It’s a challenge not to begin your ZS EV driving experience in search of a catch. After all, this car so far looks like following through pretty well on its promise of delivering usable – and all-electric – family-appropriate motoring at a price that most people would consider affordable – and MG is the first car maker, it could be argued, to really hit that particular nail so squarely on the head.
But, in terms of how well the car goes and stops and generally how easy and pleasant it is to use, there’s no obvious catch to be found. The ZS EV isn’t quite in a Kia e-Niro’s league for performance assertiveness but, dipping as it did just inside 9.0sec from 0-60mph on a chilly November morning, and hitting 8.0sec from 30-70mph, it’s still very respectably nippy. A 178bhp, 1.5-litre turbocharged Ford Focus is barely any quicker up to the UK motorway limit.
The car struggled slightly in the conditions to put 260lb ft of torque onto the Tarmac through only one axle, as you’d expect. The electronic traction governance might be a little bit less delicate and more slower-witted than in the best of the electric breed, and feels more like it’s engaged in a pitched battle against torque and wheelspin than cleverly gauging traction and meting out grunt accordingly, as some EVs seem able to do.