This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest MG ZT Estate (04-05) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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.