After just a few months on sale, the MG ZST has received a price increase but no additional changes.

    Prices are up by $500 across the range, which now starts at $29,990 drive-away.

    UPDATE, 26/05/2021 – MG has expanded the ZST range to include new entry-level Core and Vibe models. We’ve updated this article and brought it forward.

    Introduced late last year, the ZST sits in the middle of MG’s ZS family in between the regular ZS and the all-electric ZS EV.

    Effectively an updated ZS with a suite of active safety technology and a more powerful engine option, MG advertises the ZST as a separate model.

    In VFACTS, however, the ZS, ZST and ZS EV are all lumped together. Through March 2021, the combined range is Australia’s best-selling small SUV range.


    • 2021 MG ZST Core: $25,490
    • 2021 MG ZST Vibe: $26,990
    • 2021 MG ZST Excite: $29,990
    • 2021 MG ZST Essence: $32,990

    All prices are drive-away.


    The 2021 MG ZST Core and Vibe are powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 84kW of power and 150Nm of torque, sent through the front wheels via a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).

    The 2021 MG ZST Excite and Essence are powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 115kW of power and 230Nm of torque, sent through the front wheels via a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

    Fuel Economy

    Claimed fuel economy for the 2021 MG ZST is 6.9L/100km on the combined cycle in the Core and Vibe and 7.1L/100km in the Excite and Essence.

    It requires 95RON premium unleaded fuel and has a 48L fuel tank in the Core and Vibe and 45L in the Excite and Essence.


    The 2021 MG ZST measures 4323mm long, 1809mm wide and 1653mm tall, with a 2585mm tall wheelbase.

    Tare mass is 1295kg and the maximum braked towing capacity is 500kg.

    Boot space is 359L with the rear seats upright, and 1187L with them folded flat.

    Servicing and Warranty

    The MG ZST is backed by a seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty with seven-year roadside assist.


    The ZST hasn’t been crash tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP, but the ZS on which it’s based has a four-star rating from testing carried out in 2017.

    It’s worth mentioning though that the ZS EV, which also features the same suite of active safety technology as the ZST, scored a five-star rating based on testing carried out in 2019.

    Standard safety equipment on all ZST models includes:

    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Lane-keeping assist
    • Lane-departure warning
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Surround-view camera

    Standard Equipment

    Standard equipment in the base ZST Core includes:

    • 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display
    • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Automatic headlights
    • Automatic high-beam
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Keyless entry and start
    • LED headlights and tail lights
    • Four-speaker sound system
    • Cloth upholstery
    • Centre armrest

    The ZST Vibe adds:

    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Six-speaker sound system
    • Satellite navigation
    • Front fog lights
    • 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels
    • Leatherette upholstery

    The ZST Excite adds:

    • Turbocharged 1.3-litre engine
    • Red brake calipers

    Moving up to the ZST Essence adds:

    • Unique 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Digital instrument cluster
    • Embossed MG logo on headrests
    • Heated front seats
    • Six-way power driver’s seat

    Every colour apart from solid white and black are $500.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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