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69 MG ZS 105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzer3 Driving modes
3 steering modes (Urban, normal, dynamic)8" colour touch screen
Adaptive cruise controlAndroid Auto
Apple CarPlayBluetooth connectivity
iGo Navigation systemIntelligent speed limit warning
Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)PAS
Rear parking sensorsRotary gear selector
Traffic jam assistTrip computer
USB mobile phone charging function 

Entertainment

4 speaker audio systemDAB audio
iPod compatibilityRadio/MP3 player
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsUSB/aux input socket

Exterior Features

Auto headlightsBi-function projection headlight
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrorsChrome side window trim
Follow me home headlightsFront and rear aero wiper
Front and rear electric windows with driver's one-touch up/downIntelligent high beam
LED centre brake lightLED daytime running lights
Load carrierManual folding rear view mirror
Rear spoilerSolar reflect windscreen

Interior Features

12V power sockets2nd row 60/40 split/fold
4 way manually adjustable passenger seat6-way manually adjustable driver's seat
Air conditioningBoot light
Driver's footrestDriver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
Front cupholders x 2Front grab handles
Front headrestsFront reading lights
GloveboxHoundstooth fabric upholstery
Illuminated switches and controlsInternal chrome door handles
ISOFIX restraints on outer rear seats x2Leather steering wheel
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheelRear grab handle
Seat back pocketsTwin rear headrests

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS/EBD
Active emergency braking with pedestrian/Bicycle detectionAnti rolling protection
Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impactChild locks on rear doors
Dual front airbagsEBA
Electric parking brakeESP
Front passenger airbag deactivation switchFront seatbelts (3-point + pretensioner + load limiter)
Front side airbagsFuel cut off safety device
Hill launch assistRegenerative braking system
Seatbelt height adjustment for front seatsSeatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger
Side curtain airbagsTyre pressure monitoring system

Security

Alarm system and engine immobiliserAutomatic latching door
Keyless entry and push button start systemRemote central locking
Second remote keySpeed sensing door locks
Superlocking 

Wheels

17" Diamond cut alloy wheelsTyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh44.5Battery Charge Slow kW7
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)390
Battery Charge Fast kW50Battery Charge Fast Percentage0-80
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)40Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City12.8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb18.6WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City4.9
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb3.3WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City372
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb262WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City231
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb163 

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Gears1 SPEEDTransmissionAUTO

General

Badge Power143Coin SeriesExcite EV
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years7Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years5
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %71NCAP Child Occupant Protection %51
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 093NCAP Pedestrian Protection %59
NCAP Safety Assist %29Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage15000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage80000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years7Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)8.5
Engine Power - BHP143Engine Power - KW105
Engine Power - PSTrueEngine Torque - LBS.FT260
Engine Torque - MKG36Engine Torque - NM353
Top Speed87 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear215/55 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type17" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1620Height (including roof rails)1644
Length4314Wheelbase2579
Width1809Width (including mirrors)2048

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight1966Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1100
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)470Max. Loading Weight464
Minimum Kerbweight1502No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.2
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

MG Motor UK MG ZS EV

MG wades into the electric vehicle market with this affordable ZS EV model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Looking for a compact family-sized full-electric model with zero emissions and the rapid responses characteristic of today's EVs? Here's the most affordable option you could consider, the MG ZS EV. It's an SUV, it's sensibly priced and it's well equipped. If ultimate driving range capacity isn't a top priority and you're buying on a budget, you might rather like it.

Background

The world is calling for higher levels of electrified vehicle technology (which to some extent we've now got) and more affordable EV models (which we're still waiting for). Enter MG - and specifically, this ZS EV model, priced to undercut similarly-sized rivals by a significant amount. It's even cheaper than smaller supermini-shaped EVs. There's a chance you might already be familiar with the ZS. This decently spacious compact SUV was launched in 2018 with 1.0-litre or 1.5-litre petrol power. But MG were also keen to tell us at the time that this model's platform had been designed with full electrification very much in mind. More fully electric MG models will of course follow but how good is this one? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The ZS EV is powered by a 44.5kWh, water-cooled lithium-ion battery which has a WLTP-rated driving range certified at 163 miles. A couple of years back, that would have been quite creditable but these days, comparable family EVs are routinely able to deliver well over 200 miles from a single charge. Mind you, those cars will be considerable more expensive than this one and are typically less spacious inside; it all comes down to what your priorities are. As with most EVs, this one should feel sprightly away from rest, courtesy of the fact that all its drive torque (353Nm) is generated immediately from the get-go. There's 105 kW of power, equivalent to 143PS, and the 62mph benchmark is dispatched in just 8.5s, though there's a rather limited top speed of just 87mph. At the wheel, instead of the usual gear stick, you select drive from a Rotary Gear Selector, which allows you to switch between three gears - Drive, Neutral and Reverse. In front of this is a further control that allows you to switch between three levels of brake energy recovery (or turn the recovery system off). Level one will implement a small amount of regeneration, with much of the braking still dependent on the vehicle's brakes. Level three offers the greatest regenerative benefit, offering near one-pedal driving with minimal need for the brakes, improving the lifespan of the parts, increasing efficiency and reducing ownership costs.

