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MG ZT Estate 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

The 1.8 T with 160 bhp can sound a little raucous, but offers up plenty of urge. The V6 needs revving, but sounds sweet – there’s plenty of power, too. 114 bhp diesels are best avoided – they’re simply not powerful enough. However, in 129 bhp and 135 bhp forms, it’s worth considering. V8 is rare on the used market, but offer cut-price muscle car performance.

It’s the only model that’s rear-wheel drive. Its gearchange is quicker and slicker than the 75’s.

ZT has heavier steering than the 75 and you notice this during parking – it’ll certainly build your muscles. But on the road, the steering feels well-weighted and the clutch, throttle are pleasing to use. ZT has a sporty chassis, which means it corners well, has strong roadholding and can cover distances briskly. Suspension is quite firm – buyers looking for comfort should take a look at the Rover 75.