MG ZS review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
A big boot and spacious cabin make the MG ZS a practical family choice
The MG ZS is very well suited to family life thanks to its boxy five door design, and it’s roomy for five people and their luggage - there’s no seven seat option, or any other body configuration.
The driving position is good with lots of driver’s seat adjustment to accommodate all shapes, but while the steering wheel tilts it doesn’t slide in and out for reach which is a bit of a disappointment. The seat is well bolstered and comfortable for long journeys though, and five people can travel in reasonable comfort, although a middle passenger in the rear will be somewhat squeezed between the two main seats. Visibility from the driver’s seat is good, and the ZS has good cabin storage with large door pockets and cubbies around the passenger space.
The MG ZS is a little bigger than most of its direct competitors, and measures up at 4,314mm long, 1,809mm wide and 1,611mm tall. The Renault Captur is 4,122mm x 1,778mm x 1,566mm. The shape of the C pillar means there’s quite a blind-spot at the rear when reversing, so park sensors are a valuable addition to the spec.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Leg and headroom is good for all four passengers in the primary seats, but the middle seat on the rear bench is on the narrow side. The transmission tunnel doesn’t intrude too heavily on legroom for the middle passenger though.
The MG ZS has pretty generous boot space with 488 litres of luggage volume on offer – that’s nearly 100 litres more than the Nissan Juke.
The MG’s rear seat splits and folds 60:40 when necessary, and with all the seats down luggage volume goes up to 1,375 litres. Unfortunately, the seats don’t fold completely flat, which makes loading longer items potentially more awkward.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe MG ZS struggles to compete head-on in the small SUV segment, but few serious flaws and value pricing mean it’s still worth a look
- 2Engines, performance and driveIt’s not the most refined or thrilling drive, but the MG ZS is reasonably comfortable and quiet
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsAverage running costs are offset by low purchase prices, but residual values are uncertain
- 4Interior, design and technologyAn on-trend if unexciting exterior wraps a decent cabin, but the MG ZS is no technology fest
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingA big boot and spacious cabin make the MG ZS a practical family choice
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe lack of autonomous braking loses the MG ZS points, but occupant safety scores are lower than rivals too