The MG ZS is cheap and feels as well.
Is MG ZS a good car?
MG ZS looks very familiar, even if you see it for the first time. Largely due to the fact that this compact crossover looks like a collage assembled from parts of other cars. For example, daytime running lights, as if borrowed from the Mazda CX-3. Between them is a massive MG radiator grille (which we will see on all future models of the company). In profile, the ZS resembles a Hyundai, and its taillights are like a child’s drawing of a Star Wars stormtrooper.
Inside, you’ll also find a few familiar elements that can make you feel nostalgic. For example, the adjustment of the ventilation ducts as in the Audi TT or the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel, as in the old Seat and Skoda. And the interface of the multimedia system seems to be inspired by Windows Mobile. However, this was all developed in-house by SAIC (MG’s parent company).
First impressions MG ZS
MG is eager to explain to customers that their ZS crossover is a premium product at uncharacteristically low prices for this category of goods. And this is quite a fair statement, given the similarity of the SUV to one degree or another with different premium cars. The MG ZS can be equipped with Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and even curved “stylish roof rails” depending on the selected vehicle configuration. The mid-size Excite also gets Houndstooth designer seats, and the top-end Exclusive has leather upholstery.
It all sounds good and looks good too. But at the same time, the compact crossover is also cheap. The base Explore with a 1.5-liter engine and mechanics will cost you just £ 12,495, which is the price of a micro crossover rather than a mini crossover. True, the coolest bells and whistles in such a car will be the on-board computer. But her trunk will hold at least 448 liters of luggage (and up to 1375 liters with the rear seats folded). This, by the way, matches the cargo hold of the impressive Renault Captur and is larger than that of the Nissan Juke.
But there are better options in the MG ZS line. For example, the Excite version with a 111-horsepower 1.0 turbo engine and an automatic transmission for £ 15 495. And this, by the way, is about £ 3000 cheaper than the 118-horsepower Renault Capture also with automatic transmission.
That is, if you compare the MG ZS with competitors, it is closer to Primark products than Banana Republic, but at the same price. In other words, for the same amount of money that you can spend in a regular chain clothing boutique, you will buy a heck of a lot of designer items.
How’s it going MG ZS?
Someone might think that ZS is a puny little thing. These people are right and wrong at the same time. A 1.0 turbo engine paired with an “automatic” produces quite a decent 111 forces and 160 Nm. On city streets, this is enough to go on business without any problems. However, as soon as our ZS goes onto the highway, it immediately becomes clear that with such an engine in an SUV it is better to go shopping in nearby stores than on a long trip.
Its powertrain, co-developed with General Motors, is not as responsive as MG says. The transmission does not shift into the next gear for too long when you press on the gas, creating a lot of noise and frustration. You can switch to manual mode by sliding the gear lever to the left and start clicking the steps yourself. However, this will not improve the situation much. This is not a fast automatic transmission at all, although not too slow. She’s just doing her job … okay.
It feels like it accelerates to 100 km / h in less than 12.4 seconds. If you are feeling brave enough or stupid enough, you can accelerate the ZS to a maximum of 180 km / h. You can even achieve a claimed average fuel consumption of 5.2 L / 100 km from this crossover. All in all … not bad. Although it is more than the Captur.
In order to make the crossover settings as close as possible to British roads, MG tested the ZS for about six months in different parts of the country. Perhaps six months was not enough for this, since the car did not behave ideally on the serpentine roads dug around Silverstone. Its suspension hit and punched in places, causing the car to move slightly on the road. On the smooth asphalt of the highways, the noise from tires and wind outside the windows was too well heard in the cabin. In the city, where the roads are more even and the speed is lower, everything was in order.
Since the ZS is a small crossover, it will not be suitable for fans of active driving, but with handling, nevertheless, it also … everything is fine. MG is very proud of its 3-mode power steering (available in Excite and Exclusive). True, when switching between Urban, Normal and Dynamic, the settings do not change either on the engine, or on the gearbox, or on the suspension, only at the steering wheel. Urban makes the steering wheel lighter than a feather, so it’s best to avoid this mode if you want to feel at least some connection with the road at all. Dynamic makes the steering noticeably heavier, but also adds an odd bounce to it. And in Normal everything is fine. This is perhaps the best of the three modes, both while driving and for maneuvering in a parking lot.
On normal roads and speeds, the MG ZS feels great. You turn the steering wheel and the crossover turns, obeying your commands. You put on the brake and it slows down or stops. And if you press on the gas, the box will begin to switch stages, helping to accelerate the car. This is what other cars do and the ZS does it … well.
Is MG ZS worth buying?
MG ZS is unremarkable on the road and looks like a mix of many different cars. It is like one of the many TV series that, when you come home, you just turn it on as a background for doing your own business. Of course, this MG is spacious, roomy and able to take not only you, but also passengers with luggage. And yet it is really cheap. If you do not expect anything more from the car than from the vehicle from point “A” to point “B”, then ZS will do everything that is required of it. If you want more than that, then prepare more money to get a car with similar equipment from other automakers.