MG ZS SUV - Interior & comfort
The MG ZS is the best recent model from the brand for interior ambience and comes close to matching its rivals
There's good news for passengers in the form of the soft ride the MG ZS offers on battle-scarred roads, but those on board will face quite a lot of noise from the wind rushing past and the road as it roars beneath the wheels.
MG ZS dashboard
The MG ZS makes a good first impression when you get behind the wheel. The dashboard is of a much cleaner, less scattered design than older MG models, with an eight-inch touchscreen as the centrepiece on most models.
Inevitably, the materials used aren't of the quality found in certain European rivals, although they're unlikely to be anything but durable and their hard-wearing nature means they'll be reasonably easy to keep clean – a factor often overlooked in a car destined to be found on many a family driveway.
Only the entry-level Explore does without that infotainment screen, which is a relatively impressive piece of kit. It's nicely presented, with crisp graphics and a very responsive touch sensor. It can take some time to get used to the way its menus are laid out, though, and using it on the move is best avoided until you're truly familiar with its operation. There's a physical button to press that allows you to retrace your steps through the menus, but it's a plain, unlabelled button in the centre of the volume knob, and easy to miss without referring to the manual.
The ZS line-up consists of three trim levels. Cheapest is the Explore, which kicks off the range from just £13,000. Despite this low figure, it's not entirely bereft of standard kit – cruise control is included across the range, as are Bluetooth, LED driving lights and rear lights and power-adjustable mirrors.
The mid-range Excite adds the aforementioned infotainment system, which packs sat nav and Apple CarPlay compatibility, although Android Auto isn't included. It also sits on more distinctive 17-inch alloy wheels. The range-topping Exclusive is markedly more costly, and although its full specification list hasn't been revealed yet, it's hard to imagine it offering better value for money than the cars beneath it in the range.
The MG ZS options list has yet to be announced, but is expected to include a variety of personalisation and styling options, as well as alternative paint finishes.