Which Versatile Electric Car to Choose?

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The Chinese manufacturer MG Motor, owned by the SAIC group, is gradually improving the performance of its vehicles and offering a family SUV oriented to European standards with its Marvel R, a direct competitor of the Skoda Enyaq iV whose starting price is lower to this one. del, which however makes it a key argument. The two 100% electric family SUVs differ in many ways, enough to oppose them in six rounds.

Design

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More cubic in terms of volume, the Czech SUV works its style with tense lines and an imposing front (the high-end version can receive a lighted grille), an elongated profile with very large wheels that can reach 21 “, so like a stern that is activated by horizontal lines and lights.

The two cars have very similar dimensions with a length of 4.65 m, a width of 1.88 m and a height of 1.62 m for the Enyaq iV compared to respectively 4.67 m, 1 .92 m and 1.62 m for the Marvel R. The MG proposal chooses more curves and a longer hood at the end of which the daytime running lights form two hooks connected by a strip of light across the width. The result is less conventional while the back is more classic with an inspiration that seems to come from Audi’s design codes. The Chinese, however, have an interesting personality and are at the Skoda level.

Design victory: lucky draw

Indoor environment

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The Marvel R wants to impress from the first moment by getting on board, through its central screen. With a diagonal of 14 ”, it is integrated in a shiny surface of 19.4” arranged on an inclined plane that floats on a warehouse. The air intakes cross the dashboard elegantly and the set is more original than the interior of the Skoda Enyaq iV. Especially because the assembly is serious and the materials chosen are not low-end. That said, the Czech is not bad from this point of view either. It even offers many upholstery options for a variety of environments, more or less warm. If certain hard plastics rise a little too high on storm doors, such as at the level of the locking handle, the Skoda does not suffer from the crunchiness that is heard while driving the MG. The furniture seems sensitive to speed variations and gives the impression of twisting slightly with body movements. Therefore, aging promises to be better with Enyaq.

It is also entitled to a slightly smaller central screen, 10 “to 13” depending on the finish, installed in a more traditional way, such as a tablet in horizontal format. Sensitive and pleasant to use, it is day and night due to the lack of speed and accuracy of the Marvel R panel, which leads to limited use, as each order can be laborious to perform. The digital instruments of the two models are complementary. The MG offers a 12.3 ”screen with a lot of information to move to the left side but with too small handwriting while the Skoda integrates a small 5.3” screen where essentially the computer data is missing but which enjoys good readability. For its overall benefits, the latter is essential.

Indoor atmosphere of victory: Skoda Enyaq iV

Habitability, trunk

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The rear space is attractive in both vehicles, the benches of which are also comfortable.

The trim of the side seats of the MG, like the sports seats, add a little more to the aesthetic treatment of the cabin, but its integrated headrests can not be adjusted and lack a little height. Therefore, older ones may feel partly embarrassed when it comes to resting their head comfortably.

The largest difference in habitability can be seen in the load volumes. The trunk of the Skoda contains 585 liters and underground storage for charging cables. The Marvel R, which covers two electric motors at the rear, offers only 357 liters. It’s very small but avoiding the “Performance” version and its additional front engine, the MG benefits from a second trunk under the hood. Enough to add 150 liters and a more correct total volume. This is not enough to face the Enyaq iV.

Victory of habitability: Skoda Enyaq iV

Conduct

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Not to mention the “Performance” version of the MG Marvel R and its three engines for a total of 288 horsepower and 665 Nm of torque, very efficient (from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds) but impractical with the its small trunk, deprived of an additional tray at the front, the Chinese two-wheel drive SUV uses two engines at the rear and a two-speed gearbox (the change is made automatically around 80- 90 km / h) for 180 hp and 410 Nm. It does not demerit lateral acceleration (7.9 seconds) and always limited to 200 km / h. Comfortable in suspension, but without completely filtering the imperfections of the road, always sensitive, it holds up quite well in curves without avoiding pumping movements in a straight line.

