- MG4 EV priced from $38,990 with dedicated EV platform
- Up to 530km range, three battery sizes
- Rivals BYD Dolphin, GWM Ora
The much-anticipated MG4 electric hatchback is now available for order. Starting from $38,990 it is one of Australia's cheapest electric cars available.
UPDATE: Details of the performance focused XPOWER variant added.
Priced from $38,990 to $59,990 before on-road costs, the MG4 EV provides between 350km to 530km of claimed WLTP driving range with five models and three battery sizes. The MG4 has a model for many needs: the budget oriented (51kWh), the long range driver (Long Range) and the performance enthusiast (XPOWER).
The MG electric hatch rivals sub-$50,000 Chinese EV rivals, including the BYD Dolphin and GWM Ora hatches, MG ZS EV and BYD Atto 3 small SUVs, plus the pricier Nissan Leaf and Cupra Born electric cars.
MG4 Specs: Range, Charging and Size
The MG electric hatch is the first model to ride on SAIC Motor’s Modular Scalable Platform (MSP) dedicated EV platform, with a claimed 50-50 weight distribution, and all confirmed model grades are rear-wheel drive. The MG4 model line-up is separated by two model grades and three battery sizes:
51kWh usable lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP)
- Longer-lasting, safer and budget-friendly cathode battery type
- Up to 350km claimed WLTP range
- Standard 6.6kW AC/88kW DC charging capabilities
61.7kWh usable (64kWh gross) nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC)
- More energy dense lithium-ion battery type
- Offers 450km claimed range on Excite or 435km on Essence variant
- Increased peak fast charging speed to 140kW DC with 25kW more electric motor power
77kWh gross (usable unknown)
- Range boosted to 530km claimed
- Adds 11kW AC three-phase charging capability and 30kW more power
- 61.7kWh usable (64kWh gross)
- Combined 320kW power (150 kW front | 170 kW rear)
- Range of 385km
EDITOR'S NOTE: The actual usable capacity for the MG4 77kWh Long Range is still unknown, but it's likely to be an NMC type. Zecar has contacted MG Motor Australia for clarification.
MG4 Price, Models and Features
The MG4 EV Australian line-up is separated by two model grades – Excite and Essence.
- The smallest 51kWh battery is Excite only;
- The mid-sized 64kWh is in Excite and Essence flavours; and
- The 77kWh long range is an Essence only.
EDITOR'S NOTE: MG has elected to name most of its variants by the total gross battery size, instead of the actual usable capacity (as detailed above).
MG4 51kWh Excite price: $38,990 before on-road costs
The MG4 electric hatch starts from $38,990 before on-road costs for the 51kWh Excite. Key features include a 10.25-inch tablet-style touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, select active safety assistance technologies, and 17-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels.
51kWh Excite features:
|50.8kWh usable LFP battery
|17-inch alloy wheels with aero covers
|LED combination-type head- and tail-lights
|Heated wing mirrors
|Leather steering wheel
|Overhead sunglasses storage box
|Automatic climate control
|Six-way manually adjustable driver seat
|10.25-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto
|7.0-inch driver instruments display
|MG iSmart Lite connected services
|Keyless entry and push button start
|Vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability (separate accessory purchase required)
|Front auto emergency braking (AEB) with car/pedestrian/cyclist detection
|Adaptive cruise control with lane-centring assist
|Speed limit assist with traffic sign recognition
|Driver attention monitoring
|Reversing camera and sensors
|Auto high beam headlights
MG4 64kWh Excite price: $44,990 before on-road costs
Stepping up to the 64kWh Excite costs $6000 more and provides more range, power, and faster DC charging capability. There are no additional features compared to the 51kWh Excite.
64kWh Excite adds:
|61.7kWh usable NMC battery
MG4 64kWh Essence price: $47,990 before on-road costs
Meanwhile, the 64kWh Essence is $3000 pricier and gains all available features, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, synthetic leather and fabric seats, 18-inch wheels, electric folding mirrors, and a two-tone black roof.
64kWh Essence features:
|18-inch alloy wheels
|Full LED head- and tail-lights
|Two-tone black roof paint
|Twin rear spoilers
|Electric folding mirrors
|Rear tinted privacy glass
|Active intake grille shutter
|Synthetic leather and with contrasting fabric insert seats
|Six-way electrically adjustable driver seat
|Heated front seats
|Heated steering wheel
|Auto dimming rear view mirror
|Two-level boot floor
|MG iSmart online connectivity with mobile app and built-in voice control
|EV trip planner
|Six-speaker 3D audio
|Qi wireless charging pad
|Blind-spot monitoring with lane change assist
|Rear cross-traffic alert
|Door open warning
|360-degree camera system
|Emergency lane-keep assist
MG4 77kWh Long Range price: $55,990 before on-road costs
The 77kWh Long Range is an additional $8000 for the best driving range in the MG4 line-up, even more power, and a three-phase AC onboard charger. There are no additional features compared to the 64kWh Essence.
77kWh Long Range features:
|77kWh gross battery
MG4 XPOWER price: $59,990 before on-road costs
The range topping XPOWER has the same battery and features as the 64kWh Essence but is an additional $12,000 on top of the 77kWh model.
|61.7kWh usable NMC battery
MG4 X-Power will be available be the end of October 2023.
Standard paint – no cost: Dover White
Metallic paint – $700:
- Black Pearl
- Dynamic Red
- Camden Grey
- Sterling Silver
- Brixton Blue
- Volcano Orange
NOTE: Essence and Long Range models include a no-cost black two-tone roof to all exterior colours.
MG4 EV Warranty and Servicing
The Chinese automaker hasn't detailed servicing costs and intervals yet, but for reference, the ZS EV small SUV only requires maintenance every 24 months/40,000km.
How does the MG4 compare to other EVs?
MG4 51 kWh spec comparison
Despite the cheap electric car entry price, the base MG4 51kWh Excite has a larger battery, more driving range and faster acceleration than the quirkier GWM Ora. However, it is limited by its single-phase AC charging capability.
MG4 64 kWh spec comparison
The mid-sized battery MG4 64kWh Excite is more affordable than its EV rivals, with a faster DC charging peak capability. It is on par with the GWM Ora Extended Range, BYD Atto 3 Extended Range, and MG ZS EV Long Range in terms of battery size and claimed WLTP range.
MG4 77kWh Long Range spec comparison
The MG4 77kWh Long Range competes directly with the sporty Cupra Born electric hatch and have closely matched specs. Both have identical claimed 0-100km/h acceleration times, but the MG EV has the edge for range and efficiency under the combined WLTP test.
Datawrapper tables by Danny Thai
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