The increasingly popular MG ZS spawned a family of small SUVs last year, leaving the original model as the brand’s price-leader SUV.

    Atop it sits the ZST, an updated version of the ZS with styling changes inside and out and a more powerful engine plus a raft of active safety technology. You can view our pricing and specs article here.

    Also joining the local MG range late last year was the ZS EV, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle in Australia and the cheapest new EV you can buy today. Our pricing and specs article is here.

    To make room for the more premium ZST, the ZS range received price cuts. It enters 2021 unchanged, with prices starting at $21,990 drive-away.

    That means it undercuts its arch-rival and countryman, the Haval H2, which is currently being offered for $22,990 drive-away.


    • 2021 MG ZS Excite: $21,990
    • 2021 MG ZS Excite Plus: $23,990
    • 2021 MG ZS Essence: $26,490

    All prices are drive-away.

    Metallic paint is an extra $500.


    The 2021 MG ZS is available with two engines.

    The base Excite is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 84kW of power and 150Nm of torque. It’s mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

    All other ZS models use a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with 82kW of power and 160Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

    All ZS models are front-wheel drive.

    Fuel Economy

    The 2021 MG ZS uses 7.1L/100km on the combined cycle with the 1.5-litre and 6.7L/100km with the 1.0-litre.

    All models require 95RON premium unleaded fuel and have a 48L fuel tank.


    The 2021 MG ZS measures 4314mm long, 1809mm (including the mirrors) and 1620mm tall, or 1644mm including the roof rails. It rides a 2585mm long wheelbase.

    Luggage space is 359L from the load bay floor up to the cargo cover. This expands to 1166L with the rear seats folded, with this measurement counting only volume below the window line.


    The 2021 MG ZS is covered by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty with seven years of roadside assist.

    Servicing is required every 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first. MG is in the process of rolling out a capped-price servicing scheme.


    The MG ZS has a four-star rating from ANCAP based on testing conducted in 2017.

    It received a score of 10.46 out of 16 in the frontal offset crash test, a side impact score of 16 out of 16, and whiplash and pedestrian protection scores of Good and Acceptable, respectively. Its overall score was 31.46 out of 37.

    All 2021 MG ZS models come standard with front, front-side and curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes, however there are no active safety features available. To get features like autonomous emergency braking, you’ll need to step up to the ZST.

    Standard Equipment

    The Excite comes standard with the following features:

    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay
    • Six-speaker sound system
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Reversing camera with rear parking sensors
    • Automatic headlights
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
    • Leatherette upholstery
    • Cruise control
    • Air conditioning
    • Front fog lights

    The Excite Plus adds the turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine.

    The Essence adds:

    • Satellite navigation
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Push-button start
    • 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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