MG has managed to cram quite a bit into the MG5 for less than $25K drive-away in its Vibe entry-level variant.
More specifically, you’re forking out $24,990 to head off from the dealership in one, even with its missing active safety features, but we’ll come back to that.
In Vibe specification, the MG5 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, auto LED headlights, a reversing camera and a tyre pressure monitor, while inside you’ll find a 10.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability (both wired) with four speakers for the sound system, as well as a push-button start, synthetic leather seats and three different selectable steering modes.
Stepping up to the Essence, which we’re testing here, costs $28,990 drive-away and adds a sunroof, a six-speaker sound system, electric seat adjustment for the driver, steering wheel paddle shifters - for a reason we’ll return to - and turns the rear-view camera into a surround-view parking camera.
The Essence is also visibly different on the outside thanks to slightly larger 17-inch alloys, auto-fold (when locked) side mirrors, and a grey grille insert rather than body-coloured.
On that, you can have white or yellow as no-cost paint colours in either MG5 variant, but metallic red, blue, black or grey are all $700 options.