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First Drive: MG ZS EV

The story: MG has revised its big-selling electric SUV with a new larger battery, new look and new infotainment system being the main highlights
Category:Small SUV
Key rival:Kia e-Niro
Efficiency:EV range: 273 miles
On sale:Now

MG’s ZS has nestled itself well within the UK’s top 10 electric vehicles, ranking number eight for the first 10 months
of this year.

Despite that, it’s refresh time, with the big news being an increase in range to either 198 or 273 miles, depending on the battery size. The larger 68.3kWh usable battery is available to order now, with the smaller 49kWh one following at some point next year.

First Drive - January 2022 - MG ZS EV - Image 6That, according to MG, opens the car up to fleets that have put a 250-mile minimum range on their policies.

Also new is the front-end design, which gets a stamped-grille effect that’s quite similar to the design theme used on the front of the Hyundai Kona EV. In addition, new LED headlamps, a side-hinged charge port on the front, new rear bumpers, new wheel designs and Battersea Blue colour all mark out the revised model.

The inside is also significantly updated, with the new user-friendly infotainment system a welcome upgrade on the sluggish tech in the pre-facelift car. The 10.1-inch touchscreen is much quicker to react and has more up-to-date graphics, while also combining with an app for the first time to allow for pre-heating or cooling, charge management, locking and unlocking remotely and find my car functions.

The revised powertrain feels more responsive and modern than the previous car’s, which felt a little off-the-pace technology-wise. It offers decent initial power delivery, although it does tail off at higher speeds. Meanwhile, the steering could be a little more direct and offer more feedback.

First Drive - January 2022 - MG ZS EV - Image 5Rear space is good and the boot is certainly deep and practical, although it would be better if there were a little more stowage space up front.

MG has changed its trim line-up from Excite and Exclusive to SE and Trophy, a move that will go across the range as models are updated. The new pricing sees the 72kWh-branded Trophy sit at £32,440 and the SE at £30,940, a £2400 increase on the outgoing car, but as mentioned, that gets you a full 110 miles of extra official range as well as the new infotainment system and visual upgrades. The ZS is now rated at 500kg for towing for the first time.

Paul Barker

Range boost puts revitalised MG ZS EV on more fleet lists

The verdict

A significant update that gives the ZS impressive range, proper connectivity and the feeling of being a more accomplished all-round car.