MG ZS EV reliability & safety

As with all electric cars, reliability should be strong, but the petrol ZS' middling crash safety score is a concern

Reliability is one of the big selling points of any electric car: they're simpler and more straightforward than petrol or diesel-engined vehicles, with fewer moving parts, and therefore less likely to go wrong.

Safety is a harder one to call here: the ZS EV does have an impressive suite of passive and active safety equipment as standard, but its petrol-engined sibling didn't exactly cover itself in glory when independently assessed for safety by Euro NCAP.

MG ZS EV reliability & problems

As it's a brand-new model, the ZS EV's reliability is a bit of an unknown quantity right now. However, there are three reasons to be confident.

Firstly, the car comes with a seven-year warranty; secondly, MG's Chinese parent company has already churned out hundreds of thousands of electric cars for its home market; and thirdly, electric cars in general are more dependable than their combustion-engined equivalents, as they have fewer moving parts to wear out or go wrong.

Safety

The petrol-engined MG ZS garnered a middling three-star safety rating from the independent crash-testing experts at Euro NCAP, which is cause for some concern. The petrol car's rating doesn't officially apply to the electric model, although it's unlikely to be much different.

Both the Excite and Exclusive trim levels of the EV come with the 'MG Pilot' suite of driver-assistance systems. This includes active emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure warning, traffic-jam assistance and speed-limit assistance, while Exclusive gets all those plus blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Other safety equipment, such as ISOFIX child-seat points, front, side and curtain airbags; rollover protection, tyre-pressure monitoring, hill-start assistance and electronic stability control are also present. There's no option of a space-saver spare wheel.