the electric compact at the price of a used Renault Zoe…

Although we still don’t know their exact prices, the simple fact of seeing a compact electric sedan 4.28 meters long (2 cm longer than a Volkswagen ID.3, 7 cm longer than a Renault Mégane E-Tech ) to less than €30,000, without bonuses, is a feat in 2022. At a time when the cost of raw materials for a lithium battery is skyrocketing, and when manufacturers are telling us that we will have to used to price hikes, MG is leveraging its membership of China’s SAIC Group (China’s largest seller of electrified cars) to launch an accessible and potentially family-friendly electric car. Of course, all this will need to be checked during testing, but the MG4 Electric offers what a Tesla never did: a C-segment car for under €30,000, with enough battery on the ground to cover more than 300 km in real conditions. Here again, the passage of the MG4 Electric on our test bench will allow us to validate the range, but with 350 km on the WLTP cycle, we are not taking too many chances with such a value in real life.

No competition for the MG4 Electric?

Without accurate measurements of on-board and trunk space, it’s still impossible for us to clearly classify this MG4 Electric. But if we rely on their external measures, it already seems closer to the compact than to the urban multipurpose. Also sold as is. On paper, then, its rivals are the Volkswagen ID.3 (and incidentally Cupra Born), Renault Mégane E-Tech or even Citroën E-C4, even if the latter is 8 cm longer than the MG4 Electric .

Generally, the battery capacity of these cars is around 50 to 60 kWh. A little more for the Volkswagen ID.3 that benefits from a 77 kWh battery, but it is a unique case in a more reasonable segment in this area. LTherefore, an MG4 Electric does not create surprises with its two battery options of 51 and 64 kWh. In terms of power, again, it’s the status quo: between 170 and 200 hp for most of these models, although some are a bit further (or lower, for the Citroën e-C4) .

One essential criterion remains: the price. Let’s take a look at the prices charged by its rivals, which already give an idea of ​​the overall range and budgets.

  • Volkswagen ID.3: from €44,990 (58 kWh)
  • Citroën e-C4: from €39,600 (50 kWh)
  • Renault Mégane E-Tech: from €37,200 (40 kWh)
  • Electric MG4: less than €30,000 (51 kWh)

Since the first copies of MG4 should not arrive before the beginning of 2023, the bonus will be reduced: €5000. Customers who opt for the basic model Therefore, it will come out for less than €25,000, turnkey. The price of a recently used Renault Zoe.

51 kWh and 4.28 meters, a size that puts it in front of the rare electric compacts on the market© MG

As a reminder, we don’t yet know the actual range of the MG4, unlike its competitors that have passed our test protocol. But even so, the Chinese is well on its way to hurting the competition, and in particular to a Citroën e-C4 that will have a hard time justifying its 10,000 euros difference and its 34 hp less. However, two hurdles will have to be overcome for the MG4 Electric: the total absence of a brand image, and the disparity of the distribution network, in particular compared to Renault, Citroën or Volkswagen, which are omnipresent in the territory. The still unknown discount of these Chinese products also remains problematic, but as more and more motorists choose to rent (precisely so as not to have to manage resale), the discount will be known from the outset and integrated to the monthly payments.

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