MG 5 powers through 8 hours of continuous racing and won in its class

Updated Jan 15, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It’s a test of the MG 5’s reliability and endurance.

While MG 5 is marketed with the tagline “Big In Features, Big in Comfort,” it also appears that the said model is also pretty “Big in Performance.” Why? Well, MG Philippines entered the MG 5 at the recent Bonifacio 8-Hour Endurance Challenge at the Clark International Speedway, and the results were impressive.

A picture of the MG 5 team during the Bonifacio Endurance Challenge

Gaby Dela Merced, Alan Uy, and Marc Soong piloted the MG 5 during the Bonifacio Endurance Challenge

>>> Related: MG Philippines offers zero downpayment on two cars until end of year

To put that into perspective, the MG 5 was entered in the Manufacturer’s Class. That means no modifications. As a result, the said car placed first as the category’s sole participant. However, it also placed eighth overall out of the 22 other cars.

Mind you, the other cars that it competed against in the said event were equipped with modifications and enhancements. Again, that’s an impressive feat on the part of the MG 5.

According to champion racer Allan Uy who is also a professional racing coach, the car in question handled pretty well. It didn’t oversteer, and it also displayed its well-balanced and lightweight build on the track.

In addition, gallerist/champion racer Gaby Dela Merced, says that the MG-branded sedan held up pretty good even after the eight hours of continuously pushing it to its limits. Its brakes felt the same from start to finish, and the transmission held up as well.

>>> Related: In an era of 7-seaters, the MG 5 proves affordable sedans make sense

The MG 5 at the Clark International Speedway

The MG 5 getting ready to race

Besides Gaby, Billy Bilano of Partspro was also in attendance to provide race management.

Marc Soong, a professional Meta-coach and amateur racer also added that he himself was surprised the stock MG 5 was this reliable. It really held well after abusing it on the racetrack, and it was surprisingly quick too. 

If you’re convinced to get an MG 5 now, its price tag ranges from Php 658,000 to Php 938,888. All variants are powered by a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 112 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission.

>>> Related: 2021 MG 5 interior looks as premium as the exterior

A picture of the MG 5 at Clark Speedway

Apart from its performance, the MG 5 is also a very handsome looking sedan

For more informative and exciting automotive news, keep reading here on

Know more about MG 5 2021

MG 5

<p>The new MG 5 is a subcompact sedan marketed to compete with mainstream models today like the Toyota Vios, the Honda City, Hyundai Reina, and the Kia Soluto. This ruggedly handsome vehicle boasts an intimidating front and back that matches its semi athletic body. Locally, it is available in several variants such as the MG 5 1.5 Core MT, the MG 5 1.5 Core CVT, the MG 5 1.5 Style CVT, and the MG 5 1.5 Alpha CVT. For color options, you may choose from Black, Carbon Grey Metallic, and White. Also available to spice up the roads are Red, Blue, and Gold.</p>

From ₱658,888

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

View more