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2022 MG ZS EV First Drive Review

Why do I buy it?

  • Bigger battery pack and better claimed range
  • Active safety features
  • Instant performance

Why do I avoid it?

  • Expensive exclusive variant
  • Limited toll infrastructure
  • Scope of anxiety

Summary

Three quarters front left

MG Motor India has done its homework well. The forerunner in the EV race, the ZS EV doesn’t have many flaws, but there’s always scope for improvement. And these improvements are quite evident in the new and updated ZS EV. The larger battery and increased motor output make it more usable than before. And the new styling – both the Astor-inspired interior and exterior – has far more appeal than the plain Jane’s pre-facelift. It’s like getting the latest version of an iPhone – it’s better in all major areas.

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Engine and performance

8/10

Front view

In the updated ZS EV, the 44.5kWh battery pack is replaced by 50.3kWh, which not only increases the range, but also significantly increases the power delivered by the engine phệ the wheels. The equivalent of 173bhp has now been reduced by the engine – up from 143bhp before. But in the process and surprisingly so, the torque figure has dropped phệ – 280Nm compared phệ 350Nm before. Do these tweaked numbers change the way the ZS EV drives?

Shot Engine

Yes, it certainly does. Now it feels much faster. Bự give you a perspective, there are three driving modes here – Eco, Normal and Sport. The older ZS EV’s fastest acceleration from Sport mode can now be experienced in Normal mode. And the new car’s sporty model feels fast, be it over-the-top or on the go. There’s an eerie silence accompanied by wheezing as the ZS EV pulls forward with a press of the gas. How fast is it in terms of numbers? MG claims 0-100kmph in 8.5 seconds.

Right front three quarters

But we’ll be testing it with our VBox soon in our proper Road Test. Up until that point, it’s safe phệ say that the ZS EV drives fast and is now a pleasure phệ be behind the wheel as well. Driving in the city, the ZS EV is as convenient and conventional as any other car. It is comfortable phệ maneuver and has a good amount of power when it comes phệ going fast. On the highway, it can keep up with anything and is certainly a better way of overtaking than most traffic on the road.

Left view

As for the range, MG claims the current is 461 km per full charge. But this number is different. Not only from driving conditions and driving style but even when changing driving modes. Switch from Normal mode phệ Eco mode and the range increases. Switch from Normal phệ Sport, and it drops. Range also changes significantly if the air conditioner is turned on or off. This constantly changing number on the driver’s display causes range anxiety. But that aside, the percentage drop of the battery is pretty linear. It is not suddenly dropped or charged by regenerative braking. There are three levels of braking.

Rear right three quarters

And if you run out of juice, there are four ways phệ charge it. The portable charger provided in the car will plug into any 15amp outlet and take 18-19 hours for a full charge. Second, there is a 7.4kW AC fast charger fitted in the buyer’s home/office or supplied at MG’s premises. It will take nine hours for a full charge. The third option is a DC fast charger that can take the battery from 0 phệ 80% in an hour thanks phệ its 50kW output. Fourth is calling for roadside assistance.

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Ride quality and handling

7/10

Three quarters front left

There are no noticeable changes phệ the oil bits of the updated ZS EV. Or at least nothing that MG deems important enough phệ share. So the renewed ZS’s travel is still good and absorbent on damaged surfaces. There’s a great balance between stiffness and comfort and the ZS EV can pick up on even the sharpest road wrinkles without leaving behind noise and vibrations from the road. As the speed increases, it stays flat, and even through the undulations, there isn’t much vertical movement. Riding on Michelin Primacy 3ST tires where ST stands for ‘tuned silence’, some road noise can still be heard. But we’re only concerned here as there’s no engine noise intruding into the cabin, and the rear cabin is a discreet place phệ stay at city speeds.

Rear left three quarters

As for the steering, it still feels very supportive but is fairly quick and responsive out of the center. There’s a good amount of power phệ it at slow speeds and it continues phệ do so at highway speeds as well. Unlike the Astor, there are no settings phệ change the driving feel here. It also has a nice self-centred feel, making driving around the city a breeze.

