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MG Marvel R review: is it a worthy alternative?

The electric SUV from China comes with two motors and a two-speed gearbox. Test.

To clear up the prejudices first: The Marvel R brakes well, collects four out of five stars from Euro NCAP, and the neat design is immediately noticeable when you first look at the interior. The progress to the first, still very unfinished service of Chinese manufacturers à la Landwind and Brilliance is enormous. And yet the Marvel shows that there is still a long way to go from an underground car to a good one.

Compromising on comfort

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First, however, the two synchronous motors on the rear axle not only accelerate the Marvel quickly to 100 km/h, but also further up to an impressive 200 km/h thanks to the two-speed gearbox with short shift interruptions - a Skoda Enyaq already hoists the white one at 160 km/h Banner. When it comes to comfort, however, there is still a need for action, because while the wind and engine noise are pleasantly quiet, you can hear the relay concert from the dashboard all the louder.

The chassis manages the inflexible balancing act of bumpy-hard suspension and strong body movements. The drive even tries to be a little dynamic and energizes the motor on the rear axle on the outside of the curve a little more. However, the slight rotation of the rear is immediately put in its place by the coarse-motor ESP. On the other hand, what about efficiency? The Marvel does not get record-breaking ranges out of its 70-kWh battery, but it is certainly suitable for everyday use. More annoying is the low DC charging power of 92 kW, which takes around 43 minutes to charge from five to 80 percent. Alternating current flows at up to 11 kW.

Space Dwarf

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Inside, the MG looks great with large displays and lots of leather. Operation is relatively easy thanks to classic steering wheel buttons and large control surfaces. However, the system boots forever and often does not react at all, which makes typing in a navigation destination a test of patience. A loading route plan? none. Headroom is lacking in the rear and the trunk is tiny for a 4.7 meter SUV.

It would all be bearable if the MG were what the market urgently needed: a cheap, family-friendly electric car. But it is not, because at 46,990 euros it is on the same level as the Skoda Enyaq 80 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 (77.4 kWh). Although they offer fewer extras than the fully equipped MG with a heat pump, they have significantly more finesse in the details.

Conclusion

Poor charging performance, lack of space, conspicuous infotainment and chassis deficiencies: The Enyaq and Ioniq 5 class is currently still a size too big for the MG Marvel R.

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