Zapmap verdict: “MG focuses on value-for-money, and it does exceptionally well with the ZS EV.”
- ● OTR: £25,995
- ● Category: Family SUV
- ● Tax: £0 VED – 1% BIK
- ● Cost to charge: £7.10
- ● Emissions: 0 g/km CO2
- ● Cost per mile of range: £159
MG ZS EV: Range & charging
MG’s ZS EV has a range of more than 160 miles on a charge from a 44.5 kWh battery. It’s also rapid charge capable at up to 50 kW DC on CCS points, whilst AC charging is possible at up to 7.4 kW via a Type 2 inlet.
There is one specification available:
- ● MG ZS EV 44.5 kWh – 105 kW – 44.5 kWh – 163 miles
MG’s official WLTP driving range for the ZS EV is up to 163 miles on a charge. In real-world conditions, this proved to be closer to 140-150 miles, which remains a good figure, particularly since it was tested in late-autumn conditions.
There’s a three-stage brake energy recuperation system in the ZS EV, which is flexible and works well. The strongest level will give a hefty amount of deceleration, though not enough for “one-pedal” driving in traffic. This toggles through to almost coasting, with the switch located on the centre console.
Charging is carried out via a CCS inlet behind where the car’s grille would normally be. Rapid charging using a CCS connector is possible at up to 50 kW DC, for a recharging time from 0-80% in around 40 minutes. AC charging is possible at up to 7.4 kW, which leaves a charging time of around six and a half hours.
The MG ZS EV on the road
MG makes a handful of cars, and all of them budget models. However, although nowhere near the classic MG’s famous handling characteristics, modern day models are decent on the road rather than exceptional.
Considering the practical focus for the ZS EV, it drives pretty well, and disguises its body roll in the corners effectively unless really pushing on. Motorway and urban driving is dealt with comfortably if not with much refinement.
What’s the MG ZS EV like to drive?
With 105 kW powering the ZS EV, the MG will move pretty quickly, though it can never really be deserved as fast. A 0-62mhph time of 8.5 seconds is still nippy enough for most needs, and will get the ZS EV up to speed rapidly enough in daily driving conditions. It doesn’t struggle at higher speeds either, and maintains a steady motorway pace easily.
MG ZS EV: Comfort & Practicality
If you’re looking for a practical family SUV, the MG ZS EV fits right in. A good size inside and out, the ZS EV has comfortable seating for four, particularly if two of them are children. Boot space is good – neither small nor huge – and overall the MG doesn’t excel anywhere, but neither does it fall down in any practical aspect.
Design and functionality
The MG is not an opulent car by any stretch of the imagination, and it feels like a budget car when sat inside. However, there’s nothing “wrong” with that, as long as expectations are tempered. Kit is good and build quality feels fine even if the quality of materials are lacking compared to rivals.
MG ZS EV: Tech & Specifications
There are two core trim levels with the MG ZS EV – Excite and Exclusive. Fitted as standard are:
- Keyless entry and start
- Air conditioning
- 8-inch infotainment screen with smartphone connectivity
- Heated front seats
- Leather upholstery
- Rear parking sensors
- Drive mode select
The MG ZS EV is a decent car when you don’t look at the price and the fact its running costs are as low as possible due to its electric powertrain. Then take into account the OTR cost, and it becomes excellent. The ZS EV is a practical family SUV with a good driving range, for considerably less than £30,000.
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All information above correct at time of publication. Official economy figures, pricing, and tax rates supplied by the manufacturer. Cost to charge based on 0-100% charge at home on a tariff of 16 p/kWh.