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MG ZS EV review: range, battery & charging

While the Long Range version of the ZS EV has an impressive 273-mile range that trumps many rivals, its charging speeds aren't as impressive

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£30,495 - £35,495
Fuel Type:
Electric
ModelRangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeFast charge time
Standard Range198 miles51kWh8hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)38mins (10-80%, 76kW)
Long Range273 miles72.6kWh10hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)42mins (10-80%, 76kW)

The ZS EV is available in both Standard Range and Long Range forms, with the entry-level model getting a 51kWh battery that's good for a range of 198 miles. The Long Range boasts a larger 72.6kWh unit that allows the zero-emissions SUV to cover up to 273 miles on a charge in ideal conditions.

MG ZS EV range

The original ZS EV that launched in 2019 had a 44.5kWh battery that allowed for a range of 163 miles. In 2022, MG introduced new battery sizes to the EV line-up, with the Long Range version capable of up to 273 miles on a full charge – a figure we found was easy to come close to during our time testing the car.

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When we picked our test car up, it had 98% charge and showed a predicted range of 267 miles, which rose to 280 miles when switched into Eco mode. Over 127 miles of motorways, B-roads and city streets, the ZS EV Long Range averaged 3.7 miles per kWh, which translates to a real-world range of around 252 miles.

Charge time

The ZS EV has a maximum charging speed of 76kW, which is less than the 100kW both the Peugeot e-2008 and Hyundai Kona Electric can reach. Still, topping up the 51kWh battery in the base model from 10-80% will take 38 minutes, or 42 minutes if you go for the Long Range model with its larger battery. Fully recharging the Standard Range and Long Range using a 7.4kW wallbox takes eight and 10-and-a-half hours respectively.

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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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