MGnificent!

Not only does the MG ZS EV deliver on its promise of being a capable electric vehicle, but it also adds a touch of luxury and modern technology
MG ZS EV
MG ZS EV

KOCHI: Travelling along a coastal city rich in French colonial memories in a car with British lineage was what MG Motor India organised last week for a group of women auto-vloggers. The Bengaluru-Puducherry round trip, totalling 650 km in three days, aimed to debunk many myths about electric cars.

The ZS EV, MG’s prestigious product in the Indian market, was the car of choice. We started from Bengaluru and drove 325km to Puducherry on a single charge, showcasing its impressive true range and alleviating any ‘range anxiety’ — the new concern of EV owners.

The car

The ZS EV is not a typical boxy SUV; its unique design language sets it apart. Dynamic lines, grille design, alloy design, and full LED hawk-eye headlamps are very attractive.

The plush interiors of the car tell a premium story too. The dark grey theme, 25.7cm HD touchscreen infotainment, full digital cluster with a 17.78cm LCD screen, dual-pane panoramic sky roof, air filter, and leather-wrapped steering wheel ensure satisfaction. MG has always been known for its connectivity features, and the ZS EV offers 75+ connected car features. However, there is no option for ventilated seats in this premium EV.

The motor

The ZS EV delivers 176ps power and 280Nm torque. The company claims 0-100 km/h in just 8.5 seconds; but on the unfamiliar highway, I could not perform such a test, though three-digit speeds were easily attained during driving.

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 E PERFORMANCE Edition 1 sedan
Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 E PERFORMANCE Edition 1 sedan

Drive modes

The MG ZS EV offers various driving modes, each tailored to different needs:

Normal Mode: Ideal for everyday driving, balancing performance and efficiency for a smooth ride during city commutes and highway cruising.

Eco Mode: Maximizes energy efficiency by adjusting throttle response and other vehicle settings to conserve battery power, perfect for extending range during longer journeys.

Sport Mode: Enhances acceleration and responsiveness for a spirited driving experience with increased power output.

I could experience all these modes and feel the differences. The ZS EV also features regenerative braking, enhancing efficiency and range, with adjustable strength for regenerative braking, steering feel and climate control preferences.

ADAS Level-2

Another useful tech suite is the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) Level 2, with 17 features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Bend Cruise Assistance, Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Front Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Headlamp Control, and Speed Warning Mode.

Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist were very useful on the highway. The multi-purpose camera identifies lane markings, warns if the vehicle deviates, and can actively keep the vehicle centred by controlling the steering. Intelligent Headlamp Control adjusts the high beam based on oncoming traffic and environment. The car alerts about probable collisions with vehicles or pedestrians and applies autonomous deceleration if the driver doesn’t act.

KIA EV3
KIA EV3

Driving experience

The car’s driving manners are confidence-boosting, and stable even at high speeds, with minimal body roll. The seats are comfortable for long drives, and the build quality of the car is impressive.

Battery

The 50.3 kWh prismatic cell battery powers the ZS EV, with a claimed range of 461 km. The battery pack is rated IP69K. The users can charge the vehicles at MG dealerships with DC super-fast chargers. They can charge up to 80% in 60 minutes. AC fast chargers can charge it 100% in 8.5-9 hours. The portable charging cable can charge the car 100% in 18-19 hours when plugged into any 15A socket.

Price

The MG ZS EV is available in four variants, priced from Rs 18.98 Lakh to Rs 25.20 Lakh.As part of its 100th year, MG launched the ‘100-Year Limited Edition’ with a special ‘Evergreen’ colour, inspired by the British Racing Green, available in the Exclusive Plus variant for Rs 24.18 Lakh.

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The writer is a freelance auto expert who hosts TV shows and anchors the YouTube channel ‘CARKADUVA’

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