The ZS’s low pricing and seven-year, 80,000-mile standard warranty both help the car stand out. Its list price comfortably undercuts that of rivals, making it a cheaper cash buy.
However, both the ZS’s engines are behind rivals in terms of fuel economy and emissions. In addition, resale values are not expected to be as strong as those of the competition, meaning the ZS’s monthly payments are pretty close to that of its more talented contemporaries.
At least standard equipment is impressive throughout the range, considering the ZS's price. Along with the infotainment touchscreen, entry-level Explore models get 15in steel wheels, Bluetooth and cruise control. Excite trim features 17in alloy wheels, air conditioning and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, while range-topping Exclusive adds sat-nav, a rear-view camera and a leather-style interior.
Less impressive is the ZS’s safety rating. It scored three stars out of five in Euro NCAP testing – that’s poor for the class – and doesn’t get autonomous emergency braking even as an option. The Seat Arona, Hyundai Kona and Citroën C3 Aircross all get the maximum five-star rating.
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