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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For Good handling; cracking performance from V6 engine

Against It looks a bit homemade, and the ride is very harsh

Verdict The styling and cabin are questionable, but this is a cheap and fun to drive car

Go for… 1.8 120

Avoid… 2.0 turbodiesel

MG Rover ZS Hatchback
  • 1. In the 1.6 and 1.8 petrols, blown head gaskets – often brought on by water leaks – are a fairly common fault
  • 2. Have an expert check the front suspension, because there can be problems, although they are not necessarily expensive to fix
  • 3. The sportiest model, the ZS180, comes with 17in alloy wheels, part-leather trim and an aggressive-looking bodykit
  • 4. Rear cabin space is poor, but the saloon and the hatch have a spilt/folding rear seat and decent boot space
  • 5. The MG can run to 15,000 miles before it needs a service
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