MG ZS EV reliability & safety rating
As with all electric cars, reliability should be strong, and the electric ZS has received a strong safety score from the 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. However, the MG ZS overall finished in 41st position out of 75 models on the list of best new cars to own in the 2021 Driver Power survey, and MG came in last place on the list of the best car markers in the same survey.
But, MG's Chinese parent company SAIC does churn out hundreds of thousands of electric cars for its home market, and thirdly, electric cars in general are more dependable than their combustion-engined equivalents, as they have fewer moving parts to wear out or go wrong.
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 updated 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 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
- 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 & comfortThe MG ZS EV is great value for money, offering plenty of kit regardless of which trim you go for, with the updated model featuring an improved infotainment system
- 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, and the electric ZS has received a strong safety score from the Euro NCAP crash safety tests
- 8Owner reviewLondon teacher Malcolm Smith shares his experience of first-time electric-car ownership with an MG ZS EV