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MG ZS EV review

The MG ZS EV is a well equipped and practical small electric family car, with the new Long Range version offering impressive range at an affordable price

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£30,495 - £35,495
Fuel Type:
Electric

Pros

  • Great price
  • Practicality
  • Competitive range

Cons

  • Interior quality
  • Rapid charging speeds
  • A bit dull to drive

Model

Electric range

Wallbox charge time

Rapid charge time

Standard Range

198 miles

8hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)

38mins (10-80%, 76kW)

Long Range

273 miles

10hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

42mins (10-80%, 76kW)

MG ZS EV verdict

The MG ZS EV remains one of the best-value EVs on the market, with its appeal being significantly boosted by the new styling and Long Range version introduced in 2021. Sure, it’s not the most exhilarating car to drive, and interior quality doesn’t match that of its rivals from Kia, Hyundai or Peugeot, but the ZS EV undercuts them all on price and is one of more practical small electric SUVs around. All-in-all, the ZS EV is a seriously compelling package for any budget-minded driver looking to switch to electric power.

Range details, specs and alternatives

Since it was launched in 2019, the MG ZS EV has offered an appealingly affordable route into zero-emissions family motoring. It was the now Chinese-owned brand’s first electric car, but the ZS EV’s success preceded the introduction of the MG5 EV estate and MG4 EV hatchback: our 2023 Car of the Year and Best Value Electric Car award winner.

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But back to the ZS EV. The small electric SUV has consistently undercut the prices of its key rivals like the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV (formerly e-Niro), Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka Electric, while providing similar practicality and standard equipment. For 2022, MG gave the car a facelift, tweaking the styling, updating the infotainment and introducing a Long Range version, with a range of up to 273 miles.

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The 110-mile bump in range over the previous model is thanks to a significantly larger battery. The pre-facelift model used a 44.5kWh unit, while the Long Range version of the refreshed ZS EV gets a sizable 72.6kWh battery. In early 2022, MG also introduced an entry-level Standard Range car, which offers a 198-mile range while starting at just over £30,000. Both cost a chunk more than the standard petrol-powered MG ZS, but are good value for an electric SUV nonetheless. 

In both standard and long-range forms, the ZS EV is available in two trim levels: SE and Trophy. The SE is our pick of the lineup as it comes loaded with standard equipment including LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, vehicle-to-load charging, a 360-degree parking camera and a 10.1-inch central touchscreen. Every model also comes with a suite of driver assistance systems called ‘MG Pilot’, which includes lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure warning, traffic-jam assist and high-beam assist.

Pricier Trophy-spec models build on that, adding a panoramic sunroof, ‘leather-style’ upholstery, roof rails, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and wireless phone charging. There was a Trophy Connect trim level on the price list for a brief time too, but it only got some extra live services on the infotainment, including weather, traffic and Amazon Prime.

For a more detailed look at the MG ZS EV, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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