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MG ZS Australia

The MG ZS has been a huge success story for the Chinese-owned British brand in Australia. Since arriving locally in late 2017, it has forged a place for itself on the sales charts among some very impressive big-name rivals.

But perhaps more importantly, the MG ZS is now a household name, thanks in no small part to its attractive looks, clever interior packaging and strong ownership program.

And there’s also its incredibly sharp pricing, which starts at $21,990 for the entry-level ZS Excite. The line-up tops out at $24,990 for the ZS Essence.

MG ZS Models Price and Specs

The price range for the MG ZS varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $21,990 and going to $24,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 SUV 1.5L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $21,990 $24,990
2022 SUV 1.5L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $20,020 $25,410
2021 SUV 1.5L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $18,700 $26,620
2020 SUV 1.5L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $16,940 $26,400
2019 SUV 1.5L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $16,830 $24,090
See All MG ZS Pricing and Specs

MG ZS Colours

The ZS is available in many bright colours, including red, white, blue, silver, and black. The EV variant trades away the silver option for an alternate light blue.

  • Dover White
  • Diamond Red
  • Regal Blue
  • Sterling Silver
  • Pebble Black
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the MG ZS 2021.

MG ZS Interior

MG's ZS has an interior that varies a lot depending on the grade chosen. Combustion vehicles have a dated, more budget-oriented interior treatment, while the EV variant takes a significant hike with improved materials and multimedia.

Shown above are interior details for the MG ZS 2021.

MG ZS Accessories

The MG ZS EV comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, built-in sat-nav, faux-leather interior trim, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and push start ignition, LED DRLs with halogen headlights, and a six-way power adjustable driver's seat.

Shown above are the accessory details for the MG ZS 2021.


Check out real-world situations relating to the MG ZS here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What are the pros and cons of a 2018 MG ZS?

    ZS pros include cheap pricing, an easy driving experience and a comparatively spacious interior compared to other direct rivals like a Mazda CX-3. The dash is pleasant, there is a decent amount of equipment and the controls are all simple to use. It should also be fairly inexpensive to run and service, though earlier ZSs like yours require six-monthly rather than 12-monthly service intervals.

    There are two engine options - a 1.5-litre four-cylinder model with a four-speed auto on the base Excite, or a 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder version on higher-specification Excite Plus and Essence grades with a six-speed auto. Note that the latter powertrain is more expensive to service.

    Plus, there's still a fair chunk of the manufacturer's warranty left, which is seven years, while capped-price servicing is also offered.

    But the ZS does not offer AEB Autonomous Emergency Braking, so only rates a four-star ANCAP crash-test rating.

    Additionally, the ZS's suspension is on the firm side in terms of dealing with road bumps, which might upset some occupants, yet there is not much of the 'fun factor' in regards to steering and handling finesse that rivals like the CX-3, Suzuki Vitara, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Venue, Holden Trax, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona offer in spades.

    We've also heard complaints about the interior's perceived quality being sub-par, cabin storage isn't generous and Android Auto isn't supported (though Apple CarPlay is).

    Finally, the ZS' resale value trails all of the aforementioned competitors by a significant margin, meaning it's on track to be worth less when the time comes to on-sell it.

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  • What electric car should I buy?

    We can understand your feelings about the centrally-mounted screen in the Tesla, though you do get used to it surprisingly quickly.

    As for the other models you’ve mentioned, we’ve had to get the crystal ball out to attempt to answer you!

    The Polestar 2 will be on sale by the end of 2020, if all goes to plan. The company will be pushing hard to make that happen. 

    The VW ID3 is likely not going to be here until 2021, likely the mid or latter part of that year. It certainly has a lot of potential, and with pricing set to start below $50,000, it could well be The People’s (Electric) Car. 

    There are other options coming, though it depends on your diary and your budget.

    You could consider the Tesla Model S, which may have been around for a while, but that also means it has a more traceable reliability history. It has a digital instrument cluster in the regular spot as well.

    Have you looked at the Jaguar i-Pace? It has a claimed range of 470 kilometres, though it is on the pricey side of the equation, starting from about $125,000.

