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MG ZS EV range, battery & charging

While the new Long Range version of the MG ZS has an impressive 273-mile range that trumps many of its rivals’, the same cannot be said for the MG’s rapid charging capabilities

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

5.0 out of 5

Price
£28,244 - £33,594
Fuel Type:
Electric
RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeFast charge time
273 miles72.6kWh10hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)42mins (10-80%, 76kW)

The updated MG ZS EV is currently only available in Long Range form, with a 72.6kWh battery that allows the zero-emissions SUV to cover up to 273 miles on a single charge. Another version with a smaller 51kWh battery and shorter 198-mile range will arrive some time in 2022, but regardless, it’s still a larger unit than the pre-facelift model. 

MG ZS EV range

The original MG ZS EV that launched in 2019 was fitted with a 44.5kWh battery that allows for a range of 163 miles. However, for 2022, MG added new battery sizes to the ZS EV line-up, with the Long Range version capable of covering 273 miles on a full battery, which we found was easy to come close to when we drove the car.

When we picked our test car up it had 98% charge and showed us a predicted range of 267 miles, which rose to 280 miles if we switched into Eco mode. Over 127 miles of motorway, 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. That’s not only further than either a top-spec Renault ZOE or Nissan Leaf could cover on a single charge.

Charge time

The ZS EV has a maximum charging speed of 76kW, which is far lower than the 100kW speeds both the Peugeot e-2008 and top-of-the-range Hyundai Kona Electric can reach. Still, find a fast enough charging-point, and you can top up the 72.6kWh in the ZS EV Long Range in just over 40 minutes. Use a home wallbox, and a full top up will take 10.5 hours.

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