Added: 13th of March 2023
MG - a once proud British sports car manufacturer with a huge following of enthusiasts. Now… just a badge owned by a Chinese company making soulless boxes for people with no real interest in cars. The ZS is literally a box ticking exercise. A parts list. A Far Eastern copycat product built to a price point to meet the demands of a market segment. It wasn’t designed with any passion or soul, no one loved making this car, it just happened. The Chinese did what they do regularly do and look at someone who has designed something nice, in this Mazda, and just sort of copied it with no real care or attention. As for driving it, the gearbox is a vague as a politician avoiding answering questions on a Sunday morning TV show, the steering is about as accurate as the weather forecast, the suspension feels like you’re driving a bouncy castle, and the performance is, well there isn’t any performance. At speed it feels wobbly and unrefined and just isn’t a nice place to be. Going around corners at anything beyond walking pace you feel like you’ll end up in the passenger footwell. Inside the plastics are cheap and drab, and in trying to disguise this by wrapping parts of the dashboard in a soft of soft carbon fibre effect they’ve actually made it look worse. Then there’s the weird pattern on the seats which looks like the close up of a weave in an 80s suit. Then there’s the infotainment screen which looks like someone clagged a fake iPad on the dash. The interface looks like it was designed in the 90s and lacks a home button… there’s a physical plastic button that looks like ab afterthought. it has a lot of space but no clever storage. It has soft seats that aren’t that comfortable. It has a flat bottom sports steering wheel which is THE most out of place steering wheel ever. It has no place in this car. I can’t find anything good to say. It has a lot of space so suppose. It’s badly designed, ugly, unrefined, wobbly, cheap looking, slow, and basically best described as the car equivalent to some fake AirPods you get from Wish. Do not buy unless you don’t care about cars at all.
Added: 24th of February 2021
Decent car - decent interior for the price. However so unreliable. Cannot get the car to charge properly, leaving us in the morning with less than 30-40 miles. My commute to work is 30 miles so would barely get me there. Risky getting back as it doesn't charge properly all the time. Brakes squealing and screeching already and the windscreen cracked because of the cold weather (definitely not impact as it was over night) MG are useless - cannot get a booking within a month. Going to look at rejecting the car as new cars should have so many issues
Added: 4th of January 2021
Not the most practical car in saloon form, but honestly they are really good fun, the v6 engine sounds lovely and it handles superb. It is well balanced, firm and is a dream to drive. Has a load of character and the zs 180 will definitely be a future classic.
Added: 7th of November 2020
This car is just amazing value for money. We went for the Exclusive model which comes with heated seats reversing camera electric roof and sat nav plus much more. its so simple to drive just select drive or reverse with the circular control and off you go. You can choose three driving modes economy , normal or sports but we drive most of the time in economy which is plenty quick enough and compares well with our previous car a Suzuki Vatara. At speed its quiet but you do hear tyre and wind noise at higher speeds and depending on road surface.It handles well on the country lanes here in Pembrokeshire and I am impressed with the host of safety features. MG included a free home charger (You have to have off road parking to have one of these) which we have just had installed and is much quicker than the plug in granny charger that comes with the vehicle. You do have to buy your own lead for the home charger mine was a 10Mtr new off Ebay for £156. Love the colour Pimlico Blue which is only available on the EV model.Its a spacious comfortable car at a bargain price but I do think its essential to have off road parking in order to be able to do charging at home.
Added: 2nd of June 2018
Really pleased. Just done 2000 miles in a little over a month and behaved impecably. I did a lot of research and test drove alternatives but very happy that I have made the right choice for my life style. Good price, good driving position, room for 5, brilliant auto transmission, 7 year warranty, 5 years interest free. Traded in a Kia Venga as it had come to the end of the warranty period. I had not been displeased with the Venga but I can say that this is a far better car. Early days but so far so good.
Added: 16th of November 2013
Very reliable car, excellent road holding and pretty nippy. Suspension is a little hard but the benefits are apparent when cornering at speed. Not the most spacious of cars but very nice interior and panel display.