Design and Build

Some would number this car amongst the more stylish family sector EV models you can buy. At just over 4.3m in length, it's an SUV sized somewhere between the smaller Crossover class (think Renault Captur/Nissan Juke) and the larger family-sized Crossover segment (think Nissan Qashqai/Kia Sportage). In this form, the ZS sports a revised 'star-rider' front grille to frame its brand's famous octagonal company logo. There's also a unique colour option available to ZS buyers - 'Pimlico Blue'. Without exception, all of the EV models you can currently buy on the UK market for under £30,000 are considerably smaller than this MG, both inside and out. Careful packaging has positioned the battery pack beneath the car, so that it doesn't impinge on either passenger or luggage space. Hence the way that it can handle bikes, pushchairs, luggage and bulky loads with no trouble at all. There's 448-litres of boot capacity, around 60-litres more than you'd get from most normal compact SUVs. Open the cabin doors and you're greeted with a spacious interior, though one with material quality not quite the equal of what you'd find from more established brands. Still, MG has tried hard, with faux-leather upholstery and a range of 3D shapes, metallic and chrome finishes.

Market and Model

There are two trim levels, base 'Excite' and 'Exclusive', with respective asking prices pitched at either around £25,000 or around £27,000, once the government's £3,500 Plug-in car Grant has been deducted. If you're one of the first 1,000 MG ZS EV buyers, MG Motor UK will match the government subsidy with a further £3,500 reduction, reducing the asking prices down to around £21,500 ('Excite') or around £23,500 ('Exclusive'). That really is exceptional value by EV standards. To give you some market perspective, a comparably-sized Crossover-style family EV like the Kia e-Niro costs around £33,000. Even much smaller supermini-sized EVs like Vauxhall's Corsa-e and Peugeot's e208 cost around £26,000. All these rivals offer a longer operating range but for quite a few suburban-based potential MG ZS EV customers, that may not be hugely significant. Equipment levels are strong, with both variants getting the latest version of MG's infotainment system, with an 8" colour touchscreen featuring satellite navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming and DAB radio. Smart 17-inch alloy wheels are also standard - and your dealer will want to show you the brand's glass sliding 'Sky Roof'. There's also the brand's 'MG Pilot' camera safety package which includes Advanced Emergency Braking, Blindspot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Cost of Ownership

Earlier we mentioned this car's 163 mile WLTP-rated driving range - which rises to 231 miles on the WLTP city cycle. Charging ZS EGV is straightforward thanks to its combined CCS and Type 2 port, mounted within the front grille for easy access from either side of the car. The CCS plug is an enhanced version of the Type 2 plug, with two additional power contacts for the purposes of quick charging and supports AC and DC charging power. Featuring rapid charging capability, the ZS EV can charge from 0-80% in 40 minutes from a 50 kW charging station (if you can find one). At home, the car can recharge itself using a standard 7KW wallbox in six hours - overnight charging's easy, in other words. In emergencies, the car can also be charged via a standard 3-pin plug. The battery pack is comprised of 18 cells and weighs just 280kg, providing competitive performance without generating any emissions. Managed by MG's Intelligent Battery Temperature Control system, the battery pack is insulated from external temperature variations, delivering the optimum power and range whatever the weather. As with all MG models, you also get one of the longest fully transferable warranties in its class, a 7 year/80,000-mile package being standard across all variants. Rivals such as SsangYong, Hyundai and Toyota only provide 5 years.

Summary

We've been waiting to see just how affordable a family-sized full-EV model can be and in the form of this ZS EV, MG has delivered here a typically tightly-priced package. We'd hoped for a little more driving range from it but if most of your motoring is based around short urban runs, this car might still suit you down to the ground. It's well equipped, spacious and comes with a notably long 7 year transferrable warranty to complement a price that looks like a misprint. Is it the best car in the sector? No. Is it the best really affordable model in the class? Absolutely yes. MG has just taken another big step forward.

Performance
40%
Handling
50%
Comfort
50%
Space
80%
Styling
50%
Build
50%
Value
90%
Equipment
70%
Economy
40%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
60%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

Charging station data is provided by NCPRNational Charge Point Registry UK

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£279
Deposit£2338.32
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.79%
Cash price£21,495
Credit amount£19,156.68
Guaranteed future value£8744
Total amount payable£31,195.32
MG deposit£3500
Contract mileage8000
Excess mileage charge9.0p per mile
Representative APR4.9%
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