Which used MG ZS hatchback should I buy?
If you want the most sporting model, it has to be the V6. Badged ZS180, the engine produces 177bhp and blasts the car from 0-60mph in 7.3sec and on to a top speed of 139mph. Standard kit includes 17in alloy wheels, part-leather trim and an aggressive-looking bodykit.
Avoid the two 2.0-litre turbodiesels, one with 100bhp and one with 110bhp, as they're off the pace for refinement and performance. Likewise, you can find the 117bhp 1.8-litre ZS120 with a CVT automatic gearbox, but you're better off sticking with the five-speed manual.
Whichever ZS you buy, it will have a reasonable amount of equipment. Even the entry-level ZS110, which has a 107bhp 1.6-litre engine, gets anti-lock brakes, twin front and side airbags, alloy wheels and remote central locking. Air-conditioning and CD players are also available, but even after the range had a face-lift in April 2004, traction and stability control, and curtain airbags were still not available.
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