So what’s all the fuss about?
The MG ZS is the second SUV model built by the all-new MG Motors. Created to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, with an entry-level price of £12,495 for the MG ZS Explore it comes in at a comparable spec with a much lower price tag. Even the range-topping MG ZS Exclusive only comes in at £15,495 and comes equipped with a leather-look interior and Apple CarPlay on the standard 8.0in infotainment touchscreen.
Perhaps the ZS’s biggest selling point, though, is its seven-year/80,000 mile manufacturer warranty giving any buyer complete peace of mind.
The MG ZS’s Main Selling Points
Produced as the first car to carry the new MG styling cues which will be rolled out across all new MG models the ZS is an attractive car, finished off with some very sharp and well-executed design flourishes. The grill which takes its cues from the MG ‘Octagon’ badge itself is a particularly striking feature.
The interior is well appointed with soft-touch materials on the upper section of the dashboard. While these compact SUVs are built to be affordable, you certainly wouldn’t feel you are in anything other than a modern well put together vehicle.
What’s in the Range?
There are three model options to choose from, the Explore, Excite and Exclusive. The explore comes with LED day-running-lights, electrically adjustable door mirrors, projector headlights and 15in alloy wheels as standard on the outside. Inside there is manually adjustable front seats, air conditioning, cruise control and USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Upgrade to MG ZS Excite and you also get a DAB radio, Apple CarPlay, climate control, heated wing mirrors, front foglights and 17in alloys, while the range-topping MG ZS Exclusive model adds rear parking sensors, leatherette upholstery and a reversing camera.
What you will also find inside the MG ZS is plenty of space. A tall adult will happily sit behind another while the boot offers 448-litres of storage capacity, which is a pretty big boot in any estimation.
But what About Power?
There are two engine options, both of them petrol. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder develops 105bhp and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged unit is a little more potent with 109bhp. It drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic ‘box.
The ZS has been tuned for UK roads and in dynamic terms, it isn’t bad at all considering SUV’s aren’t exactly designed to be speedy cars.
Well, How Does the MG ZS Handle?
The ride is reasonably firm but there’s decent body control and not too much roll in bends, the steering is light and direct and the suspension does a good job of brushing off potholes and broken patches of road.
As standard, the ZS offers three steering modes; Urban, Normal and Dynamic, which give varying levels of power steering assistance. This means you can really fine-tune the handling to what you need rather than relying on the factory setting.
So, What’s the Verdict?
While the MG ZS isn’t going to compete with the latest Range Rover it isn’t designed to, and let’s face it you could probably buy 3 MG ZS for the price of one. However, as an option for all us non-footballer types its a stylish, modern, comfortable and reliable car designed with families in mind. And remember, it does all the above whilst still coming in considerably cheaper than comparable SUV’s from the big European and Japanese manufacturers.