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MG ZS

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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 MG ZS has received poor to average reviews from the UK motoring media, and as of March 2022 it has an Expert Rating of just 43%, which is one of the lowest scores of any car we have collected data on so far.

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 £15,600 on-road

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


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: December 2017

71%

ADULT OCCUPANT

51%

CHILD OCCUPANT

59%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

29%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of March 2022, the MG ZS has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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