The interior layout, fit and finish
Given the ZS EV's budget price tag, the quality of its interior isn’t too bad. You'll find soft-touch plastics on its dashboard, along with solid-feeling buttons and an impressive fit and finish. Put simply, it's much classier inside than its closest price rival, the Renault Zoe.
An 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system is standard and its graphics are reasonably clear. It’s well kitted out, with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and sat-nav as standard, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. However, the screen sometimes takes a while to respond to presses, and it isn't as user-friendly as the best systems. The Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro are examples of electric cars with better infotainment systems. Meanwhile, in entry-level Excite trim, the ZS EV comes with a four-speaker stereo, while the Exclusive trim bumps that tally up to six.
You get a height-adjustable driver’s seat (electrically operated on the Exclusive trim), but some might still struggle when it comes to getting a ‘just so’ driving position. As with the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, the ZS EV’s steering wheel adjusts for height only and not reach. You’ll find the Kia e-Niro much better in this respect.
Seeing out the front is pretty easy, but the view to the rear is hindered by thick pillars. Fortunately, all trims come with rear parking sensors, while the Exclusive trim adds a rear-view camera. Bright LED headlights aren’t available, though.