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Impressive value on offer from all-electric SUV

MG ZS EV SUV (19 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £28,595 - £31,095
Lease from new From £250 p/m View lease deals
Used price £16,785 - £23,480
Used monthly cost From £419 per month
Fuel Economy 3.3 miles/kWh
Insurance group 21 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Low list price and good finance options
  • Usable electric range and performance
  • Seven-year warranty, five-star safety rating
  • Practicality unaffected by EV conversion

CONS

  • Less range than similarly-sized rivals
  • It’s not quite as cheap as we had hoped
  • Low-rent interior
  • Not exciting to drive

MG ZS EV SUV rivals

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

MG has quietly made quite a splash in the hotly-contested market sector of affordable all-electric vehicles. The ZS EV was the first step in its plan, and it has been followed by another electric vehicle in the form of the MG5 EV estate as well as MG HS in plug-in hybrid form. All offer great value – with the ZS EV in particular coming in at a price that puts this family SUV alongside city car-sized rivals.

The MG ZS is based on the existing petrol-powered SUV, which has also established itself as a good-value offering, that's roomy and packed with plenty of equipment for the money. However, it was designed from the beginning to accept a battery pack and electric motor, meaning the conversion from combustion engine to EV is pretty seamless.

With its affordable price tag and spacious interior, the ZS EV's choice of rivals is particularly varied, and none are directly comparable. On one hand you could consider the more expensive Nissan Leaf, Kia e-Niro or Hyundai Kona Electric for similar practicality or plump for something for around the same price, such as the Renault Zoe or MINI Electric Hatch.

Subtle EV makeover

From the outside, you’d be hard-pressed to notice that the ZS EV is any different to the regular ZS. Only a new paint colour – Pimlico Blue – and new alloy wheel design set it apart from its combustion-engined brother, though if you look closely you may be able to spot the electric charging port cover in the front grille.

Very little has changed inside, either. The gear selector is now a rotary dial – twist for Drive or Reverse, push for Park. There are also a few new switches and dials, but broadly the ZS is the same inside.

The EV conversion hasn’t affected practicality either, which is a good thing. As it’s been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, the ZS locates its batteries neatly under the floor, meaning the impressive 448-litre boot is untouched and there’s plenty of space to stretch out in all five seats.

Nippy performance around town

The ZS EV takes 8.5 seconds to get to 62mph from rest, and tops out at just 87mph. This means it’s not really the ideal car to undertake long motorway journeys in – overtaking at higher speeds will require some forward planning, not to mention faster runs tend to deplete the car’s battery much faster than urban driving.

It’s in towns and cities where the ZS excels – the instant response of its electric motor means it’s rather quick at getting up to 30mph, especially when it’s in the sportiest of its three driving modes. Three levels of regenerative braking mean that you barely have to use the left pedal, either – the car will slow itself down, recharging the battery as it does so.

Impressive value for money

The ZS EV isn’t quite the cheapest electric car on sale, but it's spectacularly good value for an electric car of this size. With the car’s range of 163 miles enough for the majority of journeys, this could prove a really tempting alternative to the likes of a Nissan Leaf.

MG’s certainly helping matters in this department. The ZS is already aggressively priced, and then gets an additional £3,000 cut off its list price by the government’s Plug-in Car Grant.

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Our leasing partner, ZenAuto is offering MG ZS EVs from £250 per month. The usual terms and conditions apply.

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Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the MG ZS EV including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

MG ZS EV (2020) rear view

MG ZS EV SUV rivals