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Suttie’s seven days
The MG4 EV might be an award-wining battery electric model, but will it impress enough in a week to get the vote from our man in Scotland?
mile-range Test efficiency
After a brief drive a while back, it’s very good to be back behind the wheel of the MG4, which claimed the title of UK Car of the Year 2023 not too long ago. That kind of accolade means I have high expectations and, on looks alone, as the MG arrived this morning, it’s off to a very good start. Its sharp lines remind me a bit of how much impact the original Ford Focus had when it was launched, and the MG is much more interesting than most small hatches to these eyes.
There’s plenty to like about the inside of the MG4 as I get familiar with it before heading off on a drive to Perth. The 7-inch screen that acts as the main instrument cluster is clear and easy to read, while the 10.25-inch infotainment display is also easy to navigate. My only gripe is the ventilation is worked through this touchscreen, when I’d prefer good old-fashioned physical buttons.
Another drive this morning, this time into Glasgow. The round trip is about 70 miles and, by the time I get home, the MG4 is still showing around 35% of battery charge. Compare that to the Genesis EV from the other week and the latter is significantly better on range and convenience. As a result, there’s no concern about jumping in the MG to take my son to football practice this evening and running some other errands.
First charge among my time with the MG4 this evening. Despite having heard a few stories of the car being tricky to connect to some chargers, I have no trouble and it also seems to be charging up speedily. After coming back from a walk, I get chatting to a Nissan Leaf owner in the next bay who is very keen on the MG and reckons this will be her next car. After last week’s charger incident, this is a welcome return to EV camaraderie.
A small niggle I’ve noticed this week is changing the regenerative brake settings for the MG4, which has to be done through the infotainment rather than steering wheel paddles or a button on the transmission tunnel. Otherwise, the MG4 is comfortable, rides the bumps very well, handles neatly, and has excellent refinement. As a family hatch, it makes a lot of sense too thanks to decent cabin space.
Like many EVs, the boot in the MG4 is not the biggest compared to rivals with an internal combustion engine. However, it carries all the cricket kit for the kids today and squeezes in some shopping alongside on the way home. If you root around, there are also some handy storage options inside the MG’s cabin, so it certainly passes muster on the practical front.
A final charge up this evening before handing back the MG tomorrow. It’s been a very pleasant car to live with, delivered a good driving range, charged up quickly, and worked ideally as a family hatch. Given the keen pricing of the MG4 next to many rival EVs, it is easily one of the best choices for anyone looking at an electric car for fleet use.