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

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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.

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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.

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A picture of the MG 5 at Clark Speedway

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

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Know more about MG 5 2024

MG 5

The MG 5 2023 is a five-seater, front-wheel-drive sedan. Locally, this model from MG Philippines has four different variants. These include the MG 5 Core 1.5 MT, MG 5 Core 1.5 CVT, the MG 5 Style 1.5 CVT, and the MG 5 Alpha 1.5 CVT. The prices for these range from Php 698,888 to Php 938,888. 

All trims of the MG 5 use a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine, which is rated to make up to 112 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. Depending on the variant, it either uses a five-speed manual gearbox, or a continuously variable transmission. Power is then sent to its front wheels. 

Size-wise, the MG 5 comes with a length of 4,601mm, a width of 1,818mm, and a height of 1,489mm. It also has a ground clearance of 118mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,680mm. 

Locally, the subcompact MG 5 sedan competes against the likes of the Toyota Vios, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, Changan Alsvin, Nissan Almera, Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Reina, Kia Soluto, Volkswagen Santana, Hyundai Accent, Honda City, Suzuki Ciaz, among others. 

₱ 698,888 - ₱ 938,888

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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