MG ZS review - Interior, design and technology

An on-trend if unexciting exterior wraps a decent cabin, but the MG ZS is no technology fest

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Price
£15,874 to £20,349
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The MG ZS is fairly unremarkable from a design point of view, although it’s handsome enough in a generic sort of fashion, with hints of its stylish Japanese rival the Mazda CX-3 from some angles, and more Korean feel from others. Either way, with its bold chrome-highlighted grille, projector lamps and smart alloy wheels, all but the entry model manage to present quite a respectable air. And even the entry model avoids looking like a bargain basement offer.

The five-door body features quite a bluff nose and heavily accentuated wheel arch bulges which give it a slightly ponderous air, while the rakishly angled rear side windows and roofline that tapers towards the rear hatch help to mask the overall boxiness of the shape. Paint colours can make a big impact on a car like this, and MG offers a bright Spiced Orange hue for those who want to stand out a little more than the otherwise fairly standard choices.

Underneath, the ZS utilises a platform designed by MG for the SUVs, and which is shared by the GS its bigger sister and the Roewe RX3, which is a related model sold in China. Neither the engineering or electronics platforms appear particularly exotic by the standard of more expensive rivals, but they serve their purpose at the ZS’s price.

The same can be said of the ZS’s interior, which is one of the best we’ve seen from the marque and certainly won’t disappoint at the price point. Material quality feel isn’t up to the level of Europe’s contenders, but the facia is pleasing to look at and feels durable and decently put together.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The entry level ZS Explore comes with a basic radio set-up although you can stream music via USB or Bluetooth. The two plusher models both come with a central infotainment touchscreen and DAB audio, and while the screen has crisp graphics and responds well to the touch, its menus are not as intuitive as they might be. Only the top Exclusive model gets navigation as standard.

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