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MG ZS EV SUV - Reliability & safety

MG has upped the safety kit count and we're hoping it’s EV powertrain will be hassle free

2021 MG ZS EV - rear badging
Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.7 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

It's great to see the MG ZS EV gets more safety kit than standard models, and it will be interesting to see if its electric powertrain can also make it more reliable.

MG ZS EV reliability

The petrol MG ZS finished a respectable 41st out of the top 75 models in our 2021 Driver Power survey, with positive results for its value, practicality, comfort and exterior design. Running costs and reliability were rated poorly, so it will be interesting to see if the EV can help turn these areas around. The new infotainment system should improve the outgoing model’s lacklustre score in this area.

MG won’t be highlighting its result in our Driver Power brands survey, however. It finished bottom of the 29 brands ranked. Worryingly, 38% of all MG owners reported a fault within the first year, most commonly with electrical gripes, although it’s not clear how many owners have an MG ZS EV.

Safety

When independent safety experts Euro NCAP tested the regular MG ZS, it only managed a lacklustre three stars out of five, trailing many of its rivals. However, MG's latest safety technology is fitted as standard to the EV version, elevating its crash result to a full five stars. Called MG Pilot, all three trims benefit from a suite of driving aids including autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.

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