2022 MG ZS EV
About the 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.
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ZS EV Range Guide
MG ZS EV Excite
- 51kWh lithium iron phosphate battery
- 17-inch milled alloys
- LED headlights and tail lights
- Reversing camera
- MG Pilot driving assist suite (AEB, active cruise control, emergency lane-keeping)
- 10.1-inch touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
MG ZS EV Essence
Added features include:
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Wireless phone charger
- Rear cross-traffic alert (was on old, single-spec ZS EV)
- Panoramic sunroof (was on old, single-spec ZS EV)
- Synthetic leather trim (was on old, single-spec ZS EV)
- Six-speaker sound system (was on old, single-spec ZS EV)
- Heated front seats (was on old, single-spec ZS EV)
- Power driver’s seat (was on old, single-spec ZS EV)
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.
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.
Since July 2021, ZS EV vehicles have service intervals of 24 months or 20,000km – whichever comes first. Pricing for the new one will be revealed closer to launch, but the current model’s first three visits are capped at $268 a pop.
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.
ZS EV Safety Rating
The current MG ZS was tested by ANCAP in 2019 where it scored a full five stars, thanks in part to the inclusion of six airbags and ten active driver safety systems that come under the ‘MG Pilot’ banner.
Available safety equipment will include:
- AEB with pedestrian/cyclist detection
- Intelligent Speed Limit Assist
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane departure warning
- Adaptive cruise control
- Traffic Jam Assist