Chinese manufacturer MG Motors has continued to expand its vehicle range in Australia
with the launch of the MG5, a small-medium four-door sedan.
Although new to Australia the MG5 has been on sale overseas since 2012, often badged
as the MG GT. We’re getting the second-generation model released in 2020.
MG5 comes with the choice of two variants, Vibe and Essence with driveaway prices of
$24,990 and $28,990 respectively.
Not surprisingly this will make MG5 the cheapest model in our large and highly-competitive
small sedan segment undercutting the Hyundai i30 Active sedan ($26,000 + ORC), Kia
Cerato S ($26,200 + ORC) and Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport sedan ($28,630 + ORC).
It does come with the same seven-year/unlimited distance warranty as the Cerato while
Hyundai and Toyota offer five years and unlimited km.
MG5 Vibe is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine generating
84kW and 150Nm with a CVT automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
Essence steps up to a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four with outputs of 110kW and 250Nm
but with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and front wheel drive.
Claimed fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 5.7 litres per 100
km (Vibe) and 5.9 L/100km (Essence).
Full details of safety equipment are yet to be provided. All that we’ve been told so far is
that there are six airbags with Essence adding a 360-degree overview camera.
Likewise, infotainment features are sketchy but will include a 10-inch multifunction colour
touchscreen with pairing to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Vibe gets a four-speaker
audio system and Essence two extra speakers.
Six colours are available: Dover White, Royal Yellow, Diamond Red, Misty Grey, Black
Pearl, and Brixton Blue.
Orders for the MG5 can be placed now with stock expected to arrive in dealerships by