Last updated on October 19th, 2023 at 10:36 pm
- Competitive range
- Good performance
- Decent price
- Mediocre ride quality
- Infotainment still a bit sluggish
- No rear air conditioning vents
Range (WLTP): 323 miles Top Speed: 112 mph 0 to 62: 6.5 sec Efficienty: 4.3 miles per kWh
MG has been experiencing rapid growth, particularly with its EVs, and in August 2023 was the number two-selling electric car brand in the UK. Cars like the MG ZS EV, the MG5 and the MG4 have set benchmarks about how much EV you can get for the money. Now there’s a new version of the MG4, expanding the number of models. It’s called the Extended Range, and it sits above the Long Range and Standard Range, alongside the insanely fast XPOWER. This could be the best MG electric car yet.
Price and Options
The big change with the Extended Range is obvious from the name. It has a bigger battery – 77kWh gross (74.4kWh net), up from 64kWh gross (61.7kWh net) on the Long Range and the same sort of size as the battery used by a Tesla Model 3 Long Range. The MG4 Extended Range’s larger battery is allied with a more powerful 241hp motor, too, up from 201hp on the MG4 Long Range, which more than compensates for the extra weight. The even more powerful MG4 XPOWER, with dual motors, still uses the 64kWh battery.
The MG4 Long Range had two trim options – SE and Trophy – but the Extended Range only comes as the top Trophy trim. There are barely any options to choose from with the MG4 Extended Range, too. The wheels are 18in as standard. The paint used on the car we test drove is called Volcano Orange but there are also blue, white, red, grey, and black alternatives. That’s about it for customisation.
The range is the key upgrade with this new MG4 Extended Range. For that and the more powerful motor you pay £5,000 over the MG4 Long Range Trophy, making the total £36,495. MG has priced the unbelievably quick XPOWER and the Extended Range the same, so you can either have lots of range or lots of speed. That is nearly £10,000 more than the entry-level SE Standard Range, which is still the biggest EV bargain on the market. But if you want a range of 323 miles, you'd pay £6-8,000 more for a car from the Volkswagen Group, more from Hyundai and Kia for a little bit less range, and the base Tesla Model 3 delivers less range for over £6,000 more too. This car is clearly great value.