New MG ZS Compact Sports-Utility Vehicle Revealed

MG ZS looks, engine, trim, equipment and price overview as it stakes a claim in the compact sports-utility sector

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What is it?

The MG ZS is a new, compact, sports-utility vehicle that has been “developed by UK engineers, on UK roads for UK drivers”, the manufacturer explained. It is a fashionable, low cost, lifestyle statement that also earns plaudits for its historic badge and – thanks to it's 7 year/80,000 mile warranty – provides peace of mind.

Carl Gotham, Design Director for MG Motor UK, said: “The MG vision is about manifesting emotional dynamism. It brings together personality, practicality and technology in one compelling expression of future mobility based on established brand heritage.”

Size and cargo capacity

The MG ZS is 4,314mm long by 1,809nm wide which is similar to a small, family class, hatchback. It is taller, though – and has boxier, tougher, off-road styling that is sure to be noticed by family, friends and neighbours. Furthermore, there is room for 5 people and the boot capacity is 448-litres. The latter is generous.

Engine, performance, fuel consumption and emissions

New MG ZS engines offer you respectable performance, low running costs plus minimal emissions to ease your environmental conscience. 

Options include the 1.5-litre, 106PS, petrol that is teamed to 5-speed manual transmission. Expect 0-60mph in 10.4 seconds, 49.6mpg (average) and carbon emissions of 129g/km. The 1.0-litre, 111PS, turbocharged petrol engine is the alternative and works alongside 6-speed automatic transmission. It propels you to 60mph in 12.1 seconds, averages 44.9mpg, and emits carbon at the rate of 144g/km. 

Trims and equipment

MG ZS Explore is the entry-level trim and it is beautifully equipped for the money. It has cruise control and air-conditioning, for starters. The Bluetooth, remote central locking, powered mirrors, automatic headlamps, hill-launch assist, tyre pressure monitor and the front/side/curtain airbags further sweeten the pot. 

The Excite trim – in addition - enables you to tweak the feel of the steering to suit the conditions. Urban mode is light which makes it easier to park in tight spots by your favoured coffee shop, for example. Normal is for everyday driving and dynamic provides greater feedback if you like a little fun on twisty roads. 

The Excite also adds: heated door mirrors, front fog lamps and further adjustment for the driver’s seat. And there is more. The Exclusive is the top of the range version. Extras include the leather look seating that lifts the cabin and creates a more prestigious ambiance. The rear view camera makes parking easy, too.


New MG ZS on the road prices are: 

  • Explore 1.5 Manual - £12,495
  • Excite 1.5 Manual - £13,995
  • Exclusive 1.5 Manual - £15,495
  • Excite 1.0-litre Automatic - £15,995
  • Exclusive 1.0-litre Automatic - £17,495

The MG badge has lost any meaning to me Its a chinese manufactured car .MG was once a British brand but no longer .I loved my MG Montego but would not buy an MG now however Cheap they are .The MG 6 has already disappeared because it was just a copy of the Rover 75 ,Which was a better car anyway .Sad days the chinese bought the brand sacked the workforce then think they can use the brand to sell in the UK .It hasnt worked and I dont think It will !

Not sure what one can say, if its any thing like the Chinese MG models that came before it, just make sure you have deep pockets when you come to sell. One things for sure the 1.0 109bhp in automatic it'll be like waiting for paint to dry.

Those engine figures are confusing. It looks as though the bigger engine is less powerful, but faster accelerating, more fuel efficient, less polluting, and £2000 cheaper for the equivalent trim level. The car itself looks virtually identical to a Mazda CX-5. Which is OK as an SUV, but I wouldn't call it a sports car.

not one mention of whether its got 4 wheel drive capability

I stopped reading after "The MG vision is about manifesting emotional dynamism" bit. Oh dear, you know straight away when you here marketing bullshit like that just how mediocre the car is.