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Would you buy a £23,000 EV with a 250m range from MG?

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  • No, but I can see it bringing more cut price competition which is good

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So I see the MG5 which is already good value will be updated to fix most of its shortcomings, yet only go up by about £1400......

So the addition of a 61kwh battery (57 useable) giving 250m range, and the advanced driving suite. Then a big boot, roof rails you can use and so on and so forth (hopefully fixed the woeful sat nav too)...

So given the old one is circa £20k new with some haggling, this new one might be £22k ish after haggling...... all of a sudden we have a long range, well specced, good EV pseudo estate car for under £25k with a 7 year warranty? This might just move the game on for most people far more than all the new Tesla Plaid’s in the world....

 

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I think it depends on how you approach the question. I'm not in the market for a car this size. If I were, then it would be on the list. As a hypothetical it's a yes. As a practical answer now, it's a no...

I think the brand was badly damaged and has a lot to prove. It's all very well offering a seven year warranty, but will it deliver.

On paper it's a strong proposition though and I agree, affordable, practical electric cars are what we need.
 

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So given the old one is circa £20k new with some haggling, this new one might be £22k ish after haggling...... all of a sudden we have a long range, well specced, good EV pseudo estate car for under £25k with a 7 year warranty?
Trapped in the dealer servicing network for seven years... :eek:
 

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yes, but what servicing will it need?

Also, as long as you buy the parts from MG you can get serviced any VAT registered garage - and what parts will it need?

My Soul is the same - but I wouldn't get it serviced elsewhere anyhow?
 

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yes, but what servicing will it need?

Also, as long as you buy the parts from MG you can get serviced any VAT registered garage - and what parts will it need?

My Soul is the same - but I wouldn't get it serviced elsewhere anyhow?
I'm sure I did a list some time ago about the dozens of items on an EV that could be 'serviced' or more like 'inspected' then subjected to a 'diagnosis fee' being applied if you don't write them a blank cheque at that point in time :LOL:. Forgive my sceptisim having been royaly screwed in the past with dealer servicing...
 

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Wow - that's a lot of No's - why?
Personally, brand new cars are generally a bad buy and lose a lot of value in the first few years, EVs had a somewhat unique period of very low sales protecting their used values but now sales are rising sharply this won't last. They might be interesting in around 3 years time when low cost used ones start showing up.

It'll also be interesting to see how the reliability of the current models pans out over the next few years to see how well they age.
 

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So I see the MG5 which is already good value will be updated to fix most of its shortcomings, yet only go up by about £1400......

So the addition of a 61kwh battery (57 useable) giving 250m range, and the advanced driving suite. Then a big boot, roof rails you can use and so on and so forth (hopefully fixed the woeful sat nav too)...

So given the old one is circa £20k new with some haggling, this new one might be £22k ish after haggling...... all of a sudden we have a long range, well specced, good EV pseudo estate car for under £25k with a 7 year warranty? This might just move the game on for most people far more than all the new Tesla Plaid’s in the world....

One problem - it won't have a 250 mile range.
 

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Thing that put me off this is that it's likely to be an unpleasant 7 years. If you could drive a Daewoo Matiz and it never break, you'd still get sick of it and make excuses not to drive it. I suspect these MGinese models are very much like that.

It's also an ICE body with an EV derivative, so whilst an ID.3 has shortcomings over it, it's still the next-gen of EVs.

A bit like when Sony made that facelifted little 'PSone' - yes it is a nice little cheap model, but everyone's moved on.
 

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So I see the MG5 which is already good value will be updated to fix most of its shortcomings, yet only go up by about £1400......

So the addition of a 61kwh battery (57 useable) giving 250m range, and the advanced driving suite. Then a big boot, roof rails you can use and so on and so forth (hopefully fixed the woeful sat nav too)...

So given the old one is circa £20k new with some haggling, this new one might be £22k ish after haggling...... all of a sudden we have a long range, well specced, good EV pseudo estate car for under £25k with a 7 year warranty? This might just move the game on for most people far more than all the new Tesla Plaid’s in the world....

Disclaimer… I’ve neither seen one or driven one, but, at that price I wonder if it’s a plastic pig, and we all know pigs can’t fly😂
 

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It's certainly quite a lot of car for the money, but are you not forget it's 'relative' huge elephant in the room....


This car will apparently be in the UK second half of next year (?) much better spec and well it actually looks nice! :D This latest update just looks like a sticking plaster..
 

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That's the full facelift I think - many of the upgrades are going to be here soon....
 

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Thing that puff me off this is that it's likely to be an unpleasant 7 years. If you could drive a Daewoo Matiz and it never break, you'd still get sick of it and make excuses not to drive it. I suspect these MGinese models are very much like that.

It's also an ICE body with an EV derivative, so whilst an ID.3 has shortcomings over it, it's still the next-gen of EVs.

A bit like when Sony made that facelifted little 'PSone' - yes it is a nice little cheap model, but everyone's moved on.
Sure there are better cars and better EV’s, I drive one, BUT I was lucky, I could afford it.

If we want mass adoption, we need cheaper EV’s that just work, and this one does.

I have driven the current one, is it perfect? No - BUT for the money absolutely nothing comes close....

With the main faults fixed and the bigger range, this is a real game changer and would allow most people who buy any small new hatch on a PCP to choose electric instead, which the current 35k cars don’t....

This will be no dearer than a fiesta, and allows people to get a family sized EV with a big boot - it’s a massive step forward in my book...
 

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Have done 20k miles in a ZS - performance is good, range in summer is close to WLTP, ride on poor road surfaces is decent, build quality is better than budget but nothing like premium (think Suzuki) though some of the tactile materials (steering wheel, dashboard, switchgear) are rather decent.

Handling is a bit mince due to rear spring/damper set-up.

For ~20 grand nothing touches it: I could drop 15-25k more on eNiro or Model 3 but I simply can't justify it.

Can I justify paying 4-5k more on a MG5 that drives a bit better and can manage 50% further on a charge?....
 

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With the main faults fixed and the bigger range, this is a real game changer and would allow most people who buy any small new hatch on a PCP to choose electric instead, which the current 35k cars don’t....
Why would anybody who buys a new small hatchback on PCP suddenly be interested in a family sized estate car, just because it’s electric?

What the EV market needs is a Fiesta sized car with a 200 mile range, that costs the same as a Fiesta. That would be a ‘game changer’ I’d have thought. Or more likely something small SUV shaped.

Until then, you’re asking people to choose a car based on what’s still a limited EV model pool, and not because it’s a good car for you.
 

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Reminds me of this and just as desirable :LOL:
Oh yes, so funny!

But very practical and the best option for people who can't afford what they desire.

I desired a 7 seat Montego because there was nothing else that could be realistically desired. They were the most practical and fuel economic cars one could get to do that job, on a 'normal person's' salary.

Likewise this MG5, yeah, you are probably dead right, maybe no-one at all 'wants' one, but that or a £45,000 e-Nonsense? No-brainer, if you ask me, if you have family+gubbins to cart around.

(PS I did not aspire to a Montego, but I did get somewhere near ... a Maestro! And it was about the cheapest piece of motoring I have ever had.)
 
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