Company matched UK government plug-in car grant for early examples, for a final cost of just £21,495
Felix Page Autocar writer
31 July 2019

MG has revealed that the first 1000 UK examples of its ZS EV have sold out in its first two weeks on sale, and that it has extended its attractive discount to the next 1000 models.  

The company matched the government's £3500 plug-in car grant for the first 1000 UK ZS buyers, bringing the entry-level Excite variant's list price down to £21,495. The same offer also applied to the more luxurious Exclusive trim, which costs £23,495. As an extra incentive, MG installed a domestic charging point at buyers' homes at no extra cost.

It has now been announced that this special offer has been extended to the next 1000 examples to be sold, too, although units sold from this point will not come as standard with a home charging point. 

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According to data supplied by the SMMT, MG sold 1078 units in total in June 2019, highlighting the ZS's initial sales figures as a significant surge in demand.  

Once the next 1000 examples have been sold, the ZS EV will be available from £24,995, including the government grant. Although largely unrivalled in its position as a value electric compact SUV, the ZS EV represents a much more affordable alternative to the Kia e-Niro, which starts from £32,995 after grant. 

The ZS EV's chief rival, Hyundai's Kona Electric, is priced slightly higher at £27,250, but is currently off-sale in the UK, with prospective buyers encouraged to join a waiting list. Like Hyundai and Kia, MG is applying a seven-year warranty to all ZS models sold in the UK. 

The discounted price for the first 1000 units puts the ZS EV among the cheapest electric cars available in the UK. The ageing Citroen C-Zero is the only mainstream EV available for less, at £17,020 including the grant. 

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The ZS EV was first revealed at the Guangzhou motor show in China last year, and will be sold alongside the existing petrol versions of the ZS.

The UK-bound ZS EV makes use of a front-mounted electric motor, producing 141bhp and 260lb ft. The car's water-cooled 44.5kWh lithium ion battery is good for a 163-mile range on the WLTP test cycle, and is capable of rapid charging from flat to around 80% capacity in half an hour. 

Styling changes over the conventionally fuelled model are minimal, and limited to the integration of a charging point in its blanked off grille, and the addition of a newly designed set of 17in alloy wheels.

Inside, standard equipment includes an 8in touchscreen, satnav, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and DAB radio. The ZS prioritises interior space and practicality, with a split-level boot and several hidden storage areas maximising load capacity. 

“We’re delighted to be entering the electric car market at such an exciting time," said Daniel Gregorious, MG's head of sales and marketing. "With MG’s trademark value-for-money approach, we’re confident that we can help more and more new car buyers to go electric.”

UK sales of the EV weren't confirmed at its global debut last year, but now come as part of the steady growth of the MG brand worldwide and its transition to being a maker of SUVs. 

MG is enjoying sales success in China, under the ownership of SAIC. Last year, it sold 134,786 cars, a significant increase over the 80,389 sold in 2016. That success accelerated in 2018; MG had already surpassed its 2017 total by the end of August, having sold 179,109 cars. 

China is the world’s largest market for electric cars, and ranges in excess of 250 miles are now the norm there, rather than the exception.

The ZS EV first made its debut alongside the new HS SUV, which is understood to be lined up to replace the GS in MG’s UK range later this year. 

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16 November 2018

 Oh this would be great, a Car that apparently can do a guaranteed 250miles between charges!

Peter Cavellini.

6 March 2019

I would actually like MG if they wernt so Chinese. There is nothing British about them, despite what they like to claim.

JMax

13 March 2019

Well, they do have an engineering and design facility based at Longbridge employing around 275 designers and engineers either as employees or contractors. The MG3 for example was designed and engineered there under the leadership of British designer Tony Williams-Kenny.

And in 2018 they opened a second design studio in London employing a further 25 designers headed by Carl Gotham.

 

12 May 2019
Hornblower wrote:

Well, they do have an engineering and design facility based at Longbridge employing around 275 designers and engineers either as employees or contractors. The MG3 for example was designed and engineered there under the leadership of British designer Tony Williams-Kenny.

And in 2018 they opened a second design studio in London employing a further 25 designers headed by Carl Gotham.

 

In other news, they are looking to close the one at Longbridge with the loss of all those jobs.. 

31 July 2019

By that I guess you mean unlike the old MGs it is practical, cheap to run, well made and will not break down at the drop of a hat.

Excellent news then as long as the Chinese make it.

31 July 2019
JMax18 wrote:

I would actually like MG if they wernt so Chinese. There is nothing British about them, despite what they like to claim.

 

Hey idiot, if they were not " so Chinese", they would nor exist at all. Typical, broke, envious, no hoper, hater comment. Keep'em coming :)

17 May 2019

well then that is good then is it. if an electric car can do 250 miles, that means it is a very good car. some tesla's dont even do 250 miles

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16 November 2018

The market of electric vehicles is growing in China, as the sales of overseas imported fashions and China-made cars take gain of the country support towards the increase of charging stations across the country and for decreased customs duties. UK Assignment Writer

16 November 2018

Why are EV manufacturers still quoting range figures measured by the now obsolete NEDC test cycle? 268 miles probably corresponds to 200 odd miles by the new WLTP test, so perhaps less than 200 miles in the real world.

It would in fact be more useful to know the rated kWh battery capacity and the vehicle weight, then we'd have a better idea of how far it would go...   

16 November 2018
Yes AGREE absolutely.. its ridiculous that Autocar are even quoting the NEDC figure... plus then going on to call it a long range car. Really anything with a useable range under 200 miles can only really be classified as mid range these days.
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