MG 5 stands out with stellar, AAP-approved 20.20 km/l fuel economy

With fuel prices getting more volatile than ever, it’s important that we’re considering the fuel efficiency of the cars we’re planning to purchase.

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the official distributor of MG vehicles in the Philippines, has an answer to the rising fuel prices. In a recent fuel eco run sanctioned by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), MG vehicles showcased their impressive fuel efficiency.

Out of the four MG models tested, the MG 5 Sedan Alpha stood out with the best fuel economy rating of 20.20 km/l.

The MG 5 is the automaker’s entry into the small sedan segment. It’s powered by a normally aspirated 1.5-liter inline-4 DOHC gasoline engine that churns out 112hp and 150Nm of torque. The Core variant comes with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the Alpha variant that was tested is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The MG 5 Alpha comes with a price tag of Php938,888.

Design-wise, the MG 5 flaunts a styling that’s truly European. From the LED lighting to the large chrome grille, the MG 5 exudes class instead of the usual sporty demeanor of its rivals in the small sedan segment. It also comes with a set of two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels to complement the classy look.

Inside, the top-spec Alpha variant has leather upholstery on the seats and steering wheel, along with electronic air conditioning and driver’s seat manual lumbar support. The driver’s seat boasts a notable 6-way power adjust function, which allowed for easy access to a comfortable driving position.

As the MG 5 is among the largest in its class, its esteemed fuel efficiency is partnered with generous interior space that sedan buyers will truly appreciate. The rear seats are as comfortable as the ones at the front, plus cargo space is expandable by folding the rear seat backrests.

Other interior amenities in the MG 5 Alpha include a 4-way electric front passenger seat, passive keyless entry, push start button, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a rear reading lamp, color LCD trip computer on the gauge cluster, and a sunglass holder on the driver side.

Meanwhile, the crown of the cabin is the 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This head unit is paired to a 6-speaker system, exclusive to the Alpha variant.

In the safety department, the MG 5 Alpha is equipped with a 360-degree around-view camera, six airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with an electronic brakeforce distribution system (EBD), cornering brake control (CBC), brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC), tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), child lock, and ISOFIX tethers.

The other MG vehicles tested by the AAP include the MG ZS Alpha crossover, which delivered 19.95 km/l. Meanwhile, the turbocharged MG ZST Trophy crossover returned 19.70 km/l in the said tests, while the newest MG in the range, the HS Trophy, posted  a 17.31 km/l result.

These numbers were approved and recorded by the AAP, and was done to formalize the fuel efficiency ratings of MG vehicles in the Philippines.

“Our effort to formalize and document the fuel economy figures of our MG vehicles aims to strengthen the already high, inherent value for money offered by our numerous product offerings here at MG Philippines,” says Atty. Alberto B. Arcilla, President and CEO of MG Philippines.

“Our MG cars and SUVs feature top-notch tech and safety features, space, comfort, and easy drivability, and are given support by innovative aftersales services from our dealership network, of which we have 42 dealers nationwide. We at MG Philippines are proud to offer vehicles that can be considered ‘responsible purchases’ because of their high value for money proposition; and now, with their impressive fuel efficiency ratings confirmed by the AAP, we can add yet another aspect that makes a responsible purchase out of these modern, global MG cars and SUVs,” he added.

The fuel eco run was monitored on-site by the AAP and was done on public roads. They mimicked real-world driving conditions without extreme “hypermiling” driving techniques involved, such as drafting or slipstreaming (closely tailgating another vehicle to minimize wind resistance). The driving was done with normal usage of air-conditioning, closed windows, following speed limits, and tires set to factory-recommended pressure.

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