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MG MOTOR UK ZS ELECTRIC HATCHBACK

105kW Exclusive EV 45kWh 5dr Auto

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MG wades into the electric vehicle market with this affordable ZS EV model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

The world is calling for higher levels of electrified vehicle technology (which to some extent we've now got) and more affordable EV models (which we're still waiting for). Enter MG - and specifically, this ZS EV model, priced to undercut similarly-sized rivals by a significant amount. It's even cheaper than smaller supermini-shaped EVs. There's a chance you might already be familiar with the ZS. This decently spacious compact SUV was launched in 2018 with 1.0-litre or 1.5-litre petrol power. But MG were also keen to tell us at the time that this model's platform had been designed with full electrification very much in mind. More fully electric MG models will of course follow but how good is this one? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The ZS EV is powered by a 44.5kWh, water-cooled lithium-ion battery which has a WLTP-rated driving range certified at 163 miles. A couple of years back, that would have been quite creditable but these days, comparable family EVs are routinely able to deliver well over 200 miles from a single charge. Mind you, those cars will be considerable more expensive than this one and are typically less spacious inside; it all comes down to what your priorities are. As with most EVs, this one should feel sprightly away from rest, courtesy of the fact that all its drive torque (353Nm) is generated immediately from the get-go. There's 105 kW of power, equivalent to 143PS, and the 62mph benchmark is dispatched in just 8.5s, though there's a rather limited top speed of just 87mph. At the wheel, instead of the usual gear stick, you select drive from a Rotary Gear Selector, which allows you to switch between three gears - Drive, Neutral and Reverse. In front of this is a further control that allows you to switch between three levels of brake energy recovery (or turn the recovery system off). Level one will implement a small amount of regeneration, with much of the braking still dependent on the vehicle's brakes. Level three offers the greatest regenerative benefit, offering near one-pedal driving with minimal need for the brakes, improving the lifespan of the parts, increasing efficiency and reducing ownership costs.

Design and Build

Some would number this car amongst the more stylish family sector EV models you can buy. At just over 4.3m in length, it's an SUV sized somewhere between the smaller Crossover class (think Renault Captur/Nissan Juke) and the larger family-sized Crossover segment (think Nissan Qashqai/Kia Sportage). In this form, the ZS sports a revised 'star-rider' front grille to frame its brand's famous octagonal company logo. There's also a unique colour option available to ZS buyers - 'Pimlico Blue'. Without exception, all of the EV models you can currently buy on the UK market for under £30,000 are considerably smaller than this MG, both inside and out. Careful packaging has positioned the battery pack beneath the car, so that it doesn't impinge on either passenger or luggage space. Hence the way that it can handle bikes, pushchairs, luggage and bulky loads with no trouble at all. There's 448-litres of boot capacity, around 60-litres more than you'd get from most normal compact SUVs. Open the cabin doors and you're greeted with a spacious interior, though one with material quality not quite the equal of what you'd find from more established brands. Still, MG has tried hard, with faux-leather upholstery and a range of 3D shapes, metallic and chrome finishes.

Market and Model

There are two trim levels, base 'Excite' and 'Exclusive', with respective asking prices pitched at either around £25,995 or around £28,495, once the government's £2,500 Plug-in car Grant has been deducted. That really is exceptional value by EV standards. To give you some market perspective, a comparably-sized Crossover-style family EV like the Kia e-Niro costs from around £30,000. Even much smaller supermini-sized Evs like Vauxhall's Corsa-e and Peugeot's e208 cost in the £27,000-£30,000 bracket. All these rivals offer a longer operating range but for quite a few suburban-based potential MG ZS EV customers, that may not be hugely significant. Equipment levels are strong, with both variants getting the latest version of MG's infotainment system, with an 8" colour touchscreen featuring satellite navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and DAB radio. Smart 17-inch alloy wheels are also standard - and your dealer will want to show you the brand's glass sliding 'Sky Roof'. There's also the brand's 'MG Pilot' camera safety package which includes Advanced Emergency Braking, Blindspot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Cost of Ownership

