For its connected compact, MG breaks the prices. The MG4 is thus much cheaper than its direct competitors … and than electric city cars.
For the MG4 Electric this summer, MG promised a base price below €30,000. We had a very psychological €29,900 in mind. In the end, it’s even smaller, and therefore even more aggressive, than we imagined: €28,990 (all prices here are exclusive of bonuses).
This eye-catching price corresponds to the “Standard” version with a 170 hp block and a 51 kWh LFP (gross capacity) battery. This configuration advertises a range of 350 km. For a better autonomy, of 450 km, it is necessary to take the Comfort version, equipped with a 64 kWh NMC battery and a 204 hp engine. The price rises there to €32,990.
Look no further, no 100% electric compact does it better. The new star of the genre, the electric Mégane, starts at €35,200! At this price we have a 130 hp engine and a 40 kWh battery (usable capacity) which gives a range of 300 km. The 220 hp version with 60 kWh battery, which offers a range of 450 km, starts at €40,200!
A basic MG4, but not cheap
The Mégane is admittedly more conscious of its exterior appearance with 18-inch rims from the base, when the cheapest MG4 has 16-inch wheels with hubcaps. But for the rest, the Chinese is very well equipped from his access finish. There’s a 10.25-inch touchscreen, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, automatic climate control (it’s manual on the Mégane) and hands-free access as standard.
Highlight: the most expensive of the MG4 remains more affordable than the cheapest of the Mégane, as the luxury version (435 km of autonomy) is at €34,990. In addition to the large battery, there is a standard 360° view, heated front seats and steering wheel, heat pump, navigation or voice commands. The Renault again has a nice finish and a more techno presentation (10-inch instrumentation), but with similar equipment the price difference remains significant.
MG 4 electric: range, equipment, prices
On Volkswagen’s side, we are even further from the prices of the MG4. Currently the ID.3 Pro Performance, with 170 hp engine and 58 kWh battery (usable), for a range of 424 km, at €44,990! The equipment is still generous. On the other hand, the interior presentation does not make a strong impression.
Looking at more general brands, we have the Citroën ë-C4. With it, it has 136 hp, 50 kWh battery (gross) and a range of 357 km. But the price already starts at €36,250 in the basic Live finish, with the correct equipment (automatic climate control, electric mirrors, rear parking assist, safety package). The ‘old’ Nissan Leaf comes at a rather high price with its 40kWh (gross) battery giving a range of just 270km. In the Acenta it costs €35,150. However, it has the advantage that it is well negotiated with the seller.
e-208 still €4,000 more expensive
Not content with being much cheaper than other compact cars, the MG4 also compares to city cars. If we go back to Renault, we find a Zoé equillibe 110 hp with 395 km of autonomy for… €33,700. For €710 less, we therefore have an MG4 Comfort, more inviting for a small family, better equipped and also offering 55 km of autonomy. Although it has just dropped on the market with its Like finish, the Peugeot e-208 still starts at €33,000.
We are therefore aware of how much the MG4 can damage the electric car market. Especially because it has another advantage up its sleeve: Great possibilities for fast DC charging with 117 kW on the basic version and 135 kW on the others!
To find cheaper, you have to go down a notch. And there we have small city cars that are not very spacious and have more limited autonomy. At Volkswagen we find the e-Up for €25,400, for 260 km. The Renault Twingo now starts at €24,100 with a range of 190 km. For €5,000 more we therefore have the MG4… Some will point out that it is made in China. Like the Dacia Spring, which does not prevent its success!
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