What Car? says...

The problem with electric cars – particularly those of the SUV variety – is that, while they're cheap to run, they can be rather expensive to buy in the first place. There is one notable exception, though – the MG ZS EV.

Ever since MG was relaunched by a Chinese company, the once-famous British sports car brand has concentrated on building value-focused models, with steadily increasing success. The MG ZS is its one of its most rounded models to date, so it’s hardly surprising that it was chosen as a basis for the MG's first electric car.


  • Yes - it came top among electric cars in our 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, and MG as a brand came ninth out of 32 car makers. Read more here

  • The Long Range version can officially manage 273 miles, while the entry-level model promises 198 miles. Of course, official ranges are very hard to match in real-world driving. Read more here

  • We recommend the Long Range model in SE trim. Its 273-mile official range makes it very usable, while SE trim includes all the essentials, without pushing the price too high. Read more here

  • You get plenty of safety kit, including automatic emergency braking, as standard – and the ZS EV received a five-star write-up from Euro NCAP. Read more here

  • The standard 10.1in touchscreen infotainment system incorporates a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring. The operating system could be more intuitive, though. Read more here

  • The electric ZS EV has a boot capacity of 470 litres, so it gives you more luggage space than the petrol MG ZS (448), and also the Kia Niro EV and Peugeot e-2008. Read more here