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MG MG4 2024 review: Excite 51 long-term

MG MG4 51kWh.

Something I need to stop doing is getting out of cars I’ve just been driving and walking off while they’re still running. Seriously, I’ve done it constantly lately and I blame it all on the MG MG4 I’ve been testing for the past month.

The MG4 is a small electric hatchback and it doesn’t have an on or off switch. It just turns on when you open the door and sit in the driver’s seat and then turns off when you get out and lock it.

That’s a convenient feature and I became used to it quickly. Thing is I’m now getting out of other cars without turning them off.

There’s more to the MG4 than that trick, so let me start again.

Our MG4 is the most affordable in its range which means it’s the Excite grade and it has the 51kWh battery. MG was doing a drive-way deal of $39,990 at the time of writing, making it one of the lowest priced electric cars in Australia.

The Excite grade has most of the features of the Essence grade above it. There’s LED headlights, a 10.25-inch media screen and 7.0-inch instrument cluster, plus there’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There’s a 10.25-inch media screen and 7.0-inch instrument cluster. (Image: Richard Berry) There’s a 10.25-inch media screen and 7.0-inch instrument cluster. (Image: Richard Berry)

Just before I started in this MG4 I’d been testing the MG4 Essence and that gave me a clear back-to-back comparison of what you’re not getting in the Excite. Things like heated seats, a wireless phone charger and a power adjustable driver’s seat.

You can do without those features if money’s tight, but I’m not sure I could live without the 435km driving range (WLPT) the Essence has from its larger 64kWh battery.

The Excite’s 51kWh battery has a range of 350km (WLPT) and in real-world testing we found this to be accurate. (Image: Richard Berry) The Excite’s 51kWh battery has a range of 350km (WLPT) and in real-world testing we found this to be accurate. (Image: Richard Berry)

The Excite’s 51kWh battery has a range of 350km (WLPT) and in real-world testing we found this to be accurate, but also not enough for longer trips where we knew a charger wasn’t waiting for us at the other end.

The good news is the Excite is offered with a 64kWh battery, too, for about $5000 more which sounds like a lot at this level, but the extra capacity will take some of the range anxiety away.

Overall our average energy usage was 23.1kWh/100km, which is on the higher side. (Image: Richard Berry) Overall our average energy usage was 23.1kWh/100km, which is on the higher side. (Image: Richard Berry)

We managed to travel 405km in our Excite 51kWh but it was all urban duties - the school run, grocery shopping and city commuting. Overall our average energy usage was 23.1kWh/100km, which is on the higher side. Our long-term testing of larger heavier EVs returned better energy efficiency than this. 

Charging is quick and I found using a 75kW charger the battery could be filled from five to 90 per cent in under an hour, which is impressive, but don’t forget the battery isn’t enormous.

  • MG MG4 Excite 51 I Practicality MG MG4 Excite 51 I Practicality
  • MG MG4 Excite 51 I Practicality MG MG4 Excite 51 I Practicality
  • MG MG4 Excite 51 I Practicality MG MG4 Excite 51 I Practicality
  • MG MG4 Excite 51 I Practicality MG MG4 Excite 51 I Practicality

What is impressive is the way the MG4 Excite drives. This is a comfortable, well composed sporty hatchback with good handling. I feel the way this car drives is outstanding for the price bracket with great steering, too, and a superb feeling of connection to the road. 

The practicality of the MG4 is also outstanding. We have a small family with a toddler and a bigger kid and we lived daily with the MG4 and never found room for us or our stuff in the cabin to be an issue. 

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  • MG MG4 Excite 51 I Design MG MG4 Excite 51 I Design

Boot space is a little restricted, though, at 363 litres, but the beauty of a hatch is you can fold the rear seats down to carry something larger, which we did. We bought a small cabinet online which fit with plenty of space to spare. Have a look at my pictures.

Great styling with a sporty face, interesting tail-lights with a cool LED design and a premium-looking interior complete what is an outstanding package, especially at this price.

Acquired: June 2024

Distance travelled this month: 405km

Odometer: 1493km

Average energy consumption this month: 23.1kWh/100km

Our time with the MG4 Excite 51kWh was fairly short at just a month, but it was long enough to discover this is an excellent car to drive and live with, but if it was our purchase we’d step up to the 64kWh battery in the same grade for the extra reassurance of a longer driving range. 

The only other thing to remember is not to get out of other cars and walk away from them while they're still running.

$39,990

Based on new car retail price

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