The new MG RX5 is a compact crossover Sports Utility Vehicle that can deliver more than what you paid for. It was made for young professionals and families seeking a reliable vehicle packed with an array of features but is priced affordably. It is one of the best alternatives against popular models such as the Honda CRV, Mazda CX5, Hyundai Tucson, and Subaru Forester. In the Philippines, the available variants are the MG RX5 Core MT, the MG RX5 Style AT, and the MG RX5 Alpha AT. You can choose from Elegant White, Knight Silver, Pearl Black Chocolate Brown, Sol Blue, and Ruby Red.
Morris Garage or simply MG relaunched in the Philippines in October 2018 under The Covenant Car Company. In the same year, the MG RX5 was offered to the public. It was initially available in two variants, the Core and Style. After some time, a higher variant named Alpha was released in the market.
The stylish and roomy RX5 can definitely do well as a family car
One noticeable feature of the MG RX5 is its beefed up built that measures 4,545mm long, 1,855mm wide, and 1,719mm tall. Its fascia bears a horizontal chrome grille embellished with the MG badge. A pair of nicely shaped halogen projector headlights with LED daytime running lights complements the grill. The Style variant comes with chrome-colored front and rear skid plates.
The body of the MG RX5 is designed with graceful character lines that contributes to the vehicle’s aerodynamics. A roof rail is available in some variants. The rear is affixed with frameless wipers, high mount stop lighting, and LED tail lamps.
The inside of the MG RX5 is relaxed and sophisticated, thanks to the beige motif. Its panels, trims, and dashboard are made with high-quality plastic materials. The wood trim in the center console is pleasing to look at.
The steering wheel, cushioned with black leather is premium to hold and comes with audio mounted controls. Standard MG RX5 variants come with fabric seats while the Style model offers leather seats. The cabin is spacious and can fit five fully grown adults.
Technology & Safety Features
The MG RX5 is fitted with an eight-inch touchscreen display capable of supporting Apple Carplay. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are options for Android users. Six speakers are strategically placed inside the cabin.
A 12V accessory socket found in the front and rear can be used for mobile devices. The Style variant of the MG RX5 is built with power heated side mirrors. On the other hand, standard features of the RX5 are front dual airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, parking sensors, alarm system with immobilizer, auto door locking system, and ISOFIX attachment points for child passengers.
Platform & Chassis
This front-engine, front-wheel-drive automobile is built using a Macpherson Strut suspension at the front and multi-link suspension system at the back. The MG RX5 is equipped with a seven-speed TST dual-clutch transmission.
Engine & Drivetrain
The MG RX5 runs using a 1.5 liter 15E4E inline-four turbo gasoline engine. It is designed to produce 166 hp and 250 Nm of torque.