Added: 15th of November 2013
I LIKE MY MG IT IS A GOOD ALL ROUND CAR WHICH AS NOT LET ME DOWN PERFORMANCE IS GOOD IT LOOKS GOOD THE FINISH COULD BE BETTER FUEL COST IS A LITTLE HIGH BUT FOR A 13 YEAR OLD CAR IT IS NOT A BAD CAR.
Added: 15th of November 2013
My MG is 10 years old and has cost me very little apart from fuel. It doesn't look it's age and has been outstandingly reliable.
Added: 15th of November 2013
The good bits: A skateboard with a 2500cc V6 squeezed in, oh what fun! And a wheel at every corner that makes you just want to push it by another 10mph every corner. So, driving it is fun - there's a reason this model of car has it's own racing series. Around 30 mpg isn't too bad either, even when you play in the 4000rpm+ fun zone from time to time. It continues to work, apart from a clutch release bearing getting more & more whiney (until the £450 repair bill), it has not let us down. For £2k (Feb 2012), with 69k miles, in tidy condition it is really a good deal. Plenty of enthusiasts & spares around. The bad bits It's a British car, so expect bits of flimsy plastic to fall off & various electrical bits to fail/work intermittently/ behave as if possessed by an attention deficit disorder poltergeist.... I had to buy a set of 16" wheels within a week of buying the car, the original 17" low profiles give a ride quality a roman chariot builder would be put to death for.
Added: 14th of October 2013
Considering the underlying design of the car dates back to a late 80s Honda, MG did a wonderful job of making a sweet handling and generally practical car. OK, the head gasket went and the ECU packed up, but both covered under warranty so no complaints there. If you're looking for a car with gadgets, go somewhere else - It's got air con, ABS and a CD player. That's it. I like my cars simple and I like them that give you feedback and not isolate you from everything. That way I know when i'm pushing too hard. Aside from the slightly high running costs (32mpg, spares not being cheap) then it's a solid buy.
Added: 13th of October 2013
I have had this MG from new and have no reliability issues with the car. This is my daily drive and although now 9 years since I purchased the car, my MG is still a pleasure to drive every day. I get excellent MPG for a large engine car which is consistently around 35 MPG. The tyres typically last 3 years so do not have to replace these too often. The ride is on the firm side but does not jar my body over the all to familiar pot holes in Suffolk. As this is a 5 door I can load lots of different shapes into the car, yet the leather seats are very supportive and comfortable front and back. I would recommend this car to drivers that are the press on style but with family needs. Enjoy.
Added: 12th of October 2013
FANTASTIC CAR ALL ROUND FINISH GOULD BE BETTER NEVER LET ME DOWN AND GREAT PERFORMANCE VERY PLEASED WITH THE CAR IT IS SO UNDER RATED THE V6 ENGINE IS SMOOTH AS SILK AND THE ZS LOOKS GOOD EVEN TODAY IT TURNS HEADS
Added: 12th of October 2013
I purchased this car when my previous car died. It wasn't as if I had much choice in the matter - I needed a car and this one was for sale with the right length of MOT and service history. Having only owned it a few months I must say I am more than surprised by the performance. It's very nippy, has enough power and acceleration to make driving a pleasure. It tackles hills fairly well and handles well in different road conditions. A little prone to drift on corners when moving at speed, but that's maybe because it isn't as heavy as my last car (a Rover 75 estate). I miss the suspension of my old car as on this car it's a little 'solid' making speed bumps (when taken at the correct speed) feel a lot more of an obstacle for example - in terms of feeling bumped around. I am a big guy so one if the concerns was room behind the drivers seat, Again I was a little surprised there, it is roomier than it looks. Have driven from Cornwall to London a couple of times i can say that long journeys are OK and the car can maintain a steady speed. Am currently averaging 120 + miles on £20 of petrol - this is a better way of thinking about consumption for me.