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MG ZS EV

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Summary


MG has been struggling to build its identity on the UK market since relaunching under Chinese ownership but the MG ZS EV could provide a major boost.

Testers generally like this electric SUV, Auto Express saying it has “real appeal – as a second car, company car or an affordable route into a pure electric vehicle.”

As its name suggests, this is a battery-electric version of MG’s small SUV the ZS, which launched in 2017 into a highly crowded market. Replacing the petrol engine with a 105kW electric motor and 44.5kwh battery pack cut the number of rivals, but there are still a few and they are rapidly growing in number.

Against these the MG scores on its cost, being significantly cheaper than direct bigger-name small electric SUVs, and its practicality – it’s roomy inside and in our own The Car Expert review we highlight boot space more than 90 litres bigger than non-EV rivals such as the Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-3.

Interior finish is nothing to get excited about but as several reviews point out, for its price some hard plastics in evidence is hardly surprising.   

Testers find the ZS EV “unexciting” to drive and note that others go much further than the claimed 163-mile range between charges. But as the review in The Mirror points out, those cars are more expensive. The MG’s “low-down centre of gravity, due to the batteries, gives a secure feel and the ride quality is better than in many crossovers.”

Auto Express sums up the general view by saying “in terms of practicality and affordability the MG measures up rather well, and if buyers can get past the less desirable badge it makes a lot of sense.”

An updated ZS EV arrived in the UK shortly before Christmas 2021. Crucially, this will see a larger battery that increases driving range to a claimed 273 miles, which will make the ZS a far more viable option for many households.

As of March 2022, the MG ZS EV currently holds an Expert Rating of 62% from 21 reviews, which is pretty average yet still significantly better than the petrol version.

ZS EV highlights

  • Affordable route into EV driving
  • Practical
  • Big boot
  • Comfortable ride
  • Comes with long warranty

ZS EV lowlights

  • Dull to drive
  • Cheap plastics inside
  • Rivals go further on a charge
  • Not so modern infotainment

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Powertrain: electric motor, battery-powered
Price: From £26,095 on-road*
*includes £2,500 plug-in car grant

Launched: Winter 2019/20
Last updated: Autumn 2021
Update 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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Autocar

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Business Car

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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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Company Car Today

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Daily Mirror

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Driving Electric

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Eurekar

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2019

90%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

64%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

70%

SAFETY ASSIST

The MG ZS EV was tested on its launch in 2019, gaining a top five-star rating. Euro NCAP reported that the standard-fit autonomous emergency braking system included pedestrian and cyclist detection, though its results in these tests were declared ‘marginal.’

Eco rating


No eco rating

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

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the ZS EV is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the MG ZS EV has received

2021

  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Used Electric Small EV

2020

  • Company Car & Van Awards – Best Medium EV
  • Southern Group of Motoring Writers Awards – Dark Horse of the Year

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The MG ZS EV launched against a small number of direct rivals but new ones are coming along all the time, recent examples including the Mazda MX-30. The most direct alternatives remain the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, while many also consider the electric standard bearer, the Nissan Leaf.

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MG ZS EVThe MG ZS EV is a practical small electric budget SUV, although quality is average and it has less range than more expensive rivals.