Affordable

all-electric MG4

MG4, 2022, front, action
MG4, 2022, front
MG4, 2022, side
MG4, 2022, rear, action
MG4, 2022, rear
MG4, 2022, rear
MG4, 2022, tail
MG4, 2022, interior
MG4, 2022, rear seats

THE MG4 offers sharp styling, a roomy interior and impressive performance and efficiency at a price that could tempt more motorists to swap their rides from petrol and diesel to all-electric.

MG sales have been growing steadily this year and this car is certain to boost the Chinese owned company's sales figures even further.

It will be competing against some really big names at this level but its tempting price and driving range will surely win it fans.

This car is new from the ground up and sits on a brand new platform that will also feature in forthcoming electric models.

There are two trims to choose from called SE and Trophy along with two battery sizes. The entry-level SE can be purchased with either of the 51kWh or 64kWh batteries, while Trophy versions are powered by the 64kWh Long Range battery.

The SE Long Range can deliver 281 miles between charges while the Trophy Long Range offers slightly less at 270 miles - this is due to some additional design features including twin spoilers which increase drag but will appeal to owners who like their motors to look sporty.

Prices are well below the opposition with the MG4 SE Standard Range costing £25,995, the SE Long Range £28,495 and the Trophy Long Range priced at £31,495. This is lower than some city electrics, so you get much more car for your money and there is no need for additional extras.

Standard equipment is generous, with all cars featuring 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

If you want more kit like heated seats, wireless smartphone charging and an upgraded audio system then opt for the top-spec Trophy version if you just want value go for the SE Long Range model.

Inside the interior is clutter-free and there is room for four adults to travel in comfort. The leather-like seats provide good comfort and the only negative for me was the over fiddly touchscreen.

The MG4 has no start button, the car detects that a key is present and you just rotate the gear selector to Drive and silently move off. To shut the car down you put it in Park and get out and the car automatically shuts down - this takes a bit of getting used to.

With 210bhp on tap the MG4 can tackle the sprint to 60mph in 7.7 seconds and boasts a top speed of 100mph. The single-speed transmission is very smooth and the car cruises nicely at motorway speeds. The road-holding is confident and settled and the MG4 is at home in town or country.

The 50:50 weight distribution means the car is well balanced and the ride better or equal to its opposition, while the steering provides lots of feedback.

Drive modes called Sport, Normal, EV and Off-road can only be selected via the touchscreen, along with Normal and High settings to adjust the levels of regenerative braking.

The MG4 is also practical with a boot that can hold 363 litres of kit and this increases to 1,177 litres with the split-folding rear seats dropped flat. There is also lots of storage inside the cabin.

The car is also crammed with all the latest safety equipment including active emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, intelligent speed limit assist with traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist with lane departure warning system, driver attention alert and intelligent high beam assist.

Charging the 64kWh battery from 0-80 per cent takes 35 minutes via a 150kW charger, an hour via a 50kW charger or nine hours via a 7kW home wallbox.

The newcomer comes complete with a generous seven-year warranty and is by some distance the best car in the MG range thanks to its stylish lines, good driving range and tempting price-tag.

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