2023 MG ZS EV
About the MG ZS EV
The new-look MG ZS EV gets an overhauled interior and larger capacity 51kWh battery providing more driving range, as well as a sleeker frontal design.
The 2022 car’s new battery pack uses Model 3-style lithium iron phosphate chemistry designed to maximise stability, and offers a claimed 320km of driving range – up from 263km (WLTP).
MG has also updated the drive motor and claims to have improved the battery management electronics.
Appealing price point under $45k
Enhanced range, refinement and interior design
Seven-year warranty, plus MG will sort out your home charging
Brake-energy recuperation could be stronger
No telescopic steering wheel movement
Base variant misses some driver-assist features
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2021 MG ZS EV
What is the most affordable electric SUV on the market? The 2021 MG ZS EV is a Chinese-built SUV that aims to dominate on price. With around 300km of driving range, it could be a good option for those after a cheap electric vehicle. Paul Maric reviews the MG ZS EV by SAIC Motor to see if it's worth spending your money on.
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The Excite comes standard with:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic LED headlights
- 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
- 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Satellite navigation
- DAB+ digital radio
- iSmart app connectivity
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Cloth upholstery with houndstooth pattern
- Keyless entry and start
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Vehicle-to-load (V2L) charging
- Four-speaker sound system
The Essence adds:
- Six-speaker sound system
- Six-way power driver’s seat
- Wireless phone charger
- Leatherette upholstery
- Heated front seats
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- Panoramic sunroof
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Sunglass holder
- Front seatback map pockets
- Roof rails
Price & Specs
The overall layout of the MG ZS remains much the same inside, with a comfortable and spacious cabin.
Where the biggest changes come are the instrument cluster and centre console. The former is now an all-digital affair with a more modern look that remains simple to read at a glance.
Some manufacturers like to pack out these digital instrument displays with layers of information, but MG keeps it refreshingly simple.
New materials on the dashboard fascia include a faux carbon-fibre effect, but by far the most welcome change is the replacement of the cheap and dated-looking touchscreen with a larger, more up-to-date 10.1-inch unit. Not only does it appear more modern, but it also reacts far quicker to inputs.
There’s a fresh new look and more range than before.
MG ZS EV Colours
The ZS EV is available in the following colours:
- Dover White
- Pebble Black
- Brighton Blue metallic
- Sloane Silver metallic
- Diamond Red metallic
Metallic finishes cost an extra $700.
Cost of Ownership
MG Australia currently offers a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty on its electric cars that includes the battery, too.
Drivers using their cars commercially (for Uber, for example) will be capped at 160,000km.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 20,000km, with the first seven services capped at $268 – with the exception of the 80,000km service, which costs $807.
How it Drives
Good road manners and sufficient real-world performance, plus the ability to make the most of rapid charging, confirms the ZS EV is a more usable electric car than ever.
The larger battery also opens the ZS up to a wider audience now that it can travel further per charge.
The 2023 MG ZS EV has a front-mounted electric motor with 130kW of power and 280Nm of torque, with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 8.2 seconds.
It’s available only with front-wheel drive.
MG ZS EV Safety Rating
The outgoing MG ZS EV has a five-star rating from ANCAP based on testing conducted in 2019.
It received an adult occupant protection score of 90 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 84 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection score of 64 per cent, and a safety assist score of 71 per cent.
MG has told CarExpert it’s currently working with ANCAP to deliver an updated rating for the new model.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Six airbags
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Lane-keep assist
- Adaptive cruise control with intelligent cruise assist
- Traffic sign recognition
- Surround-view camera
The Essence adds:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
MG ZS EV Warranty
MG backs its cars with a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty. It also offers capped-price servicing under its Precise Price Servicing scheme.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 20,000km
MG ZS EV Boot Space
There’s 359L of boot space behind the second row, while under the boot floor there’s a tyre repair kit.
MG ZS EV Dimensions
The 2023 MG ZS EV measures 4323mm long, 1809mm wide and 1625mm tall (1649mm including roof rails). It rides on a 2585mm wheelbase.
Kerb weight is 1570kg in the Excite and 1610kg in the Essence, with maximum braked and unbraked towing capacity of 500kg.
Depending on the variant, the 2023 MG ZS EV measures as below.
|Variant||Series||Style||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)|
|LONG RANGE||MY23||4D WAGON||4323||1809||1649||2585|
The 2023 MG ZS EV has a braked towing capacity of 500kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 500kg.
MG ZS EV Market Fit
The MG ZS EV is categorised as a Small SUV and has a price range of $40,990 to $49,990.