The 2022 MG ZS EV could come across as a mild facelift, at first, but a closer look at it will tell you that the changes are comprehensive and make it a much better product overall. For starters, it now looks more modern, with a sleeker and blanked-off grille, cleaner lines all around, and nicer headlight and taillight designs. Inside, the ZS EV benefits from a larger infotainment screen, a digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree camera system, and some active safety tech, which includes blind-spot monitoring but not the expansive ADAS suite, seen in the Astor.
At 50.3kWh, the ZS EV also gets a bigger battery, which offers 461kms of range, as per the ICAT certification, allowing you to do more laps at the BIC or go a little bit further on that road trip you have been planning. The ZS EV puts out 174bhp and 280Nm, which makes it a very quick SUV in the real world. In the larger scheme of things, especially in the company of the EQS, you can’t expect it to feel like the Starship Enterprise, but compared to other mid-size SUVs, it is really fast. The fact that it is front-wheel-drive limits the power it can cleanly put down, especially mid-corner (I couldn’t find a traction control-off button either), but the ZS EV handles well, thanks to the low-down placement of the batteries. The ride quality, although slightly firm, soaks up bumps very well.
At over ₹26 lakh for the top-spec ZS EV, it isn’t what you’d call great value for money, especially given that some of the plastic bits are scratchy and the infotainment screen glitches at times. Plus, its feature list could have been a bit longer. That said, none of the ZS EV’s rivals offers the same combination of space, range, performance, features, and build quality, which does give it an edge over them.
- 2022 MG ZS EV (Lap Time – 01:13.5)
|COMFORT / SPACE||5||3.5|
|RIDE & HANDLING||5||3.5|
|VALUE FOR MONEY||30||18|