MG MOTOR UK

MG MOTOR UK ZS ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.5s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range163 miles

Looking for a compact family-sized full-electric model with zero emissions and the rapid responses characteristic of today's EVs? Here's the most affordable option you could consider, the MG ZS EV. It's an SUV, it's sensibly priced and it's well equipped. If ultimate driving range capacity isn't a top priority and you're buying on a budget, you might rather like it.

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MG improves its offering in the compact part of the electric vehicle market with this revised version of its affordable ZS EV model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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Looking for a compact family-sized full-electric model with zero emissions and the rapid responses characteristic of today's EVs? Here's the most affordable option you could consider, the MG ZS EV. It's an SUV, it's sensibly priced and it's well equipped. If ultimate driving range capacity isn't a top priority and you're buying on a budget, you might rather like it.

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 improved ZS EV model, priced to undercut similarly-sized rivals by a significant amount. It's even cheaper than some 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. Hence the introduction of the MG ZS EV in 2019 with a 44kWh battery, but that car could only go 163 miles between charges. MG knew it had to do better - and has, with this improved ZS EV model. 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 water-cooled lithium-ion battery which offers a vastly longer driving range than this model's original, rather feeble, 44kWh battery, which only took the car 163 miles. In other markets, the entry point to the line-up is these days marked by a 51kWh battery, which can take you up to 198 miles. But for the UK, MG expects that most will want its 72kWh Long Range battery, which can take this car up to 273 miles - so that version is the only one we're being offered right now. As with most EVs, this one should feel sprightly away from rest, courtesy of the fact that all its drive torque is generated immediately from the get-go. 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 revised form, the ZS gets a smarter electric-only front end, with a stamped-effect grille to improve aerodynamics and a revised side-opening charging port. The bolder face is set off by LED headlights and distinctive daytime running lights. It also gets a redesigned rear bumper and smarter wheels. 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 three trim levels, base 'SE', 'Trophy' and 'Trophy Connect', with asking prices starting at around £28,500 for base 'SE'-spec, 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 just above £30,000, but can't go anything like as far as this MG in that base form. Even much smaller supermini-sized Evs like Vauxhall's Corsa-e and Peugeot's e208 often cost in the £30,000-£35,000 bracket - and they can't match this MG's driving range either. Equipment levels are strong, with all variants getting the latest version of MG's infotainment system, with a 10.1-inch colour touchscreen featuring satellite navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and DAB radio. There's also a state-of-the-art MG iSMART connectivity system, which offers a connection via a smartphone app, through which various car, climate, security and charging functions can be controlled remotely. Smart 17-inch alloy wheels are 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 273 mile WLTP-rated driving range in 72kWh Long Range form - which is all that's on offer at present. Charging a ZS EV 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. Charging status is now readily viewed on the four stage indicator LEDs inside the charging port. The combination Type 2 and CCS charger provides up to 7kW fast charging using the on-board AC charger, or up to 76kW DC rapid charging (depending on climatic conditions). This means the Long Range 72 kWh battery can be charged from 0-100% in as little as 42 minutes on a 100kW rapid charger (if you can find one). At home, the car can recharge itself using a standard 7KW wallbox in ten and a half hours; quite a bit more than the six hour time required for the previous 44kWh model. But overnight charging's still just about possible. 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

If you're wondering just how affordable a family-sized full-EV model can be, in the form of this improved ZS EV, MG has delivered here a typically tightly-priced package. In the 72kWh Long range form being offered for our market, this car might suit you down to the ground, especially if your motoring is based around short urban runs. 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.

  • Front and rear aero wiper
  • Front and rear electric windows with driver's one-touch up/down

  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • Hill launch assist
  • Regenerative braking system
  • EBA
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Electronic Stability Programme

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB mobile phone charging function

  • Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
  • 3 Driving modes
  • Intelligent speed limit assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Power assisted steering

  • Trip computer
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Traffic jam assist
  • iGo Navigation system
  • 8" colour touch screen
  • Rotary gear selector

  • Manual folding rear view mirror
  • Body colour electric adjustable door mirrors

  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Radio/MP3 player
  • USB/aux input socket
  • DAB audio
  • iPod compatibility
  • 4 speaker audio system

  • Chrome side window trim
  • Load carrier
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers

  • LED centre brake light
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Intelligent high beam
  • Bi-function projection headlight
  • Auto headlights

  • Air conditioning

  • Front grab handles
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Glovebox
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Driver's footrest
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • 12V power sockets
  • Rear grab handle
  • Houndstooth fabric upholstery

  • Boot light
  • Front reading lights
  • Illuminated switches and controls

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

  • ISOFIX restraints on outer rear seats x2
  • Seat back pockets
  • 2nd row 60/40 split/fold
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat
  • 4 way manually adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest
  • Twin rear headrests
  • Front headrests

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

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors

  • 17" Diamond cut EV alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 390
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 40
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 50
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 44.5
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 372
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 262
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min: 262
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max: 262
  • 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 (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

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Engine Code: N

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Excite EV
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 80000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 7
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 64
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 70
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 143
  • Badge Engine CC: N
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21A
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 36
  • Engine Power - BHP: 143
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.5
  • Top Speed: 87
  • Engine Power - KW: 105
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 260
  • Engine Torque - NM: 353

  • Emissions Test Cycle: Second Act

  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/50 R17

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

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 470
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 464
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1502
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1966
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1100
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2

  • Metallic paint: £545
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Tri coat paint: £695

  • Metallic - Black pearl: £545
  • Metallic - Pimlico blue: £545

  • Solid - Arctic white: £0

  • Tri coat - Dynamic Red: £695

  • Houndstooth fabric - Dark grey: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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