MG ZS Crossover Brings Good Value To Budget-Focused Buyers

In need of an affordable alternative to the likes of the Renault Captur or Seat Arona? The MG ZS, which starts at £12,495 in the UK, could be worth a look.

When it comes to small and urban-friendly cars, having a spacious interior goes a long way, and for its size, the MG ZS does a surprisingly good job at that, according to Carbuyer’s review.

Aesthetically, the interior looks fine, but the quality of the materials isn’t quite on the same level as you’d get in most of its rivals. Still, the touchscreen infotainment system is one of the cabin’s strong suits, and you even get Apple CarPlay if you go for the Excite trim.

Sitting in the back of the ZS is a comfortable experience if you’re not too tall (that is, taller than 5’7″ or 1.74 m), as there’s plenty of leg room and headroom. The middle seat isn’t really suited to adults, who will feel squeezed. Open up the boot and you will find 448 liters (15.8 cu.ft) of space, which is more than you get in, say, a Nissan Juke.

The MG ZS is quiet and comfortable to drive around town. However, once you pick up speed, wind noise will start creeping into the cabin. Your best choice when it comes to power units is going for the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine (no diesels in the range) mated to a 6-speed automatic. This version of the ZS will max out at 112 mph (180 km/h), while the zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration time stands at a borderline acceptable 12.4 seconds.

The 1.0 GDI puts out 111 PS and is priced at £15,995 for the Excite trim level and £17,495 for the range-topping Exclusive. As for what else Carbuyer has to say about the budget-friendly crossover, you can scroll down and watch the review.

  • cat

    A 3 stars car in euroNcap crash test!

  • gbmike25

    Sad this is what “MG” (this is not an MG) has ended up as, I used to live in Abingdon where the real cars were built…

    • I’m with you on that. Living in Birmingham all my life makes me sad to see this – no more than a cheap Chinese car with an MG badge glued on 🙁

      • Kamil Walecki

        Doesn’t it means that’s no more than a cheap Chinese car with a badge of also cheap & rubbish British brand? It seems to be progress anyway

    • Vassilis

      I miss the good-old MG as well but I’m being patient hoping cars such as this will build the brand back up and in a few years they’ll start making some sports cars again.

  • Althea Later

    Another “anycar”

  • Chris C

    The ZS’s wheels look too small but check out the Roewe (ex Rover) RX5, RX7 and RX8 SUV’s which are home market leaders…. Aping the Mazda grille seems an odd move for MG, but the new MG6 also looks to be far better than the MG’s SAIC originally developed and MG/Roewe seem to be playing catch up rather rapidly after a rather hesitant start .
    NCAP results can be low through not having all the electronic bells and whistles that seem to be needed to score 5 points – personally I would rather have more metal, simpler electronics and better driving dynamics…

  • Ray Filetti

    I love it when the presenters stand in front of a car, hiding much of it, then say things like “doesn’t it look good?”!

  • Vassilis

    Hm, this or the Duster?

  • erly5

    I can see the slim likeness to the Mazda CX-5 but it’s nowhere near as stylish. Hopefully the next generation of MGs will up the ante styling-wise, because the current range is simply grotesque.

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