MG Motors has launched the 2018 MG ZS compact SUV in Australia, hitting the market with very competitive prices, but more noteworthy is the warranty.
The MG ZS will come in two flavours, the entry-level Soul, which is priced from $20,990 (plus on-roads), and the Essence, which carries a $23,990 (plus on-roads) price tag.
With one standard colour and four premium (metallic) shades, the ZS has a fairly narrow band for personalisation.
Under the bonnet, the Soul variant gets a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which makes 84kW and 150Nm, which may be a little underdone, especially as it’s backed by a four-speed automatic. Apparently, we’re still in the 1980s. Claimed fuel consumption is rated at 9.1L/100km combined.
The Essence trim level comes into this decade, using a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 82kW and 160Nm, paired to a six-speed auto. Claimed fuel consumption for the turbo model is 8.4L/100km combined.
Both cars are front-wheel-drive only, with a third model (called Core) to come later, slipping in under the Soul variant.
Inside, the MG ZS comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay as standard, as well as the requisite Bluetooth telephony and music streaming, USB ports, a Yamaha sound system, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, and 17-inch wheels.
The seats get leather trim, there’s a leather steering wheel as standard. Speaking of steering, there are three different drive modes: the lighter weight Urban, Normal, which is medium and Dynamic which is heavier and said to give more feel. We’ll wait and see on that one.
To justify the extra money, the Essence variant adds a panoramic glass roof with sunshade, plus keyless entry with push-button starting.
At 4314mm long, 1809mm wide and 1611mm tall, it’s not a huge car, but the interior room is said to be up there in the compact SUV class.
The boot space is 359 litres with the back seats up and 1166 litres with them folded.
Safety is taken care of by six airbags, ESC with corner brake control, hill hold assist and a wet brake wipe to keep the discs and pads dry. Kids are taken car of with two Isofix points.
MG’s new seven year warranty
MG has announced that it will apply a seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty to both its ZS and GS models (from mid-2017) and that includes seven years roadside assist. There is also talk of a capped-price service scheme to come, which will make MG effectively equal to Kia in terms of warranty.
2018 MG ZS pricing
Soul – $20,990
Essence – $23,990