The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI) officially launched the MG 5 in the local market at the 2019 Cebu Auto Show, giving Cebuanos a chance to see MG’s latest offering in person. To give those living in Manila a chance to see MG’s subcompact competitor, the MG 5 is currently on display at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center from October 3 to 6, 2019, along with the rest of MG Philippines’ current lineup such as the MG ZS crossover SUV, MG RX5 SUV, and the MG 6 fastback sedan.
To recap, while MG Philippines is setting its sights at the subcompact (B-segment) sedan segment, the MG 5 is dimensionally a C-segment compact sedan by global standards. At 4,601 mm long, 1,818 mm wide, and 1,489 mm tall, the MG 5 is as big as a Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla Altis, just to name a few. Like its other models, the MG 5 is based on other cars within the SAIC group. In this case, the MG 5 is a rebadged Roewe i5, one of China’s popular compact sedans. Its exterior design is characterized by its wide grille flanked by automatic LED headlights on the upper variants. Higher variants also get two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels, passive entry with push-button start, and even a sunroof!
Its relatively large exterior dimensions give it best-in-class space. Likewise, its 2,680 mm wheelbase provides passengers with plenty of legroom at the rear seats. Drivers are greeted by a color multi-information display, automatic climate control, as well as a large 10-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s also the only subcompact with an electronically-adjustable driver’s seat.
Safety is also one of the MG 5’s strengths. There’s a rear view camera, which comes on top of a first-in-class 360-degree around-view camera, four airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, as well as tire pressure monitoring.
Under the hood of the MG 5 is a 1.5-liter inline-4 petrol engine, producing 114 hp and 150 Nm of torque, driving the front wheels via a 5-speed manual or a CVT. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard even on the base 1.5 MT Core variant, which starts at P658,888. Opting for the CVT version of the base Core variant will set you back P718,000, while the mid-tier 1.5 CVT Style retails for P848,888. Lastly, the 1.5 CVT Alpha, with all the aforementioned bells and whistles retails for P938,888, which still undercuts all of the top-of-the-line variants of its subcompact rivals.
To celebrate the MG 5’s Metro Manila launch, MG Philippines will hold its MG Live! free concert series on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center. This latest edition of MG Live! will showcase a full set from IV of Spades.
“We at MG Philippines have always regarded MG Live! as a celebration of the vibrancy and the youthfulness of modern MGs, as well as the rich musical talent inherent in the Philippines,” says Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, President, and CEO of TCCCI-MG Philippines. “This edition of MG Live! is particularly special because it highlights our latest sedan, the MG 5, which is a model that we at MG Philippines recognize as an important participant in the highly competitive subcompact sedan category, and a vehicle that speaks to an even wider audience. This event is our way of bringing the MG 5 and all of our cars closer to the local market in a manner that all Filipinos can relate to—through music.”
Aside from the free concert highlight, MG Philippines is making the MG 5 as well as the other cars in its stable available for a test drive. Visitors simply have to visit the MG Philippines display at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center from October 3 to 6, 2019 and schedule a test drive with their MG model of choice.
October is also a very special month for TCCCI and MG Philippines, as the former celebrates its tenth-year anniversary, while MG Philippines marks one year under TCCCI. In under 12 months, MG Philippines has mounted national launch campaigns of four unique cars, has rolled out numerous aftersales complements, and has strengthened its dealership network, now with a total of 11 dealerships nationwide and seven more to open before the end of 2019.