MG ZS EV (2019) Guide

MG ZS EV (2019) Guide

MG has stated they are working towards making “high-tech, zero-emission cars available to all” and the company’s first fully electric vehicle, the MG ZS EV, goes some way in achieving that goal. The ZS EV crossover SUV is one of the most accessible electric family cars on the market, both in terms of its considerably attractive price point and its mass production. Although the range is far from class-leading, it is more than capable of catering to the majority of commuters needs.

Electric Range

163 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£6.23

Battery Size

44.5 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

12 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

yes CCS max 80kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging an MG ZS EV

The ZS EV comes with a battery size of 44.5kWh and has an official WLTP range of 163 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 7 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 25 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £6.23.

The MG ZS EV comes with a CCS connector option, enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the ZS EV will charge from 20-80% in just 40 minutes.

Note: The ZS EV has a max DC rate of 80kW, this means if you’re using a 100kW charge point, the car will continue to charge at the 80kW rate.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 20h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 12h for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 7h for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 7h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 40m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning an MG ZS EV

Classified as a BEV, the ZS EV produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, this MG qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

What are people saying about the MG ZS EV?

The most significant talking point about the MG ZS EV is its remarkable price point. Coming in below the 25k benchmark for its basic level (there are two specification levels to choose from), makes this one of the most accessible models in the SUV crossover BEV class.

Notably, the look of the MG ZS EV resembles a Mazda, with a little bit of Ford, touches of Nissan and certainly some Audi-ness on the inside; it would be reasonable to conclude that the MG designers have taken inspiration from existing leaders in the industry. The result is an attractive family car with a practical cabin and quality finish—upfront its spacious and comfortable with excellent visibility. In the rear, it’s also impressive; the panoramic roof that comes with the higher-level spec makes for a bright and serene drive with enough legroom to accommodate the 6ft+. Boot size comes in at a generous 445 litres, out-sizing many of its rivals and upping the family-friendly factor.

The range on a single charge in an MG ZS EV is much lower than its more expensive rivals. There is no sugar coating it. The Kia e-Niro and Hyundai KONA top the 250-mile mark, while the ZS EV hovers around 150-miles. For those driving up and down the motorway every day, this is going to be a deal-breaker. As for the rest of us who commute less than 100-miles a day, the MG ZS EV is more than capable of getting us where we need to go, and comfortably. Overnight charging using cheaper off-peak tariffs and waking up to a full battery every morning is all that is required to get the most out of this electric SUV.

The MG ZS EV hosts a range of safety features, and while it doesn’t offer the spirited, fast-paced driving of its MG ancestors, it is confident, nippy and decent to drive around town. Agile handling is not an area in which the ZS EV excels; instead, it was developed with practicality and value in mind, both of which it offers in abundance. If you can get over the oddly placed charging port, the lack of app-controlled features and its shorter range, the MG ZS EV may just be the affordable, electric SUV you’ve been waiting for.