The range-topping model in MG’s new electric small car line-up is the MG4 Essence 77. Priced from $55,990 (plus on-road costs) this Mazda 3-sized hatch is the most expensive option but still one of the more affordable EVs on sale today.
The Essence 77 is equipped with LED lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch digital instrument panel, 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, a six-speaker sound system, wireless smartphone charging pad, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and leather and fabric trim.
The interior is simplistic in design, with only the two digital screens and a handful of buttons. But the layout of the batteries does offer good space inside the cabin, although rear occupants miss out on any creature comforts like cup holders or arm rests.
The Essence 77 is powered by a punchy 180kW rear-mounted electric motor that drives the rear wheels. It makes for sprightly performance and agile handling.