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Space and interior quality

7/10

dashboard

Following on from Astor, the updated ZS EV features a modern, practical and comfortable cabin that’s also full of new-age features. There’s an all-new digital instrument cluster, contrasting red stitching on the all-black faux leather seats and a new 10.1-inch touchscreen borrowed from Astor. It has a new central display that provides information on battery charge, range, trips, and other non-essential details like amps and voltage. Apart from these additions, the rest of the cabin remains unchanged.

Front row seats

There is an electric driver’s seat, but the steering wheel still has no reach phệ adjust, keep scratching. Similar phệ the previous ZS and Astor, the seats are large, comfortable, and offer a good amount of cushion in all the right positions. So a person can spend many hours in a chair without any complaints. Even the view around is good with ample headroom. But summer leather seats without ventilated seats are an invitation for sweat-wicking shirts, especially since you’ll be turning off the AC quite often phệ extend range.

Second row seats

Rear-passenger legroom is impressive but under-thigh support could have been better. It is a comfortable seat and is best suited for two people. You also get a panoramic sunroof that adds a sense of premium and space. Finally, the startup is big, usable, and pretty simple. Even the chairs have a 60:40 split for added practicality.

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Features and devices

8.5 / 10

Infotainment system

Like all other MG products, the new ZS EV prides itself on the number of features it offers. This higher-end Exclusive version has a lot of bells and whistles, namely LED headlights and taillights, 360-degree camera, automatic climate control with rear vents, panoramic sunroof, PM air filter. 2.5 built-in, rain-sensing wipers, six speakers and a mounted controllable steering system. Even the eco-friendly 17-inch alloy wheels look futuristic and fit the design of the ZS.

Sunroof / Moonroof

On the safety front, there are six airbags, ABS, EBD and brake assist, hill-start and hill-start control, TPMS, all four disc brakes and ISOFIX. Furthermore, the i-Smart connected car technology introduced with the previous ZS is carried over with driver assistance hardware. Part of the second is – blind spot detection (BSD), lane change assist (LCA) and rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA).

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Inference

Front view

The price of the new and updated MG ZS EV starts at Rs 22 lakh (at the old showroom) and the one you see in the picture costs Rs 25.88 lakh. That said, there’s been a slight increase in price, but that’s justified since the updated ZS EV is more powerful, has a larger claimed range, and a slightly updated cabin will remain new for years phệ come.

Left view

At this price point, there are several worthy and well-designed SUVs as an alternative. But if you care about the environment, or the ever-increasing cost of fuel is burning an unnecessarily large hole in your pocket, the electric MG is a safe bet. Sure, the charging infrastructure isn’t realistic at the moment. But if you plan your commute, a new and updated ZS EV with a premium cabin, good looks, full of features and practicality could be a viable option. Just like any new iPhone compared phệ its predecessor, right?

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MG ZS EV₹ 25.88 LakhonwardsAverage Factory Price


