The all-new EV is an interesting, affordable newcomer to the C-segment
- Electric driving range of up to 450 km
- 0-100 km/h in 7.7s
- 3 versions, 2 battery capacities
An increasing number of new electric models find their way to the market, but often they do not fit the average employee’s budget. The new MG4 Electric is therefore a welcome addition: it offers lots of equipment, an attractive electric driving range and a snazzy look for a price-tag below €30,000.
As a subsidiary of the mighty SAIC Group, MG is no novice as it comes to electric mobility. The ZS EV was launched in Europe two years ago as an affordable, albeit not high-tech electric vehicle. The MG4 Electric, which will go on sale from the end of this year, is different. It is built on the Group’s brand-new scalable MSP platform developed specifically for electric cars. The MG4 Electric, whose dimensions (length of 4,287 mm and width of 1,836 mm) place it in the C-segment, will be the core model for the young brand.
3 versions, two capacities
The MG4 Electric will be available in three versions. The entry-level model is called MG4 Electric Standard and features a 51-kWh battery, which should allow it to cover 350 kilometres according to the WLTP cycle. The car is powered at the rear wheels by a 125 kW (170 hp) and 250 Nm electric motor enables a sprint to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds. AC charging can be done on this variant at 6.6 kW, fast charging at 117 kW, reducing the 10 to 80% state of charge time to 40 minutes.
Higher up in the range there’s the MG4 Electric Comfort and the MG Electric Luxury, which share their 64-kWh battery and both have a slightly more powerful electric motor on the rear axle capable of delivering 150 kW (204 hp) and 250 Nm. The larger battery allows the Comfort to reach up to 450 kilometres, according to MG. The larger battery charges with three-phase alternating current at 11 kW as standard, with direct current it is possible to fast charge at 135 kW. In practice, this means that 300 kilometres of driving range can be added in 32 minutes.
Space for five
MG claims that five people can sit comfortably in the interior, which should be quite spacious due to the 2,705 mm wheelbase. The boot in standard configuration offers 350 litres of capacity, or even 1,165 litres with the rear seats folded flat. The battery is only 110 mm high, making it the thinnest in its class. Headroom therefore promises to be ample, even for larger adults.
The dashboard has a minimalist design, with a floating centre console and, from the Luxury trim level, also a wireless charger for smartphones and heated front seats. Safety equipment is on point, with numerous driver assistance systems as standard, while a 360° camera captures the environment around the car. With the vehicle-to-load function, the MG4 can even power electrical devices.