 miles would suit visits to our family without requiring charging.

What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

The zappi is extremely adjustable and easy to program, making use of excess solar energy from our roof.


Rate your home charging unit out of 5.


What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Outfox The Market – lowest tariff rates on Economy 7 via a smart meter. I can’t fault full overnight charging from 0001 to 0700 at a very competitive rate.


Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.


What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?

I’ve found bp pulse to be pretty reliable and not exorbitant on price!


List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).

  • bp pulse
  • InstaVolt
  • Shell Recharge.


Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?

LV – good price and free EV backup if out of charge. No penalty or excess!


Rate your insurance provider out of 5.


Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running the MG5 EV compared to a petrol/diesel car.



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