Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
As we’ve already discussed, the ZS EV is much cheaper for cash buyers than an equivalent electric SUV, such as the Kia e-Niro or Hyundai Kona Electric. It’s also cheaper than smaller electric cars, such as the Renault Zoe, but not by the same margin.
It’s worth thinking about the long term, though, and the ZS EV is predicted to depreciate more quickly than any of its rivals. So, if you factor predicted resale values into the cost of ownership, the ZS EV will actually end up costing you only marginally less after three years than, say, a Nissan Leaf, which has a higher list price.
It’s a well-equipped car, though, and choosing our recommended version, the entry-level Excite model, will keep costs down. It comes with keyless entry, air-conditioning, adaptive cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and 17in alloy wheels. Step up to Exclusive trim and you’ll add a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats and power-folding door mirrors.
Safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking – including pedestrian and cyclist recognition – as standard, as well as lane-keeping assistance. Again, Exclusive trim throws even more into the equation, giving you blindspot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, the latter warning you of traffic in your path when reversing into a road.
Where safety is concerned, that’s the good news. The bad news is that Euro NCAP described the petrol ZS as offering marginal protection to front seat occupants’ legs and, for rear seat adults, marginal whiplash and head protection, plus poor chest protection. The child occupancy score was also poor, due to generally underwhelming protection for six to 10-year olds. Its overall rating ended up at a lowly three stars. The Nissan Leaf, meanwhile, was given much better individual scores and five stars overall.
MGs come with a seven-year warranty to match that of the Kia e-Niro, but the brand didn’t feature in the 2019 What Car Reliability Survey.