Used MG Rover ZS Hatchback 2001 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

2001 - 2005 review
MG Rover ZS Hatchback (01 - 05)
  • MG Rover ZS Hatchback (01 - 05)
  • MG Rover ZS Hatchback (01 - 05)
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What's the used MG ZS hatchback like?

The MG ZS's engineers may have been forced to use the platform of the stodgy-handling Rover 45 as a base, but they didn't let that deter them. When the ZS arrived in 2001, it did so to critical acclaim. The stiffened, lowered suspension does an excellent job and provides fine handling, although the ride is a bit too firm as a result.

There's a wide range of engines, starting with a 1.6-litre 107bhp petrol and culminating in an excellent 2.5-litre 177bhp V6. A 1.8-litre petrol and two 2.0 turbodiesels complete the picture.

Although the inside was given the sports treatment, too, it still looked old-fashioned even when new, despite the chrome-ringed dials. The front seats are good, though, with plenty of side support, although steering wheel adjustment is limited. Rear cabin space is poor, too, but both the saloon and the hatch have a spilt/folding rear seat and decent boot space.