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October 2022 - MG ZS EV Electric SUV Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the MG ZS EV electric SUV you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 ZS EV's variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions, battery specifications, range and mileage of the MG ZS EV with the Hyundai Kona, Mahindra XUV400, Tata Nexon EV Prime and Tata Nexon EV Max.

MG ZS EV

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of MG ZS EV Electric SUV?

The pros or advantages of MG ZS EV electric SUV are:

  • Even the base variant offers most of the must-have with some good-to-have features and a much better value for money
  • Offers the biggest battery pack among mass market electric cars
  • Good official driving range of 461km
  • Best-in-class power output of 177PS
  • Longest and tallest mass market electric car

The MG ZS EV electric SUV has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Official ground clearance and boot space details are not available and they may not be worth bragging about
  • Lowest-in-segment efficiency of 9.16kmpu; rivals offer an official mileage of 10.3 - 11.5kmpu (kilometres per unit of electricity)
  • Despite a higher power output, the torque figure is surprisingly low at 280Nm
  • Top variant offers a poor value for money and only justifies about 50 - 60% of the incremental cost over the base variant despite having high-value features like the panoramic sunroof and power driver seat

What Is The Price Of MG ZS EV Electric SUV Variants?

The MG ZS EV is available in Excite and Exclusive variants with an ex-showroom price of Rs. 22.58 lakh and Rs. 26.50 lakh, respectively. The jump to the higher variant costs about Rs. 4.0 lakh over the base variant.

MG ZS EV ELECTRIC SUV | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | OCTOBER 2022

Variant

Price

Excite

Rs. 22,58,000

Exclusive

Rs. 26,49,800

MG ZS EV Excite - Base Model Standard Features

The base Excite variant of the MG ZS EV costs Rs. 22.58 lakh and offers the following notable standard features:

MG ZS EV EXCITE

BASE MODEL STANDARD FEATURES

Safety

Style & Entertainment

Functional

LED projector headlamps

10.1-inch touchscreen

60-40 split rear seatbacks

2x front side thorax airbags

Wired Android Auto

Keyless entry with push-button start/stop

2x curtain airbags

Wired Apple Carplay

3-level regen

Electronic parking brake w/ auto hold

Apps for infotainment

3x drive modes (Eco, Sport, Normal)

Electronic stability control

Steering-mounted controls

1-touch driver window up/down

Hill start assist

FM, Bluetooth

All power windows

Hill descent control

4x speakers

Cruise control

Std. safety features

Telematics

Auto AC

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Voice commands

Rear AC vents

Heated outside mirrors

Turn indicators on outside mirrors

Driver, front passenger vanity mirror

3x 3-point rear seatbelts

LED DRLs

Rear armrest with cup holders

Rear disc brakes

LED tail lamps

Power mirrors

Rear fog lamp

Closed front grille

Tilt steering

Rear washer wiper

17-inch alloy wheels with aero covers

5x adjustable headrests

Rear defogger

Rear spoiler

Front armrest

Speed-sensing auto door lock

Shark fin antenna

Auto wipers

Impact-sensing auto door unlock

Fabric upholstery

Air purifier

ISOFIX

Leather steering

Boot lamp

Anti theft alarm

Soft-touch dashboard

12v front power socket

360-degree camera

7-inch colour LCD instrument cluster

Bluetooth key

The base variant offers almost all must-have features along with some good-to-have features. It’s the better option out of the 2 varant of the ZS EV.

MG ZS EV Excite vs Exclusive Variant - Price & Feature Comparison

The Exclusive variant costs Rs. 26.50 lakh, which is Rs. 3.92 lakh more than the lower Excite variant.

