Likes

  • Stylish and modern design
  • Competitive pricing in its segment
  • Spacious interior with comfortable seating
  • Long, 7-year warranty

Dislikes

  • Lacklustre engine performance
  • Mediocre handling and ride quality
  • Interior materials may feel cheap and low-quality
  • List of faults and concerns is a worry

Stuff you should know

The MG ZS, manufactured between 2017 and 2022, is a compact SUV that garnered attention for its value for money. The ZS offers a stylish design with distinctive features. It boasts a well-equipped interior, including a user-friendly infotainment system and comfortable seating.

The SUV is available in different trims and engine options, offering flexibility to potential buyers. In terms of performance, the ZS delivers a smooth and quiet ride, suitable for city driving.

With its affordable price point and decent fuel efficiency, the MG ZS aimed to compete with established players in the compact SUV segment. While it offered amazing value when new, should you consider buying one used? Read on…

What goes wrong

Exterior:

  • There are reports of premature rusting, some owners have reported rust spots as early as a few months after purchasing a new car.
  • On some vehicles, the boot struts are beginning to give way. This is an easy fix, however.

 

Interior:

  • Some owners complain about the cruise control system struggling to keep the Zs at a consistent speed.
  • There are reports of the sound system being noticeably low quality and budget.
  • Some owners report issues with the infotainment screen not turning on. While others note how generally slow the CPU is.

 

Mechanically:

  • Many owners note that the automatic transmission struggles to find the correct gear. This issue is compounded when paired with the turbo lag from the 1.0-litre turbo petrol models.
  • Several owners report that that brakes can feel unresponsive.

 

Recalls:

  • November 2018 – Potential software fault with Stability Control System (SCS) in MG ZS (2016-2018). 1,823 units affected. Heavy steering feel due to decreased power steering assistance poses hazards to occupants and road users.

Exterior:

  • There are reports of premature rusting, some owners have reported rust spots as early as a few months after purchasing a new car.
  • On some vehicles, the boot struts are beginning to give way. This is an easy fix, however.

 

Interior:

  • Some owners complain about the cruise control system struggling to keep the Zs at a consistent speed.
  • There are reports of the sound system being noticeably low quality and budget.
  • Some owners report issues with the infotainment screen not turning on. While others note how generally slow the CPU is.

 

Mechanically:

  • Many owners note that the automatic transmission struggles to find the correct gear. This issue is compounded when paired with the turbo lag from the 1.0-litre turbo petrol models.
  • Several owners report that that brakes can feel unresponsive.

 

Recalls:

  • November 2018 – Potential software fault with Stability Control System (SCS) in MG ZS (2016-2018). 1,823 units affected. Heavy steering feel due to decreased power steering assistance poses hazards to occupants and road users.

Exterior:

  • There are reports of premature rusting, some owners have reported rust spots as early as a few months after purchasing a new car.
  • On some vehicles, the boot struts are beginning to give way. This is an easy fix, however.

 

Interior:

  • Some owners complain about the cruise control system struggling to keep the Zs at a consistent speed.
  • There are reports of the sound system being noticeably low quality and budget.
  • Some owners report issues with the infotainment screen not turning on. While others note how generally slow the CPU is.

 

Mechanically:

  • Many owners note that the automatic transmission struggles to find the correct gear. This issue is compounded when paired with the turbo lag from the 1.0-litre turbo petrol models.
  • Several owners report that that brakes can feel unresponsive.

 

Recalls:

  • November 2018 – Potential software fault with Stability Control System (SCS) in MG ZS (2016-2018). 1,823 units affected. Heavy steering feel due to decreased power steering assistance poses hazards to occupants and road users.

Should you buy it?

There’s no denying the MG ZS is a great option for someone looking for a safe, value-packed SUV with a long warranty. Other than the MG3, the MG ZS was one of MG’s first vehicles used to re-launch MG back into the mainstream in the late 2010s.

While there has been great improvement in MG offerings in Australia in the past couple of years, there are concerns over the longevity of the early model ZSs. The what goes wrong section details some of the issues many owners reporting.

You shouldn’t necessarily be put off by the list of concerns, the issues won’t affect every vehicle, and many owners have had a trouble-free experience with the ZS.

The saving grace of the MG ZS is the low price and the enormous warranty, and the fact (as of publishing) all MG ZSs will still have some factory support left on them, so any concerns should still be fixed up by the factory.

There’s no denying the MG ZS is a great option for someone looking for a safe, value-packed SUV with a long warranty. Other than the MG3, the MG ZS was one of MG’s first vehicles used to re-launch MG back into the mainstream in the late 2010s.

While there has been great improvement in MG offerings in Australia in the past couple of years, there are concerns over the longevity of the early model ZSs. The what goes wrong section details some of the issues many owners reporting.

You shouldn’t necessarily be put off by the list of concerns, the issues won’t affect every vehicle, and many owners have had a trouble-free experience with the ZS.

The saving grace of the MG ZS is the low price and the enormous warranty, and the fact (as of publishing) all MG ZSs will still have some factory support left on them, so any concerns should still be fixed up by the factory.

