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

MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
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MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
MG Motor UK ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelElectric
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed87 mph
  • C020 g/km
  • BHP143
  • Torque260 lbs/f
  • P11D0%

Review

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 wades into the electric vehicle market with this affordable ZS EV model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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 ZS EV model, priced to undercut similarly-sized rivals by a significant amount. It's even cheaper than 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. 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 44.5kWh, water-cooled lithium-ion battery which has a WLTP-rated driving range certified at 163 miles. A couple of years back, that would have been quite creditable but these days, comparable family EVs are routinely able to deliver well over 200 miles from a single charge. Mind you, those cars will be considerable more expensive than this one and are typically less spacious inside; it all comes down to what your priorities are. As with most EVs, this one should feel sprightly away from rest, courtesy of the fact that all its drive torque (353Nm) is generated immediately from the get-go. There's 105 kW of power, equivalent to 143PS, and the 62mph benchmark is dispatched in just 8.5s, though there's a rather limited top speed of just 87mph. 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 form, the ZS sports a revised 'star-rider' front grille to frame its brand's famous octagonal company logo. There's also a unique colour option available to ZS buyers - 'Pimlico Blue'. 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 two trim levels, base 'Excite' and 'Exclusive', with respective asking prices pitched at either around £25,000 or around £27,000, once the government's £3,500 Plug-in car Grant has been deducted. If you're one of the first 1,000 MG ZS EV buyers, MG Motor UK will match the government subsidy with a further £3,500 reduction, reducing the asking prices down to around £21,500 ('Excite') or around £23,500 ('Exclusive'). 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 around £33,000. Even much smaller supermini-sized EVs like Vauxhall's Corsa-e and Peugeot's e208 cost around £26,000. All these rivals offer a longer operating range but for quite a few suburban-based potential MG ZS EV customers, that may not be hugely significant. Equipment levels are strong, with both variants getting the latest version of MG's infotainment system, with an 8" colour touchscreen featuring satellite navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and DAB radio. Smart 17-inch alloy wheels are also 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 163 mile WLTP-rated driving range - which rises to 231 miles on the WLTP city cycle. Charging ZS EGV 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. The CCS plug is an enhanced version of the Type 2 plug, with two additional power contacts for the purposes of quick charging and supports AC and DC charging power. Featuring rapid charging capability, the ZS EV can charge from 0-80% in 40 minutes from a 50 kW charging station (if you can find one). At home, the car can recharge itself using a standard 7KW wallbox in six hours - overnight charging's easy, in other words. 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

We've been waiting to see just how affordable a family-sized full-EV model can be and in the form of this ZS EV, MG has delivered here a typically tightly-priced package. We'd hoped for a little more driving range from it but if most of your motoring is based around short urban runs, this car might still suit you down to the ground. 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.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Auto headlights
Bi-function projection headlight
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Chrome side window trim
Follow me home headlights
Front and rear aero wiper
Front and rear electric windows with driver's one-touch up/down
Intelligent high beam
LED centre brake light
LED daytime running lights
Load carrier
Manual folding rear view mirror
Rear spoiler
Solar reflect windscreen
Driver Convenience
'Lights On' warning buzzer
3 Driving modes
3 steering modes (Urban, normal, dynamic)
8" colour touch screen
Adaptive cruise control
Android Auto
Apple CarPlay
Bluetooth connectivity
iGo Navigation system
Intelligent speed limit warning
Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
PAS
Rear parking sensors
Rotary gear selector
Traffic jam assist
Trip computer
USB mobile phone charging function
Entertainment
4 speaker audio system
DAB audio
iPod compatibility
Radio/MP3 player
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
USB/aux input socket
Interior Features
12V power sockets
2nd row 60/40 split/fold
4 way manually adjustable passenger seat
6-way manually adjustable driver's seat
Air conditioning
Boot light
Driver's footrest
Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
Front cupholders x 2
Front grab handles
Front headrests
Front reading lights
Glovebox
Houndstooth fabric upholstery
Illuminated switches and controls
Internal chrome door handles
ISOFIX restraints on outer rear seats x2
Leather steering wheel
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
Rear grab handle
Seat back pockets
Twin rear headrests
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS/EBD
Active emergency braking with pedestrian/Bicycle detection
Anti rolling protection
Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
Child locks on rear doors
Dual front airbags
EBA
Electric parking brake
ESP
Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
Front seatbelts (3-point + pretensioner + load limiter)
Front side airbags
Fuel cut off safety device
Hill launch assist
Regenerative braking system
Seatbelt height adjustment for front seats
Seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger
Side curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Alarm system and engine immobiliser
Automatic latching door
Keyless entry and push button start system
Remote central locking
Second remote key
Speed sensing door locks
Superlocking
Wheels
17" Diamond cut alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Capacity in kWh 44.5
Battery Charge Slow kW 7
Battery Charge Slow Percentage 0-100
Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes) 390
Battery Charge Fast kW 50
Battery Charge Fast Percentage 0-80
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes) 40
Battery Leased No
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Coupler/Connector Type Type 2
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 (km) - City 372
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb 262
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City 231
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb 163
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 0
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
CC 1
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Gears 1 SPEED
Transmission AUTO
General
Badge Power 143
Coin Series Excite EV
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 21A
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 7
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 5
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 90
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 85
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 64
NCAP Safety Assist % 70
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 15000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 80000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 7
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs) 8.5
Engine Power - BHP 143
Engine Power - KW 105
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 260
Engine Torque - MKG 36
Engine Torque - NM 353
Top Speed 87
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 215/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear 215/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1620
Height (including roof rails) 1644
Length 4314
Wheelbase 2579
Width 1809
Width (including mirrors) 2048
Weight and Capacities
Gross Vehicle Weight 1966
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1100
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 470
Max. Loading Weight 464
Minimum Kerbweight 1502
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.2

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Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £235.32 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £245.45 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £266.50 p/m Call Us
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £248.68 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £255.69 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £273.50 p/m Call Us
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £231.57 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £238.09 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £252.36 p/m Call Us
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £282.38 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £294.54 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £319.80 p/m Call Us
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £298.42 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £306.83 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £328.20 p/m Call Us
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £277.88 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £285.71 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £302.83 p/m Call Us
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £545.00
Tri coat paint £695.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Black pearl £545.00
Metallic - Pimlico blue £545.00
Solid - Arctic white FOC
Tri coat - Dynamic Red £695.00
Trim
Houndstooth fabric - Dark grey FOC
* option prices shown are estimated