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MG ZS Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

MG ZS Review Australia


2016 marks the revival of the MG brand. This is when the SAIC Motor Group, MG’s parent company,  announced its return to international markets. The return of the brand has been very triumphant. They positioned MG as a valuable option for people who look for SUVs and hatchbacks. In the last year, the most popular MG ZS brought forth a range of small SUVs. This made the original model the brand’s price leader SUV.


Today, at Quick Revs, we will review the MG’s compact SUV called the ZS. This SUV comes with a price tag of $21,990. This small SUV is well built and has all the essential features of an SUV. The MG is budget-friendly and is made to serve Australian families.



The 2021 MG ZS has two engines. The base Excite is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine. It produces 84kW of power and 150 Nm of torque and is coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission. The other MG ZS models use a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine. This engine produces 82kW of power and 160 Nm of torque, and it is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All models of MG ZS are front-wheel drive.


The MG ZS SUV uses 7.1L/100km on the combined cycle with the 1.5-litre and 6.7L/100km with the 1.0-litre. All models of MG ZS need 95RON premium unleaded fuel. It has a 48L fuel tank.



The exterior of the MG ZS SUV is stylish and elegant. It measures 4314 mm long, 1809 mm (including the mirrors) and 1620 mm tall. If we include the roof rails, it measures 1644 mm tall. This SUV rides a 2585 mm long wheelbase. From the load bay floor up to the cargo cover, the luggage space it has is 359L. This can expand to 1166L if we fold the rear seats. The MG’s entry-level ZS comes riding on 17-inch alloys. It also has automatic halogen headlights that have LED “London Eye” daytime running lamps.


The superior exterior also includes: 

 A reversing camera

✓ Rear-mounted parking sensors

 Fog lights

 Roof rails



The interior of the SUV is sophisticated and comfortable. The upholstery is made up of a mixture of leatherette and fabric. The steering wheel is wrapped with full-grain leather, and the front and side include full-length curtain airbags. It is packed with some fantastic features that include an 8.0-inch infotainment system that has Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The SUV also has cruise control, air conditioning, and a six-speaker 3D audio system from Yamaha.


The ZS Excite Plus includes all the features we’ve mentioned above, plus it also has a more powerful turbocharged engine.


Moving to the top-spec of MG ZS Essence includes premium features like:

 Two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels

 Push-button start

 A panoramic sunroof

 Satellite navigation. 


MG ZS EV also comes packaged with crucial features, including:

 17-inch Alloy Wheels

 Same 8.0-inch Infotainment System

 Adaptive Cruise Control

 Adaptive Headlights


The SUV has heated front seats, and it also incorporates a reversing camera with rear-mounted parking sensors. It has some other features like leatherette interior upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, and an electric parking brake. 


Some Standard features of MG ZS range:

The MG ZS Excite comes standard with the following features:

 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay

 17-inch alloy wheels

 Automatic headlights

 Reversing camera with rear parking sensors

✓ Six-speaker sound system

 Leatherette upholstery

 Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter

 Front fog lights

 Cruise control

✓ Air conditioning



ANCAP-based testing conducted in 2017 rated the MG ZS as a four-star. Out of 16, the MG ZS received a score of 10.46 in the frontal offset crash test. It has a side-impact score of 16 out of 16. In addition, it has a good and acceptable protection score of the whiplash and pedestrian, respectively. The overall score of MG SZ was 31.46 out of 37.


All 2021 MG ZS models come standard with front, front-side and curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes. However, there are no active safety features available. To get features like autonomous emergency braking, you’ll need to step up to the ZST.



 It is hugely spacious.

 It has a practical interior.

 It incorporates leading boot capacity for the segment 

 It has exceptional value for money 

 It provides an extended warranty as standard 



 It has no active safety tech on the petrol-powered ZS lineup 

 It lacks steering wheel adjustment 

 It has no Android Auto support for ZS Excite, Excite Plus, and Essence. 

 It provides a firm ride on B-roads 


Our Verdict:

If you are wondering whether the MG ZS range is worth it, then, considering the highly affordable price tag that comes attached to the ZS lineup, it’s a valuable car. The complete package of the entry-level ZS models gives a remarkable value for money. It closes the gap between the ZS and its rivals. Before buying any model, it is better to do research.


On that note, if you’re in the market looking forward to buying a second-hand car, then do not forget to check the car’s background. In order to get a comprehensive and cheapest car history report, choose Quick Revs. At Quick Revs, we provide affordable, fast, and efficient car history reports for customers across Australia. Our online platform is for both vehicle buyers and sellers. We offer a secure space to access relevant and readable historical information on vehicles through the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) database.

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