Bob drives a MG5 EV SR 52kWh 2021 electric car.
This is Bob’s first electric car, he’s owned the MG5 EV from new and drives 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 5,000-10,000 miles and he achieves 200 miles range from a full charge.
Why did you choose the MG5 EV?
I needed a car with decent load space and it was to be supplied by Motability as my son qualifies due to his disability. It is needed to transport him as and when required and for him, my wife and I to go on holiday in this country. So, we needed a decent range and to get all the bits we’d need for a week away, occasionally. I looked at a few (VW ID.3, Citroen e-C4 and Hyundai Kona Electric) but the MG was the one that ticked all the boxes and, importantly, owner reviews were a great help.
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Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car
- So easy to drive!
- plenty of space
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car
- Nothing I don’t particularly like but the entertainment system could be better.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
No faults, one recall to update the regen software and one service in the 9 months I’ve had it.
What are the standout technological features of your MG5 EV?
None, it is a basic car, but that’s what I like, I don’t need a lot of bells and whistles. I just need it to do the job of getting me from A to B and it does that wonderfully. Battery system is great, easily gets the range I expect (more than specified at the moment).
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this MG5 EV
You hear the stories of cars that don’t have the range expected, owner reviews in my original search (and experience since) has shown that the MGs seem to meet the WLTP figures quite easily as long as the temp is over 10 degrees C, in the 20c+ we’ve been having recently, I’m getting about 20% more than the WLTP figure. Obviously, in winter it was lower but still more than expected, I think I will improve on it this year as my driving techniques have changed slightly as I’ve learned more about the car.
What electric car(s) are you interested in next and why?
Facelifted MG5, the new MG4, Citroen e-C4, Kia Niro EV. MGs because of the experience of this one and the others because of size/storage/range. I will assess in a couple of years when this one is due for a change. And of course, there will be others out by then!
Outline both positive & negative elements of your home charging unit
It is a bp pulse unit, the installation was carried out easily, despite the actual approval process by bp taking an age (and they are hopeless at customer service, by the way). It’s simple to use, plug in the car, turn the key on the unit, plug into it, lock the car and walk away. You can control it with an app and set schedules (something bp did not tell me, I only found out by accident on a forum).
Outline both positive & negative elements of your electricity supplier & tariff
I am on a fixed tariff with E.ON Next (fixed until April 2023 thank goodness), not looking forward to the price rise! Wanted to go on Octopus Go but missed out due to the gas price rises before I got my car last year. But, as there are five adults and a toddler in the house, a specific EV tariff may not be the best as there is a high usage during the day (I’m the only one who actually goes out to work, the others work at home), I shall have to asses what is best before the renewal date.
Do you use public charging networks?
Itemise how much money you’re saving each month owning & running your MG5 EV