MG ZR Hatchback (01-05) - 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:

£192 - £760

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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...

 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

 The most practical element of the MG has to be the ease in which it can be maintained. Servicing items are cheap and plentiful and the engine has plenty of space, not cramping the engine bay like...  

4 out of 5

Daniel Fielding ,   20 Mar 2013    ... read more

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