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MG ZS Review

  • Practical SUV body style

  • Long Range model delivers 273 WLTP miles from a single charge

  • Good to drive overall

MG ZS Design & Powertrain

The MG ZS EV is a compact SUV, in other words this is a body style that’s in demand by car buyers. A key reason for this is that it’s practical, with a large 470-litre boot, or 1,100 litres with rear seats down – and there’s a useful compartment under the boot floor to store the charging cables.

The MG ZS EV is available with a standard battery (51 kWh) or a Long Range battery (72.6 kWh), a 156 PS electric motor, and it’s front-wheel drive.

MG ZS

What's the MG ZS like to drive?

The MG ZS EV is good to drive overall, with the normal instant responses that you would expect from an electric powertrain, along with being quiet and refined. The ZS weighs 1,620 kg, which is less than many EVs, and this helps it to inject an element of fun into the driving experience.

The ride quality is comfortable on most road surfaces, but because it’s quite softly sprung, there is some body roll through corners – despite the battery helping to provide a low centre of gravity.

There are three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport – and three levels of regenerative braking.

The MG ZS EV is front-wheel drive, so as a result of the 280 Nm torque from the electric motor, there can be some wheelspin under enthusiastic acceleration on wet roads.

MG ZS Interior

There’s no reach adjustment for the ZS EV’s steering column, and the driver’s seat is quite high, so prospective purchasers should check the driving position is comfortable for them.

The MG ZS EV has an infotainment system based around a central touchscreen; although some features such as the satnav work perfectly well, many rivals have systems with a higher quality overall feel and user experience.

Charging the MG ZS

The MG ZS EV is available with two batteries; standard (51 kWh) which delivers a WLTP electric driving range of 198 miles, or Long Range (72.6 kWh) which offers 273 miles.

Using a 50kW public rapid charger, the MG ZS EV Long Range will take 1 hour 3 minutes to charge from 0 to 80%.

The MG ZS features Vehicle-To-Load (V2L) capability which allows you to power other electric devices using the energy from the battery, such as domestic appliances or camping equipment.

MG ZS charging point

Conclusion

We need as many EVs as possible at the more affordable end of the price spectrum. The MG ZS EV ticks this box, and it also offers a practical and spacious compact SUV body style, along with all the normal benefits of EVs including a responsive powertrain and good levels of refinement. The ZS EV also delivers a comfortable ride and a long driving range.

Choose your ZS

SUVRange 225 miles

MG ZS 115kW Trophy EV Long Range 73kWh 5dr Auto

  • £3,262 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
  • £2,718 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£362 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
£302 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
SUVRange 165 miles

MG ZS 130kW Trophy EV 51kWh 5dr Auto

  • £2,981 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
  • £2,484 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£331 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
£276 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)

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