MG’s ZST SUV – the three-cylinder turbo variants the best choice.
Driving MG’s ZST SUV – now in an expanded four model range, two more affordable variants added recently, both 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four cylinder with CVT automatic, the Core and better equipped Vibe starting from a sharp $25,490 drive-away. The better equipped ZST Excite, and Essence remain, priced at $29,990 and $32,990 drive-away. Both with 1.3-litre turbo engine linked to dual clutch six-speed automatic – the engine lively with very drive-able torque from 1800 revs.
I drove the Essence and managed good economy with city driving at 6.8L/100. A roomy cabin reflecting nice fit and finishes, a couple of gripes – touch screen controls for fan and aircon a little frustrating and tedious while the lack of reach adjustment on the steering wheel makes it hard to get a good driving position – you adjust the seat for height and distance, but the wheel feels too far away.
The car loaded with features however like sat nav, a full-length panoramic sunroof, no less than five USB ports – and everything is far from cheap and and cheerful. You also get a suite of active safety features with what MG call MG Pilot. Driving dynamics may not match its main Japanese and Thai rivals but is not too far behind. Above all else, the value story and 7-year warranty are very compelling.
I’m David Berthon
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