The MG Motor MG4 EV was first released in June 2022 as the MG Mulan before being launched in Europe the following month as the MG4 EV. The electric hatchback is enticing buyers with its excellent price point alongside its sleek design, huge equipment offering, and multiple battery and range options.
Read our full MG4 EV review below for all of the information about the current MG4 EV model to fin out if it is the best electric car option for you.
The MG4 EV is the first vehicle to be based on parent company SAIC's battery electric Modular Scalable Platform which is designed to fit a range of segments of electric car from SUVs to sports cars. It's suitable for wheelbases that range from 2650mm to 3100mm alongside a new integrated battery structure with a height of just 110mm.
The 17 inch alloy front and rear wheels are standard across the model range have aero covers for low wind resistance and is paired with a twin aero rear spoiler to help reduce wind noise and improve aerodynamics.
Looking at the MG4 EV from the front makes it look sleek and sporty, with pointed LED headlights that highlight the MG badge in the centre of the bonnet. The sharp detailing continues throughout the car with rear LED lights which contour from the back of the side panels around onto the rear quarter of the car, and if you opt for the Trophy trim then will also have a rear centre light bar with a cross hatch design.
Electric door mirrors are standard equipment with adjustment and heating functionality. To have power folding you'll need to upgrade to the Trophy trim level but they always come in a contrasting black which matches the other black details on the exterior.
The MG4 EV has an incredibly modern interior, as many electric cars have been treated to, which really puts it on par with competitors.
Two full colour screens dominate the front of the cabin, one in the centre console at 10.25 inches and one behind the steering wheel at 7 inches and both are standard across the model range. These work in tandem to provide the driver with information about the car and how it's driving alongside media information and displays.
It's fully customisable too which means that you can choose which information is the most important for you to see as you drive.
There are mounted controls on the steering wheel and you're able to store shortcuts to things such as your preferred temperature and climate settings. Below the centre screen lies a row of physical buttons for features such as volume control, windscreen fans, and hazard lights.
Below the centre console are the driving controls, which are lifted to sit almost in line with the bottom of the steering wheel on a small shelf. It sounds like a bizarre way to position the controls but it allows you to rest your hand as you use the rotary control to choose your driving mode. You'll also find the electronic parking brake next to it and a built in phone holder which doubles up as the wireless phone charger on Trophy models.
One of the most noticeable features in the MG4 EV is the absence of a start/stop button to get the car going. Instead you get in and get comfortable, then press the brake to bring the car to life. It'll take some getting used to but is a really unique feature.
The suspension is well-tuned and absorbs bumps and potholes well. The seats are supportive and comfortable, even on long journeys. The cabin is also relatively quiet, making it a relaxing place to spend time.
The driving position offers plenty of legroom alongside lots of adjustment in both the seat and the steering column to make sure that its easy to find the correct and most comfortable driving position and position for you. There's also ample room for four tall adults to sit comfortably, with rear seat space improved with a lower floor than in some competitors due to the ultra-thin battery.
There's no compromise in boot space in favour of passengers either. With all five seats in sue the MG4 EV offers 363 litres of boot space, just 22 litres less than the Volkswagen ID.3, and with the rear seats folded flat floor to own it opens up to 1177, one litre more than the Nissan LEAF. The rear bench also folds in a 60:40 split meaning that you can tailor the cargo space to your needs and still take passengers with you.
The MG4 EV offers standard range and long range variants, with different battery sizes for each. The standard range model uses a 51 kWh battery whilst the extended range model uses a 64 kWh battery. Both are rear wheel drive and there is an all wheel drive version which is due to be released sometime in the near future.
On the model page for the car, the brand has a handy tool that allows you to see how the range is effected with different styles of driving such as slow moving traffic, towns and cities, rural roads, and motorway speeds. There's also an option for a "bit of everything" which is probably the more accurate option if you're not sure how to classify your driving. You can also choose between the different trim levels and range options for a fuller picture of the model range.
