A few days before its official presentation, we were able to see the MG 4 in the flesh. The manufacturer allowed us to board the electric compact and take a tour.
We also had a lot of information hitherto unknown, including prices. This first overview allows us in particular to link the perceived quality, the data and the price.
A neat presentation and a successful design
What surprises in the first place 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 roof and a black C-pillar (behind the rear door), which gives the appearance of a floating pavilion. In the Luxury version that we were able to approach, the car rode on 17-inch wheels with a two-tone aero hubcap.
Thanks to a lower part enhanced with black and a roof also black on the Luxury version, the line of the MG 4 is refined. The LED front lights are available in all versions and offer a nice personality to the compact.
The rear of the MG 4 is distinguished in Luxury version by three specificities. The first is the double spoiler which extends the roof and offers a sportier line to the compact.
The second is the light strip that crosses the trunk, and which is reserved for the top-of-the-range version. Finally, the “Constellation” lights that are located under the rear window are also a specific aesthetic detail.
The whole offers a very qualitative overall appearance, 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 nice interior space for passengers. In addition, this platform offers a wheelbase of 2.71 meters over a length of 4.29 meters, which helps to save space.
The driving position is minimalist, like the rest of the cabin. Two screens overlook the dashboard, a 7-inch screen behind the steering wheel for instrumentation, and a 10.25-inch screen at the top of the center console for vehicle information and infotainment.
The two-spoke steering wheel offers a modern appearance, while the floating center console, on which the mode selector and the handbrake are located, allows a nice storage space between the seats, in front of the central armrest.
We appreciate the foamed plastics on the entire dashboard, while the upholstery is in fabric for the two entry-level finishes. The Luxury finish offers a mix of fabric and vegan leather, always appreciable in these times of search for sustainability.
In the back, there is enough legroom for an adult slightly over 1.80 m tall. In terms of roof height, there is even a lot of margin for such a template.
The trunk offers a usable volume of 363 litres, which can reach 1,177 litres. In this case, you have to fold the bench seat 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 wanted to offer versions of its compact for all budgets. This involves varying configurations, especially in terms of motors and batteries.
Two engines are offered, the less efficient developing 125 kW of power, or 170 horsepower. This accompanies the first of the two batteries in the entry-level version of the vehicle.
This offers a capacity of 51 kWh and has the particularity of being an LFP battery. It is therefore 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 displays a height of only 11 centimeters, which makes it possible to provide vertical space in the passenger compartment. In addition, the center of gravity is obviously lower.
This modular MSP platform is the work of SAIC, the parent company of MG, which also manufactures Volkswagens 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 at the moment MG only offers rear-wheel-drive versions. 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, and it could thus develop more than 400 horsepower.
What autonomy for the MG 4?
Depending on the engine and the battery, the MG 4 has two different ranges. The 51 kWh battery and 170 horsepower motor can cover 350 kilometers on one charge, according to the WLTP cycle. With the 64 kWh battery, the range 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 go up to 135 kW. MG has not bet on 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. It will take 40 minutes for the small LFP battery to do this, compared to 35 minutes for the NMC pack.
Likewise, the acceleration performance will be quite close, to the advantage of the less powerful version. The 30 horsepower difference is in fact compensated with the difference in weight. It will take 7.7 seconds for the less powerful to perform the 0 to 100 km / h, against 7.9 seconds for the 200 horsepower version. The top speed limit is 160 km/h in both cases.
Three versions from 22,990 euros
After this first discovery, it was obviously a question of 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 announced recentlyit is clearly below its competitors.
MG thus markets its MG 4 in the Standard version from 28,990 euros, excluding bonuses. This brings its price, currently, to 22,990 euros, with the 51 kWh battery and the 170 horsepower motor.
The second version, Comfort, embeds the 204 horsepower motor and the 64 kWh battery. For this one, it is necessary to count 32,990 euros before deduction of the bonus. This brings its price to 26,990 euros.
Finally, for the Luxury version that we have seen, and which has many options including 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 deduction of the bonus.
MG confirms it, there are no options in the catalog, with the exception of metallic paint and white upholstery. For the rest, the equipment is unique to each finish.
To top it off, MG will offer an LLD offer in France on the occasion of the release of the electric compact. The Standard version will start from €249 including VAT per month for 48 months and 40,000 kilometres. The contribution of 6,000 euros being canceled by the bonus, the first monthly payment can start from 249 euros. What very well place the MG 4 on the market, while the model exceeds 500 pre-bookings in France.
Orders are open today. The first deliveries should take place at the end of September, since the compact reached Europe recently.