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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5 2.5

The four cylinder petrol units offer respectable economy, whilst the diesels are positively frugal. But the V6 units start to look a bit on the thirsty side unless extreme restraint is exercised - the V8 even more so. Insurance groups range from 10 to 19. However the biggest cost of ownership is likely to be depreciation which is comparable to a Ford Mondeo.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,616 - £2,771 *
Diesel 131p £1,241 - £1,489 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period 12 months / 15,000 miles (ZT260 5000/12 months)
Warranty 3 years / 60,000 miles
Road tax (12 months) £195 - £315
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 21 - 40
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

2 out of 5 2.0

ZT is quite a polluting model. With an average of 220 g/km CO2 across the line-up, its emissions are a little high for an executive saloon. The range is not very frugal, averaging 33 mpg.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 CDTI (135ps) Diesel,
2.0 CDTi Diesel
163 g/km (Min) £195
4.6 V8 (260ps) Petrol 314 g/km (Max) £315


4 out of 5 4.0

The 75 on which its based was originally engineered by BMW which is good news for the reliability, although to their credit, build quality actually get even better when production moved to Longbridge so reliability should be good.

Car checklist problem points

Body Everything is body coloured so any scrapes will take off paint.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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