2023 MG 4 electric hatch pricing and features
April 6, 2023
The Long-Range MG 4 Essence will start from $47,990 before on-road costs, with pre-orders open from 11 April.
Initially, just one variant will make it to Australia, known as the Essence locally, it’s equivalent to the UK’s top-spec Trophy trim. Wheels understand that the UK’s SE and SE Long Range variants are likely to join the line-up shortly, potentially wearing ‘Excite’ badges.
Our Essence, therefore, gets the larger 61.7kWh (64kWh gross) lithium-ion battery pack and a more powerful 150kW/250Nm rear-mounted electric motor than the Standard Range car. The driving range is quoted at 435km in combined WLTP, relying on a 14.2kWh/100km efficiency figure.
There are 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lights, and a roof spoiler outside to let you know this is the flagship MG 4, while inside you get rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring over the lower-spec cars.
Being based on MG’s modular scalable platform (MSP), the 4 should be more advanced than the company’s ZS EV, which runs on a converted internal combustion platform. It also gives it improved fast-charging capability, able to take on DC electricity at 135kW, enough to take the battery from 10-80 per cent in 34 minutes on a 150kW charger.
Measuring 4287mm long, 1836mm wide and riding on a 2705mm wheelbase, the MG 4 is almost identical to a Volkswagen Golf in size. The MG 4 was also awarded five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing. When it hits dealers, the MG 4 small electric car will rival the Nissan Leaf, GWM Ora, and BYD Atto 3, as well as MG’s own electric ZS small SUV.
Customers will be able to order the MG 4 from 11 April with deliveries starting early in the second half of 2023.