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MG ZS EV

(2019 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

69
%
B

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

60
%
D

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

80
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

69
%
B

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

60
%
D

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

80
%
A

Summary


MG’s rebirth under Chinese ownership has been massively successful, with the brand now a genuinely major player in the UK car market. Much of this success has come from its electric models, like the MG ZS EV seen here.

The MG ZS EV is a small electric SUV, which has found more praise than might be expected from seasoned road testers in the UK media. Auto Express says it has “… real appeal – as a second car, company car or an affordable route into a pure electric vehicle.”

As the name suggests, this is a battery-electric version of the petrol-powered MG ZS small SUV, which launched in 2017. Replacing the petrol engine with a 105kW electric motor and 45kwh battery, the ZS EV has become a significantly better vehicle.

The electric motor is much quieter and smoother than the petrol engine in the regular ZS, which makes it a far nicer place to spend time. And like every model in the MG family, you get a lot of car for your money. The ZS EV undercuts other small electric SUVs by thousands of pounds, making it a very affordable way to make the switch to an electric car.

As well as its price advantage, the MG ZS EV has plenty of practicality. It’s surprisingly roomy inside, and in our own The Car Expert review we highlighted substantially more boot space 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. The review in the Daily Mirror also found that the driving experience was nothing to be sneezed at, as 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.”

The current ZS EV is an updated version of the original model, arriving in the UK shortly before Christmas 2021. Crucially, this update saw a larger battery provided, which increases driving range from 163 miles to a far more usable 273 miles. That alone makes the latest ZS EV a far more viable option for many households.

As of January 2024, the MG ZS EV currently holds an Expert Rating of 69%, which is fairly average but still better than the petrol version. The facelifted model has been scoring significantly better than the original model, so this score is likely to keep improving as older reviews drop off and are replaced with newer ones.

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 £30,495 on-road

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

+

Driving Electric

+

Electrifying.com

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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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Move Electric

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Parkers

+

The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 90%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 64%
Safety assist: 70%

Despite its budget price tag, the MG ZS EV score a top five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP when it was launched in 2019. This score is better than several more expensive vehicles.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, 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.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the MG ZS EV 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 EV, 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

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models235 milesB163 – 273 milesB – C
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models3.8 m/KWhC3.6 – 3.9 m/KWhC – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models28B21 – 28A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£141A
Year 2£354A
Year 3£585A
Year 4£715A
Year 5£989A
Overall£2,784A

In addition to the MG ZS EV’s rather affordable price tag, the SUV is also very cheap to run. It’s electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is decent, while insurance premiums should be good compared to other cars as well. But the even better news is that scheduled servicing costs for the ZS EV are excellent.

In addition, an official battery range of 235 miles (which varies from 163 miles to 273 miles, depending on which model you choose) is just above average. So you shouldn’t need to worry about running out of charge in normal day-to-day driving.

Awards


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

2022

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Family Electric Car
  • What Car? Electric Awards – Best Used Small SUV

2021

  • What Car? Electric Awards – Best Used Small SUV

2020

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

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the MG ZS EV, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Citroën ë-C4 | DS 3 Crossback E-Tense | Hyundai Kona Electric | Kia e-Niro | Kia Soul EV | Mazda MX-30 | Mini Countryman plug-in hybridNissan Leaf | Peugeot e-2008 | Vauxhall Mokka-e | Volkswagen ID.4 | Volvo XC40 Recharge

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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