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ZS Exclusive 2021 United Kingdom

MG ZS SUV 1st Generation (updated) (2020-2021)

MG ZS was launched by the Chinese owned SAIC British automobile company named as MG Motor based in London, United Kingdom as a subcompact crossover SUV in the year 2017. This five-door SUV was introduced as a front-engine car with front-wheel driving option. It was built on the same platform of its predecessor that is MG Rover and thus became the second SUV launched by MG motors, first being the MG GS. The 2020 MG ZS was updated for this year with beautiful curvatures and detailing but the new ZS did not include the base trim previously available in previous models. The updated model also includes an extra kit and is much cheaper than its rivals. It is a family car with more cabin space for accommodating passengers easily and its strengths include practicality along with its comfort. Another advantage of buying this SUV for 2020 is its long term warranty facility for seven years that is much more than all its competitors letting the driver’s peace of mind for a long period. The update includes both the exterior design and some changes in the cabin displaying bright and cleaner trims pieces.

1st Generation MG ZS SUV title image
1st Generation MG ZS SUV title image

Trims & Version:

2020 MG ZS is now available in two trim levels that include ZS Excite and ZS Exclusive. The Explore trim has been discontinued this year and the other two trims have been introduced with more updates. The Excite trim features ten inches touch screen display made compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car place interface giving Bluetooth connectivity too while the Exclusive trim is equipped with satellite navigation system along with 360 degrees camera for parking, digital information cluster and blind-spot detection system. MG ZS is also available in an all-electric version in this year named as MG ZSEV providing you with all-electric car environment friendly with zero emissions.

Engine and Power:

It is powered by 1.5 VTi non-turbocharged engine which is less powerful than 1.0 litres turbocharged petrol engine which was previously available in Explore trim. The 1.5 litres petrol engine generates the power of 106 hp at 6000 rpm and torque of 141 Nm at 4500 rpm. This naturally aspirated engine produces gaseous production of 155 grams per kilometre. It is provided with a five-speed manual transmission while the six-speed automatic transmission was available in Explore trim which is now discontinued for the year 2020.

1st generation MG ZS Engine View
1st generation MG ZS Engine View

Performance & Drive:

MG ZS gives you an efficient driving performance to you with promising handling and this all thanks to its quick steering response. It gives you the option of three driving modes that include urban driving mode, Normal driving mode and Dynamic driving mode. The dynamic driving mode makes the steering much heavier to control thus the other two modes are better than it if you want a smooth control over your driving. It’s a fun car to drive but its performance fades away over corners and bumpy roads where the body of the car also leans when it is curving around corners

Fuel economy of MG ZS is quite economical giving you a mileage of hundred kilometres with 6.8 litres of fuel consumption at a maximum speed of 109 miles per hour. It offers you fairly quick acceleration as compared to the previous automatic transmission Explore trim. The 2020 model can accelerate from 0to sixty miles per hour in 10.4 seconds. It produces a lot of grips and can corner with very little body roll at an amusingly high speed, and when you drive like a responsible person then it keeps feeling agile by remaining well-damped. It gives you the option of the front-wheel-drive only by delivering enough power to run the front wheels with a smooth and efficient drive.

Exterior design and features:

This SUV is 4332 millimetres long with 1089 millimetres width and height of 1653 millimetres. The refreshed ZS brings minor cosmetic improvements to the exterior. The grille has been reworked upfront with a modern touch and the headlights have also been re-profiled given with daytime running lights. The front and rear bumpers have also been reshaped by MG Motor. It was fitted with a faux diffuser along with twin-pipes and a pair of reflectors around the back of ZS.

Some of the features that highlight its exterior detailing are front fog lights, silver roof rails, rear parking sensors, front and rear aero screen wipers given with rain sensors and automatically adjustable daytime running lights. It is available in six exterior colours that include arctic white, batter sea blue, black pearl, cosmic silver, spiced orange and dynamic red.

Interior design and features:

When you get behind the wheel, the MG ZS makes a strong first impression with its stylish interior cabin with a beautiful and decent dashboard design which is much cleaner than older MG models, less fragmented in style, with an eight inches touchscreen fixed as the centrepiece on most models.

Excite trim introduces the aforementioned infotainment device that includes connectivity with satellite navigation and Apple Car Play, although Android Auto is not available in it while this infotainment screen was not available in Explore trim where everything was controlled by physical buttons. It also sits on 17-inch alloy wheels that are more distinctive.

The Exclusive range-topping is markedly more expensive, and while its complete specification list has not yet been released, it is difficult to imagine it providing better value for money than the cars below it in the range but is equipped with up to date safety features. The leather-covered seats are comfortable enough while the front and rear windows are electrically operated. It comes with a 360-degree parking camera along with Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging port and four speakers audio system.

Safety features:

2020 MG ZS has been rated with five stars by Euro NCAP declaring it a safe car to drive. It has been equipped with a blind spot detection system, two airbags, hill launch assistance, driver’s seat belt reminder, anti-rolling protection, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution and EBA.

