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VIDEO: MG ZS review - why does this crossover exist?

Published 07 June 2019

The return of the MG brand in the UK is based on making small, affordable hatchbacks. Problem is, there are already a lot of those around - most of them much better. What actually does the MG ZS small crossover really have to offer? 

Click play below to watch Mark answer that question.

Comments

John of Gloster    on 10 June 2019

Enjoyed that Mark Nicholl. Clearly you're a much improved up-dated version of another opinionated Motoring Media~Class example like clueless Clarkson. Only this younger version comes from further ooop Norf than JC with lots a skin ink implants and with a not far from the Nor East o' the Country part of the UK axint ... the land where the wild black and white striped "Toon" roams... init pet.

Have seen a sudden increase in these Chinese MG ZS when out and about. Several that vibrant red like the one featured and other easy on the eye colours too. MG now one of the few marques with increasing sales in a depressed market which looks like continuing although from a lower starting level. Punters like 'em! Tell you why I believe that. Spoke to two owners recently.

Pulled up alongside a red one in a local supermarket as the female owner was loading that massive load space with piles of shopping. Me in my red MG ZT-T.... not made in the Orient. Got talking as you sometimes do and the woman told me several remarkable things I did not expect to hear. She always buys new Fords apparently. Not this time. To pull someone away from such strong brand loyalty takes some doing. She went on to say it's the best car she's ever had! Plus, many thousands less than the equivalent Ford. Rare for any female to talk so enthusiastically about any car in my experience.

Move on to another owner, this time a male and ... much the same feedback. Folks like them.

Clearly, car consumers with A to B needs have different values than traditional MG buyer of now fast departing decades. Looks like the good word is getting around because I do not see any or much TV or other meejah advertising .. correction... have not seem any ... so possibly the best sales tool is playing a part here.... word of mouth recommendation.

At least our friends in the Orient hold the once British owned marque Mark in much higher regard now than far too many did now and in the past in the land where the UK's indigenous MGs first appeared. Plus those shrewd Orientals know what most consumers Worldwide, not to be confused with car enthusiasts... want.

THAT'S WHY IT EXISTS! All clear now ...;)

Harrovian    on 10 June 2019

Not an MG at all, they were British made.

My main objection is that a once respected British name is now owned by the Communist Chinese and we should remember that is just what they are, repressive of their own people, just look at what they plan to do in Hong Kong. The review sums up that this is cheap and cheerful, why on earth would you buy one - or a Vauxhall Mokka for that matter!

The MG Car Club raves about the Chinese MG badged cars, they must get a back hander!

VINCENT MILLARD    on 11 June 2019

Not an MG at all, they were British made. My main objection is that a once respected British name is now owned by the Communist Chinese and we should remember that is just what they are, repressive of their own people, just look at what they plan to do in Hong Kong. The review sums up that this is cheap and cheerful, why on earth would you buy one - or a Vauxhall Mokka for that matter! The MG Car Club raves about the Chinese MG badged cars, they must get a back hander!

Actually Designed and developed in Birmingham UK. So do you want to lose even more UK Jobs?

Also the MG Car Club the MG Car Manufacturer's social Club. But now entirely Independent.

Edited by VINCENT MILLARD on 11/06/2019 at 09:06

John of Gloster    on 12 June 2019

Clearly MG is still respected by millions of folks... not just the Chinese, but elsewhere in the world.

Yes the marque is highly regarded in many parts of the globe. As I have often helped folks in far flung parts of the globe to obtain parts for their MGs and Rovers they have difficulty finding locally. Without exception, every one is puzzled at the way the Nation has allowed most of it's indigenous Manufacturing to not only pass into harmful alien control, but sold off for a fraction of its asset values. If that was not enough, turn their backs on struggling UK manufacturing and allow to simply die.

Folks talk about the UK Automotive Industry. LAUGHABLE! Tell that to those building TRANSITs now not in Eastleigh, but Turkey with Taxpayer funding to transport the transition of Transit production to Turkey. No end to the short term, quik-fix devil take the longer term mindset madness.

Those folks in France, Germany and elsewhere on the EU Mainland who have actively supported their indigenous manufacturing at all levels and directions in both overt and naughty covert ways so that they can survive have got it all wring... roll-eyes... apparently.

The UK Automotive Industry is no longer on the endangered species RED LIST. Simply because it is extinct.....

MCDUFF    on 11 June 2019

I suggest that when we buy a car common sense goes out of the window. What about how the majority (if not all) common market countries have treated us over Brexit ?- if we took that into consideration our choice of car would be much less.

VINCENT MILLARD    on 11 June 2019

I suggest that when we buy a car common sense goes out of the window. What about how the majority (if not all) common market countries have treated us over Brexit ?- if we took that into consideration our choice of car would be much less.

Exactly, we may be flying the Chinese flag but we are flying the UK Flag at the same time. All MGs are designed and developed in Birmingham UK, that's UK jobs right there! Also my MG6 was made in Birmingham UK and flies the Union Jack on it's Bum.

