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MG ZS EV: Buzz of the street

Electric is all the buzz lately. With just 10 percent import tax compared to 288 percent on fossil fuel powered vehicles, the demand for electric vehicles in Nepal is sky high. Companies have been trying to capitalise on this electric wave and we are starting to see a lot of electric cars from different manufacturers on the roads. Joining this electric wave is Morris Garage with their first ever electric vehicle, the MG ZS EV. The ZS EV is an electric version of the already popular crossover, the ZS. The EV is equipped with a 44.5 kWh lithium ion battery pack and comes with an impressive ground clearance of 175 mm.

The MG ZS EV is an all-electric crossover with some off-road capabilities and all the features one can imagine. But, does this car from MG have what it takes to take on the popular Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro? Let’s find out.

Exterior

The ZS EV from MG is a crossover that looks no different from its petrol sibling, the ZS. From the outside, the only difference is the 5mm ground clearance and the shiny new rims. The electric crossover follows MG’s modern design language with a sleek and classy look. Mercedes inspired front grille with chrome dots looks neat and houses the MG badge which when pushed, reveals the charging port. At the back of the vehicle, there is nothing too fancy with a standard tail light and a MG logo which also acts as the latch for the boot-space. From some angles, the car’s tire might look small, but we assure you that the 17-inch wheels are big enough.

Interior

The vehicle looks promising from the inside and provides plenty of space and comfort. The leather upholstery and panoramic sunroof gives the car a premium feel. On the front, the metallic highlights are nicely done and the Audi inspired air-con vents function well.

As with all modern vehicles, the ZS EV comes with steering mounted buttons which feels sturdy and provides a satisfying click. In place of the gear lever, the car has a circular dial. The dial allows switching between reverse, neutral, drive, and parking gears. Just above the dial sits three switches which toggle driving modes, KERS (Kinetic Energy Regeneration System) and battery life.

On the back of the vehicle, there is enough space for a tall adult to sit comfortably with the driver seat pushed back to the fullest. Another impressive feature on the back is the class leading boot-space of 448 litres to fit in all your luggage.

The car also comes with up to date features like an infotainment system loaded with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electronically adjustable seats, rear parking camera and many others.

Engine and performance

The car is powered by a permanent-magnet synchronous motor coupled with a 44.5 kWh Ternary lithium-ion battery which churns out 148 BHP and 350 Nm of torque, all sent to the front wheels. The engine has been researched and designed at the MG headquarters in the UK and manufactured by SAIC Motor in Shanghai. MG claims the driving range of this EV to be an impressive 428 kilometres with KERS which will be more than sufficient for city usage and short road trips.

The ZS EV goes from stationary to a 100 km/hr in 8.2 seconds. The engine makes a staggering 350 Nm of torque and you feel all of it with a tap of the accelerator pedal. The vehicle also comes with 3 driving modes; Eco, Normal, and Sport. Eco mode provides the best range but there is a slight delay in the accelerator pedal. The Normal mode feels best while driving around the city whereas the Sport mode is energetic and the vehicle soars with slightest input in the throttle. The vehicle also has 3 levels of regenerative braking to provide some charge to the batteries while on the go.

The vehicle is also capable to some extent of off-road driving, thanks to its 175 mm of ground clearance. The vehicle climbs well on Eco mode, but one has to be generous with the throttle. Switch to Sport mode and the ZS EV goes like a bullet which felt a bit daunting while off-road. We felt the vehicle performed exceptionally well when in Normal mode, powering through the most challenging of climbs with ease.

Handling and Comfort

The car handled perfectly for its size but we felt that the steering grew heavier as the corner tightened. Though the steering lies on the heavier side, it is precise and makes driving the car quite fun. The car feels confident when you’re aggressive but it’s not a car for aggressive driving as the suspension setup is on the softer side to make the car more comfortable over bad roads.

The car is just as spacious as it is comfortable. The seats are large and offer decent shoulder and back support. The visibility from the driver seat is good and offers plenty of legroom for the tallest of drivers. The rear passenger seat is set a bit low, which allows tall passengers enough headroom. The vehicle is more than comfortable, making this a good car to be chauffeured in.

Verdict

With an introductory price of Rs 4,999,000, there is no doubt that you’re getting your money’s worth with this crossover by MG. The vehicle is versatile while offering good performance for low speeds in the city and speed runs on the highway. Not only the performance, but the interiors are classy, spacious, and comfortable. With the demand for electric vehicles soaring, this EV from MG is aggressively priced and might be the way to go for buyers venturing into the world of electric vehicles.

Contact: Paramount Motors Pvt Ltd.

Gairidhara, kathmandu

01-4783841

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