The MG 4 shows real promise, with more alert handling and better performance than we expected. It’s packed with solid charging technology, a claimed range of usefulness and impressive practicality, so if MG can price the car as soon as 4 goes on sale in the UK (hopefully making get about VW Golf even though it’s on par with the ID.3) then it will happen. about a winner.
MG has created real benefits with its electric models, ZS EV and MG 5 – but this is where things get really serious. Because the Chinese-owned British brand no longer surrounds the edges of the tram market; with MG 4it will go right behind cars like Volkswagen‘S ID.3.
We don’t know the price yet, but we expect the MG 4 to join ZS stabilizers are falling below the £30k mark as the company starts taking orders near the end of the year. But before that, we had the opportunity to drive a late prototype, on the roads near Munich, where the company’s headquarters are in Germany.
The MG 4 is doubly significant for MG as it is the first vehicle built on the company’s new Power-Focused Modular Scalable Platform (MSP). It promises three things. Firstly, the battery is only 11cm thick, capable of freeing up cabin space while not requiring too thick a floor. Second, the platform is scalable; MG says wheelchair accessible from 2.65 to 3.10 meters. And finally, it will support battery capacities from 40kWh to 150kWh.
The MG 4 should be available with two batteries. The more modest version will have 168bhp and 51kWh – enough for up to 217 miles between charges. While our test car is the more premium version, with 201bhp and 64kWh; MG’s WLTP Test says it will be good for up to 280 miles.
The deep impression of our short drive was that it was a busy, vibrant vehicle. The weight distribution is 50:50, the single electric motor drives the rear wheels, and the chassis tuning is certainly more in keeping with MG’s sporting heritage. We’d say it really craves corners, the MG 4, thanks to its direct, responsive steering. The overall setup only raises our curiosity about the rumored performance version, which will be all-wheel drive and boast up to 400PS of power.
Inside, like the ID.3, the dashboard has been moved to a small screen behind the steering wheel, showing only essential information such as speed, traffic sign information and the car’s charge level. The rest of the MG’s functions – everything from multimedia to driving modes – are controlled via the infotainment screen arranged horizontally in the center of the dashboard. Don’t randomly be fooled by the rotary controller on the center console; it’s just a gear selector, so all inputs to the car’s system are through the touchscreen.
The MG’s Chinese owner says that the MSP platform is being rolled out as a 400-volt system, but it could be upgraded in time. Just like Koreans Kia EV6 or Porsche Taycan, the system voltage can be upgraded to 800 volts to allow for faster charging. Speaking of which, we haven’t received official numbers on possible speeds, but anything below our test car’s 125kW will be disappointing.
|Powertrain:||64kWh battery / 1 x electronic motor|
|Power / Torque:||201bhp|
|Transmission process:||Single-speed automatic, front-wheel drive|
|0-62mph:||Under 8 seconds|