FACT was delighted to spend a day in the new and improved MG RX5, a well-rounded SUV to seriously consider.

This month, compliments of the team at Zayani Motors, FACT had the opportunity to test drive the all-new MG RX5. Having already experienced the MG GS, the MG RX8, the MG ZS EV and the MG ZST in recent years, we expected big things from the brand’s latest SUV.


Several enhancements have been implemented to the exterior of MG’s second-generation RX5. Zayani Motors explained that a new digital computing design method was adopted to create a youthful and dynamic look. This redesign was most noticeable at the front end where the new, wide and three-dimensional front geometric grille is on full display. This centre piece is flanked by sleek, full-crystal LED headlamps, complete with C-shaped daytime running lights.

Along with the flowing lines of the vehicle, the sides of the RX5 showcase electronic door mirrors with integrated side indicators and 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with low-noise Michelin PS4 tyres. At the rear, uniquely designed LED taillights, inspired by High-Speed Quantum Energy Block, deliver a striking visual effect when illuminated. Further contributing towards the sporty presence of this SUV is the stylish Twin-Aero rear spoiler, with high mount brake light.


In our PLUS LUX trim model, the brand’s home design-inspired approach has resulted in a comfortable and natural-feeling interior. The cabin has been aesthetically designed with soft and padded materials to provide the most relaxed and homely experience possible.

Further available exclusively on the LUX model is a six-way electric driver’s seat complete with lumbar support along with four-way electric passenger seats. All three trim levels of the new MG RX5 range have a panoramic sunroof, ensuring an abundance of natural light.

In the cockpit, the ergonomically designed electric gear lever has a unique, futuristic quality to it, while the multifunctional, adjustable steering wheel adds power steering to the equation. Further enhancing the comfort of the MG RX5 is the spacious cabin. Conveniently designed storage areas are located throughout whilst the luggage compartment, complete with power tailgate, offers ample room for transporting goods.

Technology & Infotainment

MG have equipped their latest SUV with a world-first, UVC deep ultraviolet optical antivirus system, that completely sterilises the flow of air entering the vehicle through the AC unit. This sanitary space is further enhanced by the inclusion of an ultra-efficient filter element, along with special nano fabric roof lining that has both anti-bacterial and odour-reducing properties.

The new RX5 integrates a modish, hi-tech, 14.1-inch HD vertical touchscreen into the centre console panel. Our PLUS LUX model included a 12.3-inch HD virtual cluster panel with trip computer, Bluetooth, full smartphone integration for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a GPS navigation system, along with a wireless phone charger.


Renowned for using the latest safety technology, MG have installed a body structure that comprises over 65% high-strength steel. This element of the structural design minimises the force of an impact by absorbing the energy of a collision.

The range’s standard Electric Stability Program comes complete with eight safety functions that include ABS, EBD, EBA, ARP, CBC, TCS and BDW. These inclusions enhance driving stability in challenging road conditions and in situations where high-performance driving is required.

MG have also fitted front, side and curtain airbags as standard on the new RX5. Other standard features include cruise control, traction control, auto hold, hill assist and a rear-view camera. Full option models are further equipped with a 360-degree parking view camera.

Power & Performance

Powering the SUV is the second-generation Net Blue petrol engine. This 1.5-litre, high-pressure, direct injection, turbocharged engine produces a power output of 171hp and a maximum torque of 275Nm. This allows for a 0-100km/h time of 9.4 seconds and a respectable top speed of 190km/h.

All the models in the new MG range come equipped with an innovative seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. We found this new setup to not only provide a spirited on-road performance but a far smoother experience as well.

Furthermore, the 2023 RX5’s chassis features multiple improvements, including an upgraded shock absorber system. This enables it to deliver a more stable, comfortable and quieter ride; further enhanced by the double-layer laminated soundproof windscreen.

Our Verdict

MG continue to build a firm reputation for producing safety- and performance-orientated vehicles. The all-new MG RX5 is no exception and anyone looking to purchase a well-rounded SUV should seriously consider this 2023 model. ✤