Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 22.0 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 11.0 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 3.3 miles/kWh
  • Electric vehicles are very cheap to run
  • Free road tax, free entry to London’s congestion zone
  • Charging costs are minimal compared to petrol or diesel

Running costs for any electric vehicle tend to make for happy reading. While the ZS EV’s petrol siblings lag behind the pack for fuel economy, the electric model should cost barely anything to fuel and maintain.

With CO2 emissions being a big fat zero, there’s no vehicle excise duty to pay, and the ZS EV stays on the right side of emissions regulations such as London’s congestion charge or Ultra-Low Emission Zone. With several other cities considering adopting similar schemes, this could prove to be an even bigger benefit in the future.

This makes the ZS EV the ideal car for those looking to ‘go green’. There are still some doubts about the environmental impact of electric vehicles – after all, a large amount of the UK’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels, and mining the rare earth metals used in the battery is a rather dirty process.

The ZS has less of an impact than some others, though – its battery pack is only around two-thirds that of the Nissan Leaf or Hyundai Kona Electric, so it requires less material to produce.

Reliability

  • MG reliability still unproven
  • Seven-year warranty suggests confidence
  • Little to go wrong on an electric car

There have been few reported problems with MG models – in the modern era, at least. Historic reliability doesn’t apply here, considering no current MG shares components with models built while the company was under British control!

The brand is obviously confident in its longevity as it warrants its cars for an impressive seven years – matching Kia and SsangYong for the longest warranty in the business. The 80,000 mile limit isn’t quite as generous as those brands, but still allows for the average motorist to have coverage for the full time.

Electric vehicles are also very simple to maintain. With very few moving parts and reduced brake and tyre wear thanks to that regenerative braking, you should pay less in servicing and consumables.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 21
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