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2022 MG ZS EV First Drive Review
#Drive #Review
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Why would I buy it?Bigger battery pack and better claimed rangeActive safety featuresInstantaneous performanceWhy would I avoid it?Exclusive variant is priceyLimited charging infrastructureRange anxiety SummaryMG Motor India has done its homework well. Forerunner in the EV race, the ZS EV didn’t have many shortcomings, but there was always a scope of improvement. And these improvements are quite apparent in the new and updated ZS EV. A larger battery and the bump in the motor’s output makes it more usable than before. And the new styling – both inside and out inspired by the Astor – has a better appeal phệ it compared phệ the plain Jane looking pre-facelift version. It’s like getting the newest version of the iPhone – it’s better in all the key areas.Engine and Performance8 / 10In the updated ZS EV, the 44.5kWh battery pack is replaced with a 50.3kWh which not only helps with the range, but there’s also a considerable increase in the power sent out by the motors phệ the wheels. The equivalent of 173bhp is now put down by the motors – up from 143bhp before. But in the process and surprisingly so, the torque figures have come down – 280Nm compared phệ 350Nm previously. Have these tweaked figures altered the way ZS EV drives?Yes, it certainly has. It now feels much quicker. Bự give you a perspective, there are three drive modes here – Eco, Normal and Sport. The older ZS EV’s fastest acceleration feel from the Sport mode can now be experienced in the Normal mode. And the Sport model of the new car feels properly fast, be it off the mark or on the go. There’s an eerie silence accompanied by a wheeze as the ZS EV pulls forward with a dab of throttle. How fast it is in terms of numbers? MG claims 0-100kmph in 8.5seconds. But we’ll be testing it against our VBox sometime soon in our proper Road Test. Until then, it’s safe phệ say that the ZS EV is quick phệ drive and now also fun behind the wheel. Driving in the city, the ZS EV is as convenient and conventional phệ drive as any other car. It’s comfortable phệ manoeuvre and has a good amount of power for when there’s a need phệ go quickly. Out on the highway, it can keep up with anything and is surely way better in the overtaking manoeuvre than the majority of traffic on the road. As for the range, MG claims 461 kilometres now on a full charge. But this figure varies. Not only from the driving conditions and driving pattern but even when changing drive modes. Shift from Normal phệ Eco mode and the range increases. Switch from Normal phệ Sport, and it drops. The range also changes drastically if the air-con is switched on or off. This constantly changing figure on the driver’s display induces range anxiety. But that aside, the percentage drop of the battery pack was quite linear. It didn’t drop suddenly or gain charge by regenerative braking. There are three levels of regen-braking as well.And if you run out of juice, there are four ways phệ charge. A portable charger provided in the car will plug in any 15amp socket and take 18-19 hours for a full charge. Second, there is the AC fast charger of 7.4kW capacity fitted at buyers’ house/office or provided at MG’s premises. It will take nine hours for a full charge. The third option is the DC fast charger that can bring the battery from zero phệ 80 per cent in an hour thanks phệ its 50kW capacity. Fourth is calling for roadside assistance. Read MoreRide Quality and Handling7 / 10There’re no notable changes phệ the oily bits of the updated ZS EV. Or at least nothing that MG considered important enough phệ share. So the ride of the refreshed ZS remains good and well absorbent over broken surfaces. There’s a nice balance between stiffness and comfort and the ZS EV can take in even the sharpest of road creases without letting in the noise and vibrations from the road. As the speed increases, it remains flat and even over undulations, there’s not much vertical movement. Riding on Michelin Primacy 3ST tyres where ST stands for ‘silence tuned’, there’s still some amount of road noise that can be heard. But we are only nitpicking here because there is no engine noise intruding into the cabin and the latter is a hushed place phệ be in at city speeds. As for the steering, it still feels heavily assisted but is fairly quick and responsive past its off-centre. There’s a good heft phệ it at slow speed and it continues phệ be like that at highway speeds as well. Unlike the Astor, there’re no settings phệ alter the steering feel here. It also has a nice self-centring feel phệ it making it a breeze phệ drive around the city. Read MoreInterior Space and Quality7 / 10Carrying over from the Astor, the updated ZS EV has a modern, practical and comfortable cabin that’s also laden with all the new-age features. There’s a new all-digital instrument cluster, contrast red stitches on the all-black leatherette upholstery and a new 10.1-inch touchscreen display which is borrowed from the Astor. It has a new centre screen giving out information on battery charge, range, trip and other unimportant details like ampere and voltage. Apart from these additions, the rest of the cabin remains unchanged. There’s an electrically adjustable driver’s seat but the steering wheel still doesn’t get a reach phệ adjust, just rake. Similar phệ the previous