Does the average new car buyer really pay much attention to ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) or not? Do buyers of the hundreds of models offered from fifty-something brands available in our country really care that much? My experience with the answer to that question is not very much. Ford Ranger continued to sell very well when their ANCAP rating of 5-stars was some 8 years old . Volkswagen Amarok was tested in 2011 yet still marketed it as a 5 star vehicle until recently. This MG5 didn’t even get a star rating, so it’s pretty tough on MG.
The same organisation that refused to remove 5-star ratings on vehicles that were 10 years old (since fixed) has lambasted MG for the “lack of safety” in the recently launched MG MG5, to a point where they awarded zero stars. Now that certainly doesn’t assist prospective buyers in assessing the worthiness of this car let alone any other that doesn’t get a star score
I’ve just driven the MG5, before handing it over to a customer and I’d suggest that there are a lot of vehicles (new or used) being sold for more than the MG5 that don’t have the safety features that the MG5 has.
What MG Has to Say
Introducing the MG5, effortlessly commanding attention with its stylish blend of sportiness and sophistication. The advanced features and modern design ensure the MG5 turns heads on the road, delivering a thrilling driving experience with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto integration and responsive handling. Experience an interior that focuses on you with a driver centric cockpit, an intuitive infotainment system, a full virtual instrument cluster, 360° view camera* and sunroof*, making it the ideal choice for modern drivers. Backed by a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty^, the MG5 promises premium assurance as standard.
MG5 starts out from $24,990 for the base model Vibe, rising to $28,990 for the extra featured Essence. The Vibe gets a 6-speed traditional automatic, while the Essence gets a 7-Speed DCT Transmission. The Vibe has a normally aspirated 1.5 Litre engine, while the Essence has a turbo charged version
MG5 – On the Road
Ok, so I didn’t have a lot of road time in the MG MG5, but what time I did have, seemed to me to be a relatively comfortable drive. It was quiet, smooth on A grade highway style roads and has plenty of room for 5 people.
MG5 – Engine/Transmission
The 1.5 Litre turbo engine with 7-speed DCT transmission is a delight. Plenty of overall power
MG5 – Features
- 1.5L engine
- 10” Multi-function colour touch screen
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
- Bluetooth ® connectivity for phone and
- Rear view camera
- Automatic LED Headlamp
- Push Button Start
- Synthetic leather seats
- Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB)
- 4 speaker audio
- Turbo Charged engine + 7 speed DCT
- 6 speaker audio with 3D Sound Effect
- 360 View Camera
- Driver’s seat electric adjustment
- Steering paddle shift
MG5 – Safety
Front Side Airbags
Front Dual Airbags Side Curtain Airbags ABS With Electronic Brake Force Distribution Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB)
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Electronic Stability Program Sport Active Cornering Brake Control (CBC) Hill Hold Control (HHC)
Seatbelt Warning Indicator Lights – Front & Rear Automatic Door Unlocking In Accident Automatic Activation Of Hazard Lights Under Emergency Braking
MG5 – Comfort and Convienience
Cruise Control Speed Sensitive Power Steering Remote Control Central Locking Reverse Camera 360 View Camera
Rear Parking Sensors Electric Windows With Driver One Touch Tilt Adjustable Steering Wheel Keyless Entry
Push Button Start 6 Speaker Audio With 3D Sound Effect 10” Multi-Function Colour Touch Screen Apple CarPlay & Android AUTO
MG Factory Warranty and Service Plans
With a 7 year warranty and 7 years ‘Precise Price Service’, there’s not a lot to worry about with MG vehicles.
“You’ll have complete peace of mind with your next MG Precise Price Service, conducted through our authorised dealer network. ||With MG Precise Price Servicing, all items requiring maintenance as indicated in the MG service schedule, are included in the quoted cost. This means we assure you that the price listed is the price you will pay”. Service intervals are every 10,000 kilometres. Your cover is covered by 24/7 roadside assistance during the warranty period. The total service cost for 7 years or 70,000 kilometres is $2,764 or an average of $395 per service.
Comprehensive Car Insurance – Comparisons
The first company I go to for a quote is typically RACQ, but I also use others for comparisons, just to be sure.
The strongest advice I can give you is to never buy or renew with your current company without price checking. You should get at least 2 quotes to ensure that you’ve got the best deal from a reputable company. In this comparison, Suncorp is $167 cheaper than the next cheapest, Woolworths. , And that’s a lot of money out of your pocket, particularly in these high cost times. However, I also recommend that you try to check the ‘claims ability’ of any insurer. Saving a bit up front may be lost if your insurer doesn’t provide you with excellent service in the event of an accident. Google them
When I was in primary school, teachers issued reports to show my parents and me what I’d achieved during the school year. I really liked the simplicty of the system, so thought I’d share my thoughts on the good and not so good of the test vehicle
|Could Have Done Better
|Very comfortable and roomy for a ‘small’ car
|Not a 5-star ANCAP car
|Drive Away Pricing is very good at $28,990
|Suspension can be harsh on B grade roads
|Range starts from $24,990 drive away
|Service costs are a bit high in the turbo version
NOTE – I couldnt locate a review from my usual go to guy, Paul MAric, but did find this one from Tom Baker of Chasing Cars. Tom’s not driving the turbo version here, but you’ll get the picture.
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