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THE NEW MG ZS EV is the family friendly electric car, designed for those who want all the advantages of zero emissions without compromising on practicality or style.

There are two versions available, the entry level Excite and the top spec Exclusive.

The exterior appearance of this pure EV is similar to the regular ZS crossover and has a signature MG look that features a diamond-studded grille pattern with chrome surround which also houses the car’s charging point that can be accessed by lifting the illuminated logo. It’s flanked by sharp LED headlamps and gets a front bumper featuring a wide central air-dam. Apart from the silver roof rails, large windows and ORVMs with turn indicators in its side profile, it also sports eye-catching windmill inspired alloy wheels.

Attention has been paid to the quality of materials used inside, black faux leather, soft-touch fabrics and contoured seats, which are comfortable and adequately padded.

A five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, six airbags, ABS, EBD, hill-hold, hill descent control, TPMS, all seat-belts reminder and even three-point seatbelt in the second row are a part of the safety suite. The ZS EV features an updated version of the infotainment system. It is dubbed as the iSmart EV 2.0 and gets a new graphic interface and improved hardware. The automatic climate control, cruise control, auto headlamps and wipers, DRLs, keyless entry, etc. make for a decently packed interior. MG has provided a huge roof as well, to add to the feeling of space and boost the ambience inside the cabin.

Whenever the ZS SUV is put on charge, the MG logo on the front grille glows up to indicate that the SUV is getting charged. Once the glowing stops, it means the charging is complete. The battery level reaches from 0 to 80 percent battery capacity within 50 minutes thanks to a 50kW DC fast charger installed at dealerships. A 7.4kW AC home charger, which will be set up at the owners’ homes or offices, will take around 6-8 hours for a full charge.

In normal mode, the ZS does 0-62mph in 8.5 sec which is plenty quick enough for a front-wheel-drive crossover.

Sport gives a faster response but it’s an unnecessary drain on the battery.

The low-down centre of gravity, due to the batteries, gives the MG a secure feel and the ride quality is better than in many crossovers.

Lack of engine noise is relaxing and there are little tyre and wind noise either.

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