Updated MG ZS EV gets more range and a £28,495 price tag

The MG ZS EV has received a substantial update for 2021, including a redesign and new battery options

  • Available with 51kWh and 72kWh battery options
  • Flagship model capable of up to 273 miles of range
  • On sale now, starting from £28,495 after the PiCG

The facelifted MG ZS EV is now on sale, starting from £28,495 after the Plug-in Car Grant deduction. The refreshed model has received a significant midlife facelift with an exterior redesign, a refreshed interior, upgraded tech and a pair of new battery options, one of which has boosted the maximum range of the budget-focused SUV to 273 miles.

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The increased range figure offered by the new MG ZS EV pitches it directly against models such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault ZOE, with the larger-battery version offering a far longer range than the entry-level Kia e-Niro.

2021 MG ZS EV: prices and specifications

The refreshed MG ZS EV is available in three trim levels, starting with the SE version. This model costs from £28,495 after the PiCG, and gets LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and start, a 360-degree parking camera, a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen and sat nav. It also features vehicle-to-load (V2L) charging, which allows owners to power or recharge other electrical devices.

Stepping up to the Trophy model costs from £30,995 after the grant deduction. This model adds a panoramic roof, heated front seats, electrical adjustment for the driver’s seat, faux-leather interior trim, roof rails, rain-sensing automatic wipers and a wireless phone charging pad. Above this, the Trophy Connect adds extra connectivity with connected live services for weather, traffic and Amazon Prime. Prices for this flagship model start from £31,495 after the grant deduction.

Every version of the MG ZS EV gets an array of standard safety features dubbed ‘MG Pilot.’ This features active emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, traffic-jam assist, high-beam assist and speed-limit assist.

Design

The redesign of the new MG ZS EV includes a blank, closed front grille incorporating the charging port, to set it apart from the petrol model. The LED headlights have also been tweaked and there are a new set of aerodynamic alloy wheels with a two-tone paint finish. A new tail light design, restyled rear bumper and a new rear diffuser with silver trim inserts also feature. 

A further addition to the refreshed model is a useful charging status indicator located in the nose-mounted charging port. This features four LEDs, giving owners a visual indicator of charging progress.

Interior

Inside, a new larger 10.1-inch infotainment screen is fitted and features new graphics. This setup runs the brand’s latest ‘iSMART’ smartphone connectivity, which allows remote access to a variety of the car’s functions, such as security, charging and the climate control, with the option to pre-warm or cool the cabin before a journey. A new digital instrument cluster is also standard, along with a wireless charging pad on the flagship model.

Battery and charging 

Two versions of the updated MG ZS EV will be available, with the top 72kWh Long Range version officially capable of 273 miles between charges. This model will be the only version available at launch, with the 51kWh Standard Range model arriving next year with a range of up to 198 miles. 

Rapid-charging capability is limited to 76kW, meaning the larger 72kWh battery can be charged from 0-100% in 42 minutes. When using a standard 7kW wallbox, a full charge takes around 10.5 hours. 

What does it mean for car buyers?

The arrival of the new MG ZS EV is great news for buyers who want a long-range EV on a budget. With a 273-mile range, the budget-focused electric SUV is now a genuine competitor to far more expensive models like the Kia e-Niro. The update could make the MG ZS EV an affordable electric car with few compromises. 

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