Twin test: Kia Soul EV First Edition vs MG ZS EV Exclusive
Electric family SUVs go head-to-head: will more expensive Kia win out against value-focused MG?
These two pure-electric cars are not what you’d call direct rivals. The MG ZS EV has already established a reputation for exceptional value, offering an official range of 163 miles from only £25,995, although we’re testing it in top-spec Exclusive trim, costing £27,495.
The Kia Soul EV is its latest rival in an increasingly busy class of compact, high-riding family cars and takes a different tack. A long official range between charges of 280 miles, all the equipment you could wish for and bold styling made to look only more startling by the remarkably generic-looking MG come at a price of £34,295.
But if you’re considering a battery-powered car, need a functional family layout and like a dash of SUV bravado, you'll invariably find yourself comparing these two cars. Even with rivals like the Peugeot e-2008 on the horizon, more conventional hatchbacks like the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq Electric, and even more expensive alternatives such as the Hyundai Kona Electric, our two protagonists stick out in the search for a plug-in family car.
Kia Soul EV First Edition
Pros: Long range, great infotainment, tidy and confident drive
Cons: High finance costs, high insurance group, relatively small boot
MG ZS EV Exclusive
Pros: Spacious boot capacity, loads of equipment, long warranty
Cons: Underwhelming to drive, lacks charging functionality, poor reliability reputation
So how far do they go in the real world, what do you get for the money, which one’s the best family car and – ultimately – which one suits your lifestyle and budget best? Read on to find out.
In This Review
- 1Intro - currently readingElectric family SUVs go head-to-head: will more expensive Kia win out against value-focused MG?
- 2Range & chargingThe Kia goes furthest of the two, of course, but is also the most efficient
- 3Running costs & warrantyThe MG is vastly cheaper to buy, although running costs and warranty are comparable to the Kia's
- 4Performance & handlingBoth cars feel appealingly rapid, but the Kia is usefully better to drive
- 5Interior & infotainmentThe Kia’s better driving position and infotainment system give it the edge here
- 6Space & practicalityThis is where the MG hits back at the Kia, with its big boot making it the more family-friendly option
- 7Safety & reliabilityKia has a better reputation for reliability, but both have a full suite of semi-autonomous driving aids
- 8Verdict & specificationsThe MG ZS is fantastic value and thoroughly recommendable for a short-hop lifestyle, but the Kia outshines it in all areas other than purchase costs and is still good value in its own right