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

Updated Nov 23, 2020 | Same topic: Branded

Size is a good thing, but it isn’t everything.

Filipino car buyers are not alone in wanting to get their money’s worth, and they typically place special emphasis on rides that are potentially versatile as both household transport and business workhorses. This is why carmakers tend to focus on SUVs and MPVs in their local offerings. 

Think about it. An SUV or an MPV often touts several distinct advantages, top of which is the large interior space that makes ferrying up to seven occupants or a mix of people and cargo a breeze.

Another is the increased ride height, which has become a standard requirement even in city driving, on account of the potholes and poorly-maintained streets one can easily come across. A generous ground clearance inspires confidence when faced with flash floods, while a ladder-frame chassis in the case of SUVs makes off-road excursions possible.    

2020 MG 5 front profile shot

The MG 5 comes with a composed stance

With the benefits of bigger vehicles readily obvious, are the days of the sedan coming to an end? The MG 5 begs to disagree. It doesn’t compete on size or capability, but there are several aspects where it definitely shines. 

For one thing, there’s the trunk. It will be foolish to expect floor-to-ceiling cargo capacity on a sedan, but the MG 5’s spacious rear compartment is no slouch when it comes to space, all 512 liters of it. And that’s not to mention the collapsing rear seats, substantially expanding cargo space for longer items. 

2020 MG 5 trunk

Look at all that cargo space

The privacy of a trunk also means that valuables are largely safe from prying eyes, while the wagon body style of SUVs and MPVs typically requires a tonneau cover just to keep your belongings concealed.

In the event of a rear-end collision, that trunk acts as an extended crumple zone providing extra time and real estate to keep the cabin safe. 

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2020 MG 5 interior shot

The MG 5 comes with a black interior theme

The MG 5’s seating is limited to five occupants. It sounds like a drawback at first, until you realize that it allows the sedan to maximize comfort for everyone on board, as the cabin is nestled between the front and rear axles.

Third-row seats on many larger vehicles feel like an afterthought, and their location over the rear wheels can be a lopsided compromise in terms of ride quality and comfort.  

2020 MG 5 side shot

The MG 5 is both classy and aggressive looking

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Sitting close to the ground, the MG 5 offers better handling characteristics than a typical people carrier, especially with and the lower center of gravity. The lighter mass also results in a better power-to-weight ratio, especially with the MG 5’s 1.5L engine delivering 112 hp and 150 Nm of torque.

2020 MG 5 rear shot

 The MG 5 is characterized by sharp lines

Cost is another aspect where the MG 5 wins. Whether it’s the base Core M/T or the top-spec Alpha CVT, every trim is competitively priced against almost any seven-seater vehicle in the market.

You won’t need to spend as much in terms of maintenance servicing as well, not to mention those periodic trips to the car wash.   

2020 MG 5 front profile shot

The MG 5 looks stunning

Despite the multitude of seven-seat offerings that other brands are scrambling over each other to sell, the MG 5 is secure in its own place as a reasonably-priced sedan that offers exceptional value while refusing to go out of style.

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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

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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