    Indeed, a high price tag is a common theme among those EVs with big battery capacity and expansive driving range, because you’re basically covering the cost of the batteries with your money.

    For instance, there’s the Audi e-tron quattro, which is due here in early 2020. That model will have a range of “more than 400 kilometres”, and - we suspect - a price tag above $120,000. 

    The Mercedes EQC is about to go on sale, too. Range for that mid-size SUV is pegged at about 450 kilometres, but again, you can expect a high price tag.

    If 2021 isn’t too long to wait, there’s the Volvo XC40 Recharge coming then. Based on our previous experience with Volvo XC40s, it’ll be a great small SUV, with predicted range of 400km - though we think that’s understating it, because it has a 78kWh battery pack, and it has AWD too.

    At the more affordable end - though admittedly still not quite meeting your expectations for range - there’s the very impressive Hyundai Kona Electric, which has a WLTP range of 449km, and a price tag of around $65k. It isn’t all-wheel drive though.

    And MG is about to launch a real upstart in the segment, with the ZS EV hitting showrooms soon for $46,990 drive-away, albeit with a range of 262km. It’s also FWD only. 

    The Mini Cooper SE will also arrive in mid-2020, with pricing set to be less than $60k. But again, a range of 270km will likely rule it out for your needs, and its 2WD as well.

    Another new small EV due next year is the Mazda MX-30. Pricing is still to be confirmed, and range isn’t great at about 300km. It’s FWD too. 

    In short, at this point in time - and out towards the end of 2020 - it looks like you’ll either need to spend a big amount of money on a premium EV to get the best range possible, or you’ll have to get used to the Model 3’s screen. You could always get an aftermarket head-up display fitted…

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  • What tyres should be on my MG ZS?

    They shouldn’t be very old, but it depends on the stock being held by the carmaker and the tyre company that supplies their tyres.

    I would suggest you check the tyres on other MGs and see if they are the same as yours. From your question I guess you believe the dealer has switched tyres on your car while it was in for service. If you do then perhaps the best thing is to confront the dealer about it.

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MG ZS Dimensions

The dimensions of the MG ZS SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 SUV 1644x1809x4314 mm 164 mm
2022 SUV 1644x1809x4314 mm 164 mm
2021 SUV 1644x1809x4314 mm 164 mm
2020 SUV 1644x1809x4314 mm 164 mm
2019 SUV 1644x1809x4314 mm 164 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All MG ZS Dimensions

MG ZS Boot Space

Regardless of variant, the ZS has a 359-litre boot capacity, which is good for the segment. The EV trades away the spare under the floor for a repair kit and charger storage.

MG ZS Boot space MG ZS Boot space
Shown above are boot space details for the MG ZS 2021.

MG ZS Fuel Consumption

The MG ZS is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by — and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.1L/100km for SUV /— for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 SUV 7.1L/100km 1.5L 4 SP AUTO
2023 SUV 7.1L/100km 1.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 7.1L/100km 1.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 7.1L/100km 1.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 7.1L/100km 1.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 7.1L/100km 1.5L ULP 4 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All MG ZS Pricing and Specs for 2023

MG ZS Seats

The MG ZS has five seats, clad either in cloth trim for entry-level models, or in a faux-leather trim on higher grades, including the top-spec EV.

MG ZS Seats
Shown above are seat details for the MG ZS 2021.

MG ZS Towing Capacity

The MG ZS has maximum towing capacity of 500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 SUV 0kg 500kg
2022 SUV 500kg 500kg
2021 SUV 0kg 500kg
2020 SUV 0kg 500kg
2019 SUV 0kg 500kg
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MG ZS Wheel Size

The MG ZS has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x50 R17 for SUV in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 SUV 215x50 R17 215x50 R17
2022 SUV 215x50 R17 215x50 R17
2021 SUV 215x50 R17 215x50 R17
2020 SUV 215x50 R17 215x50 R17
2019 SUV 215x50 R17 17x7 inches 215x50 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All MG ZS Wheel Sizes

MG ZS Speed

A 0-100km/h time is not offered for combustion variants, although the EV will complete the sprint in 8.2 seconds.

Shown above are speed details for the MG ZS 2021.