MG estimates that the standard range SE will have a maximum range of 218 miles doing a bit of everything between charges whilst this increases to 281 miles on the SE long range, making it worthwhile considering the long range version. The Trophy long range then offers 270 miles, reduced in comparison to the SE standard range as it is a slightly heavier model. It's still a very decent range and much higher than the Nissan LEAF or ORA Funky Cat.
The electric motor is rear mounted and, as previously mentioned, works alongside the ultra-thin lithium-ion battery which has allowed for more space in the cabin and foot space for passengers alongside a low centre of gravity or improved handling and stability.
The MG4 EV can utilise public rapid chargers up to 150kW and will charge from 10% to 80% on these in 39 minutes for standard range models and 35 minutes for long range versions. on a 50kW rapid charger this increase to 52 minutes and 60 minutes respectively. Home charging on a 7kW fast charger comes in at 7.5 hours for standard range and 9.0 hours for long range and increases drastically to 20.5 hours and 26 hours if you use a 2.2kW 3-pin domestic plug.
There are two trim levels available for the MG4 EV: SE and Trophy.
Entry level SE models are incredibly well equipped with automatic projector LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, LED centre brake light, tinted glass, rear parking sensors, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, 17 inch alloy wheels, a 4 speaker sound system, 10.25 floating colour touchscreen, iSMART user app, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, 6 way adjustable driver seat, 4 way adjustable passenger seat, climate control, a 7 inch full digital driver display, and a leather steering wheel with mounted steering wheel controls.
Upgrading to top spec Trophy models then adds projector LED headlights with reflector technology, a rear centre light bar with cross hatch design effect, rear privacy glass, a twin aero rear spoiler, power folding door mirrors, a 6 speaker sound system with 3D sound, Live services, satellite navigation, a 360 degree parking camera, a wireless phone charger, electric 6 way adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, auto dimming rear view mirror, heated steering wheels, height adjustable loading floor, and all round one-touch electric windows.
If you're looking for a model with a high level of standard equipment then this is a good car for you to consider.
All trim levels of the MG4 EV come with MG Pilot, the brand's suit of clever assistance technologies to help you on the road. The standard range of equipment on the MG 4 EV includes adaptive cruise control, active emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane keep assist with lane departure warning system, traffic jam assist, intelligent speed limit assist with traffic sign recognition, intelligent high beam assist, and driver attention alert. The Trophy model then adds additional features such as blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and door opening warning.
This is what gives the MG4 EV a five star safety rating from Euro NCAP which places it on par with other models such as the Renault Megane E-Tech and the Volkswagen ID.3. It then outperforms other similar sized cars such as the Peugeot 408, Peugeot 308, and the Citroen C4.
As well as excellent safety features, the MG4 EV also has one of the best warranties available on the market at seven years. The seven year warranty, or 80,000 mile cap if that comes first, with the first 12 months having no mileage cap at all.
Alongside the warranty for mechanical issues, MG also provide an Anti Perforation Warranty for 7 years and a Paint Warranty for 3 years. Together these all provide a lot of great value, peace of mind and additional protection for your MG4 EV.
With a starting price of £26,995 the MG4 EV is one of the most affordable electric cars currently on the market. The Volkswagen ID.3, a car which the MG4 EV is often compared to, starts at £37,115 which gives you a saving of £10,120 by choosing the MG model. Similarly it offers a saving of £5000 when compared to the ORA Funky Cat at £31,995, another Chinese manufactured electric car now making its way into the UK.
You're also not compromising on equipment, range, safety, or power by choosing the MG4 EV, as with other cars we have discussed above. In fact, its is also cheaper with standard range than EV icons such as the Nissan LEAF and the Renault ZOE and offers similar amounts of room and cargo space.
The Trophy model is still incredibly competitive and starts at £32,495, which is only £500 more than the ORA Funky Cat and the top trim of the Nissan LEAF.
The new MG4 EV is a great choice if you're looking for an electric car that offers excellent equipment, multiple battery choices, and an affordable price. MG is paving the way for electric vehicles that are more accessible without compromise.
Contact John Clark MG Dundee today for more information about the MG4 EV range. Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team will happily answer your questions, show you around the MG4 EV, and accompany you on a test drive.