MG Motor Italy Serious in Italy and aims to break into an important space in the car market within the next few years. In less than two years since the debut of the SAIC Motorn-owned brand in our country, the forecast for 2022 speaks of the sale of 7,000 cars (about 1,000 in 2021). The goals will be more ambitious in the next few years. In fact, in 2023, the goal is to have a total market share of 1.5%.
In 2024, the year of MG’s centenary, it is set to reach a market share of 3%. To achieve these goals, MG in Italy makes use of an increasingly complete range that also includes many 100% electric models. In particular, the car manufacturer is betting on the success of the MG4 Electric which aims to “be electric for everyone”Thanks to the really attractive price For the battery-powered segment, it starts at €29,990. The model that now arrives in all Italian MG stores.
Only in light of the Italian debut of the MG4 Electric did we see it up close and make it first very short connection.
for one time Let’s start right away with prices To better understand the display structure of this electric vehicle, which may be of concern to many car manufacturers.
The new MG4 electric range has been designed in a very simple way. Our versions Standard, Comfortable and Luxurious. We’ll see the full technical specifications later, however, for now suffice it to know that the standard model has a 125 kW (170 hp) engine powered by a 51 kWh battery capable of guaranteeing a range of up to 350 km according to the WLTP cycle.
Both the Comfort and Luxury versions are based on a 150 kW (204 hp) engine powered by a 64 kWh battery for a range of 450 kilometers (WLTP). Since the basic version we find a wide range of ADAS systems. the prices?
- MG4 electric standard: from 29,990 euros
- MG4 Electric Comfort: From 33,990 EUR
- MG4 electric luxury: from 35,990 euros
There are no special accessories to add. Customization for each minimum setting. From these prices, remember that the Ecobonus of 3000 or 5000 euros must be deducted if you own a car to be canceled. In addition, MG adds an additional €1,000 which becomes €2,000 in case of scrapping and financing.
So, if you want to buy the standard model, and take advantage of all the bonuses (with financing), the price of the MG4 Electric drops to 22,990 euros.
The Santander loan provides an installment plan of 119 euros per month for 36 months or up to 30,000 km. Down payment 6280 euros. The last installment is 15,895 euros. 5.97% TAN (flat rate) APR 7.55% (flat rate).
Design and Interior
MG 4 electric Measures 4287 mm long x 2,060 mm wide x 1,504 mm high, with a slope of 2.705 mm. These are very similar measures to those of Volkswagen ID.3. The boot capacity is from 350 liters to 1117 liters with the rear seats folded down. The unpacked mass is 1,655 / 1,685 kg depending on the chosen model. Weight distribution 50:50.
The car falls on The new MSP platform (Modular Scalable Platform) Developed by SAIC Motor, it is specially designed for electric vehicles. The battery has been renamed “ONE PACK”. Thanks to the choice of horizontal placement of cells, it was possible to create a compact complex with a height of only 110 mm. Structured battery and cells Made by CATL.
We’ve known the design since the car was introduced for some time but must remember the work the technicians did to improve the aerodynamics as much as possible, aiming to reduce fuel consumption and increase range. Cx varies from 0.27 to 0.287, thanks to the configuration of the air intakes in the front. When the need for air cooling is less, the hatch is closed thus improving aerodynamic performance and autonomy.
17 inch alloy wheels. find as standard Continental tires with low rolling resistance From 215/55 R17. The MG4 Electric will be available in the following body color options: Pebble Black, Dover White, Medal Silver, Andes Grey, Diamond Red, Brighton Blue and Fizzy Orange.
Speaking of interior design, MG has opted for a minimalist style. Most of the vehicle’s functions are managed through the infotainment system. Speaking of technology, we find a 7-inch screen behind the steering wheel of digital devices and in the center of the dashboard, 10.25 inch touch screen for infotainment truly. There is clearly no shortage of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. In the most equipped version, there is also wireless charging for smartphones.