Major competitors:

  • SEAT Arona
  • Citroen C3
  • Honda HRV
  • Nissan Qashqai


The basic trim of 2020 MG ZS is priced at 15,495 pounds while Exclusive trim has a starting price of 17,795 pounds. Both the trims come with a warranty period of seven years.


MG ZS is no doubt the best available models of MG after being economical, equipped with good handling techniques, up to date infotainment system along with comfortable cabin inside. Therefore, practicality and convenience are definitely in the favor of the ZS, while appealing pricing and inoffensive appearances do little to undermine its weakness. Lastly one of the biggest strength for this SUV is its seven years warranty time that makes it a hit code in markets.



    Excite Exclusive
    Overall length 4323mm
    Overall width inc. mirror 2048mm
    Width 1809mm
    Height inc. roof rails 1653mm
    Wheelbase (mm) 2580mm
    Front track (mm) 1529mm
    Rear track (mm) 1536mm


    Excite Exclusive
    Front Legroom (max) 1070mm
    Front Headroom (max) 1043mm
    Front Shoulder room (max) 1385mm
    Front Elbow room (max) 1426mm
    Rear Legroom (max) 920mm
    Rear Headroom (max) 995mm
    Rear Shoulder room (max) 1368mm
    Rear Elbow room (max) 1422mm


    Excite Exclusive
    Bi-Function LED Headlights
    LED Daytime Running Lights
    Auto Headlights
    Front Fog Lights
    LED Centre Brake Light
    Follow-Me-Home Headlights
    Silver Roof Rails
    Rear Parking Sensors
    Electrically Adjustable, Folding, Heated, Body Colour Door Mirrors
    Front and Rear Aero Wiper
    Arctic White (standard paint)
    Battersea Blue (£545)
    Black Pearl (£545)
    Cosmic Silver (£545)
    Spiced Orange (£545)
    Dynamic Red (£695)


    Excite Exclusive
    Air Conditioning
    Remote Central Locking
    Keyless Entry with Push Button Start 1.0T only 1.0T only
    Full Digital Driver Information Display
    Speed Sensing Locking
    Rain Sensing Wipers
    12v Power Socket
    Cruise Control with Speed Limiter
    Leather Steering Wheel
    Electric Parking Brake with Auto-Hold 1.0T only 1.0T only
    Front & Rear Electric Windows with Driver’s one-touch up/down


    Excite Exclusive
    4-Speaker Audio System
    6-Speaker Audio System with 3D Sound
    10.1″ Colour Touchscreen
    Radio and AUX/USB, MP3
    DAB Audio
    Satellite Navigation
    Apple CarPlayTM
    Android AutoTM
    360° Parking Camera
    USB Mobile Phone Charging Function
    Bluetooth® Connection
    Trip Computer


    Excite Exclusive
    Blind Spot Monitoring
    ABS and EBD
    Rear ISOFIX (x2)
    Front Side Airbags
    Front Dual Airbags
    Front Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch
    Side Curtain Airbag
    ARP (Anti Rolling Protection)
    Hill Launch Assist
    Driver’s Seat Belt Reminder
    Front and Rear Passenger’s Seat Belt Reminder
    Front Seat Belt (3 point with Pretensioner and Load Limiter)
    Alarm & Engine Immobiliser


    Manual Automatic
    Acceleration (0—60 mph) 10.4 seconds 12.1 seconds
    Max speed 109 mph 112 mph
    Engine Type 1.5 VTi-tech 1.0T GDI
    Aspiration Naturally Aspirated Turbocharged
    Maximum Power 106PS @ 6000rpm 111PS @ 5200rpm
    Maximum Torque 141NM @ 4500rpm 160NM @ 1800-4700rpm
    WLTP Combined MPG (litres/100km) 41.4 (6.8) 38.6 (7.3)
    WLTP Low MPG (litres/100km) 34.7 (8.1) 31.3 (9.0)
    WLTP Medium MPG (litres/100km) 46.1 (6.1) 42.1 (6.7)
    WLTP High MPG (litres/100km) 48.3 (5.9) 45.3 (6.2)
    WLTP Extra High MPG (litres/100km) 37.4 (7.6) 35.4 (8.0)
    CO2 Combined (g/km) 155 166


    Excite Exclusive
    17″ Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel 215/55 R17 Style 1
    17″ Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel 215/55 R17 Style 2
    Tyre Repair Kit


    Excite Exclusive
    Houndstooth Fabric Upholstery
    Leather Style Upholstery with Contrast Stitching
    Driver’s 6-way Adjustable Seat
    Electric Driver’s 6-way Adjustable Seat
    Passenger’s 4-way Adjustable Seat
    Heated Front Seats
    2nd Row 60/40 Foldable Seat
    3 Rear Seat Headrests


    Excite (manual) Excite (automatic) Exclusive (manual) Exclusive (automatic)
    Kerb Weight 1231kg 1255kg 1239kg 1264kg
    Gross Vehicle Weight 1695kg 1730kg 1695kg 1730kg

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