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3 out of 5 3.0
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
MG ZS Hatchback (04-05) - rated 3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £11,195 - £16,500
Used price £320 - £1,710
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £160 - £325
Insurance group 21 - 32 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Driving pleasure, national pride

CONS

Ageing underpinnings

MG ZS Hatchback rivals

Written by Parkers on

MG's ZS is directly descended from the Rover 400 of 1995, but you shouldn't let that put you off. Consider it instead as a decade of development time, because in spite of such uninspiring ingredients, the ZS delivers a thrilling driving experience, especially in 180 guise. The latest facelift has taken a step away from the overtly 'boy racer' colours and spoilers seen previously and adopted a more understated yet still undeniably sporting visage that borrows heavily from the flagship SV coupe.

Great to drive, but you need to make some concessions to it in terms of details and ergonomics.

MG ZS Hatchback rivals

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