Engines and performance
After we mentioned the specifications of the cars in the beginning, let’s find out now in more detail. MG4 Electric Standard is equipped with 51 kWh battery (Lithium Iron Phosphate) and a rear electric motor of 125 kW (170 hp) with a torque of 250 Nm. This configuration allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds, with a top speed of 160 km/h and range up to 350 km in a WLTP session.
In direct current, the collector can be recharged up to a maximum power of 117 kW. At alternating current, on the other hand, it reaches 6.6 kW. On the comfort and luxury facilities, the 64 kWh battery (Manganese, Nickel, Cobalt) and Rear electric motor 150 kW (204 hp) With a torque of 250 Nm. The maximum speed is always 160 km / h, and it takes 7.9 seconds in the case of acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h. Maximum autonomy 450 km (435 km for luxury). In direct current, the battery charges up to 135 kW of power. alternating current up to 11 kW. rear wheel drive.
In the future, maybe in the summer of next year, there will be one Sport version with dual motor and 77 kWh battery. It should be noted that the car battery can also act as a “mobile power bank” thanks to Vehicle Loading FunctionFor supplying power to external devices such as eBikes, smartphones and computers with an adapter cable.
For its car, MG Motor uses a MacPhersone five-link independent suspension axle for the rear axle, and speaking of safety, the MG4 Electric can count on the MG Pilot package. In addition to Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), all versions are standard equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Traffic Jam Assist (TJA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Traffic Warning. Lane Departure (LDW). Lane Keeping Assistance (LKA). Car warranty for 7 years.
There will definitely be a way to try it out for a longer time in the future to better test its properties. The cabin is spacious thanks to the platform dedicated to electric vehicles. I went over 180cm and had no problems with space, either front or back. It must be said, before continuing, that I tried the Luxury model. Finding the right driving position Thanks to the electrically adjustable seats, it was really just a matter of seconds.
Even with the front seat adjusted to my measurements, I still had legroom in the back. No problem even for the head. In short, the cockpit is designed to measure even for those who have one or two children and need a certain space. Given the price range, the overall quality is good. The plastics, mostly rigid, still assembled well. Let’s talk technology for a moment.
The digital instrument screen isn’t huge considering the 7 inches but what’s displayed is always well seen even with direct sunlight, and the information displayed is really a lot of it. There is also a little gem somewhat reminiscent of a Tesla. In fact, during the march they come Obstacles detected by the vehicle are displayed on the road (cars and trucks). A feature that also seemed to work well, at least in the few kilometers I drove.
Moving on to the infotainment system, the interface is clear and easy to use. There are no hidden menus or hard to find options. The menus aren’t very fast to scroll and you have to insist a little with your finger, but that’s no problem. There is also a small problem with the navigator (wrong route). Anyway, I was told that some updates should be released soon which will improve software management in the car.
How are you on the road? The nearly 28 km of this extremely fast test, covered mostly on the Milan Ring Road, was not ideal for understanding the car’s driving dynamics. However, on such a short ride, the MG4 Electric was driven with pleasure. For my taste, the trim is a bit soft but this choice allowed the car to be So that you can digest the bumps and roughness of the road without problems. I particularly appreciated the Sport mode (Snow, Eco, Standard, Sport and Single, available ones) which, in addition to making the car more reactive to throttle pressure, allowed for more precise steering.
All advertised offerings are available and immediately available power and torque allow for fast acceleration and easy overtaking. Regenerative braking can be configured on several levels. Although the cap is set, I still prefer something more. We are not at the level of a true “one pedal” guide.
A longer and more comprehensive road test will allow us to better understand the vehicle and test ADAS systems that will soon receive an improvement in their operation through the above software updates.
The few kilometers traveled, the type of flight and the deliberate “skillful” driving of the acceleration test did not allow an accurate and reliable assessment of consumption. However, for statistical purposes only, 28.3 kilometers have been traveled with an average consumption of 18.8 kWh.