Should you buy it?

There’s no denying the MG ZS is a great option for someone looking for a safe, value-packed SUV with a long warranty. Other than the MG3, the MG ZS was one of MG’s first vehicles used to re-launch MG back into the mainstream in the late 2010s.

While there has been great improvement in MG offerings in Australia in the past couple of years, there are concerns over the longevity of the early model ZSs. The what goes wrong section details some of the issues many owners reporting.

You shouldn’t necessarily be put off by the list of concerns, the issues won’t affect every vehicle, and many owners have had a trouble-free experience with the ZS.

The saving grace of the MG ZS is the low price and the enormous warranty, and the fact (as of publishing) all MG ZSs will still have some factory support left on them, so any concerns should still be fixed up by the factory.

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

Per week*

8.49%

Comparison rate p.a#

Models, pricing & features

2018-mg-zs-09

Excite (2017 - 2022)

Price when new: $20,990 - $21,990

Price used: $10,600 - $21,100

Equipment

12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
17″ Alloy Wheels
6 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt only
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbag – Side Driver
Airbag – Side Front Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Bluetooth System
Body Colour – Door Handles
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Bottle Holders – 1st Row
Brake Assist
Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
Camera – Rear Vision
Cargo Cover
Central Locking – Once Mobile
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Chrome Fog Lamp Bezels/surrounds
Chrome Grille Surround
Chrome Interior highlights
Control – Corner Braking
Control – Electronic Stability
Control – Park Distance Rear
Cruise Control
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Daytime Running Lamps – LED
Demister – Rear Windscreen with Timer
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Disc Brakes Rear Solid
Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
Drive By Wire (Electronic Throttle Control)
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Engine Immobiliser
Fog Lamp/s – Rear
Fog Lamps – Front
Handbrake – Fold Down
Headlamps – Halogen
Headlamps – See me home
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x2
Hill Holder
Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade
Intermittent Wipers
Leather Look – Gear Knob
Leather Look – Inserts in Doors
Leather Look – Seats
Leather Steering Wheel
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Power Door Mirrors
Power Steering – Electric Assist
Power Steering – Electric Assist – User Selectable
Power Steering – Speed Sensitive
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
Rear Wiper/Washer
Roof Rails
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seatback Pocket – Front Driver Seat
Seatback Pocket – Front Passenger Seat
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seats – 2nd Row (Rear) Flat Folding
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Smart Device App Display/Control
Smart Device Integration – Apple CarPlay
Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
Speed Dependant Volume Stereo
Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger
Sunvisors – Front
Tacho
Trip Computer
Tyre Pressure Monitoring – with logging/display

Excite Plus (2018 - 2021)

Price when new: $22,990 - $22,990

Price used: $13,000 - $21,500

Adds: 

No extra equipment – this spec gets a 1.0-litre 3-cyl turbo petrol engine

Essence

Price when new: $23,990 - $24,990

Price used: $12,300 - $22,800

Adds:

Starter Button
Sunroof – Electric
Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
GPS (Satellite Navigation)

Anfield Edition (2020)

Price when new: $25,490 - $25,490

Price used: $16,400 - $22,700

Adds:

Grille – Black
Leather Look – Seats Partial
Seats – Two Tone
Trim – Cloth

Tech specs

ANCAP Ratings

4 stars (tested 2017)

Body Styles

5-door Wagon

Engines

1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Excite)

1.0 litre 3-cylinder engine (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Power

84kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Excite)

82kW – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo engine (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Torque

150Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Excite)

160Nm – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo engine (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Transmissions

4-speed Automatic (Excite)

6-speed Automatic (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Fuel Consumption

6.7 – 7.1L / 100km

Length

4314mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1809mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1644mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

2585mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

1,284 to 1,610 kg

Towing

500kg (unbraked), 500kg (braked)

 

ANCAP Ratings

4 stars (tested 2017)

Body Styles

5-door Wagon

Engines

1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Excite)

1.0 litre 3-cylinder engine (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Power

84kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Excite)

82kW – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo engine (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Torque

150Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Excite)

160Nm – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo engine (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Transmissions

4-speed Automatic (Excite)

6-speed Automatic (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Fuel Consumption

6.7 – 7.1L / 100km

Length

4314mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1809mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1644mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

2585mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

1,284 to 1,610 kg

Towing

500kg (unbraked), 500kg (braked)

 

ANCAP Ratings

4 stars (tested 2017)

Body Styles

5-door Wagon

Engines

1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Excite)

1.0 litre 3-cylinder engine (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Power

84kW – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Excite)

82kW – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo engine (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Torque

150Nm – 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine (Excite)

160Nm – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo engine (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Transmissions

4-speed Automatic (Excite)

6-speed Automatic (Essence, Excite Plus, Anfield Edition)

Fuel Consumption

6.7 – 7.1L / 100km

Length

4314mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

1809mm (5 door Wagon)

Height

1644mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

2585mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

1,284 to 1,610 kg

Towing

500kg (unbraked), 500kg (braked)

 

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

7 years / unlimited km

Service Intervals

10000 km / 6 months

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