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MG ZS Hatchback engines, drive and performance

2001 - 2004 (change model)
Performance rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Only the V6 counts as a true sportster, but needs hard revving. ZS 120 is a warm – rather than a hot – alternative. Others in the range are adequate and much cheaper to fuel and insure. Low down punch of the TD115 diesel (yes that’s right, a diesel in an MG) is good fun on twisty roads.

Stiff suspension means it’s a bumpy ride down the backroads, but ultimately rewarding. Steering is superb, brakes good. Nothing like a Rover 45. Top models may be too harsh around town for some tastes.