What should I be paying?
Price-wise, there’s no getting away from the fact the MG ZS is unbeatable. The base model is £12,495, and regardless, MG says its mid and high-spec Excite and Exclusive version, all at under £17,000, will be better sellers anyway, because of their more generous equipment and rival-undercutting price.
Both engines return economy of 38-40mpg in real-world conditions, against claims of 49.6mpg for the 1.5-litre and 44.9mpg for the 1.0-litre turbo. CO2 emissions are reasonable competitive for the 1.5, but two tax bands off the pace where the 1.0-litre is involved, at 144g/km.
MG currently has 65 UK dealers as of late 2017 and is aiming for 90 in 2018. It service record is glowing, with strong aftersales care reported and a very comprehensive seven-year warranty. Chances are if your MG goes wrong, it’ll be fixed for free and you’ll be chuffed with the service, anecdotally at least. MG also says it’s working on competitive PCP deals, to compete with the likes of Nissan and Ford’s infamously cheap deals.