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MG ZS SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Unpredictable depreciation is the only real concern when it comes to MG ZS running costs

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3.9 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.0 out of 5

Ownership of an MG ZS, on the face of it, looks quite pain-free from a financial perspective. The outright purchase cost is lower than many rivals, which gets it off to a good start. However, those buying on PCP finance might find deals aren't the most attractive on the market, depending on how the MG's resale value stacks up.

Otherwise, only the ZS' disappointing fuel consumption really works against it. Ongoing expenses such as insurance and road tax won't be significantly more costly than for rivals, and maintenance shouldn't throw up many unexpectedly large bills. There's also the reassuring presence of a seven-year warranty.


Although its small size implies thriftiness, the ZS' 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine isn't quite as economical as you'd hope – and the fault might lie with its mandatory six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The ZS 1.0-litre returns up to 38.6mpg, some way behind the 50mpg benchmark established by many of the car's rivals. CO2 emissions of 166g/km are on the high side, too – company-car users will balk at its high Benefit-in-Kind bracket.

Fuel consumption and emissions figures for the 1.5-litre petrol are slightly better at 41.5mpg and 155g/km respectively and no diesel engine is expected to join the ZS range any time soon.

Every MG ZS will cost £150 a year for VED road tax.


Choose the entry-level trim and 1.5-litre petrol engine, and the MG ZS sits in insurance group 11 out of 50. This rating decreases by one group for the 1.0-litre turbo.

The MG's Renault Captur rival ranges from insurance group 9 for the 0.9-litre entry-level model to 16 for the biggest 1.5-litre diesel. The MG will need to come close to these figures to be competitive.


Service intervals for the MG GS are every year or 15,000 miles, and we expect the ZS to follow suit. Service plans are available, and are claimed to make budgeting for routine maintenance easier. Your MG dealer will be happy to discuss the right service plan for you.


MG's warranty provision for the ZS is very generous. At seven years/80,000 miles, it comes close to matching Kia's seven-year/100,000-mile warranty and those who cover low mileage will find that it beats Hyundai's five-year/unlimited-mileage policy. The warranty is fully transferrable and can be passed on to a subsequent owner when it comes time to sell.

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