Earlier we mentioned this car's 163 mile WLTP-rated driving range - which rises to 231 miles on the WLTP city cycle. Charging ZS EGV is straightforward thanks to its combined CCS and Type 2 port, mounted within the front grille for easy access from either side of the car. The CCS plug is an enhanced version of the Type 2 plug, with two additional power contacts for the purposes of quick charging and supports AC and DC charging power. Featuring rapid charging capability, the ZS EV can charge from 0-80% in 40 minutes from a 50 kW charging station (if you can find one). At home, the car can recharge itself using a standard 7KW wallbox in six hours - overnight charging's easy, in other words. In emergencies, the car can also be charged via a standard 3-pin plug. The battery pack is comprised of 18 cells and weighs just 280kg, providing competitive performance without generating any emissions. Managed by MG's Intelligent Battery Temperature Control system, the battery pack is insulated from external temperature variations, delivering the optimum power and range whatever the weather. As with all MG models, you also get one of the longest fully transferable warranties in its class, a 7 year/80,000-mile package being standard across all variants. Rivals such as SsangYong, Hyundai and Toyota only provide 5 years.

Summary

We've been waiting to see just how affordable a family-sized full-EV model can be and in the form of this ZS EV, MG has delivered here a typically tightly-priced package. We'd hoped for a little more driving range from it but if most of your motoring is based around short urban runs, this car might still suit you down to the ground. It's well equipped, spacious and comes with a notably long 7 year transferrable warranty to complement a price that looks like a misprint. Is it the best car in the sector? No. Is it the best really affordable model in the class? Absolutely yes. MG has just taken another big step forward.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed87mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • 3 Driving modes
  • 8" colour touch screen
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Blind Spot Detection (BAS)
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • iGo Navigation system
  • Intelligent speed limit assist
  • Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
  • PAS
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear parking camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rotary gear selector
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Trip computer
  • USB mobile phone charging function

Entertainment

  • 6 speaker audio system with 3D sound
  • DAB audio
  • iPod compatibility
  • Radio/MP3 player
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB/aux input socket

Exterior Features

  • Auto headlights
  • Bi-function projection headlight
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour electric heated/adjust/fold mirrors
  • Chrome side window trim
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front and rear aero wiper
  • Front and rear electric windows with driver's one-touch up/down
  • Intelligent high beam
  • LED centre brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Load carrier
  • Manual folding rear view mirror
  • Panoramic sky roof
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Silver roof rails

Interior Features

  • 12V power sockets
  • 2nd row 60/40 split/fold
  • 4 way manually adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest
  • 6 way electric adjustable drivers seat
  • Air conditioning with odour and pollutant filter
  • Boot light
  • Driver's footrest
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front grab handles
  • Front headrests
  • Front reading lights
  • Glovebox
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated switches and controls
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • ISOFIX restraints on outer rear seats x2
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear grab handle
  • Seat back pockets
  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Twin rear headrests

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Active emergency braking with pedestrian/Bicycle detection
  • Anti rolling protection
  • Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Dual front airbags
  • EBA
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • ESP
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Front seatbelts (3-point + pretensioner + load limiter)
  • Front side airbags
  • Fuel cut off safety device
  • Hill launch assist
  • Regenerative braking system
  • Seatbelt height adjustment for front seats
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm system and engine immobiliser
  • Automatic latching door
  • Keyless entry and push button start system
  • Remote central locking
  • Second remote key
  • Speed sensing door locks
  • Superlocking

Wheels

  • 17" Diamond cut EV alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    44.5
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    390
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    40
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    12.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    18.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    4.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    372
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    262
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max
    262
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min
    262
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    231
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    163
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max
    163
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min
    163

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    0.0
  • Badge Power
    143
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Exclusive EV
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    21A
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    7
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    5
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    64
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    70
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    80000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    7
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    143
  • Engine Power - KW
    105
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    260
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    36
  • Engine Torque - NM
    353
  • Top Speed
    87

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    Second Act

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1620
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1644
  • Length
    4314
  • Wheelbase
    2579
  • Width
    1809
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2048

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1966
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    470
  • Max. Loading Weight
    432
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1534
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.2
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Madeline Biggs

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