Say hello to…
…the MG 4 Xpower the range-topping and fastest of the MG 4 range. Not content to just offer the best value in the electric car market, MG has now added what it calls a ‘hyper hatch’ with twin electric motors to produce 436hp and drive all four wheels. The result is a car that’s not only zero emissions, but faster than a lot of supercars thanks to a 0-60mph time of 3.8 seconds. And that’s all for a P11D price of just over £36,000.
Standard equipment on the MG4 Xpower includes adaptive cruise control, speed limiter, lane keeping, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated steering wheel, 360deg camera, satnav, 18-inch alloys, climate control, heated seats, 3x USB sockets and launch control.
Is The MG 4 Xpower Suitable For My Fleet
There are two ways of looking at the suitability for business use. Firstly, this a fully electric car with an official range of 239 miles a decent 363 litre boot, five seats and a heap of equipment, all for an incredibly competitive price. The flipside is that it’s also amazingly rapid and that may impact on insurance costs, however, Gensen Reports claims the insurance costs of £40 a month don’t change between the MG4 Extended Range and the Xpower.
Leasing An MG 4 Xpower
Intelligent Car Leasing is offering the MG 4 Xpower on a 3+36 contract for £368 a month with 10,000 miles a year. That’s only fractionally ahead of the MG 4 Trphy long range which comes in at £353 a month on the same terms.
Driving An MG 4 Xpower
Initially when you get into the MG 4 Xpower, it doesn’t feel hugely different from the regular MG 4. There’s still loads of equipment and the cabin layout is the same. And there are no special buttons. However, there are better, grippier, seats.
MG has upgraded the suspension, brakes and the drive modes for the Xpower, all of which are very welcome to control the power and speed.
While a 436hp figure makes the car sound like it must then feel like the sportiest hatchback going, but in reality (and particularly in Normal drive mode) the MG 4 Xpower is comfortable and very easy to live with. The only thing you notice is that adding a motor power the front wheels has reduced the car’s turning circle.
In this mode, the car is still very fast if you want it to be, but it doesn’t have the same, brain-scrambling, urgency that Sport mode does. In the wet and cold, there’s so much shove from the electric motors that the Xpower can struggle for grip if you try too hard with the accelerator.
While ultimately the MG 4 Xpower doesn’t have the kind of feedback and driver involvement through the corners that more traditional hot-hatches rely on for fun, but the sheer acceleration that’s available will make you giggle out loud.
What you have to remember is that like all good hot-hatches, the MG 4 Xpower is still a great everyday car underneath. The car’s comfortable and refined.
There are a couple of negatives, one is something common to the MG 4 range as a whole, and that’s the slightly slow infotainment system boot-up. However, once it is up and running it’s relatively logical and simple to use.
The second negative is unique to the Xpower, and that’s the real-world efficiency if you use that power. The trip computer in our car refused to go above 2.0 miles per kWh. When coupled to a 67kW battery pack, that gives a range of just 134 miles.
Needless to say, if it were warmer and you weren’t tempted by the ultra-rapid acceleration, that figure would be much better.
FleetandLeasing.com Verdict On The MG 4 Xpower
Our favourite electric hatchback just faster, a whole lot faster.
MG 4 Xpower
- Model: 4 Xpower
- Power: 436hp
- Torque: 600Nm
- Max speed: 124mph
- 0-62mph: 3.8 seconds
- Official range: 239 miles
- Test range: 134 miles
- CO2 emissions: 0g/km
- BIK tax band 2023/24: 2%