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MG ZS

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

44
%
E

Used car score:

54
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

39
%
E

Safety Rating:

29
%
E

Eco Rating:

60
%
B

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

67
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

44
%
E

Used car score:

54
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

39
%
E

Safety Rating:

29
%
E

Eco Rating:

60
%
B

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

67
%
B

Summary


The MG ZS is a budget compact SUV/crossover that arrived in the UK in late 2017. The car is designed in the UK but built in China.

The ZS is currently available with either a petrol or diesel engine. An electric model joined the range in 2019, but this is not covered by this page. We have a separate page for the ZS EV right here.

The ZS range was facelifted in Summer 2020. This consisted of some visual updates as well as additional equipment, with trim levels and prices being re-organised to suit. There were no mechanical changes, so the updated ZS drives exactly the same as the pre-facelift version.

The MG ZS has received poor to average reviews from the UK motoring media, and as of January 2024 it has an Expert Rating of just 44%, which is one of the lowest scores of any car we have collected data on so far. The electric ZS EV scores much better.

Reviewers have praised the ZS for being more spacious than many rivals and for offering a seven-year new car warranty, but have criticised its poor safety rating and underpowered engines.

MG ZS highlights

  • Seven-year new car warranty
  • Attractive low-cost price
  • Spacious cabin
  • Comfortable driving experience

MG ZS lowlights

  • Poor engine quality
  • Dated interior design
  • Poor safety rating
  • Excessive fuel consumption
  • Very basic tech features

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £17,820 on-road

Launched: Winter 2017/18
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: December 2017
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 71%
Child protection: 51%
Vulnerable road users: 59%
Safety assist: 29%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the MG ZS has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the MG ZS to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the ZS, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models41 mpgD39 – 43 mpgC – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models155 g/kmB149 – 166 g/kmB – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models15A10 – 15A – A
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£147A
Year 2£486A
Year 3£778A
Year 4£957A
Year 5£1,270A
Overall£3,638A

Running costs for the MG ZS are slightly below average but service and maintenance costs are excellent, according to numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Only available as a petrol model (the all-electric MG ZS EV is covered here), the SUV has an average fuel consumption of 41 mpg, which is acceptable but nothing to shout about. The car’s strong suit is its long-term maintenance costs, which are cheap when compared to the market as a whole over five years of ownership.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the MG ZS has received

2021

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Value New Car + Best Car for Dog Owners

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The MG ZS has received generally poor media reviews, and currently has one of the lowest Expert Ratings of any car we have analysed.MG ZS