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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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>

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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