You can say what you like about mutton dressed as lamb, but you can’t argue with the value of MG’s facelifted hot hatch. Determined haggling will slash the ZR 160’s £14,995 list price to around £12,625, and there’s not much else around like it for that sort of money.
Remember the MG’s value, and you can forgive some of its foibles. This is indisputably an old car, pepped up by recent revisions to exterior styling (largely successful), cabin (less so) and minor mechanical changes (mixed).
Its age is apparent from the moment you first grasp the old 1990s’ flexi-key, an unfortunate reminder of the ZR’s ancient roots. Pensionable details abound: the seat is too high even on its lowest setting, the steering wheel adjusts for rake only and you can’t open the boot without poking around with the remote control.
It’s not all bad news though. The front of the ZR is a comfy place to be and the major controls are sensibly positioned. You can even heel-and-toe without resorting to contortionism.