Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The MG ZS EV is much cheaper for cash buyers than the equivalent 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.
The ZS EV is predicted to hold on to its value well if you go for the long range (68.3kWh battery) model, and is expected to be worth more than the Peugeot e-2008 after three years. The Kia e-Niro will hold on to its value even better.
Although the regular MG ZS has a disappointing three-star Euro NCAP safety test rating, the ZS EV scores the full five stars. As well as having more safety kit, it does a better job of protecting adults and children from injury. Even so, the Nissan Leaf was found to be safer in an impact.
MG performed reasonably well in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, coming tenth out of 30 brands, behind Hyundai and Kia, but ahead of Renault and Nissan. MGs come with a seven-year, 80,000 mile manufacturer warranty. The battery is covered for the same duration, and will be repaired or replaced if it falls below 70% of its as-new performance in that time.