MG ZS EV Review | MG ZS EV Test Drive | Forces Cars Direct
The zs ev is powered by a water cooled lithium ion battery, which offers a vastly longer driving range than this models original rod. Feeble 44 kilowatt hour battery, which only took the car 163 miles. The entry point to the lineup is these days marked by a 51 kilowatt hour battery, which can take you up to 198 miles, but mg expects that most will want its 72 kilowatt hour. Long range battery, which can take this car up to 273 miles and thats what were trying here at the wheel instead of the usual gear? Stick, you select drive from a rotary gear selector, which allows you to switch between three settings for the single speed. Auto transmission, 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 theres 154 bhp of power and the 62 mile an hour benchmark is dispatch in just 8.2 Seconds, though, theres a rather limited top speed of 108 miles an hour to match that quoted sprint time, youll need to have engaged the most urgent of the three provided drive modes: sport. The other two are normal and eco, the latter, giving you a very restricted level of throttle feel though itll be fine in town in this revised form, the zs gets a smarter electric, only front end with a stamped effect grille to improve aerodynamics and a revised side. Opening charging port the boulder face is set off by led headlights and distinctive daytime running lights.
It also gets a redesigned rear. Bumper and smarter wheels take a seat up front and youre greeted with a spacious interior, though one with material quality, not quite the equal of what youd find from more established brands. Still mg has tried hard with faux leather upholstery and a range of 3d shapes metallic and chrome finishes. Theres, a decently large 10.1 inch center dash infotainment display too, with plenty of features over the air updates and built in navigation thats, quick to react. Itll usually display in this split screen format with audio navigation and apple carplay options, easily accessible Music without exception. All of the ev models you can currently buy on the uk market for under 30 000 pounds are considerably smaller than this mg. Both inside and out careful packaging has positioned the battery pack beneath the car so that it doesnt impinge on either passenger or luggage space. Music with small crossovers, its usually on the rear seat that youre reminded of their super mini origins, but not in this case. This car is slightly wider and longer than typical, small suvs, and that really pays dividends here. In fact, mg claims that the kind of room on offer in the back of a zs is much more comparable with the kind of space youd get from a qashqai class family hatch based suv from the next class up and theres. Some truth in that lets finish with a look at the boot now, as suggested earlier.
Its 448 liter total capacity is exactly the same as youd get in a combustion engine zs which, to give you some class perspective, is a figure around 60 liters higher than youd get from most normal compact suvs fold forward, the 60 40 split rear bench and the Capacity figure rises to 1100 liters charging. A zs ev 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 charging status is now readily viewed on the four stage indicator leds inside the charging port. The combination type 2 and ccs charger provides up to 7 kilowatt fast charging using the on board ac charger or up to 76 kilowatt dc rapid charging, depending on climatic conditions. This means the long range 72 kilowatt hour battery can be charged from zero to 100. In as little as 42 minutes on a 100 kilowatt rapid charger, if you can find one at home, the car can recharge itself using a standard, seven kilowatt wall box in ten and a half hours quite a bit more than the six hour time required. For the previous 44 kilowatt hour model, but overnight charging still just about possible in emergencies. The car can also be charged via a standard three pin plug if youre wondering just how affordable a family sized full ev model with decent driving range can be. Then mgs delivered. The answer here in the form of this improved zed suv, which remains a typically tightly priced package, particularly in this 72 kilowatt hour long range form.
This car might suit you down to the ground, especially if your motoring is based. Around short urban runs its well equipped. Spacious and comes with a notably long, seven year, transferable warranty to complement a price that looks like a misprint.