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heycar review

      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      EV
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Cheap but smart electric SUV

Best bits

  • Sensational value for money
  • Incredibly practical for a family
  • Surprisingly good on interior quality

Not so great

  • Limited range compared with many EV rivals
  • Rather clumsy touchscreen system
  • Not awfully quiet for an EV

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Overall verdict

"Compared with other EVs, the MG ZS EV is sensational value for money considering the amount of space, practicality, creature comforts and safety technology you get for such a comparatively affordable price. It’s not bad in most other areas, either, although do bear in mind that it has a more limited range than many EVs."

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We won’t take you through every footnote of MG’s complex and convoluted history. Suffice it to say that this once-desirable British sports car maker found itself in a bit of strife a few years back under Rover’s ownership, and was then bought (as part of its parent company) by a Chinese firm that now builds and markets low-volume budget cars under the MG brand. There we go, you’re up to speed.



It’s fair to say that the current crop of products offered by modern-day MG represents a fairly motley bunch. There’s no denying their affordability, but each one has significant weaknesses in other areas that limits its appeal to the mainstream car buyer. It’s also fair to say that the MG ZS is probably the most well-rounded of the lot, so if the company was going to choose any of its cars to make the firm’s first foray into the electric vehicle (or EV) marketplace, then that’d be the one to go for. Happily, that’s exactly what happened.


The result is the ZS EV, and it really isn’t what you might expect from an unabashed budget brand. It looks good, with no awkwardness or fussiness in its styling. 


The interior is nice, with plenty of high-grade materials and some thoughtful, attractive finishes. It’s absolutely packed with modern-day technology, with an all-encompassing infotainment system, loads of standard luxury kit and a suite of safety aids that includes most of the latest clever systems. Seriously, this does not feel like the bargain-basement product that you’ve probably already written it off as.


Perhaps even better, it’s big. Compare it to other EVs of a similar ballpark price (although in reality, none of them can match the MG’s incredibly low price), a collection of superminis and supermini-sized SUVs, and this Qashqai-sized family car absolutely blows them away. Even by the standards of similarly sized rivals, this is a roomy car, with loads of space in any of the five seats, a big boot and a few family-friendly touches to keep life easy.


You won’t find too many signs of cost-cutting on the road, either. Sure, it’s not the last word in either ride comfort or handling prowess, but it does a thoroughly acceptable job in both areas, and thanks to the strong, responsive performance you get from the car’s 143PS electric motor, it’s a very easy and relaxing car to drive. It’s reasonably quiet compared with a regular combustion-engined car, too, although with a slightly whiny motor and plenty of wind and road noise, it’s not as quiet as most other EVs. Well, you can’t have everything.


Other gripes? Well, the infotainment system is rather glitchy and occasionally confusing to use, while more steering adjustment would come in handy. More critically for EV buyers, though, many rivals have its official range figure of 163 miles beaten fairly easily, and this figure will inevitably be a lot lower in the real world. That limits the car to short-haul use only, and anyone who needs more versatility from the car will need to look elsewhere.


However, if your regular journeys - school runs, short-hop commutes, trips to the shops - fall into the MG’s window of operation, and your family has access to another more conventional family car for longer weekend trips, then this is a very affordable - and actually very pleasant - way of getting around during the week.

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1.5 VTi-TECH Exclusive 5dr

  • 2018
  • 8,270 miles
  • Richmond MG Southampton
  • Hampshire, SO151GY
Price:£11,788
PCP: £188.53/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £188.53, Customer Deposit: £1,768.00, Total Deposit: £1,768.20, Optional Final Payment: £5,176.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,754.75, Total Amount Payable: £13,542.75, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 7.59%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the MG ZS EV right for you?

If you need a practical family runabout that’ll see regular service doing school runs, shopping trips and short commutes, but the family also has access to a more conventional family car for longer journeys and weekend trips, then absolutely it is. 


If you’re simply dropping the kids off at school, before dashing across town to the office, and then pretty much doing the reverse later in the day, possibly dropping in to the convenience store on the way to pick up some bits for dinner, then we can think of few better - or more affordable - way of doing it. 


Both yourself and your kids will appreciate the generous amount of family-friendly space on offer, and you all have loads of luxury equipment to keep you comfortable and entertained. Granted, the relatively limited range probably will rule it out for those who need more versatility for their family wheels, but within its given window of operation, the ZS EV is very tough to beat, especially at the price.


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

Both versions of the ZS EV come with the same battery and motor, and deliver pretty much the same range, so there are no choices to be made on that score. The only choice you’ll face is whether to go for Excite or Exclusive trim. You might argue that a car like the ZS is at its best when you keep it cheap, especially when it comes with such an impressive amount of creature comforts as standard. 


However, the price hike to the range-topping Exclusive trim really isn’t very much, especially considering the generous amount of extra kit it earns you, so we’d pay the extra and enjoy day-to-day life with the posher car.

What other cars are similar to the MG ZS EV?

That much depends on whether you view the car as an SUV, and EV, or both. Lets address these in reverse order. Viewed as an electric SUV, there really are no competitors, the ZS EV being in a class of one. Viewed as an SUV, similarly sized rivals would include popular cars such as the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq, but obviously, these aren’t electric. 


And viewed purely as an EV, your other all-electric choices for a similar kind of ballpark figure include the Renault Zoe, Kia Soul EV and Hyundai Kona Electric, all of which are considerably smaller, but still a bit more expensive.

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification