The MG4 delivers on features, performance and price

MG4 Electric front live image


The presence of MGs in classic car shows across the US has piqued the interest of new Americans. As MG's first electric vehicle designed and engineered to meet the needs of global customers, from the ground up, the 4 is an important model for a storied brand to expand its global business. In March 2024, I had the opportunity to check out the MG4 Electric in its performance-oriented XPower at the 2024 Bangkok International Motor Show. Here's what I think about the refined electric hatchback:

Design

The MG4 is the result of the joint efforts of London-based SAIC Design Advanced London and the Royal College of Art, and the SAIC Motor Design Center in Shanghai. To stay true to MG history, sporty styling is a must in every car we make, and the MG4 is no exception. The way this car is built makes it attractive to customers in China and around the world. At the front, the MG4 comes with a shark-like nose, petal-shaped headlights, three eyes, a muscular bumper with vertical side air intakes, a splick low air intake and a lip spoiler.

The MG4 Electric looks sporty on the sides with a rising beltline and sharp creases on the door panels and shoulders. The charging port is on the quarter panel above the left wheel arch. At the rear, it features a hunkered-down stance, large almost full-width taillights (complete with SAIC Vision LED Lighting System), a clean bumper, a large SUV-style skid plate, and a separate rear spoiler. Despite the low ride height, it's like a crossover in many ways.

I think the MG4 has all the qualities of a European design, and can go head to head with popular models in this segment, in any market. I like its low and wide stance and find its silhouette sporty. Shiny silver lower bars, 18-inch Cyclone wheels, large discs, and XPower-branded brake calipers make it look stunning. My favorite part of the exterior is the split roof spoiler.

Unlike the MG4 Electric that has been widely covered by global media since its 2022 unveiling, the unit I reviewed was made in Thailand, not China. I didn't notice any uneven or unusually large panel gaps in the car, or any other signs of poor build quality. The Wild Hunter Green (called Racing Green in some markets) matte color is smooth and goes well with the car's sporty theme.

Inside

The doors of the MG4 opened wide, and as a 5'7”, getting in and out was quick for me. I liked the sleek dashboard design with a 10.25-inch freestanding touchscreen infotainment system and 7-inch instrument cluster, as well as a floating center console with a rotary gear selector. The low-slung steering wheel had a 6 o'clock mark on it, and that, along with the alloy pedals and red stitching on the upholstery, gave it a sporty vibe inside.

I found it smart and European in the way the interior of the MG4 Electric looks, it's not quite up to Volkswagen's level of quality, I can say I was surprised by that. I still think it's an admirable effort and I feel that MG has really upped their game internally. I also noticed that the floor is almost flat. I didn't find the small hump in the back of the cabin uncomfortable when sitting in the middle of the rear seat, though.

Safety

In its press release on December 7, 2022, the automaker announced that the MG4 Electric has been awarded a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. The MG4 Electric scored 83% for Adult protection and 80% for Child protection, in safety tests. Euro NCAP also stated that this rating applies to both RHD and LHD versions of the MG4 Electric.

The automaker noted that this was the first test result to include its new Modular Scalable Platform (MSP), which will underpin several next-generation MG models. We can expect those cars, apart from the upcoming MG4 Electric models, to get a similarly satisfactory safety rating.

Details

Size

The MG electric model measures 4,287 mm in length, 1,836 mm in width, 1,504 mm/1,516 mm in height. The compact electric car has a generous 2,705 mm wheelbase. Thus, it competes with the VW ID.3, Cupra Born, Renault Megane E-Tech, and Nissan Leaf.

The platform

While the ZS EV comes from a combustion engine (ZS) model, the MG4 Electric is a high-end EV based on the Nebula platform. That's what MG calls its new stadium home. In Europe, the brand used is Modular Scalable Platform or MSP for short. In a report published on June 26, 2022, autohome.com.cn called this a “top platform” built from the ground up exclusively for electric vehicles. 'E2' is the internal code name according to the Chinese report, which means it follows MG Marvel's E1 platform.

MSP's flexible design allows developing EVs with a wheelbase between 2,650 to 3,100 mm. It is possible to design EVs in various body styles in the new environment: hatchback, notchback, saloon, SUV, and van. If you ask us, it will play an important role in the growth of MG in Europe.

Euro-spec MG4 Electric drivetrain layout
MG received a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP for the MG4 Electric. Image Source: SAIC

DP-EPS

The MG4 Electric has a 50:50 weight distribution, which greatly aids handling. Also, it gets Dual Pinion-Assist Electric Power Steering (DP-EPS) instead of the usual Rack-Assist Electric Power Steering (REPS). The new technology has arrived in the automotive industry at a time when customers around the world have begun to take a liking to SUV body styles and electric powertrains. Steering loads are higher for EVs compared to ICE vehicles due to the heavier batteries. They need a different steering system to handle the extra weight. In DP-EPS, the primary pinion is designed for motor flexibility and performance and the secondary pinion is developed for assistance.

One Pack Battery

MG says it has been able to keep the car's height down to a minimum thanks to its incredibly flat battery, which is housed in a “One Pack” battery system (called the Rubik's Cube battery system in China). This is a flat battery made by parent company SAIC.

The One Pack battery system, with its spare cell arrangement, allows for a minimum 110 mm battery lead length. The length and width of the battery are 1,690 mm and 1,300 mm, respectively. SAIC has used new cell-to-pack or CTP technology, making the MG4 Electric one of the brand's most advanced EVs to date.

Performance and Scope

The MG4 Electric sports two motors in XPower trim, one for each axle. Producing 320 kW of power and 600 Nm of torque, these motors power the car from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds. The MG4 Electric XPower has a 64 kWh (gross) NMC lithium-ion battery that gives it a range of 480 km, like the old and lighter NEDC (compared to WLTP).

Price

Prices for the MG4 Electric start at THB 869,000 (USD 23,795) for the base 'D' trim and go up to THB 969,000 (USD 26,533) for the top XPower trim. In the UK, where the electric hatch gets power, prices are between £26,995 and £36,495.

TopElectricSUV says

The MG4 is an admirable effort from the Chinese automaker, be it in terms of styling, features, performance, or pricing. However, I think there is room for improvement in terms of interior quality, electronic software inside the cabinet, and charging speed, and it could be a future class leader when it comes to that. In emerging markets where the VW ID.3 and Renault Megane E-Tech aren't available, it's great.

MG4 Electric FAQs

What is the MG4 Electric release date?

The MG4 is sold worldwide, including RHD countries such as Australia, Thailand & the UK.

What is the price of the MG4 Electric?

In the UK, prices vary between £26,995 and £36,495.

What brands compete with the MG4?



Source link