MG Motor has added two new plug-in models to its line-up, including the first all-electric estate on sale in the UK, with deliveries starting before the end of the year.
The MG5 EV is a lower medium estate model with a 214-mile official range figure, that is priced from £27,495 before the Government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant is taken into account, and is powered by a 115kW electric motor equating to 156hp. Two trim levels, Excite and Exclusive are offered, and the car offers boot space of 464 litres to the load cover or 578 litres to the roof, extending to 1,456 litres with the rear seats dropped.
The HS plug-in hybrid is the PHEV version of MG’s larger SUV, which launched in petrol form late last year. The plug-in, the first PHEV in MG’s range, has a 32-mile electric-only range, before the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine is also deployed for a combined 258hp.
The emissions figure of 43g/km puts the HS Plug-in in the 10% BiK band for this tax year, and prices start from £29,995 for the entry of the two trim levels. Standard equipment includes the MG Pilot suite of safety systems covering adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, forward collision alert, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert.
The two new plug-ins join the electric version of the MG ZS, which has already propelled the brand to number four in terms of UK electric vehicle sales. MG is aiming to get to more than half of its new car sales to be either electric or PHEV in 2021, and claimed that the new models are a sign that it is “strengthening its position as the go-to brand for mainstream, affordable electric cars”.
Both new models benefit from MG’s seven-year or 80-,000-mile transferrable warranty, and the brand has declared it is intending to increase the number of its dealers from the current level of 112 nationwide before the end of 2020.