Following a successful Australian launch of their first SUV in 2017, MG has swiftly followed up with the release of their second. The MG ZS was unveiled late last year as the marque’s most affordable mid-size car yet. Intrigued by the new affordably-priced offering, I spent a little time recently getting to know the new MG ZS.
For many people, their car is going to get its fair share of use every day, whether it’s driving to work and running errands throughout the week, or getting out and about on the weekend. When this is the case, something reliable, efficient, and comfortable is needed. A clean look doesn’t hurt either. After a few days with the MG ZS, we can say it fits the bill.
For a small SUV, the MG ZS has a commanding look, thanks in part to the chrome surrounded, satin highlighted front grille. The LED headlights too have a seemingly piercing stare. The giant panoramic sunroof immediately drew my gaze when stepping in for the first time – it’s huge. The sunshade definitely came in handy on scorching summer days, while opening it in the evenings pretty much became a habit.
During some long drives between meetings, and a trip to the beach on the weekend, I found the MG ZS comfortable, both as the driver and front passenger. The spacious seats offer support and cushioning, with ample leg room. I got to know some of the car’s features during these long drives too. Connecting an iPhone to the car via Apple CarPlay is quick and easy. So too is configuring the speaker system, controlled by the bright 8″ touchscreen in the instrument panel. There are six Yamaha speakers in the MG ZS, and you have the flexibility to direct the audio in the car to certain areas, plus adjust the audio frequency. The screen also plays host to your reverse camera – a very welcome feature when it comes to parking in tight spots around the city. The rest of the instrument panel is nicely laid out with clear controls. There’s a good amount of space between the various buttons and dials so it doesn’t look at all crowded.
The car’s sleek interior is a nice match to the formidable exterior. Its leather-look seats with contrast stitching look and feel premium. Their deep black finish gives a strong sense of durability and elegance, offering a nice tribute to MG’s heritage British style.
Something remarkably useful in an everyday vehicle is a reasonably-sized boot. The boot in the MG ZS is a respectable 359 litres, that shoots all the way up to 1,116 litres when you fold the back seats down. This has easily been enough to hold plenty of gear. It’ll serve you well when it comes to luggage on weekends away too.
When living and working in a city environment, a common driving experience often involves start-stop traffic, bumpy roads, and unpredictable drivers. The MG ZS handled these kinds of conditions with ease and responsive handling, allowing a pleasurable drive each time. Rather than trying to be the quickest off the mark, the car delivers a comfortable performance and smooth ride with a 1 litre Turbo engine, producing 82 kW and 160Nm.
If you’re after a car that can handle the rigours of everyday driving without a hitch, the new MG ZS is well worth considering. It offers a sleek look, spacious interior, and comfortable drive, making each journey a breeze.