The 2017 MG ZS; not to be confused with the early 2000’s MG Rover saloon cars of the same name; is a ‘compact SUV’ designed and engineered product by engineers based in Longbridge, Birmingham and also China. It is a car for world markets and the UK models are specifically honed by the Longbridge engineers to make it drive and handle like an MG should and is specifically tuned for UK roads.
All models include a traditional handbrake, ABS and EBA for the braking system, rear ‘ISOFIX’ for child seating airbags including side curtain, anti-roll protection, electronic stability control, hill launch assist, projector headlamps, selectable audible speed alarm, Superlocking and a USB socket that also provides phone charging.
The MG ZS is available in three trim levels, with a 1.5 litre four cylinder naturally aspirated engine with stop start and smart charging, mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox available on all three trim levels, with the option of 1.0 litre three cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a 6 speed DCT auto transmission available on the top two specification trim levels:
MG ZS Explore:
This is the entry level model, but has a strong level of standard equipment for its price tag of from £12,450 with LED daytime running lamps, partial LED rear lamps, cruise control, auto headlamps and 15” steel wheels fitted with 195/65x15 tyres and trimmed with plastic trim covers. Interior comes with cloth seats, radio with MP3, Bluetooth, trip computer and four way adjustable seats.
MG ZS Excite:
The ‘Excite’ is the mid-range model from £13,995 and adds to the Explore specification with 17” ‘Turbine’ silver finished alloy wheels fitted with 215/50x17 tyres, front fog lamps, three driver selectable modes for the electric power assisted steering, roof rails and driveway illumination headlamp facility. Inside it gains six way adjustment for the drivers’ seat, a leather trimmed steering wheel with controls for the radio, which now includes DAB, auto air conditioning, an 8” colour touch screen, on touch down for drivers window and ‘Apple Car Play’.
MG ZS Exclusive:
The ZS Exclusive is the top range model and starts at £15,495 and it adds to the previous equipment levels with 17” diamond cut alloy wheels with the same 215/50x17 tyres. There are rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Inside there is now ‘IGO in car’ sat nav via the 8” touch screen and leather style material for the seats.
Colour options are a standard ‘solid’ base ‘Artic White’ that is included in the price, or ‘metallic’ ‘Laser Blue, ‘Spiced Orange’, ‘Black Pearl’, or ‘Cosmic Silver’ at an extra £545, with finally what is described as a Tri Coat ‘Dynamic Red’ at an extra £695.
4 cylinder 1498cc
16 valves, chain driven twin overhead camshafts
106PS @ 6000rpm
141Nm torque @ 4500rpm
Stop start and smart charging to assist emissions.
Five speed manual transmission
0 to 60 mph 10.4 seconds with 109 mph maximum
Combined fuel economy 49.6mpg and 129 gram per km CO2
3 cylinders 999cc
12 valves, chain driven twin overhead camshafts
Turbocharged with direct fuel injection
111PS @ 5200rpm
160Nm torque between 1800 and 4700rpm
Six speed auto transmission
0 to 60 mph 12.1 seconds with 112 mph maximum
Combined fuel economy 44.9mpg and 144 gram per km CO2
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Overall length 4314mm
Overall width including mirrors 2048mm
Height with roof rails and aerial clearance 1655mm (to aerial flexible tip 1920mm)