MG ZS EV review: reliability & safety rating
As with all electric cars, reliability should be strong, plus the ZS scored well in Euro NCAP crash safety tests
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||90%||85%||70%|
Reliability is one of the big selling points of any electric car: they're simpler and more straightforward than petrol or diesel-engined vehicles, with fewer moving parts, and therefore less likely to go wrong.
There's also reassurance on the safety front: the ZS EV has an impressive suite of passive and active safety equipment as standard, and it did better than its petrol-engined sibling when independently assessed for safety by Euro NCAP, scoring the maximum five stars.
MG ZS EV reliability & problems
The electric ZS is a fairly new car but it's had enough time to impress. It was crowned as the best electric car to own in the 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey – not least because it's so cheap to buy and run. Since then, the ZS has continued to perform well and has been ranked the 13th-best electric car to own in the 2023 Driver Power survey, coming in just behind its smaller estate sibling, the MG5.
The petrol-engined MG ZS garnered a middling three-star safety rating from the independent crash-testing experts at Euro NCAP, but the electric version did better, primarily due to its additional active safety technology. It scored the maximum five stars, with 90% and 85% scores for adult and child occupant protection respectively.
All ZS EVs also feature a suite of driver assistance systems called ‘MG Pilot’, which includes active emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane-keeping assistance with lane-departure warning, traffic-jam assist, intelligent speed-limit assist and intelligent high-beam assist. Upgrade to either Trophy or Trophy Connect spec and you get rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring with lane-change assistance as well.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe MG ZS EV is a well equipped and practical small electric family car, with the new Long Range version offering impressive range at an affordable price
- 2Range, battery & chargingWhile 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
- 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-car buyers
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentThe MG ZS EV is great value for money, offering plenty of kit regardless of which trim level you go for
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe MG ZS EV is comfortable and roomy SUV, that will do well as a family car
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingAs with all electric cars, reliability should be strong, plus the ZS scored well in Euro NCAP crash safety tests
- 8Owner reviewLondon teacher Malcolm Smith shares his experience of first-time electric-car ownership with an MG ZS EV