MG ZS EV Long Range 2022 Review: Lots more range makes the best bargain EV even better | WhichEV
Even at the time now we have a new long range version of the mgzs ev, as the name suggests, its got a lot more range and a lot of other new features as well, but before we tell you about all those details, dont forget, if you enjoy This video, like comment and subscribe the profile and shape of the mg zsev hasnt changed. This is still a small suv, but the fake front grille has been replaced by this textured but solid panel. The biggest change is under the bonnet or more accurately the floor. The battery is now 72.6 kilowatt hours in capacity where the original had 44.5 kilowatt hours. Mg will also be releasing a new version of the standard range version with a slightly bigger battery, but thats not going to be released until next year. The other major addition is the ismart app which enables charging control and checking other aspects of vehicle status, including whether the alarm has been triggered. The trim names have been changed as well. Instead of the exciting exclusive there is now the se and trophy theres, also a connect version of the trophy. The trophy is 2 500 pounds more than the se and adding the connect facilities as a further 500 pounds. All cars have mg pilot, a 10.1 inch infotainment screen and access to the new ismart app theres a 360 degree parking camera too. The trophy adds: wireless phone charging, heated leather style seats and a panoramic sunroof.
There are rain sensing wipers too. The trophy connect, as you can guess from the name, adds live services to the ismart system. These roof rails are only included on the trophy too. The basic color is white, but black, blue, grey and red are available, ranging in price from 545 to 695 pounds. For the red, it comes with 17 inch diamond car alloys and there are no other wheel options. Whichever trim level you choose. Overall, the general look of this car hasnt changed an awful lot, its still a fairly standard. Looking suv, however, the headlights are now led based and have daylight running characteristics. It might be only a minor facelift at the front, but it does lend a little bit of extra premium look. So this car does have keyless entry of sorts. You press this button to unlock it. I open the door lets have a look inside at first glance. The interior doesnt look hugely different with a long range compared to the original car. The se uses fabric seats, but the trophy cars use a leather like finish. Instead, however, the infotainment screen is now a bit bigger and the dashboard display is digital, and some of the switch gear for the air conditioning is different too, but well get onto all that in a minute, these seats are really pretty comfortable. Now this central console does make it feel a little bit kind of like enclosed but thats, not really a bad thing, theres a decent amount of headroom as well.
You have standard electric controls for the drivers seat. However, the passenger seat is mechanical and theres no memory function for the drivers seat either there quite a lot of features here for storage, etc. Underneath this panel is a couple of cup holders and then you have under here a small cubby. You get a couple of usb ports here. We rather like the fact that there is a type a and a type c, so whatever kind of cable youve got, you should be well catered for. You also get this 12 volt car power adapter as well always handy to have that available, but, most importantly, joy of joys. You finally have a wireless phone adapter having a wireless phone charger is a significant upgrade. Its particularly great when you consider the mg5 doesnt even have a clear place to put your phone glove compartment is what we probably call medium size enough space for two, possibly three pairs of gloves, but four might be pushing it so for that panoramic sunroof. That comes to the trophy edition. You get two separate controls, this ones just for the blind, and this one is for the entire sunroof and that dramatically increases the headroom. Oh, the window only goes halfway. The blind can be opened all the way so theres a complete full full length panoramic roof. So these rear seats are also decently comfortable, um theres, a reasonable headroom. The knee room is perhaps a little bit meager.
So i think, if youre up to six feet, youd probably be okay, but if youre over six feet, maybe youll start to feel a little bit cramped. This central seat, however, is a little bit narrow, probably good for a kid, but not for an adult for long periods. If you dont have an adult here, though, or any other person, you can drop this down to make an arm rest pop this forward, and you have a couple of cup holders inside not sure about this design. Having this thing stick up like this, though, like the front area, you have two usb ports and one is type a one type c and youve also got vents for the rear seat passengers as well. However, this car doesnt have multi zone climate control. There are seat back pockets for your kids to put their copies of computers or whatever it is kids read these days. Both outside rear seats have isofix points with the bit to connect to under here, but there doesnt appear to be anything on the front passenger seat, rear boot capacity benefits a fair bit from this being a relatively high car. So this standard capacity is 470 liters, which is pretty generous and a lot more than a hatchback. You do get this space under here, unfortunately, that doesnt stay up on its own, so im gon na have to hold it and its got plenty of room for thats. For the charging cable theres, the granny charger youve got a tyre inflator kit.
