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MG ZS review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Average running costs are offset by low purchase prices, but residual values are uncertain

There’s no doubt the MG ZS is cheap to buy, and it should be reasonably cheap to run too, although it’s not exactly an economy star when you compare its efficiency to that of rivals.

The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is the more technically advanced option, and you might hope for better figures than it actually delivers. It only musters 45.4mpg on the combined cycle using WLTP measures, while we’d have hoped for it to crack 50mph like key competitors. CO2 emissions of 145g/km don’t look great either, and we suspect the automatic gearbox is the culprit. But of course you’ll have to drive a long way before any economy disadvantages eat up the savings you’ve made in the showroom by opting for the MG instead of a European competitor.

Plump for the larger but cheaper 1.5-litre engine with its five-speed manual gearbox, and the official figures promise 47.1mpg and 140g/km of CO2. Road tax will be the same whichever model you plump for at £140 per year.

Insurance groups

The lack of performance and cheap pricing mean the MG ZS will be cheap to insure, with the 1.5-litre sitting in group 11 and the 1.0 in group 10 for quote purposes. It’s not quite as attractive as the group 9 rating for the smallest engined Renault Captur but it’s close enough to have a minimal effect on premiums. 

Depreciation

Residual values for the MG range haven’t been on a par with European built rivals, and the fact that there’s no factory PCP option for the ZS that may be an indication that depreciation levels will be relatively harsh. Dealers instead offer a five-year zero per cent finance deal with deposit that gets the Exclusive model down to £199 a month, but you’ll own it outright at the end with no guaranteed value.

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