MG ZS EV interior, dashboard & comfort
The MG ZS EV is great value for money, offering plenty of kit regardless of which trim you go for
The ZS EV's interior won't blow you away with radical design or superior material quality, but it has a smart-looking dashboard and there's lots of equipment on offer for the money – including most of the connectivity and infotainment kit demanded by the typical buyer these days.
MG ZS EV dashboard
Sitting in the driving seat, it's clear where MG has saved money producing the ZS EV; with some hard and scratchy plastics in evidence, particularly in the doors. The steering wheel also lack reach adjustment - you can only move it up and down.
All the screens and switches are laid out in simple and clear fashion, though, and overall it feels up there with most rivals for clean design and ease of use.
Equipment, options & accessories
There are two trim levels on offer for the ZS EV: Excite and Exclusive. Excite is the cheapest, but it comes with front foglights, rear parking sensors, power-adjustable heated door mirrors and 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Inside, you get a six-way adjustable driver's seat, air-conditioning, keyless entry, automatic lights, adaptive cruise control, leather steering wheel and electric windows all round.
Exclusive adds a panoramic glass roof, a folding function for the mirrors, leatherette upholstery, power adjustment for the driver's seat, rain-sensing wipers, a six instead of four-speaker stereo and a rear parking camera. It's a great line-up of equipment by any stretch, never mind at this price.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
An eight-inch colour touchscreen in the middle of the ZS EV's dashboard gives access to sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB and FM radio, while certain functions can also be carried out using steering-wheel-mounted controls.
We're not totally convinced with the positioning of the screen, however, and the fact that it's mounted behind a glass panel means it reflects the light quite badly.
Not only that, but the screen can be slow to respond and it's not always easy to figure out where a particular setting might be hidden. It looks fine generally, but there is a whiff of the aftermarket about it that you don't get in the obvious rivals.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe MG ZS EV is a well equipped and practical small electric family car that offers a very affordable route into zero-emissions motoring
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe MG ZS EV isn't a long-range champion, but it should be more than sufficient for most families' weekly motoring
- 3Running costs & insuranceRunning costs for private buyers will be very low, and upcoming tax changes will make the MG ZS EV extremely attractive as a company car
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe MG ZS EV doesn't offer a thrilling drive, but it should do more than enough to satisfy typical family buyers
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe MG ZS EV is great value for money, offering plenty of kit regardless of which trim you go for
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe MG ZS EV is comfortable, roomy, and promises to be a very decent family car
- 7Reliability & safety ratingAs with all electric cars, reliability should be strong, and the electric ZS has received a strong safety score
- 8Owner reviewLondon teacher Malcolm Smith shares his experience of first-time electric-car ownership with an MG ZS EV