Youve got these little bits of netting on the side on both sides, and you could maybe put a couple of small dogs in there. Of course, you can increase the capacity still further by dropping those rear seats down. You get these pull cables to drop the seats forward. You can see that one goes forward with a 40, and then you have this one, which is 60, and this increases the boot size to 1100 liters thats, not actually as good as, for example, the mg5, which has 356 more liters of capacity in the boot. However, this car is at least rated for towing its only 500 kilograms, which isnt enough for you to be towing a caravan, but a kind of small trailer or maybe a bike rack on a trailer, definitely would be within this cars capabilities. There is a bit of a lip for the boot which some people might not like its not completely flat. Also, although you know theres no kind of major ridge, the boot does go up a fair bit. Having this slight angle on the boot could reduce your options because its not entirely flat, also, you probably have to hold this seat belt out the way to put this rear seat back these roof rails, which, as we said before, are only available. The trophy cars have a weight capacity of 75 kilograms, which is the same as on the mg5 thats enough weight to hold any of my immediate family.
As the name suggests. This long range car has a lot more range than the original version that only had 163 miles of wltp range. There will be a new version of the standard range with 198 miles of range, but this long range version takes out a lot further with 273 miles of range. That is nine miles less than the kia e nero 2 long range. But this car is 4 000 pounds cheaper, theyve also slightly changed where the charger port is its to one side, its no longer underneath the mg logo. Now, with that 72.6 kilowatt hour, battery ac charging on a seven kilowatt, um supply will take 10 and a half hours dc. Charging is also a little bit faster, while with 50 kilowatt dc charging, the car takes just over an hour to charge to 80 percent. If you can find a hundred kilowatt hour supply, it can do it in just 42 minutes thats, just seven minutes more than the original car, which had a much smaller battery efficiency ranges from 3.5 miles per kilowatt hour to 4.8 miles per kilowatt hour in city driving. This equates to an average of 3.7 p per mile uh if you can find a 14 people kilowatt hour supply. Now we just mentioned that, although you cant find a 40 kilowatt hour supply now, just so youve got a comparison with our previous reviews. Another new feature is that you can plug an adapter into here and get the same sort of vehicle to load capability of the ioniq five, its rated up to 2200 watts, thats, not a huge amount of power and maybe powering something like an lh keta might be Pushing it but its enough for a hedge trimmer, or maybe an inflator for inflatable beds when youre out camping, so it could be pretty useful.
They didnt give us the adapter for that, though, unfortunately, lets have a look inside this bonnet. Well, absolutely huge amount of space in here, because obviously this car was built with petrol versions, also still being in mind. We think its a bit of a waste of space. They could have put a frank in here and we do wonder actually if, in the future, there might be some aftermarket third party things that can give you a bit of a bit of frunk space. Here we do like the fact you can directly access the battery, because sometimes you know, if you do leave these cars around for a long time, they can be hard to get into if that battery goes flat. So this steering wheel and the stalks look exactly the same as the original car, but there are some other aspects of the general controls that have been updated. Theres still a separate start stop button. Just as before the left hand, side of the steering wheel gives you media control buttons and the ability to operate your phone if attached via bluetooth, on the right hand, side you have control more general controls for the menu system on the dashboard display and voice control. Activation, this left stalk is for controlling the lights. This right hand, one is for the windscreen wipers and theres a separate stalk on the left hand, side for the cruise control, which is adaptive on all cars. This area of control hasnt changed from previous mgs.
You have this rotating wheel, you can choose reverse neutral, drive and then park. You have these buttons at the top. This one changes between normal eco and sport mode, kers, posh name for regenerative, braking, theres, three modes of that, and we finally worked out what this does. If you press that it will actually give you a display of the battery status on the media control display here, we have a separate parking brake, but you dont need to use that if you press p, that will come automatically and you have control over the auto Hold here as well, so basic configuration of the dashboard display is the same as before, but now its entirely digital. On the left, you have the speed on the right. You have the current power delivery and regeneration theres, a very small remaining range display down the bottom, and the central area is mostly taken up by adas information. These air conditioning control buttons have been considerably updated from the previous version, its still nice to see that weve got discrete controls, but the actual design is a little bit less doubt in old fashioned, actually quite modern, and you can also get to more detailed controls, including Things like the heated seats through the lcd panel speaking of that lcd panel. This is one area where this car has been massively updated over the previous version. You can see this. It looks a lot more modern. The way theyve laid it out the layout is basically the same with the kind of the way youve got the sat nav here, radio in the middle and then some charging information and uh apple, carplay and android auto on the left here, both of which are supported.
