Electric vehicles have come a long way from the days of small two-seater cars. And with Tesla holding onto a major market share of EVs, can companies even compete with their incredible technology. Well, companies are. Staples of the automotive industry like Mercedes Benz, Honda, and Toyota have – for better or for worse – made their way into the EV industry. But none have yet come with their own version of an electric SUV, until now. Introducing the MG ZS EV: one of the first EV SUVs and a direct competitor to the Tesla Model X. But is it as good as the Model X? Well, that is what we are here to find out.
Overview of the Features
We could run circles around how this car does what different, but you know why you’re really here, it’s the features. You want to know exactly this car is capable of and if it is worth your money. On that note, here is an overview of the features that the MG ZS provides.
- Zero CO2 Emissions: of course, one property that all EVs share is that they do not produce any carbon emissions. And much like all other EVs, the MG ZS does not produce any carbon emissions.
- Power 141 BHP: The MG ZS comes with a fairly powerful motor that is able to put out 141 BHP. For comparison, that is about the average BHP of an engine SUV.
- Acceleration: The acceleration of the ZS EV is quite respectable, despite its comparatively larger size. It can go from 0-60mph in under 9 seconds, which is quite fast for an SUV, let along an electric one.
- Range: If anything, this is where the ZS’ cheapness starts to show its ugly side. The MG ZS can barely muster 163 miles on a single charge, which is not good by any stretch. In comparison that is almost seven times less than the Jeep Cherokee, and almost half the range of the Kia e-Niro.
- Capacity: With the range as low as it is, you can keep your hope about the capacity low. The MG ZS only provides a 44.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack top drivers.
The Quality of Drive and Performance
With a quick look at the features that the MG ZS provides, it is already not looking good here for our underdog. However, if you are someone who trumps a good driving experience over anything else, then there may still be hope for the ZS.
The ZS has a massive front and rearview window that make driving and parking an absolute breeze. Its seat is also a little higher than most other SUVs on the market, allowing you to see the road better and find your ideal driving position. They also have very nice light controls that can make traveling around a tight city a lot less tedious.
What is tedious, however, is just how strong the regenerative braking is. The regenerative braking – when the car recoups energy every time you slow down – always defaults to the hardest settings. Luckily, this is quite easy to change. But what isn’t easy to change is the suspension, and boy is it bad.
As long as you are driving on a smooth road, you won’t even feel the tires touch the road. But as soon as you come in contact with a speed breaker, the ZS completely takes away the suspension of disbelief. It can be especially bad when you’re driving a rough patch of road, as the car feels completely stiff.
The Boot Space: Is It Enough?
The boot space for the MG ZS is quite respectable, and that’s about it. It comes with about 448 liters of boot space, which makes for plenty of space for any extra goods that need storing. Of course, both of the back seats can fold down, giving much more boot space for you to use.
There is also a false floor underneath the mat, which allows you to keep some of your day-to-day items. Space underneath isn’t very big, but it is just enough for you to store your charging cables neatly. The mat in the boot doesn’t move too much, allowing you to slide boxes and other objects from and towards the seats. For comparison, the boot space is slightly less than the Kia e-Niro but is quite bigger than the Hyundai Kona Electric.
The Interior Design
While the MG ZS does excel in a few areas, where it doesn’t excel, it really shows. The interior design, though competently made, feels a little cheaper than the rest of its competition. Now you can, of course, argue that it is also significantly cheaper than the rest of the competition and that is true. However, with most of the interior made of plastic, there really is no excuse.
As for the seats, well, the padding does show care and attention to detail. Although the thigh cushions can feel a little uncomfortable after a certain time, they are still considerably more comfortable. The seats also manage to strike the perfect balance between legroom and headroom, as a person who is six feet tall can easily slide into the car without any troubles. The headroom allows them to sit with ease, and the legroom below can cater to their long legs.
Cost Structure: Is It Fair?
For the most part, the cost structure for the MG ZS is quite justified. The considerably cheaper price, good driving experience (excluding the suspension), and overall value do somewhat make up for its constant resetting of regenerative brakes, the awful suspension, and lackluster range. At just $28,000, it is one of the cheapest electric SUVs that you can buy.
The Final Verdict
All in all, the MG ZS is actually a very competent and well made electric SUV. While it doesn’t do anything new, it really has its moments. But if you are willing to take up all of its highs and don’t much mind its lows, then this may be the SUV for you.