2023 MG 4 electric car price revealed in UK, hints at $40,000 in Australia
Expected to hit Australian showrooms early next year, the MG 4 could become the cheapest electric car on sale locally, starting at around $40,500 – if UK prices are any guide .
Chinese automaker MG has released pricing for its next MG 4 electric hatch in the UK, giving Australian buyers an indication of the price they can expect to pay when it hits local showrooms next year.
According to the calculations of Conduct – using UK pricing as a guide – the base MG 4 could go on sale from $40,500 drive-away, although it could be renamed from the SE Standard Range to Excite in a bid to bring it into line on the Australian naming structure of MG.
That would make the MG 4 Australia’s cheapest electric car, slashing the $44,381 drive-in price of the BYD Atto 3 by almost $3,900.
Two additional variants of the MG 4 are available in the UK, with the SE Long Range starting at around $44,500 drive-up based on UK prices.
The top-of-the-line MG 4 Trophy Long Range could be priced at $49,200 drive-away, if UK prices are any guide.
Since the UK has higher taxes than Australia – VAT adds 20% instead of the 10% GST locally – a currency conversion may not translate dollar for dollar, but it is the closest guide we have yet.
The prices above are extrapolated from the price of the MG ZS EV, which is £31,995 ($55,865) in the UK, but $49,990 drive-away in Australia.
In the UK, the standard £25,995 ($45,390) MG 4 SE range features a 125kW electric motor that drives the rear wheels, powered by a 51kWh battery that allows for a claimed range of up to 350 km.
Standard equipment for the MG 4 SE in the UK includes 17-inch alloy wheels, dusk-sensing LED headlights, 10.25-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dashboard seven-inch digital dashboard, automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control and rear parking sensors.
The £28,495 ($49,750) MG 4 SE Long Range offers a larger 64kWh battery, increasing its range to 452km while power is unchanged from the standard SE range with the 125kW electric motor carrying.
MG’s Active Grille Shutter (AGS) system is standard on the MG 4 SE Long Range, allowing the car to automatically open or close its front grille, which can increase range by up to 10% .
For the £31,495 ($55,000) flagship MG 4 Trophy Long Range – likely to be renamed MG 4 Petrol for Australia – the most expensive variant gains a 150kW electric motor and a reduced range of 435 km, retaining the 64 kWh battery of the SE Long Range.
Variants of the MG 4 Trophy in the UK will come with additional features such as a two-tone roof, rear privacy glass, “twin aero” rear spoiler, leather interior with power driver’s seat, front seats and a heated steering wheel, satellite navigation, 360 degree camera and wireless phone charging.
Additional safety technology in the MG 4 Trophy includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Based on MG’s next-generation architecture, all-wheel-drive variants of the MG 4 are expected to follow. Earlier Chinese media reports claimed there would be high-output versions producing 330kW and 600Nm.
MG Australia has yet to announce Australian pricing and variants for the MG 4, however. Conduct understands the new model is expected to hit local showrooms early next year.