ZS, and the Astor, the seats are large, comfortable and offer a good amount of cushioning in all the right places. So, one can spend long hours in the seat without any complaints. Even visibility all around is good with an ample amount of headroom. But leather upholstery in summer without ventilated seats is an invitation for sweat-designed shirts, especially when you’ll be turning off the AC quite often phệ extend the range. The legroom for rear passengers is impressive but the available under-thigh support could have been better still. It’s a snug seat and is best fit for two. You also get a panoramic sunroof adding a sense of premiumness and space. Lastly, the boot is large, usable, and pretty straightforward. Even the seats get a 60:40 split for added practicality.Read MoreFeatures and Equipment8.5 / 10Like all other MG offerings, the new ZS EV takes pride in the number of features it has on offer. This higher-spec Exclusive trim gets a lot of bells and whistles, namely LED headlamps and taillamps, 360-degree camera, auto AC with rear vents, panoramic sunroof, inbuilt PM 2.5 air purifier, rain-sensing wipers, six-speaker and steering mounted control. Even the 17-inch aero-friendly alloy wheels look futuristic and gels well with the design of the ZS. In terms of safety, there are six airbags, ABS, EBD and brake assist, hill start and descent control, TPMS, all-four disc brakes, and ISOFIX. Moreover, the i-Smart connected car tech that debuted with the previous ZS is carried over along with driver-assist hardware. Part of the latter is – blind spot detection system (BSD), lane change assist (LCA) and rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA). Read MoreConclusionPrices for the new and updated MG ZS EV commence from Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom) and the one you see in the picture is priced at Rs 25.88 lakh. This means, there’s a slight increase in the pricing, but that’s justified because the updated ZS EV is more powerful, has a larger claimed range, and a slightly updated cabin that should remain fresh for coming years. At this pricing, there are some worthy and well-established SUVs as an alternative. But if you care for the environment, or the ever-rising fuel cost is burning an unnecessarily large hole in your pocket, the electric MG is a safe bet. Sure, the charging infrastructure is far from practical at the moment. But if you plan your commutes, a new and updated ZS EV with a premium cabin, handsome looks, feature-loaded and practical can be a viable buy. Just like any new iPhone over its predecessor, right?Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiMG ZS EV₹ 25.88 LakhonwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price
#Drive #Review
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#Drive #Review
Why would I buy it?Bigger battery pack and better claimed rangeActive safety featuresInstantaneous performanceWhy would I avoid it?Exclusive variant is priceyLimited charging infrastructureRange anxiety SummaryMG Motor India has done its homework well. Forerunner in the EV race, the ZS EV didn’t have many shortcomings, but there was always a scope of improvement. And these improvements are quite apparent in the new and updated ZS EV. A larger battery and the bump in the motor’s output makes it more usable than before. And the new styling – both inside and out inspired by the Astor – has a better appeal phệ it compared phệ the plain Jane looking pre-facelift version. It’s like getting the newest version of the iPhone – it’s better in all the key areas.Engine and Performance8 / 10In the updated ZS EV, the 44.5kWh battery pack is replaced with a 50.3kWh which not only helps with the range, but there’s also a considerable increase in the power sent out by the motors phệ the wheels. The equivalent of 173bhp is now put down by the motors – up from 143bhp before. But in the process and surprisingly so, the torque figures have come down – 280Nm compared phệ 350Nm previously. Have these tweaked figures altered the way ZS EV drives?Yes, it certainly has. It now feels much quicker. Bự give you a perspective, there are three drive modes here – Eco, Normal and Sport. The older ZS EV’s fastest acceleration feel from the Sport mode can now be experienced in the Normal mode. And the Sport model of the new car feels properly fast, be it off the mark or on the go. There’s an eerie silence accompanied by a wheeze as the ZS EV pulls forward with a dab of throttle. How fast it is in terms of numbers? MG claims 0-100kmph in 8.5seconds. But we’ll be testing it against our VBox sometime soon in our proper Road Test. Until then, it’s safe phệ say that the ZS EV is quick phệ drive and now also fun behind the wheel. Driving in the city, the ZS EV is as convenient and conventional phệ drive as any other car. It’s comfortable phệ manoeuvre and has a good amount of power for when there’s a need phệ go quickly. Out on the highway, it can keep up with anything and is surely way better in the overtaking manoeuvre than the majority of traffic on the road. As for the range, MG claims 461 kilometres now on a full charge. But this figure varies. Not only from the driving conditions and driving pattern but even when changing drive modes. Shift from Normal phệ Eco mode and the range increases. Switch from Normal phệ Sport, and it drops. The range also changes drastically if the air-con is switched on or off. This constantly