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

Kia Soul EV First Edition

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.

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