The rapid growth of Chinese vehicles in Australia continues apace with the arrival of
MG’s second fully-electric vehicle, the MG4 hatchback. It joins the MG ZS EV
compact SUV which has been here since late-2020. A third electrified vehicle, the
HS+EV plug-in hybrid provides another option.

MG4 comes in four variants with two equipment levels, Excite and Essence, and
three battery options, 51kWh, 64kWh and 77kWh.

The entry-level Excite 51kWh, priced at $38,990 plus on-road costs joins two Oof its
Chinese rivals, the new BYD Dolphin $38,890 +ORC) and GWM Ora ($39,990
+ORC) as the first EVs to break through the $40k barrier.

The MG4 Excite 64kWh is priced at $44,990, the Essence 64kWh at $47,990 and
the Essence 77kWh at $55,990. All before on-road costs.

Power outputs from the rear-mounted electric motors are 125kW from the 51kWh
battery, 150kW from the 64kWh and 180kW from the 77kWh. Peak torque is 250Nm
from the 51kWh and 64 kWh motors and 350Nm from the 77kWh.

Maximum driving range is 350km from the Excite 51kWh, 450km (Excite 64kWh),
435 (Essence 64kWh) and up to 530km with the Essence Long-Range 77kWh.

All three batteries can be charged through a 50kW DC rapid charger that can take
the 51kWh to 80-percent in 40 minutes, the 64kWh in 60 minutes and the 77kWh in
75 minutes.

MG4 is the first model to sit on MG’s new, innovative Modular Scalable Platform
(MSP) which will underpin the next generation of all-electric MGs.

There are four regenerative braking levels down to one-pedal mode.

All models come with five driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, Snow and Custom.

Excite comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, Essence 18-inch alloys.

Boot space with the rear seats in place is 363 litres in the Excite and 350 litres in the
Essence, expanding to 1177 and 1165 litres respectively when folded. Contributing
to this capacity is M’s ‘One-Pack’ battery technology which measures just 110mm in

MG4 received the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating when tested last year.

Standard features across the range include six airbags, enhanced ABS brakes with
electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist, and electronic
stability program, reversing camera, hill start assist with auto hold, automatic door
unlocking, and collapsible steering column in crash.

Also standard in all models is the MG Pilot advanced driver assistance system which
adds lane keep assist and departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward
collision warning, automatic emergency braking, traffic jam assist, intelligent
headlamp control, speed assistance system and driver inattention alert.

The two Essence variants get a 360-degree camera as well as an advanced version
of MG Pilot which add blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, door opening
warning, emergency lane keep assist and lane change assist.

Infotainment features include a 10.25-inch multifunction colour touchscreen, four-
speaker audio, the MG iSmart Phone App (iOS & Android), wired Apple CarPlay and
Android Auto, DAB and FM Radio, multi-function steering wheel controls, three USB
ports and 7.0-inch LCD digital instrument cluster.

The Essence models add satellite navigation with voice control and EV trip planning,
six-speaker premium audio with sound field calibration, and wireless smartphone

All MG models come with a seven-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

We’re yet to drive the MG4 but will get into one shortly and report back with a
comprehensive review.

MG4 Excite 51kWh: $38,990
MG4 Excite 64kWh: $44,990
MG4 Essence 64kWh: $47,990
MG4 Essence 77kWh: $55,990
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact
your local MG dealer for drive-away prices.


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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