Kia Soul EV vs MG ZS EV: space and practicality
This is where the MG hits back at the Kia, with its big boot making it the more family-friendly option
This is one area where the MG really starts to look like remarkable value for money. After all, you’re not only getting a well equipped electric car for this price, you’re getting a really decent small family SUV that gets a sizeable 470-litre boot, complete with variable-height floor that hides useful cable storage.
The Kia's boot (above) isn’t quite as long as the MG's – this is the more style-orientated, less practical of Kia’s electric SUVs – but that only really shows in the 315-litre boot that's noticeably shorter than the MG’s. Still, it has a variable-height boot floor with dedicated cable storage and there’s more than enough space for a single buggy or a medium-sized dog, so most small families will be fine with the Soul. Both cars also have plenty of space for two adults in the back seats, and high roofs that make bending in to access child seats easy.
In This Review
- 1IntroElectric 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 & practicality - currently readingThis 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