Presentation – MG 4: the electric compact that will do a lot of damage to the competition!

Presentation – MG 4: the electric compact that will do a lot of damage to the competition!

A few days after its official presentation, we could see the MG 4 in the flesh. The manufacturer allowed us to get on the electric compact and take a tour.

We also had a lot of hitherto unknown information, including prices. This first summary allows us, in particular, to link perceived quality, data and price.

A careful presentation and a successful design.

What strikes you first with this MG is the attention to detail. The Chinese brand is actively working on the personality of its vehicles and this 4 is proof of that.

Its compact line is dynamic thanks to a sloping roofline and a black C-pillar (behind the tailgate), giving it the appearance of a floating canopy. In the Luxury version that we were able to get close to, the car mounted 17-inch wheels with two-tone aerodynamic hubcaps.

Thanks to a lower part highlighted in black and a black roof on the Luxury version, the line of the MG 4 is refined. Front LED headlights are available on all trims and add a nice personality to the compact.

The rear of the MG 4 is distinguished in the Luxury version by three specific features. The first is the double spoiler that extends the roof and offers a more sporty line to the compact.

The second is the light strip that crosses the trunk, and that is reserved for the top-of-the-range version. Finally, the “Constellation” lights below the rear window are also a specific aesthetic detail.

The set offers a very qualitative general aspect, for a car that wants to be the rival of the Volkswagen ID.3. And inside, the impression is the same.

The MG 4 offers ergonomics and quality

As we will see later, the battery fits perfectly into the car’s platform. Thus, the MG 4 offers a pleasant interior space for passengers. In addition, this platform offers a wheelbase of 2.71 meters over a length of 4.29 meters, which helps save space.

The driving position is minimalist, like the rest of the cabin. Two screens face the dash, a 7-inch screen behind the steering wheel for instrumentation and a 10.25-inch screen atop the center stack for vehicle information and infotainment.

The two-spoke steering wheel offers a modern look, while the floating center console, where the mode selector and handbrake are located, allows for a nice storage space between the seats, in front of the center armrest.

We appreciate the foamed plastics throughout the dashboard, while the upholstery is fabric for the two entry-level finishes. The Luxury finish offers a mix of vegan fabric and leather, always appreciated in these times of search for sustainability.

In the rear there is enough legroom for an adult just over 1.80m tall. As for the height of the ceiling, there is even a lot of scope for such a template.

The trunk offers a useful volume of 363 liters, which can reach 1,177 liters. In this case, the bench must be lowered 2/3-1/3, and it forms an almost flat floor with the trunk. The latter offers a double bottom to store the cables, which also allows the bottom to be lowered.

Two batteries and two motors.

MG has wanted to offer versions of its compact for all pockets. This implies variable configurations, especially in terms of motors and batteries.

Two engines are offered, the least efficient developing 125 kW of power, or 170 horsepower. This accompanies the first of two batteries in the basic version of the vehicle.

This offers a capacity of 51 kWh and has the particularity of being an LFP battery. Therefore, it is composed of lithium, iron and phosphate, which limits the use of cobalt and nickel.

The second battery, with a capacity of 64 kWh, accompanies a 150 kW motor, or just over 203 horsepower. Present in the two high-end finishes, it is standard in terms of materials, with nickel, manganese and cobalt.

MG has worked on the “One Pack” concept, which allows optimal integration of the battery. Thus, the pack has a height of only 11 centimeters, which allows for vertical space in the passenger compartment. Also, the center of gravity is obviously lower.

This modular MSP platform is the work of SAIC, the parent company of MG, which also makes Volkswagen in China. In particular, it allows the MG 4 to display a 50:50 weight distribution, despite the rear-wheel drive.

It’s worth noting that MG only offers rear-wheel drive versions at the moment. However, a four-wheel drive version is in the works, with a second engine at the front. In any case, there is room under the hood of the compact, so it could develop more than 400 horses.

What autonomy for the MG 4?

Depending on the motor and battery, the MG 4 has two different ranges. The 51 kWh battery and 170-horsepower motor can travel 350 kilometers on a single charge, according to the WLTP cycle. With the 64 kWh battery, autonomy increases to 450 kilometers in the WLTP cycle.

The DC fast charging power with the LFP battery is 117 kW. With the 64 kWh pack, this power can reach up to 135 kW. MG has not opted for a very high power, but ensures that the peak of 135 kW can be reached up to 60% of the recharge.

The time to go from 10% to 80% battery is not much different. The small LFP battery will take 40 minutes to do this, compared to 35 minutes for the NMC pack.

Also, the acceleration performance will be quite close, to the benefit of the less powerful version. In fact, the 30-horsepower difference is offset by the weight difference. The least powerful will take 7.7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h, compared to 7.9 seconds for the 200-horsepower version. The maximum speed limit is 160 km/h in both cases.

Three versions from 22,990 euros

After this first discovery, it was obviously about asking for the bill. And in these times of increases of all kinds in the price of cars, the surprise was very good. As we recently announced, it is clearly below its competitors.

MG thus sells its MG 4 in the Standard version from 28,990 euros, without bonuses. This raises its price, currently, to 22,990 euros, with the 51 kWh battery and the 170 horsepower engine.

The second version, Comfort, incorporates the 204 horsepower motor and the 64 kWh battery. For this, you have to count 32,990 euros before deducting the bonus. This raises its price to 26,990 euros.

Finally, for the Luxury version that we have seen, and which has many options such as iSmart connectivity, 360-degree camera, vegan leather/fabric upholstery or exterior aesthetic details, it costs 34,990 euros. This brings this top of the range to 28,990 euros after the deduction of the bonus.

MG confirms it, there are no options in the catalog, except for metallic paint and white upholstery. For the rest, the equipment is unique for each finish.

To top it off, MG will offer an LLD offer in France on the occasion of the launch of the electric compact. The Standard version will start at €249 VAT included per month for 48 months and 40,000 kilometers. Canceled the contribution of 6,000 euros for the bonus, the first monthly payment can start at 249 euros. Which places the MG 4 very well on the market, while the model exceeds 500 pre-reservations in France.

Orders are open today. The first deliveries should take place at the end of September, since the compact arrived in Europe only recently.

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