changing figure on the driver’s display induces range anxiety. But that aside, the percentage drop of the battery pack was quite linear. It didn’t drop suddenly or gain charge by regenerative braking. There are three levels of regen-braking as well.And if you run out of juice, there are four ways phệ charge. A portable charger provided in the car will plug in any 15amp socket and take 18-19 hours for a full charge. Second, there is the AC fast charger of 7.4kW capacity fitted at buyers’ house/office or provided at MG’s premises. It will take nine hours for a full charge. The third option is the DC fast charger that can bring the battery from zero phệ 80 per cent in an hour thanks phệ its 50kW capacity. Fourth is calling for roadside assistance. Read MoreRide Quality and Handling7 / 10There’re no notable changes phệ the oily bits of the updated ZS EV. Or at least nothing that MG considered important enough phệ share. So the ride of the refreshed ZS remains good and well absorbent over broken surfaces. There’s a nice balance between stiffness and comfort and the ZS EV can take in even the sharpest of road creases without letting in the noise and vibrations from the road. As the speed increases, it remains flat and even over undulations, there’s not much vertical movement. Riding on Michelin Primacy 3ST tyres where ST stands for ‘silence tuned’, there’s still some amount of road noise that can be heard. But we are only nitpicking here because there is no engine noise intruding into the cabin and the latter is a hushed place phệ be in at city speeds. As for the steering, it still feels heavily assisted but is fairly quick and responsive past its off-centre. There’s a good heft phệ it at slow speed and it continues phệ be like that at highway speeds as well. Unlike the Astor, there’re no settings phệ alter the steering feel here. It also has a nice self-centring feel phệ it making it a breeze phệ drive around the city. Read MoreInterior Space and Quality7 / 10Carrying over from the Astor, the updated ZS EV has a modern, practical and comfortable cabin that’s also laden with all the new-age features. There’s a new all-digital instrument cluster, contrast red stitches on the all-black leatherette upholstery and a new 10.1-inch touchscreen display which is borrowed from the Astor. It has a new centre screen giving out information on battery charge, range, trip and other unimportant details like ampere and voltage. Apart from these additions, the rest of the cabin remains unchanged. There’s an electrically adjustable driver’s seat but the steering wheel still doesn’t get a reach phệ adjust, just rake. Similar phệ the previous ZS, and the Astor, the seats are large, comfortable and offer a good amount of cushioning in all the right places. So, one can spend long hours in the seat without any complaints. Even visibility all around is good with an ample amount of headroom. But leather upholstery in summer without ventilated seats is an invitation for sweat-designed shirts, especially when you’ll be turning off the AC quite often phệ extend the range. The legroom for rear passengers is impressive but the available under-thigh support could have been better still. It’s a snug seat and is best fit for two. You also get a panoramic sunroof adding a sense of premiumness and space. Lastly, the boot is large, usable, and pretty straightforward. Even the seats get a 60:40 split for added practicality.Read MoreFeatures and Equipment8.5 / 10Like all other MG offerings, the new ZS EV takes pride in the number of features it has on offer. This higher-spec Exclusive trim gets a lot of bells and whistles, namely LED headlamps and taillamps, 360-degree camera, auto AC with rear vents, panoramic sunroof, inbuilt PM 2.5 air purifier, rain-sensing wipers, six-speaker and steering mounted control. Even the 17-inch aero-friendly alloy wheels look futuristic and gels well with the design of the ZS. In terms of safety, there are six airbags, ABS, EBD and brake assist, hill start and descent control, TPMS, all-four disc brakes, and ISOFIX. Moreover, the i-Smart connected car tech that debuted with the previous ZS is carried over along with driver-assist hardware. Part of the latter is – blind spot detection system (BSD), lane change assist (LCA) and rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA). Read MoreConclusionPrices for the new and updated MG ZS EV commence from Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom) and the one you see in the picture is priced at Rs 25.88 lakh. This means, there’s a slight increase in the pricing, but that’s justified because the updated ZS EV is more powerful, has a larger claimed range, and a slightly updated cabin that should remain fresh for coming years. At this pricing, there are some worthy and well-established SUVs as an alternative. But if you care for the environment, or the ever-rising fuel cost is burning an unnecessarily large hole in your pocket, the electric MG is a safe bet. Sure, the charging infrastructure is far from practical at the moment. But if you plan your commutes, a new and updated ZS EV with a premium cabin, handsome looks, feature-loaded and practical can be a viable buy. Just like any new iPhone over its predecessor, right?Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiMG ZS EV₹ 25.88 LakhonwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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