Even better subject, the Skoda Enyaq iV retains the comfort and excellent filtration even with large wheels when it receives the controlled suspension configurable in fifteen levels. Energy recovery has a wider range of configurations with much more sensitive differences between each position as well as the possibility of opting for control blades on the steering wheel. In performance, you need to use the four-wheel drive version of 265 hp and 425 Nm to do better than the Marvel R propulsion, with a 0 to 100 km / h achieved in 6.9 seconds but a speed that will be in all cases. limited to 160 km / h. With two-wheel drive and engine, the Enyaq offers 204 hp with the largest battery, 180 hp with the intermediate battery and 150 hp with the smallest, for accelerations from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.7 seconds , 8.8 seconds and 11.3 seconds respectively. sec. In general less efficient than its rival, without demerits, its dynamism and comfort give it an advantage.

Leading the victory: Skoda Enyaq iV

Autonomy, consumption, charging time

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The Skoda leaves the choice between three batteries, with 52 kWh, 58 kWh or 77 kWh of net capacity for a range of 345 km to 531 km. For our consumption measurements, we had the 77 kWh model and observed a city consumption of 17 kWh / 100 km, as well as 25.2 kWh / 100 km on the highway at 130 km / h. This would allow between 453 km and 306 km.

The MG Marvel R only offers a net battery of 66.5 kWh (estimate of -5% of the gross capacity data provided, equal to 70 kWh), for a range of between 370 km and 402 km depending on the power chosen . In the city, with a slightly cooler temperature, we consumed 20.1 kWh / 100 km and on the highway at 130 km / h: 27.2 kWh / 100 km. The values ​​of autonomy deduced are, therefore, necessarily lower, with 331 km and 244 km respectively.

Recharging is done at 11 kW of maximum AC power in both cases, except for the smaller Enyaq battery: 7.2 kW. In direct current, the Skoda makes the difference with a limit of 135 kW and a load of 0% to 80% that can be achieved in 29 minutes *. The MG is limited to only 92 kW and, despite its smaller battery, it takes 43 minutes * to go from 5% to 80%.

The cable for Wallbox and public terminals (Mode 3) is supplied as standard with both manufacturers, while that of the domestic sockets (Mode 2) is an option, between 250 and 300 € with MG and 690 € with Skoda.

With a choice of three batteries, lower power consumption and less waiting time at fast charging stations, the Skoda outperforms its competitor in this regard.

Victory of autonomy / consumption: Skoda Enyaq iV

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Price

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Its Chinese origin foreshadowed a price that defied all competition. From € 39,990, the MG Marvel R is really especially attractive when you look at the extensive equipment included as standard. A price from which € 6,000 must be deducted in bonuses (€ 5,000 from 1 July 2022), because it is less than € 45,000.

It is therefore surprising to find that the Skoda is even cheaper, with a sale starting at € 37,930. A price explained by a much smaller battery, lower performance and lower equipment. You need at least the higher battery level with the associated endowment to get closer to the MG SUV, without equaling it and assuming a bill of at least € 43,200 excluding bonuses. With few options, the price easily exceeds € 45,000, especially because the Enyaq iV can be configured as a premium model, with a long list of options and an explosive note.

For its part, the top finish of the MG Marvel R, € 5,000 more expensive, contributes little, by degrading its quality / price / equipment ratio. The top of the range is represented by the “Performance” version at € 48,990, with no additional real interest other than higher acceleration power. Therefore, the choice is limited for one MG to the “good” price, but this is enough to win against the Czech in the financial aspect.

Prize won: MG Marvel R

Balance sheet

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With only one winning round, the MG Marvel R clearly tilts, but the one that wins is of paramount importance. Its price / equipment ratio can rule out any competition in its favor, especially because it is the same in style, another determining factor in the act of purchase.

On the other side of the coin, the savings made can partly explain the points it leaves to its opponent. The creaking of the furniture while driving, the annoying reactivity of the central multimedia screen are their responsibility.

Less homogeneous dynamically, longer to load on long journeys and above all much less practical in terms of trunk, can not fight to the end against a Skoda Enyaq iV that also knows how to be reasonable in prices, depending on the configuration chosen.

Final victory: Skoda Enyaq iV

To sum up

Looking for an electric family SUV and hesitating between the Marvel R MG and the Skoda Enyaq iV? The Autonews editorial team offers you a six-point comparison of these two versatile electric vehicles based on our tests: design, interior environment, habitability – trunk, driving, range – consumption – charging time and price.

Quentin Cazergues

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