Used MG ZR Hatchback (2001 - 2005) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 19 Nov 2013
3.5
Entry-level MG is a made-over Rover 25. Base model looks good, but lacks go, top-of-range 160 is too expensive.

MG ZR Hatchback (01-05)
Looks, price, fun
Comfort, security, mutton dressed as lamb

New price range:

£9,995 - £15,395

Used price range:

£234 - £2,090

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

Entry-level MG is a made-over Rover 25. Base model looks good, but lacks go, top-of-range 160 is too expensive. Sporty to drive and lively performance - especially in 160 form - but many of the 25’s shortcomings remain, which no amount of snazzy paint and in-yer-face bodykit can hide. It’s cramped, has a haphazard dash layout and is neither supermini nor small family sized.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

2 out of 5

Practicality

1.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

2 out of 5

Reliability

2 out of 5

Running costs

2 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

2.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

2.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The amount of fuel it uses. For a relatively highly-tuned 1.4 the efficiency is verging on supernatural. Also surprisingly low insurance; I'm 17 and insure this for £910 a year with a black box. Much...  

4 out of 5

Craig Scott ,   31 Mar 2015    ... read more

 Sports seats as they hold you in place as this car throws you about due to low pro tyres and sports suspension.  

4 out of 5

Andrew Wilson ,   02 Nov 2013    ... read more

 Not too much about the bodyshell (3 door). Probably the engine - torquey, if rough, but returns 45-50mpg all day no matter how it's driven.  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   16 May 2013    ... read more

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