The All-Electric MG4 EV: The Complete Guide For The UK

MG4 EV
Price: £25,995
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 51 kWh/64 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 218 - 281 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


MG Motor UK Limited (MG Motor), is a UK headquartered British automotive manufacturer, now owned by the Chinese automotive company, SAIC Motor. SAIC is owned by the Chinese government and headquartered in Shanghai. MG was owned by MG Rover up to 2005, before the collapse of the company. MG cars are no longer manufactured at the historic Longbridge plant in the UK. Instead, production takes place in China and other international markets.

The automotive company currently has the following battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale:



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The All-Electric MG4 EV


The pure electric MG4 EV was released in China in June 2022, and in Europe in July 2022. The EV is built on the SAIC’s battery electric Modular Scalable Platform. It is the first all-electric hatchback car from MG. For families and company-car drivers keen to migrate to affordable zero-emission electric driving, the MG4 EV is worth consideration.

The MG4 EV is available in two EV battery sizes: 51 kWh and 64 kWh (Long Range). The choice of two EV battery sizes increases the potential customer base, as not every EV driver needs a large onboard EV battery and long electric range. Both battery sizes offer a useful and practical pure electric range.

The 51 kWh has a range up to 218 miles (WLTP), while the 64 kWh offers a range up to 281 miles (WLTP). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, both options remain useful! For the 51 kWh expect a real-world emission-free e-range closer to 185 miles, while for the larger battery, 240 miles will be more realistic.

The MG4 EV electric car incorporates a single-phase (7 KW AC) onboard charger. More than adequate for EV home charging in the UK, given that the majority of homes have single-phase power supply. The 51 kWh EV can be fully charged in 7 hours and 30 minutes using a dedicated residential EV charger like easee. The MG4 EV Long Range can be full charged in 9 hours.

We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight when the electricity prices are lower. We also recommend charging on a regular basis. This way charging times are reduced and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. MG offers a 7 years or 80,000 miles warranty.

The MG 4 EV also offers DC charging capability. Using a 150 kW DC rapid charger, the 51 kWh EV can be charged from 10%-80% in 39 minutes. The 64 kWh can be charged up to 80% in 35 minutes. Of course, a 50 kW DC charger will be slower: the 51 kWh can be charged up to 80% in 52 minutes, while the Long Range battery will take 60 minutes.

MG offers a host of safety features (MG Pilot Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and technology, to include: active emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane keep assist with lane departure warning system, traffic jam assist, intelligent speed limit assist, blind spot detection with lane change assist, 10.25″ colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 360o parking camera and more. The available boot space is 363 L.

In terms of performance, the rear-wheel drive MG4 EV achieves 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds for the standard EV battery. The Long Range is a little slower and achieves 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The EV delivers a maximum power up to 203 PS (torque: 250 Nm). The top speed is 100 mph.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars. You can lease the MG4 EV via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link!


PROS CONS
An affordable family electric carDriving performance will not set the heart racing
Available in two EV battery sizes Interior materials not premium
Decent pure electric range. DC charging up to 150 kWSmall boot

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The All-Electric MG4 EV (credit: MG)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

£ Variants (3 Options)
SE (from £25,995)
SE Long Range (from £28,495)
Trophy Long Range (from £31,495)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 51 kWh/64 kWh
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 39 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:7 years or 80,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1504
Width (mm):2060
Length (mm):4287
Wheelbase (mm):2705
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot Space (L):363

MG4 EV
EV Battery Capacity:51 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):218
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):17.0
Charging: 150 kW Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 39 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:100 mph
0-60 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):125
Maximum Power (PS):170
Torque (Nm): 250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,655
Colours:4
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

MG4 EV Long Range
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):270 – 281 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):16.0 – 16.6
Charging: 150 kW Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 35 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs)
Top Speed:100 mph
0-60 mph:7.7 seconds
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Maximum Power (PS):203
Torque (Nm): 250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,685
Colours:5
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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