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
early July.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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