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What’s the best electric car to look smart?

What's the best electric car to look smart?

You couldn’t look smarter than an MG5 EV break if you tried…

An electric vehicle is an eminently sensible purchase, isn’t it? Especially in the current climate with all that expensive gasoline sloshing around and the market is slowly but surely deviating from the unsavory combustion of hydrocarbons in engines to the much tastier combustion of hydrocarbons at a great distance in a friendly power station.

It’s not all wise purchases – people have been pocketing a lot of fast Porsches and electric hypercars lately, known as having your tax-efficient cake and eating it. But these extravagances are vastly surpassed by those of the Kia e-Niro, whose first generation looks like an orthopedic shoe. Or the Nissan Leaf, which had a face only a mother could love, provided she had a charging point at home.

And there’s nothing more sensible in the electric car market these days than an MG. It’s the supermarket’s own brand EV, the home haircut, the second-hand jeans. It’s the staycation, using the tea bag twice, walking instead of taking the bus, it’s bringing an umbrella just in case. If you really want to climb the dizzying heights to look sensible, you’ll want the new MG5 EV. Or possibly the old one, from a reputable local dealer that offers a good warranty.

It’s a car TopGear.com should love – we always tell people to ditch their oversized, overweight SUVs in favor of a good old-fashioned station wagon, advising the MG5 to reach its absolute breaking point. But look at that rear, with its 578 liters of luggage space up to the roof. A cavernous 1,367 liters when you fold down the seats and take out your camping chairs.

It comes with a whole host of safety features and it starts at £31k. If you opt for the top spec (of the two available) option for £33k you get heated seats and rain sensitive windshield wipers. The car’s regenerative braking modes are conveniently called 1, 2, and 3. And most sensible of all, the 61 kWh battery officially has a range of 249 miles. That’s more range than you can throw a stick at, frankly, unless you’re an Olympic stick throwing champion.

But of course you get to the underside of the car and those quirky flat alloy wheels and it’s a little hint that you’re not as sane as it seems at first glance. Except you, because they’re designed to maximize aero efficiency and reduce drag.

We are in hard times, people, and hard times call for sensible people. When help arrives, it will share a ride in a convoy of MG5 EVs, and will have prepared its own sandwiches.

Best EV to look smart – MG5 EV
Price: £31,995
Range: 249 miles
Engine: 154 hp electric motor
Battery: 61kWh
Top speed: 115mph
0-62mph: 8.3 seconds
Storage space: 578 liters
Cost to get it in gray: £545