MG ZS EV Review 2022

MG ZS EV At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
There aren't many new car bargains these days but we reckon the MG ZS EV is one of them. A recently upgraded battery means it now has a genuinely competitive range, while the new infotainment system is just as good as you'll find in mainstream rivals.

+Nothing else beats it in terms of value for money. 273-mile range on the latest models. Practical and surprisingly well-finished interior. Seven-year warranty.

-Pre-facelift cars have a limited range and clumsy touchscreen infotainment system.

New prices start from £27,495, brokers can source from £19,130

While many electric cars work well as a second pair of wheels (ideal for commuting to the station), the MG ZS EV is versatile enough to act as your main family transport. For the price of a Renault Zoe or MINI Electric, the ZS EV has space for all the family, and it doesn't represent the compromise you might expect in other areas, either. Find out more in our MG ZS EV review.

A new longer-range battery means the MG ZS EV can officially travel up to 273 miles between charges, which is almost as impressive as much pricier rivals like the Hyundai Kona Electric. An even more affordable model with a range of 198 miles is now also on sale – or, if you're not too fussed about its mile-munching abilities, you can pick up a second-hand MG ZS EV with a 163-mile range for not a great deal of cash.

Charging is easy, thanks to a flap in the front grille that opens to reveal a CCS charging port. A full overnight charge will take around 10 and a half hours, costing around £11 (depending on your home electricity tariff). If you need a quick top up on the open road, a rapid charger should add 70% of range in a little over 40 minutes.

With instant acceleration, the MG ZS EV is easy to drive around town, while it can comfortably hold its own on the motorway, too. There's a bit more wind and road noise than you might expect, but that's partly a consequence of not having a petrol or diesel engine rumbling away up front.

Importantly for a family SUV, the MG ZS EV doesn't compromise on safety. It was awarded five stars when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2019, while there's a long list of driver-assistance tech to keep you on the tarmac. This includes an automatic emergency braking system that can detect pedestrians and cyclists, as well as a lane-keep assist feature.

There are now three core trim levels available: SE, Trophy and Trophy Connect. All are extremely well kitted out, with even the most affordable MG ZS EV SE (to give it its full name) featuring adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree parking camera and the excellent new 10.1-inch infotainment system (with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto).

We'd recommend the MG ZS EV Trophy, though, for an extra few driver assist features (namely Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist as well as Rear Cross Traffic Alert), alongside faux-leather seats and a panoramic glass sunroof which does an excellent job of brightening up the cabin. For an extra £500, the MG ZS EV Trophy Connect adds some live services to the infotainment (including weather, traffic and Amazon Music).

Not only is the MG ZS EV exceptionally well equipped for the cash, it doesn't feel like a budget option, either. A lot of the materials feel just as plush as you'd find in a Volkswagen ID.3, while the aforementioned media system demonstrates sharp graphics and quick responses.

Four adults can sit comfortably in the MG ZS EV (five at a push), while a big boot will swallow up prams, shopping and overnight bags. A 500kg towing capacity won't be enough for weekend warriors looking to lug a caravan, but at least you'll be able to fit a tow bar and carry a bike rack if required.

What's the catch? Only a few minor niggles, really. There's the aforementioned wind noise, while the lack of reach adjustment for the steering wheel means a handful of drivers might struggle to get comfortable.

An MG ZS EV isn't going to turn heads in the same way as a new Hyundai Ioniq 5 or more premium alternatives like the Audi Q4 e-tron, but it looks smart enough. And with the money left over, you'll comfortably be able to afford a family holiday. That's a win in our books.

Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's MG ZS EV review.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend an electric SUV?
"I am contemplating changing my large automatic SUV vehicle to an electric or plug-in hybrid. I don’t quite understand the cost of charging compared to the range the vehicles can potentially achieve. Which cars achieve the most mileage for the price to charge the car? I cover approximately 5,000-6,000 miles a year, generally in the countryside, up to a distance of 20 miles radius, with an occasional short drive locally. I intend to charge at home as I am retired and prefer an SUV type vehicle due to ride height and ease of getting in and out of it. My budget would be in the range of £25,000-£40,000 as I don’t wish to be penalised for extra car tax. I would also like to hear your opinion on the cost of electricity that keeps increasing dramatically and if it is a false economy of purchasing an electric vehicle."
To find out how efficient an electric car is, you need to look at the miles/kWh figure. This is kind of the electric equivalent to MPG. A Skoda Enyaq, for example, officially returns around 3.7 miles per kWh. That means, with its 77kWh net battery capacity, you'll be looking at a range of around 285 miles. The cost of electricity will depend on your home electricity tariff. If you're paying, for example, 28p per kWh, you'll pay around £21.50 to fully charge the Enyaq at home – equating to around 8p per mile. That's still significantly less than a petrol or diesel car. If you have to use public rapid chargers regularly, you'll be paying significantly more for electricity and it might not make as much financial sense. You will save in other areas, though – such as VED (road tax) and servicing costs. We'd recommend an MG ZS EV for your requirements – it's an excellent introduction to electric cars. Bear in mind, though, that EVs with a list price of more than £40,000 aren't hit by the premium car tax.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you suggest a replacement for our Suzuki Vitara?
"My Suzuki Vitara is six years old and starting to need a few extra repairs every MoT and service. The tinny sounding doors are also beginning to annoy more than they used to. Maybe it's because I'm a lot older now! I love the high driving position, ground clearance and sense of space the cabin has, I'm six foot tall and have a hankering for something a bit plusher inside with a bit more quality about it. I am not so concerned about the 4x4 capability as all-season tyres should see me ok. And working from home means I don't need to travel in bad weather as much as I used to. The only snag is, where I live, there are not many franchises. The closest we have are Ford, MG, Kia, Suzuki, Skoda and VW. Anything else is an hour's drive away at least so servicing could be a chore. Are there any "plusher" similar-sized SUVs you would recommend? "
Take a look at the Volkswagen T-Roc. It's got a higher seating position than most small SUVs, while the cabin has just been updated so it's a fair bit plusher than your Vitara's. Also take a look at the Ford Puma or, if you think an electric car might work for you, we'd recommend the MG ZS EV. This guide might be of interest: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/best-small-suv/
Answered by Andrew Brady
What are the best value electric cars?
"What are the best value electric cars? "
An MG ZS EV represents excellent value for money, as does the MG 5 EV estate car. If you're looking for something smaller, consider a Vauxhall Corsa-e or Fiat 500 Electric. A Smart EQ Fortwo could be a good urban runaround if you don't wish to travel very far. This might help: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/cheapest-electric-car/
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best EV on sale right now for range and boot space?
"I am interested in purchasing an electric car; however, I don't know where to start. Can you help me please? I'd like a car that has good range, like the Kia e-Niro and a large boot for the shopping, too. What do you recommend?"
A Kia e-Niro is a strong start. It's a practical choice with a very useable range. We'd also recommend the slightly bigger Skoda Enyaq iV – it's one of our favourite electric cars with an excellent cabin. You could also consider the Kia EV6 or Hyundai Ioniq 5. The MG ZS EV is worth a look, too – it's a budget choice but very impressive for the money.
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What does a MG ZS EV cost?

Buy new from £19,130(list price from £19,490)