MG Motor is rapidly climbing the popularity ladder in the Middle East. The firm has now introduced the technologically-advanced MG5 compact sedan. This is the first of three new MG models coming to Middle Eastern markets this year. The 2019 MG Motor MG5 is packed with advanced technology and cutting-edge features, yet it does not cost as much as one would expect from a car that offers so much.

True to its tagline ‘too good to be true’, the MG5 gives buyers a ‘no compromise’ alternative to the more traditional models in the market. Customers of the MG5 get unrivalled equipment levels and a healthy mix of cutting-edge technology, space, and style. All this is wrapped in a modern, tasteful compact sedan package.

Despite being a compact sedan, the 2019 MG5 is loaded with a host of safety, driver assistance and infotainment features.

Design

MG Motor designed the MG5 from the ground up, imparting a new personality to the car to appeal to a young audience. Sharp, aggressive lines of the sedan give it an imposing silhouette. Its strong presence is accentuated by ‘lightning blade’ LED DRLs and a chrome Wingspan grille at the front. The taillamps are also all-LED.

MG Motor gave the MG5 best-in-class wheelbase of 2,680mm, emphasising its dynamic styling. A large touchscreen sits at the centre of the MG5’s dashboard – which is inspired by yacht styling. You get leather upholstery and soft-touch trim on top-of-the-range models for a truly premium feel in the sumptuous cabin. Rhythmic, smooth lines running all over the cabin create a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere.

Technology

Created to cater to modern, tech-savvy individuals, the 2019 MG Motor MG5 comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, accessed through a 10.1-inch touchscreen available on the top trims. Other trims get an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Multiple USB ports located strategically allow for added connectivity, while a 3.5-inch virtual instrument panel relays important driver information, controlled via the multi-function steering wheel. Hands-free Bluetooth is standard across all trims.

The 2019 MG5 also scores impressively on safety. Boasting a five-star CNCAP Safety Rating, the car is made of a high-tensile steel cage-style body using advanced laser brazing. There are up to six airbags depending on trim, including two curtain airbags and standard ISOFIX fittings.

Auto-hold function, electric parking brake, ABS, EBD, and corner brake control emphasise the focus on safety in the MG5. Additionally, all MG models come with a six-year or 200,000km certified warranty.

Drivetrain

MG Motor has equipped the 2019 MG5 with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that is as powerful as it is fuel-efficient. Producing 110hp and 150Nm, the MG5 surpasses its segment rivals with impressive specifications. Bosch developed the engine management system for the MG5.

An efficient CVT gearbox delivers smooth gear changes while constantly adapting to the car’s performance. Drivers also get three steering modes and MG’s XDS system for enhanced cornering. ESP is standard across all trims, while the flagship LUX variant comes with Michelin tyres for improved handling.

"The MG5 is a challenger model in a popular segment, and we believe that it offers the right combination to appeal to our target audience of young, tech-savvy millennial customers,” says Tom Lee, Managing Director of SAIC Motor Middle East.

Clean, minimalistic interiors impart the cabin a rich, airy feel.

The MG5 will be followed by the new MG HS and RX8 as the British-born brand continues its expansion across the Middle East. Tom Lee, Managing Director for SAIC Motor Middle East, parent company of MG Motor, said, “The arrival of the all-new MG5 comes at a time when more customers in the region are buying MG cars than ever before. The MG5 is a real game changer in the compact sedan segment.

“It’s been redesigned from the ground up and, compared with its competitors, offers more than the established brands in the market in terms of equipment, premium materials and value for money. The MG5 is a challenger model in a popular segment, and we believe that it offers the right combination to appeal to our target audience of young, tech-savvy millennial customers.”

With a network of 22 dedicated retail partners and service centres across the Gulf region, MG Motor is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service.