Following the success of this Hector, MG is prepared to launch its next automobile in India in January 2020 and it will be this, the MG ZS EV. Is this too on its strategy to become a runaway success? Could it be the electric automobile India has been waiting for?
If you’re an automobile enthusiast then you might know them for creating fun to drive automobiles that MG utilized to return in the day. But if you think of saying”OK, Ms.!” Then you might know them for being the manufacturers of this Hector. So without a doubt, there is a lot of responsibilities which lie on this car’s shoulders, and therefore, this vehicle is really special.
MG ZS EV Performance Review
First thing first, if you’re anticipating the MG ZS EV to be as big as the MG Hector then well, it is not. For reference, consider it as being around the magnitude of a Hyundai Creta. It also gets a grille which gives the car a face that brings a sense of closeness to people considering it. And this is precisely why this vehicle is indeed significant – this is an electric SUV.
This brings us into the electric pieces. The MG ZS EV is powered with a 44.5 kWh battery which asserts a range of 340 kilometers on a complete charge. You can charge it via a normal 15-ampere socket in case of an emergency which takes a lot of hours to charge to complete but can get you the additional range in case of a crisis.
This takes about 6-8 hours to charge the vehicle from 0-100 percent. You can also use one of the DC fast chargers which are also available at important MG showrooms. This can charge the car from 0-80 percent in only 50 minutes. And finally, if all else fails and you don’t have any way to charge your car and have run out of juice, MG will send a van that can come to you and charge your car to give you approximately 30 km of range, regardless of where it’s.
But what I liked, though, is the ZS EV does not scream and shout that seem this is an eco-warrior but instead, barring the two badges on the car that browse EV and electric, it appears normal. And I believe this is going to be one reason that makes people warm up to it faster than other electric cars which pull all the stops to appear futuristic together with the likes of loud graphics and end up being a bit unnecessary.
And this sense of familiarity takes on to the interior too.
If you’ve sat in a premium Volkswagen or an Audi earlier, well, the cabin will seem familiar because you can recognize some components from these cars. The reason is that MG’s parent firm SAIC works hand in hand with the Volkswagen group.
As a result, the highlight of this cottage is the build quality and how well everything was put together. You get a soft-touch finish on the surface of the dash and overall, it’s a pleasant place to maintain.
It’s not ridiculously enormous and I enjoy it like that. And this also is stuffed to the brim with attributes.
The infotainment system in the ZS EV is an update to the one we saw from the Hector. This has the i-Smart 2.0 ecosystem which means that it has a much better design that is a lot more intuitive to work with and also this display has a good touch response too. And this time around it utilizes higher internal specs for greater local memory on your downloads too. By way of example, you could download up to 10 music offline on your own Hector but in the ZS EV, which limit has been bumped around 100.
And since this is an electric automobile, it now reveals a lot of EV-specific features like the range you have left and thanks to the in-built e-Sim, it can also search charging points near where you are. What is new is that this system can now connect to an outside Wi-Fi to get better internet speeds.
The highlight for me, however, is that the car gets an inbuilt PM 2.5 air filter that cleans the air quality inside the cabin and will be useful in cities such as Delhi, where we drove the vehicle.
There are enough compartment spaces also along with also the driving ergonomics leave nothing to whine. Your key takeaway from the interiors is the feeling of spaciousness in front.
A big reason for the feeling of spaciousness that you get inside the cottage is that nicely, you do not have a gear lever. Instead, you get a knob that will help you select between Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive. How it works is that you just rotate the knob to select whatever style you would like to be in and you press the knob to maintain Park mode.
In addition to the knob, then you will see three quite interesting buttons. On the left is that the mode button which lets you choose between three driving modes — Eco, Normal and Sport. In the Eco mode, you’d expect the car to be dialed down or maybe be become a bit boring but that is not the situation, the car has so much torque on offer which in this manner, you have ample acceleration that makes the car feel exactly fine in city driving conditions. The Normal style makes the car feel a bit more alive and the Sport mode is where you feel the electrical power kicking in — instantaneous torque, the moment you put your foot down on the accelerator which I enjoy.
Now here, it is possible to pick three levels of KERS — 1, 2 and 3. If you’re in level 1, the automobile mimics the engine braking that you get in routine internal combustion engine-powered cars, so there’s nothing out of the ordinary. In level 2, the engine braking is carried up a notch and at level 3, it feels as though the car is applying the brakes softly, whenever you take your foot off of the accelerator pedal. The main role of this system is that whenever brakes are implemented, there is a lot of kinetic energy that is generated. Handy. So while there’s plenty for those seated at the front, there are several good bits for people at the back too.
When you sit in the back of the MG ZS EV, well, you sit a bit hunkered down due to that you sit somewhat knees-up, due to that, you do not have good under-thigh support. Aside from that, you have a good quantity of knee room, legroom and shoulder room and needless to say, a great deal of headroom available too.
It seems spacious, airy, and a significant reason for that is your humongous glass roof on top. It is so enormous that it almost takes up the whole of the roofing – 90 percent to be exact. But none of this matters if the car, electric or not, doesn’t do a fantastic job at being a vehicle. The ZS EV creates 142.7 PS of power and also 353 Nm of torque.
Being an electric automobile, there are a few key differences you will experience. First is that the vehicle is silent when being driven as there is no engine or exhaust. What you get instead is that the soft hum of the motor as you go along. This ends up making all of the sounds feel louder, like the wind noise and tire noise regardless of the automobile having sound insulation at level with other offerings in its segment. And because there’s a floor full of batteries beneath, the car gets minimal body roll just like what you see in an SUV of this size. But to cancel this burden of these batteries, the suspension was set up on the stiffer side. So as you get calm and composed cornering, you do feel that the large potholes that you did not slow down too.
And finally, the MG ZS EV is a quick car. Not to be confused with fast. It accelerates unlike every other car out there which leaves the car fun to drive. MG says that the ZS EV can do a 0-100 km/h in just 8.5 seconds but what it does not tell you is the way the ZS EV pulls from town speeds to highway speeds in virtually no time! But once you get accustomed to it, once you recalibrate to the throttle response, well, the ZS becomes like every other car that you’ve driven. Only a lot quieter and a good deal faster. And that in my novels is a win-win.
Well, MG is taking an all-around approach and making sure that they cover all the bases for the people who’ll be buying this car and will be the first ones to jump on into the EV bandwagon. But talking about purchasing, we don’t know what the price of this car will be yet. For that, we’ll have to wait until January 2020. However, as of today, the bookings are available and the company states there is a great deal of interest in this vehicle.