MG ZS EV Range
MG says you’ll get a maximum of 163 miles from the ZS EV and in normal, sedate driving we’ve found that to be pretty accurate. Drive a little more enthusiastically or drive in the winter months and that’ll slump to around 130 miles, but that’s still pretty reasonable. The ZS EV’s 163-mile range may seem a little measly when you remember a Hyundai Kona Electric can go another 100 miles before it runs out, but the Hyundai costs £10,000 more than the MG. For the price and its size, the ZS EV’s range is decent.
More of an issue is the lack of a preheat facility, which means you will have to physically sit in the car to defrost on a cold day. As the heater isn't a more efficient heat pump you'll use a lot of extra power doing it too. This could know 30 miles off the range in winter, so bear that in mind. The Nissan Leaf is far more advanced in this area.
MG ZS EV Battery
The ZS EV is powered by a 44.5kWh lithium ion battery pack hooked up to a 141bhp electric motor, making it more powerful than the petrol-powered ZS. The size of the battery puts the ZS EV between cars like the MINI Electric and Nissan Leaf, but some way off other electric crossover SUVs like the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Kia Soul EV. Cleverly MG has mounted the batteries down the centre of the car and under the floor which means practicality isn’t affected. It's water cooled too, which should help keep it in good condition and allow frequent rapid charging. The electric motor is under the bonnet where the engine sits in the petrol-powered ZS and drives the front wheels only.
MG ZS EV Charging
You charge up the ZS EV by flipping open the MG badge. It all looks rather smart but in reality style has been favoured over ease of use. As the flap opens outwards and upwards, it’s tricky to find the Type 2 port and CCS port for rapid charging without bending down to look.
A charge from a 7kW wallbox will take six hours, 30 minutes, and if you plug into a 50kW rapid charger an 80% top-up takes 30 minutes. MG throws in an eight-metre Type 2 cable but one for a three-pin socket is an extra - a full charge from this would take 17 hours. Disappointingly there’s also no timed charging and no smartphone app.