MG ZS EV EXCITE VS EXCLUSIVE | PRICE COMPARISON

Excite

Difference

Exclusive

Rs. 22,58,000

Rs. 3,91,800

Rs. 26,49,800

For the additional sum, the Exclusive variant offers the following notable features:

MG ZS EV EXCLUSIVE

FEATURES OVER EXCITE

Others

Functional

2x tweeters

6-way power driver seat

Dual-tone interior

Wireless phone charger

Rear cross traffic alert

Power folding outside mirrors with auto fold

Panoramic sunroof

2x seatback pockets

Blind spot warning

5x USB ports

Lane change assist

 

The Exclusive variant adds some good-to-have features and they only justify about half of the incremental cost over the lower variant. So, the Exclusive variant of the MG ZS EV is not recommended.

Which Variant Of The MG ZS EV Electric SUV Should You Buy?

Between the 2 variants of the MG ZS EV, the Excite offers a much better value for money while offering most of the must-have features along with some good-to-have features. It is our top recommendation. The top model of the MG ZS EV only offers features, which are worth about half the incremental cost over the base model while adding mostly good-to-have features. So, the Exclusive trim is not recommended.

MG ZS EV | BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Excite

Rank 1

Rs. 22,58,000

Top recommended

Exclusive

Rank 2

Rs. 26,49,800

Not recommended

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The MG ZS EV?

The MG ZS EV delivers 177 PS of power and 280Nm of torque. It is the most powerful EV among its peers but its torque output is less than that of the Kona Electric and XUV400.

At 50.3kWh, the ZS has the biggest battery pack and its 461km driving range is also the best in class. But its 9.16kmpu mileage figure is the lowest. In terms of specs, the Kona is the one that stands out with its 395Nm torque, high efficiency and a good range despite a smaller battery pack.

MG ZS EV VS COMPETITION

ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

ZS EV

Kona Electric

XUV400

Nexon EV

Nexon EV Max

Power

177PS

136PS

150PS

129PS

143PS

Torque

280Nm

395Nm

310Nm

245Nm

250Nm

0-100kmph

8.5s

9.7s

8.3s

9.9s

9.0s

Range

461km

452km

456km

312km

437km

Battery Pack

50.3kWh

39.2kWh

39.5kWh

30.2kWh

40.5kWh

Mileage/ Efficiency

9.16kmpu

11.53kmpu

11.54kmpu

10.33kmpu

10.79kmpu

AC Charging Time

8 hrs 30 min

6 hrs 10 min

6 hrs 30 min

9 hrs 10 min

6 hrs 30 min

DC Charging Time

60 min

57 min

50 min

60 min

56 min

*Estimated

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how much any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

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What Are The Dimensions Of The MG ZS EV?

In terms of dimensions, the MG ZS EV is the longest and tallest in its class. Unfortunately, the official boot space and ground clearance details for the ZS EV aren’t available right now. Chances are that these specs aren’t worth bragging about.

MG ZS EV VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

ZS EV

Kona Electric

XUV400

Nexon EV

Nexon EV Max

Length

4323mm

4180mm

4200mm

3993mm

3993mm

Width

1809mm

1800mm

1821mm

1811mm

1811mm

Height

1649mm

1570mm

1634mm

1606mm

1616mm

Wheelbase

2585mm

2600mm

2600mm

2498mm

2498mm

Ground Clearance

NA

NA

200mm

205mm

190mm

Boot Space

NA

NA

378L

350L

350L

Tyre Size

215/55 R17

215/55 R17

205/65 R16

215/60 R16

215/60 R16

Battery Pack

50.3kWh

39.2kWh

39.5kWh

30.2kWh

40.5kWh

*Estimated

Find out how you can get the best mileage or fuel efficiency from your car:

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What Are The Colour Options Of The MG ZS EV?

The 2022 ZS EV is available in the following 4 exterior colours:

  • Red
  • Silver
  • White
  • Black

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, Grand i10 Nios, Swift, Tiago, Punch

       

B Segment

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception: Slavia, Virtus, Scorpio Classic

Creta, Seltos, Compass, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D1

4500 - 4750mm

Octavia, XUV700, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, Scorpio N

       

D Segment

D2

> 4750mm

Fortuner, Superb, Gloster, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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