Kia Soul EV vs MG ZS EV: safety and reliability
Kia has a better reputation for reliability, but both have a full suite of semi-autonomous driving aids
Both the Kia and MG get adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency city braking, lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition, blind-spot assistance and rear cross-traffic alert. All this combines to give them semi-autonomous driving modes that can take a lot of the stress out of town or motorway driving. Automatic wipers and LED headlights, a reversing camera and sensors are also included, as are seven airbags in the Kia, and six in the MG. Neither is offered with a spare wheel – only with a tyre-inflation kit. The Kia hasn’t yet been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but the MG achieved a five-star score under 2019 test parameters which are less stringent than current test procedure. In terms of reliability, neither car was included in our sister title Auto Express' 2019 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, as they’re too new. However, Kia was rated one of the best brands out there, coming third in the survey while MG managed a very disappointing 26th out of 30 brands surveyed.
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 & practicalityThis is where the MG hits back at the Kia, with its big boot making it the more family-friendly option
- 7Safety & reliability - currently readingKia 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