New 2022 MG ZS EV electric SUV: prices, specs and range

MG’s electric SUV retains its title as one of the cheapest electric cars on sale with new Long Range model starting from £28,495 after the plug-in car grant

This is the new MG ZS EV: the latest version of the brand’s electric SUV, and a rival to the likes of the Peugeot e-2008 and Hyundai Kona Electric. Prices for the updated version still start from less than £30,000, and the new model can cover up to 273 miles on a charge, a 110-mile increase over the old model.

The significant increase in range is thanks to a much larger battery. While the pre-facelift model featured a 44.5kWh unit, the Long Range version of the refreshed ZS EV gets a sizable 72kWh battery. A shorter-range model, featuring a smaller 51kWh battery capable of 198 miles on a charge, will follow in 2022.

However, the larger battery means charging time has increased, so it'll take 10-and-a-half hours to recharge the 72kWh model from a standard 7.4kW home wallbox. Alternatively, the updated ZS EV can recharge at up to 76kW from a DC rapid-charging point, meaning topping up from 10-80% will take as little as 42 minutes from a fast enough unit.

As well as the new battery options, the ZS EV has received a significant styling update, with the addition of a blanked-out grille for improved aerodynamics. The grille also houses the charging port and is flanked by LED headlights. Meanwhile, the refreshed electric SUV features a new set of wheels and a redesigned rear bumper.

Inside, there’s a new 10.1-inch central touchscreen running the latest version of MG’s iSMART infotainment system, with a new digital driver’s display behind the steering wheel. MG will also launch a smartphone app that will let you control some of the ZS EV’s functions remotely, including the climate control and charging.

The ZE EV’s performance hasn’t changed as much though. It still uses a single electric motor which only powers the front wheels, which now produces 154bhp and 280Nm of torque. 0-62mph takes 8.4 seconds – 0.1 seconds quicker than the previous model could do the same sprint  – while the top speed is 108mph.

The new ZS EV Long Range is on sale now and offered in three trim levels: SE, Trophy and Trophy Connect. Standard equipment on the entry-level SE model includes LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, vehicle-to-load charging, a 360-degree parking camera, and the 10.1-inch central touchscreen. Prices for the ZE EV in SE trim start from £28,495, after the government’s plug-in car grant is deducted.

Upgrading to the Trophy trim level adds a panoramic sunroof, ‘leather-style’ upholstery, roof rails, heated front seats, electrically adjustable driver’s seat and wireless phone charging. Trophy Connect models get all of that, plus additional live services of the infotainment including weather, traffic and Amazon Prime. Both the Trophy and Trophy Connect models are also eligible for the £2,500 PiCG grant as well, and start from £30,995 and £31,495 respectively.

All new ZS EVs also feature a suite of driver assistance systems called ‘MG Pilot’, which includes Active Emergency Braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning System, Traffic Jam Assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist and Intelligent High Beam Assist. On top of those, Trophy and Trophy Connect models get Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist.

MG has yet to release any pricing information about the forthcoming version of the ZE EV that’ll be fitted with the smaller 51kWh battery, but we expect it will be priced closer to £26,000 or £27,000 after the government grant is deducted.

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