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  • Launched in 2017
  • Crossover
  • Petrol, Diesel, EV
  • Launch year
    2017
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, EV

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Budget crossover misses the mark

Best bits

  • Very affordable and practical SUV with lots of space
  • Comes with a seven year warranty as standard
  • High quality and easy to use infotainment system

Not so great

  • Feels cheap inside with some naff plastics
  • Not great to drive with poor steering and body roll
  • Won’t hold its value

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Overall verdict

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict on the MG ZS

"The MG ZS is a budget crossover designed to deliver Nissan Qashqai-style space and equipment at a much lower price. Sadly that low price means corners have had to be cut and this soon becomes evident if you spend any time with the ZS."

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It’s not to be confused with the Rover 45-based saloon from the mid-2000s (if anyone remembers that now…) plus of course MG is now a Chinese-owned brand. But what it does offer is a lot of space and neat styling without the big price tag.


It’s of course not the only budget SUV around. There’s the Dacia Duster and SsangYong Tivoli which both aim to offer the same value-based proposition. The MG isn’t great inside though with a mismatch of materials and patchy quality.


There’s a big question mark over the handling with the very odd steering that causes frustration. Driving in a straight line requires constant adjustments - a tiring process on long motorway journeys - while, around town and on rural roads, it feels stodgy.


So yes, you do have to forgive a few things from a budget car. There are quite a few shortcomings on the road but you get a lot of gadgets for your money. The MG ZS delivers on the equipment front (if you avoid the basic model). 


The mid-level Excite gets alloy wheels and air conditioning, along with an eight-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay support, though you have to go for the top trim to get navigation and a reversing camera.


MG has also started offering a new seven-year, 80,000-mile warranty with ZS, which should provide some peace of mind for buyers concerned about the reliability of a relatively small brand. Its mileage limit is tighter than the unlimited mileage offered with SsangYong’s five-year warranty, but that won’t be a problem for many private, low-mileage buyers.


The problem is that the competition offers the same budget crossover but does it better. The SsangYong Tivoli is the best example. It’s more comfortable on the road and is available with the option of a diesel and all-wheel drive. 


Greater appeal came in 2019 with the launch of the electric MG ZS EV.

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MG ZS

105kW Exclusive EV 45kWh 5dr Auto

  • 2020
  • 2,028 miles
  • Perrys MG Huddersfield
  • Yorkshire, HD16AP
Price:£21,899
HP: £571.82/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £571.82, Customer Deposit: £3,284.00, Total Deposit: £3,284.85, Total Charge For Credit: £1,981.37, Total Amount Payable: £23,880.37, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 3.53%

MG ZS

1.5 VTi-TECH Exclusive 5dr

  • 2018
  • 18,006 miles
  • Richmond MG Southampton
  • Hampshire, SO151GY
Price:£12,541
PCP: £207.56/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £207.56, Customer Deposit: £1,881.00, Total Deposit: £1,881.15, Optional Final Payment: £5,232.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,836.75, Total Amount Payable: £14,377.75, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 7.59%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the MG ZS right for you?

If you’re after a crossover on a budget but don’t want to buy something older that will potentially go wrong, the MG ZS makes a case for itself as a cheap but practical SUV. But in a similar vein to the Dacia Duster or SsangYong Tivoli, it’s not going to impress many people at the local golf club. 


It really comes down to price. If you can get an MG ZS cheap enough, it makes sense. Indeed you can get quite a bargain on the used market. For a certain generation, the MG badge still holds some prestige compared to say Dacia, but for many people it’s simply another budget brand.


What's the best MG ZS model/engine to choose?

The MG ZS is very simple but it’s the 1.5 Excite models to look out for. Excite is the mid-level model and comes with air con and parking sensors that the basic version lacks. It’s the most popular model on the used market.


What other cars are similar to the MG ZS?

There’s no shortage of crossovers on the market at the moment, SUVs are certainly flavour of the month, but if it’s a budget model you want, the choice is more limited. 


If you want something used that still has some of its warranty left look at a Kia Stonic or a Sportage - Kia models all come with a similar seven-year warranty. The only other manufacturer to offer this is SsangYong.


And speaking of SsangYong, it’s the Tivoli that provides the stiffest competition for the MG ZS, with similar dimensions and pricing. The Tivoli does however provide more equipment, like-for-like, than the ZS. Leather upholstery, for example, is available in the mid-spec Tivoli EX model, while alloy wheels are standard even on the basic car. That’s not the case with the ZS. There's also the bigger Tivoli XLV.


There is of course no shortage of crossovers on the market from the Dacia Duster to the Volkswagen T-Roc, but we'd suggest the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X and Suzuki Vitara as strong rivals for the MG ZS.



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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Who makes the MG ZS engine?

Both the 1.0-litre T GDI petrol and the 1.6-litre petrol engines are a joint development between MG and General Motors.

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Is the MG ZS a good car?

The MG ZS is certainly very affordable so if you’re after a crossover on a budget but don’t want to buy something older that will potentially go wrong, it makes a case for itself as a cheap but practical SUV. However, many other similar sized crossovers are much better, but also more expensive.

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Where is the MG ZS made?

MG is owned by Chinese firm SAIC Motor Corporation and the MG ZS is built at the firm's Zhengzhou Plant.

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