In Person First Impression: MG4 electric hatchback now on sale in Australia

    I attended yesterday’s Australia media launch event for the MG4 Electric hatchback and was able to inspect Orange Essence spec and Blue Excite spec cars from the outside and inside briefly.

    A lot of the specification details are the same as what I published at MG4 full details for all versions: Australia’s first electric car sub $40K before onroad costs & govmt rebates (which is recommended reading) but there is some new information now available which is highlighted below.

    Have the MG4 UK 2022 version issues been fixed?

    MG Australia say that Australian buyers get the new updated 2023 version of the MG4. They stated that issues which impacted some buyers of the UK MG4 2022 version such as gearbox oil leaks and rubber under guard have been fixed.


    As pictured above some display cars had Continental Premium Contact C tires and others had Bridgestone tyres (I found an explanation why).

    Either way it’s good to see that MG is supplying a reputable tyre brand not a cheap generic one. A UK tyre dealer explains the features of the Premium Contact C in this video.


    White is included in the standard price but there are also many other options (Black, Blue, Red, Silver, Orange, Grey) at an extra cost of $700.

    Four spec levels for now, X-Power Soon…

    It was confirmed yesterday that the X-Power top of the range version will be launched in Australia by the end of 2023 but there are no details beyond that about price, colours etc.

    Can the MG4 Tow?

    Max tow weight for all Australian MG4 spec levels is 500kg.

    Is Boot Space same for all spec levels?

    No. Excite 51/64 Boot capacity seats up is 363 litres. Seats down is 1177 litres

    Essence 64/77 Boot capacity seats up is slightly less at 350 litres and seats down 1165 litres.

    How does the MG4 base model compare to the MG ZS EV base model?

    The $43,990 base model ZS EV Excite will make way for the new MG4 Excite 51kWh, which will be priced from $38,990 plus on-road costs. The Excite ZS EV is still in good stock with further shipments on the way, so it could be some time until the final units are all allocated to Australian customers.

    MG will continue to offer the Essence and Long Range versions of the ZS EV, priced from $47,990 and $55,990 respectively, the latter a recent addition to the line-up sporting a 72kWh battery and WLTP range of 440km – up 12kWh and 120km on the ZS EV Standard Range specifications.

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    Neerav Bhatt
    Neerav Bhatt
    Thanks to his broad general knowledge, research skills and ability to explain complex issues Neerav Bhatt has appeared in the online, print, radio and TV media including: ABC (Online, TV, Radio), SBS (Online, Radio), BBC World Service (Radio), 10 News TV, Sky News TV, Australian IT, Technology Spectator, Ausdroid, iTnews, APCMAG, IDG CSO and a variety of other publications. In 2023 he joined the techAU team and represents them at Sydney events.

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