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MG – now a Chinese company, even though it uses a classic British name – is moving rapidly towards being an electric-only company. Its cars tend to be among the most affordable EVs you can buy.

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MG electric models: current range

MG’s electric cars are generally cheap, usually cheerful, and in once case are as anything you might get from a European or Japanese brand.

MG 4

It seems almost crazy, but it’s true – the MG 4 really is carwow’s car of the year for 2023. How has a Chinese brand nipped past the best from Europe, Korea, and Japan? Simple – the MG 4 is really affordable, spacious, has decent range on one charge, and is actually quite good fun to drive. The infotainment screen is a bit rubbish but that’s about the only downside. New bigger-battery Long Range model can get more than 323 miles out of a charge.

MG 4 XPower

The MG 4 XPOWER is MG getting back to its sporting roots. Sort of. The XPOWER badge was last seen on some underperforming MGs of the early 2000s, but now it’s back on a 429bhp, two-motor electric hot hatch. For the same price as a basic VW ID3, you can have a family-sized EV that will hit 60mph in just 3.8 seconds. No, that’s not a typo. It’s a bit of a shame that the XPOWER doesn’t feel more alive in its steering and chassis, but it’s a serious performance bargain. It’ll do a reasonable 239 miles on a charge, too.

MG 5

The MG 5 is all about getting the most practicality for your pound. In fact, aside from the Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo, the MG 5 is currently the only electric estate car you can buy. At least until the Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 308 electric estates rock up. It’s roomy, too, with a 464-litre boot (578 litres if you load it to the roof) and decent space in the cabin. That cabin looks smarter now, thanks to the recent facelift, as does the exterior styling. It’s easy-going to drive, but the range does wilt if you’re racking up the motorway miles, although the official figure of 250 miles looks good.


The MG ZS was actually MG’s first fully-electric model on sale here, and although it’s been thoroughly updated, you can kind of sense the age under its skin. There’s a choice of two batteries, giving you an official range of either up to 279 miles for the small battery, or 387 miles for the bigger one. Roomy enough to be practical, but it feels pretty ordinary to drive.


MG is actually part of the Shanghai Automotive Industrial Group (SAIC) and so all of its cars are made in China, where the company has four factories, and in Thailand where it has one. There is a tiny bit of MG still based in the UK – it has an advanced design and engineering facility on the site of the old, demolished Longbridge factory which used to be home to Austin and Rover.
Yes, they really are. You do have to make an allowance or two for their low prices – don’t go expecting Lexus levels of cabin quality nor BMW-style handling balance – but the best of them, which is the MG 4 hatchback, is really good and is easily competitive with any European, Japanese, or Korean rival.
The cheapest MG electric car right now is the basic version of the MG 4, which costs £26,995 and comes with a 218 mile range. There are more expensive Long Range and Extended Range modes with ranges of up to 323 miles. The high-performance MG 4 XPOWER starts at £36,995. The MG 5 starts at £30,995 and has a range of up to 250 miles, while the MG ZS electric crossover has a starting price of £30,495. 
No, although they soon will be. For now, MG still makes the petrol-engined MG 3 hatchback, a petrol version of the ZS, and the HS crossover which comes in either petrol or plug-in hybrid forms.