Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Parkers verdictShould you buy an MG ZS EV?

If you're after a family car and want to turn electric for a relatively modest outlay, the ZS EV is great value, and even if there are one of two minor niggles, you can't complain for the money. It offers the benefits of an electric car wrapped up in a package that’s accessible, unintimidating and roomy – with the reassurance of that seven-year warranty hopefully quelling any doubts buyers may have about buying a Chinese-built car wearing a British badge.

The ZS EV’s practical interior is more useful for family life than many of its more expensive rivals, and it offers enough equipment to keep most buyers very happy. The top-spec Exclusive car comes with everything you need, including a package of additional safety equipment as standard that comes with a very good adaptive cruise control system. The £2,000 price gap between it and the entry-level car seems reasonable too, especially as even then the ZS EV still undercuts its competition.

Those downsizing from a luxury car won’t be too impressed by the ZS EV’s low-rent interior or unrefined tech, but it’s really not that much worse than a Nissan Leaf on this front. And compared with MGs of old, interior build quality is really not bad at all. Not to mention that it feels bang up-to-date to drive, and makes the EV a far more appealing car than its petrol-powered sisters.

In fact, we’d say that the new ZS EV is the most convincing car yet produced by MG since its rebirth under Chinese ownership. For those who want to buy an EV on a budget or simply don’t need to drive very long distances, but still need space for all the family, it’s an excellent option. It's proved itself to work will in the city and on longer runs, where its comfort and overall refinement are genuinely impressive – for the money.

Further reading

2019 MG ZS EV front driving

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