Of which there’s a choice of two, the base 51kWh pack of the £25,995 MG 4 SE teamed with a 168bhp motor to deliver 218 miles of range and a 7.7sec sprint to 62mph. The £28,495 SE long-range provides a 64kWh unit good for a 281-mile range and a slightly slower surge to 62mph in 7.9sec, while the range-topping £31,495 Trophy serves the same statistics with usefully more kit.
Not that the standard SE goes short, providing a floating 10.25in Carplay and Android-compatible infotainment screen, a DAB radio, a data-packed 7.0in driver information screen, an extensive suite of electronic driver aids including radar cruise control, lane-keeping and traffic jam assist, five driving modes and four levels of regenerative braking.
All this is packaged within a style notably more contemporary than you’ll currently find in an MG Motor showroom, if a little generic. That said, the short rear overhang, elaborate rear lights, floating roof and heavily sculpted, black lower bodywork produce a look more athletic than the Volkswagen ID 3’s.