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What should I be paying?

If you want a decent-sized EV but don't think you can rise to the cost, step this way. Both versions are under £300 a month, and that's with only a small deposit, for 8,000 miles a year.

Now, if you run a petrol crossover at 35mpg and 8,000 miles, that's £100 a month in fuel. The electric MG will be £6 to charge at home, equating to roughly £20 a month for the same mileage.

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Oh and MG will sort out a 7kW home charger for nothing.

Which version? The Excite gets all you'd need and costs just over £26,000 after the government's £2,500 discount has been factored in. But for £28,595 the Exclusive adds a better stereo, more driver assist, reversing cam, fake leather, electric heated driver's seat, and glass roof.

Warranty is seven years or 80,000 miles, including the battery.

Now, although it's the cheapest car of its kind, it's not absurdly so, now that MG's launch price cuts have reduced. The Peugeot e-2008 and small-battery version of the Hyundai Kona spring to mind as rivals. Heck, the Pug is far more desirable. But it's also significantly pricier. Like, £100 a month pricier. The Kona is closer in price, and at 180 miles pips the ZS for range.

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