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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

£28,244 - £33,594
Fuel Type:
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 updated MG ZS EV is now available available in both Standard Range and Long Range form, with the entry-level model getting a 51kWh battery that's good for a range of 198 miles. However, the new ZS EV Long Range gets a larger 72.6kWh unit that allows the zero-emissions SUV to cover up to 273 miles on a single charge. 

MG ZS EV range

The original MG ZS EV that launched in 2019 was fitted with a 44.5kWh battery that allowed 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 we tested capable of covering up to 273 miles on a full battery, which we found was easy to come close to during our time with 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.

The Standard Range model with its 198-mile range was only introduced in February 2022, and we've yet to get behind the wheel of one to see how efficient the entry-level can be.

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, 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 ZS EV Standard Range and Long Range using a standard 7.4kW home wallbox takes eight and 10-and-a-half hours respectively.

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