Um, however, uh youll see its quite a lot more responsive, so you hit the um if youve watched our previous video of the mg5 long range that took ages to to come up and now its super fast. As you can see, um redesigned look as well. Um very responsive, adding an address like um lets have a look lets go to see if we can go to harrow here for a bit. Um comes up quite quickly much much faster than before. Other options here lets um get rid of that by pressing that button down there. Looking at the music youve got a um, a dab radio here now. This is another new feature. If you get the trophy connect, you get a connection to amazon music, the basic one. If you click on this one here, you get an account that has advertisements in the middle of it. But if you actually have your own amazon account, you could log in and it will sync, your amazon music account with this one. So its a bit like the way teslas doing spotify pretty cool feature, although youre paying 500 extra. For that, alongside other features, click on this button. Here you get the access to all the different car controls. You can see that all the different adas aspects of mg pilot, which well talk about a bit later in the review, are there you can configure those. This is a you know. The adas capabilities of mg pilot uh, which were already included with the mg5 long range, are all here and thats a great upgrade.
You can control this theres. One particular custom button that you can change through there auto high beams another new feature with the latest amg cars and some stuff about there. You can get the vin number of the car well watch this in progress later in the video, but a nice 360 degree parking camera also available on all cars. The long ranges battery is 58 larger than the original. Now that adds 100 kilograms of weight. However, the motor is also a little bit more powerful 156 ps versus 143. mgs, also calling it a second generation motor and claims its a little bit smoother in delivery and thats. Certainly, what we found driving this car around overall performance is identical to the original model with not to 60 in 8.2 seconds. The top speed has gone up from 87 miles per hour to 108 miles per hour. Thats not that important in a country where the speed limit is 70., this car isnt as fast as the mg 5, but it is on par with more powerful suvs from the volkswagen group. We have to say that compared to the original car, despite a lot of it being the same, it does feel that little bit of a step up in terms of handling and performance. It just delivers that power slightly more smoothly and it feels a little bit more intuitive. As we said, these seats are pretty comfortable and since youre sitting quite high up the road position and visibility is also very, very good.
One thing youre always aware of, though with any suv in london, is just how big it is with these narrow, london streets and this isnt. Even that big, an suv. The steering is still a little bit soft compared to some of the suvs that weve driven like, for example, the uh, the dual motor version of the audi q4 or the ioniq 5.. However, thats not really the market, this car is in if youre, just driving this car around town, its perfectly adequate, and it also sits pretty comfortably at motorway speeds as well. Mg has upped its safety tech with its latest cars, mostly revolving around mg pilot, which is included on all trim levels of this car. This includes active emergency, braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, although it doesnt say anything about small cats. There is also lane departure warning and keep assist. The original mg zs already had some basic cruise control, but this is now adaptive and that also includes stopped start in traffic theres. Also intelligent high beam assistance useful for those dark country roads, and we showed you that functions through those new led headlamps, the trophy cars add blind spot detection and lane change assistance. They also add rear cross traffic alert, which is useful if youre backing into a busy road the 360 degree. Reversing camera is available on all cars, but well come back to that in a minute, as with the mg5 its great to see mg up its safety game with the mgz sev2.
This was an area where mg was behind, but theyve now mostly caught up with the competition. The original mgz sev already had a five star euro end cap rating, so presumably that will carry forward to this new car. When the original mgz suv launched in 2019, it was the biggest electric bargain on the market, and the new long range is also incredibly good value. The basic car starts at 28 and a half thousand and the trophy car is a 5 or below 31 000, and then you add another 500. On top of that, if you want the trophy connect, however, mg also claims that the residual values on these cars, particularly the se, is much higher than the previous model, and that will have a really beneficial effect on leasing prices, because obviously the higher the value the Car is at the end of a leasing period, the less the payments will be during your leasing period, the kia inero 2 long range and the 64 kilowatt hour premium version of the hyundai kona are actually only 500 pounds more than the trophy connect version of this Car you do get a bit more kit with this car, but then you also get a bit more range of the korean options. Warranties are also on a par with the korean cars, though with a basic warranty being 7 years or 80 000 miles. This includes the battery, but mg doesnt state the percentage. The original mgzs was in a frugal group 21 for insurance, but the groups for this car havent been announced yet lets take a look at that 360 degree parking camera.
You can see quite a clear view of the space behind the car, a decent, smaller view of the overview of the car and some sensor information on the right overall. This is a pretty good implementation. Another thing you dont get with those korean cars for 500 pounds. More is a panoramic sunroof. The original mg zsev set a benchmark for electric value. This new long range version doesnt quite perform the same feat because it has the mg5 to contend with, but the se version certainly delivers the most range available for under thirty thousand pounds, making it incredible value. The two trophy cars provide a lot of kit for the money too. This is another incredibly priced car from mg.