AutoCar UK Confirms MG5 Is Awful

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I test drove the MG5 last year and was instantly let down – how could such a car carry the MG badge? It seems that AutoCar are in agreement. The UK magazine cites the noisy underpowered engine as one of their main beefs with the Five but give the 5 credit for having a much improved interior with good fit and finish.


To make this car competitive in the UK market would take a great deal of work, although it must be said that the firm’s parent company, SAIC, is already making great strides in its powertrain development, and has a proven track record with the MG 6 for making a sweet riding and handling car.

Furthermore, we would urge some caution before laying in to MG; this car did not feel entirely right, the test venue was far from perfect. Perhaps it’s fairest of all to wait until we get the opportunity for a full road test before drawing too many conclusions.

About the author  ⁄ Ash

Ash came to China at 18 and never looked back, a decade later he is still here. After a 4 year stint in a Chinese University where he gained a double BA in Chinese and International Trade he worked for a myriad of different companies in the Chinese Auto industry before heading back to school to get an MBA with a focus in marketing.


  • vava1
    May 25, 2013

    Such a shame, and what a let down for the MG brand, a real missed opportunity

    Bland, unremarkable styling, a mere shadow of the brilliant looking concept

    Low quality, low ability drive train with less than mediocre performance

    A chassis that rides and handles like, well, just a cheap car

    And and interior that really should be so much better

    All this for a car destined for a huge selling segment worldwide, currently occupied by Mr Golf, Mr Focus, Mr Corolla etc.

    Why bother with the 5 MG?

    Your reputation would be better off without it!

  • May 25, 2013

    The interior isn’t so bad! It’s just everything else. But then again it shouldn’t come as a great surprise just look at the Roewe 350 on which the MG 5 is based. It’s as if the designers were too tired after doing the interior to bother about what it looked like on the outside.

  • MartinK
    May 29, 2013

    Looks great, is actually terrible for you. Just like Chinese fast food.

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