Edited by VINCENT MILLARD on 11/06/2019 at 09:03

soldierboy 001    on 11 June 2019

How in actual fact have the majority ( if not all ) European Union ( not Common Market ) countries treated us, remember it is us that are making a complete mess of our departure not them that are asking us to leave. Yes we may be, but not always be starting to buy our cars on common sense if you see the uprising of Dacia sales, but the majority are still buying on badge preference. I.e. the lady that used to always buy Ford. If you are still calling it the Common Market you are not up to date enough to comment on today's cars.

John of Gloster    on 12 June 2019

soldierboy 001

It is not your "us" that is making a mess of severing the parasitical connection from UK Taxpayers to the Brussels Monster, it is most of those "Qwik-fix" types we entrust to this Nation's longer term well being that are selfishly determined to mess it up. Both the UK Westminster-Class and UK Media-Class believe they know better than the rest of "us". That they have failed miserably, repeat failed to act effectively about the OUT voters message, but in a vast number of ways decades prior to any mention of a referendum. That demonstrates most clearly few if any are fit for purpose.

What about Corbyn did someone say? He who only a few minutes ago related OUT to the exodus of UK jobs by Honda, Ford, alien controlled "BRITISH" steel and all the rest who marked this Nation's card decades ago that when it suits them, not the UK, they will up sticks and go. That despite massive taxpayer inducements to allow them to set up in greenfield sites and subsequent taxpayer funded huge sweeteners to remain.

Corbyn, who along with his Party's anti-private venture mindsets, turned their backs on Longbridge back in April 2005 and called in the receivers. Unless news of the FAKE variety, that then Government actively harmed the prospects of any Partnership deal on the lines of Austin-Rover Group and Honda with other manufactures. Harmfully clueless. Of course MG-Rover at Longbridge were then a private venture. Corbyn's party don't throw rescue money to struggling Private Ventures, but can find huge sums to throw down bottomless Public Sector money pits.

However, it is what "us" as a Nation have allowed "them" to get away with for far too long. On June 23rd, 2016 this Nation of "us" sent a loud and clear message to stop all that harmful selfish incompetence which both the Political and Media Classes in both the Red and Blue corners along with all those intermediate cushioned against reality classes appear determined to not only ignore, but run true to form and continue their harmful poor judgement.

Thanks to all of them and far too many of "us" consumers brainwashed by both the Political and Media Classes with FAKE influences over many years of their negativity, I can no longer have the pleasure of buying a new UK built MG or Rover made in Abingdon or Longbridge which I have had the pleasure of doing on several occasions over the years.

By the way, I have fitted a Chinese version of the Rover engine from an MG6 into my Longbridge made MG ZT-T 1.8T. Say what you like, the Chinese have successfully improved that K-Series based design in many ways both visible and unseen. It is now the engine that thanks to alien Bavarian controlling "clever accounting" ownership of the once massively asset rich now asset stripped former Rover Group, along with the selfish know-it-alls we mugs vote for every few years or so, the good folks at Longbridge were never allowed to do.

It's what "us" as a Nation collectively have lazily allowed to harmfully happen far too often and,, most worrying, look set to allow that harm to continue... unless.... you know what needs to be done or should do...

VINCENT MILLARD    on 11 June 2019

I drive an MG6TL DTi Facelift Model, and I get the same questions asked of me. But also where can they buy a 6? I have to tel them that due to disinterest they are no longer made or even imported into the UK! But I point them at the new ZS. also there is a link to the past in the name. I used to own an MGZT-T as well and no one not even BMW makes a car as good as that in the same class, because they lost money on every car they made, even though they were charging almost 30K nearly 20 Years ago.

No Car manufacturer could do that now, so what if the MGZS is made to a budget, it does what it says on the Can and pleases the Eye at the same time.

Captain-Cretin    on 18 June 2019

My son bought an MG, brand new, less than four years ago.

After less than 2 years he started getting issues with the diesel engine; rough running, exhaust emissions etc.

MG tried to repair it, but failed to solve the issues, so at 3 years old it failed its MOT.

MG managed to get it to scrape through using copious amounts of fuel cleaner, but told him the engine was unfixable and the car was unlikely to get past another MOT.

The car is now going to be scrapped; no idea if MG are going to do anything about refunding him; but as he was out looking at a £600 car to get to him to work and back, it doesnt sound like it.

Victor Svekolkin    2 days ago

In a sea of similar vehicles it’s proving to be highly capable at a budget price. If MG are committed to selling cars in the UK they need to keep on producing more like the ZS. It’s pathetic to try and compare it with other same class cars that are 8 and 10k more expensive. If it’s that bad then go waste your money on the more expensive car. Fact is it’s not that bad at all. Brother in Law is 5 months into ownership of his new ZS and loves it. He gave up a VW Golf to go Chinese and does not regret it. More room, better driving position, room for the dog in the back rather than the back seat of the Golf. Ticks the boxes and all for £13,500.
I get the impression testers and journalists simply want it to fail because it’s just not expensive enough. Ignore opinions and go try one yourself.

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