In-depth reviews

MG ZS EV SUV - Electric motor, drive & performance

​​With an electric motor the MG ZS is faster, smoother and better to drive

2021 MG ZS EV - front on dynamic
Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.7 out of 5

Read owner reviews
Electric motor, drive & performance Rating

3.5 out of 5

The MG ZS' petrol engines and gearboxes are our least favourite parts of the standard model, so swapping them for smooth, powerful electric motor and single-speed transmission is nigh on transformational. You’ll notice that it’s not the quietest electric car but refinement is adequate considering the car’s relatively low price.

Acceleration aside, its driving experience is unremarkable - but that's no bad thing, it's simple and easy to get around in. Most bumps are dealt with by the soft suspension, but this also means the ZS EV can feel slightly wayward at times, with a bit too much body lean. If the driving experience is important, it’s worth looking at cars like the Volkswagen ID.3 and Hyundai Kona Electric instead.

MG ZS EV electric motor

Its single motor produces either 174bhp (standard-range versions) or 154bhp (Long Range) and 280Nm of torque, all sent to the front wheels which gets the MG from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds - four seconds quicker than the petrol. The cheaper standard-range versions are ever-so-slightly quicker, but the difference is negligible. Its top speed is now 108mph, up from 87mph in the old model, allowing for easy motorway driving, but reminding us that high-speed cruising isn't necessarily an electric car forte.

There are Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes. Unlike in some electric cars, Eco doesn’t restrict acceleration too severely but Sport mode certainly doesn’t transform the ZS into a performance SUV either. There are also three settings for the regenerative braking, although you can’t drive on one pedal like you can in an ID.3 or Nissan Leaf.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    105kW Excite EV 45kWh 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £28,244

Most Economical

  • Name
    115kW SE EV Long Range 73kWh 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £30,594

Fastest

  • Name
    130kW SE EV 51kWh 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £28,594

Recommended

Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022
2021 Citroen Ami
Best cars
20 Apr 2022

Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022

New facelifted MG ZS EV Standard Range starts from £27,495
2021 MG ZS EV SUV
MG ZS EV SUV
7 Feb 2022

New facelifted MG ZS EV Standard Range starts from £27,495

MG ZS EV SUV review
2021 MG ZS EV - front 3/4 dynamic
MG ZS EV SUV
31 Jan 2022

MG ZS EV SUV review

New long-range MG 5 EV does 250 miles on a charge
MG 5 EV long-range
MG
20 Jul 2021

New long-range MG 5 EV does 250 miles on a charge

Most Popular

Speed awareness course: how much does it cost, how long does it take and how do you do one online?
Police car - open boot
Tips and advice
19 May 2022

Speed awareness course: how much does it cost, how long does it take and how do you do one online?

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Fiat 500 deals
Deals
20 May 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

New car delivery times: how long will you have to wait?
Mazda3s at Bristol port
Car buying
17 May 2022

New car delivery times: how long will you have to wait?

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
25 Apr 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
3 May 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
3 Feb 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022