The 2021 MG ZS EV is the most affordably priced, fully electric, five-seater family SUV on the market in Australia at the moment at around $41,000.
With that in mind, it is no surprise that we have been inundated with requests for this review! So I am keen to put it through our BabyDrive testing and see how it does as a BabyDrive…
Firstly, I could fit three Infasecure child seats across the back seat of the 2021 MG ZS EV. The Infasecure Optima and Serene and the Versatile Folding Booster. They all fit really nicely across and installing them was easy. If you want to learn more about the child seats used in this review then you can here.
There are three top tether anchorages, one in each of the rear seatbacks that are easily accessible through the boot. They are not within plastic guides but are within clearly labelled. The ISOFix points are in the two outer rear seats, and although they are not within plastic guides either I still found them easy to connect to.
When it comes to legroom it is surprisingly good too. We found a 180cm driver could fit in front of a rear-facing child seat or a 186cm passenger in front of a rear-facing child seat.
For rear passengers the storage is minimal, with just door bins and a USB and storage shelf for a phone and two map pockets. There are no cup holders.
In the front things are better. There are two cup holders and two storage trays for phones near the USB and 12V sockets. There is a sunglasses case in the ceiling and a good size glovebox and door bins.
There are no rear aircon vents in the MG ZS EV so rear passengers can get a little hot in the Australian summer climate, especially if you have the optional sunroof too.
The boot of the MG ZS EV is a good size for a small SUV. The boot floor drops down about 10cm, which is really helpful when putting prams and kids bikes in the boot. Nine shopping bags fit in the boot of the MG ZS EV from empty, which is comparable to the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid, Nissan Leaf+ and Hyundai Kona EV which all hold nine shopping bags too and the Kia Niro PHEV which holds ten shopping bags.
A twin pram will fit in the boot with space to put things on top of it but not around it.
The boot floor is nice and flat for an emergency nappy change, or you could fit your small to medium size dog in the boot (if you remove the parcel shelf!).
The battery range in the MG ZS EV is around 263km, compared to the Nissan Leaf+ which is the closest at 270km while the more expensive Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro do around 470km. The range is shown on the driver's display screen, like a fuel gauge, so you know your distance remaining before needing to recharge the batteries.
You get all the benefits of a fully electric car; the nice quiet start and being able to drive your children to sleep or sit with the aircon running while they are asleep in the back without chewing through fuel and polluting the immediate area (or polluting at all if your power is 100% renewable). The MG ZS EV is nippy to drive around town and it's easy to manoeuvre in tight car parks like schools and supermarkets. On motorways I found the lane keep assist caused the car to bounce around in the lane from one white line to the other in a pinball effect, however, once I turned that off it was much nicer to drive.
There is a good seatbelt removal visual on the driver's display screen so you know instantly if a rear passenger takes their seatbelt off.
The media system in the 2021 MG ZS EV is basic and quite simple to use, although I did find there can be a delay in the touch screen which can make you think you haven't pressed a function properly.
You can customise your drive assist features within the media screen…
…as well as the different beeps and sounds which is handy for families who want to minimise noise.
The MG ZS EV has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is really good for accessing your phone while driving along.
When you put it in reverse the camera image is really milky which made it quite hard to rely on and I found myself having to use the mirrors much more than in most cars.
For our family of four, the 2021 MG ZS EV is a very practical and affordable little five-seater electric SUV and BabyDrive. It fits us all in happily and comfortably with good legroom and boot space. The delay in the media system and reversing camera do let the MG ZS EV down for me but I still enjoyed driving it on my school run, commute and around town daily driving.
The new 2021 MG ZS EV has been given a four star ANCAP safety rating and has six airbags as standard.