MG5 EV 2020 electric car owner review

MG5 EV 2020 electric car owner review

Mark Haller drives an MG5 EV Standard Range 2020 electric car.

This is Mark’s first electric car, he’s owned the MG5 EV for 1-2 years and drives under 5,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 5,000-10,000 miles and he achieves 180 miles range from a full charge.


Rate your MG5 EV out of 5.


Sign-up to Electric Road now to receive a FREE ‘Guide to the Best Electric Cars’, a weekly Newsletter and to win some great prizes!


Why did you choose the MG5 EV?

I had planned to get a Tesla Model 3 but as it isn’t an estate it meant I couldn’t use it for moving band equipment and building gear. As the MG is half the price it was an easy decision to make.


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

  • Very smooth
  • Quick enough
  • Plenty of space.


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

  • Rapid charging failed
  • Cheap plastic behind seats that cracks if you lean on it
  • Fake leather is the only option for seats in the posh version.


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

Charging is fast but on the only day I used a rapid it faulted out and the AA had to take it to the dealer. It has generally been flawless otherwise. The car is finicky about charging and I am yet to need a rapid to verify.


What are the standout tech features of your MG5 EV?

  • The car is easy to drive and very smooth
  • The general operation is flawless
  • The keyless entry is convenient and the display is uncluttered
  • Because it has Android Auto the infotainment is tolerable
  • The handling is good for such a cheap vehicle.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this MG5 EV.

  • It was cheaper than a diesel estate, partly due to incentives. It takes steep hills really well indeed.
  • This model has nice features like built-in GPS, auto-closing mirrors, heated seats as well as keyless entry and the boot will open even if the vehicle is locked if you have the key with you
  • You can get over 230 miles range in summer if you drive gently.


What electric car are you interested in next and why?

I am going off Tesla, like the practicality of an estate but might go for a BYD if the price is right and the range a little better. 250 in Winter at 65mph would be a clincher and has to take 4 people. Now I know what a competitively priced vehicle can do I don’t think I will waste money on a premium vehicle.


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

I wanted the freedom to manage the control interface and not be locked into a design that will be redundant quickly so I went for Viridian as they were helpful in making a small change for me. They weren’t at the time offering smart controllers that would work with solar. There are many on offer and most people swear by the one they have. I would suggest going for one that is modular and cheap to repair.


Rate your home charging unit out of 5.


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

Bulb standard – I use solar and have low demand so no need for a discounted tariff yet.


Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.


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

I have only used Gridserve once in 2021. The new ones are excellent but the old ones have faults.


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

Cannot judge as do not really use them.

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

Aviva – really cheap.


Rate your insurance provider out of 5.


Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.



See other owner reviews here


Share article:


Related articles