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MG ZS EV: First drive in pics - all you need to know about the electric SUV

  • The MG ZS EV promises to take on the Hyundai Kona in India but does it have what it takes to be a superstar in a segment that remains in its infancy here?
MG Motor has confidently walked into the electric mobility space in India after the success of its first and only product here - the Hector. With the ZS EV, the company is dreaming big and working hard to turn it into a reality.
1/10MG Motor has confidently walked into the electric mobility space in India after the success of its first and only product here - the Hector. With the ZS EV, the company is dreaming big and working hard to turn it into a reality.
The ZS EV stands confident and is quite the looker from almost every angle. Dominated by that trademark front grille, the car's logo here opens up to reveal a charging unit. The projector head lights have been inspired from the London Eye, says MG, and the overall set up with the DRLs, chrome front bumper and silhouette lines on the bonnet give it a handsome face.
2/10The ZS EV stands confident and is quite the looker from almost every angle. Dominated by that trademark front grille, the car's logo here opens up to reveal a charging unit. The projector head lights have been inspired from the London Eye, says MG, and the overall set up with the DRLs, chrome front bumper and silhouette lines on the bonnet give it a handsome face.
The ZS EV has a clean side profile with 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and a straight-body line just under the windows to add to the visual purpose of the car. Don't miss that bold 'Electric' badge and yes, the ORVMs are heated to clear fog and ice.
3/10The ZS EV has a clean side profile with 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and a straight-body line just under the windows to add to the visual purpose of the car. Don't miss that bold 'Electric' badge and yes, the ORVMs are heated to clear fog and ice.
The rear of the car sports a classy LED tail light and the MG logo doubles up as the handle for the boot - much like the VW in the Polo.
4/10The rear of the car sports a classy LED tail light and the MG logo doubles up as the handle for the boot - much like the VW in the Polo.
On the inside, there is a massive skyroof which covers 80% of the roof area. There is also a decent amount of space at the rear for three passengers, thanks to the fact that the front arm rest does not protrude much and there is hardly a hump on the center floor.
5/10On the inside, there is a massive skyroof which covers 80% of the roof area. There is also a decent amount of space at the rear for three passengers, thanks to the fact that the front arm rest does not protrude much and there is hardly a hump on the center floor.
The interiors of the MG ZS is quite premium with chrome insets used smartly, soft-touch plastics on the upper dash, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 20.32 cm touchscreen.
6/10The interiors of the MG ZS is quite premium with chrome insets used smartly, soft-touch plastics on the upper dash, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 20.32 cm touchscreen.
The touchscreen shows the vital statistics of the car like charge left, CO2 saved, range as well as maps. Additionally, it can connect with smartphones through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and also has inbuilt apps like Gaana and Accuweather.
7/10The touchscreen shows the vital statistics of the car like charge left, CO2 saved, range as well as maps. Additionally, it can connect with smartphones through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and also has inbuilt apps like Gaana and Accuweather.
In place of a conventional gearbox is a smart dial which acts as an electronic gear shift knob. There are also three buttons. The mode lets one select between Eco, Normal and Sports - each balancing between performance and range. KERS control helps one select how much meat is in the regenerative braking and is quite effective in start-stop traffic. The battery displays statistics of the 44.5kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion unit which has IP67 certification for water and dust resistance.
8/10In place of a conventional gearbox is a smart dial which acts as an electronic gear shift knob. There are also three buttons. The mode lets one select between Eco, Normal and Sports - each balancing between performance and range. KERS control helps one select how much meat is in the regenerative braking and is quite effective in start-stop traffic. The battery displays statistics of the 44.5kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion unit which has IP67 certification for water and dust resistance.
MG claims the ZS EV goes from zero to 100 kmph in 8.5 seconds and in HT Auto's test drive, it truly did. The power comes instantly and the 353 Nm of torque is quite unmissable. That said, the EV remains planted and quite safe with the driver at a commanding height for a good view of the road ahead. The steering is a bit too heavy for anyone's liking but that is a small drawback in a car that handles corners as well as it goes over small potholes and craters.
9/10MG claims the ZS EV goes from zero to 100 kmph in 8.5 seconds and in HT Auto's test drive, it truly did. The power comes instantly and the 353 Nm of torque is quite unmissable. That said, the EV remains planted and quite safe with the driver at a commanding height for a good view of the road ahead. The steering is a bit too heavy for anyone's liking but that is a small drawback in a car that handles corners as well as it goes over small potholes and craters.
The ZS EV comes in two variants - Excite and Exclusive. While the company is yet to announce the pricing structure, expect it to aggressively take on Kona from Hyundai. MG is also going the extra mile to provide numerous charging options to buyers and will fit a standard charging unit - free of cost - at the customer's location.
10/10The ZS EV comes in two variants - Excite and Exclusive. While the company is yet to announce the pricing structure, expect it to aggressively take on Kona from Hyundai. MG is also going the extra mile to provide numerous charging options to buyers and will fit a standard charging unit - free of cost - at the customer's location.
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