2023 MG ZS EV price and specs: Long Range introduced for BYD affordable electric SUV rival

Key Points

  • Affordable MG electric car priced from $43,990
  • Two battery sizes, up to 440km range
  • All models eligible for EV incentives

UPDATE 10/3/23: MG ZS EV Long Range added to local line-up

The new MG ZS EV has gained a new top-spec Long Range battery variant in Australia, offering up to 440km of claimed WLTP driving range.

The Chinese-made electric car remains one of Australia’s most affordable electric cars starting from $43,990 to $55,990 before on-road costs, featuring a 360-degree camera, mobile app connectivity and a seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.


The MG ZS EV is eligible for most Australian electric car incentives, including the fringe benefits tax (FBT) exemption for fleets and novated leases.

The small electric SUV directly competes with the BYD Atto 3, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV, in addition to the GWM Ora, MG 4, Nissan Leaf, and more expensive Tesla Model Y.

MG ZS EV Key Specs

Woman plugs in charging cable into blue MG ZS EV

The MG electric car is offered in two battery sizes with similar front-wheel-driven motor power outputs:

  • ZS EV Standard Range models (available in Excite or Essence trims) offer up to 320km of claimed WLTP driving range using a longer-lasting and cobalt-free 49kWh usable lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery.
  • ZS EV Long Range (only sold in top-spec Essence grade) offers up to 440km WLTP range (120km more) using the more energy dense 68.3kWh usable nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) chemistry.

The Chinese-born EV is capable of charging at up to 11kW AC and 80kW DC speeds, with the latter upped to 94kW on the Long Range (according to EV Database).

All models are capable of exterior vehicle-to-load (V2L) via the front charging port. But, a separate V2L adapter accessory purchase is required from a MG dealer.

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MG ZS EV Price and Models


ZS EV Excite price: $43,990 before on-road costs

Excite Standard Range features:

Exterior17-inch alloy wheels (215/55)
Auto high beam LED headlights (21-module) and daytime running lights
LED tail lights (eight-module) with incandescent reverse and indicators
InteriorFabric seats with red contrast stitching
Leather trimmed steering wheel with red stitching and perforations
Six-way manually adjustable driver seat
Four-way manually adjustable front passenger seat
Rotary drive selector
Single-zone climate control with PM2.5 air filter
Technology10.1-inch infotainment system with built-in navigation, wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto
7-inch driver instrument display
MG i-Smart remote mobile app connectivity (one-year included)
Four-speaker audio system
Proximity key with push button start
Exterior V2L capability (accessory purchase required)
USB-A and USB-C charging ports
Safety assistMG Pilot safety assistance suite
Front auto emergency braking
Lane departure and lane centering assist
Adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist
Speed limit assist
360-degree view camera
Rear parking sensors
Battery50.3kWh usable LFP battery

ZS EV Essence price: $47,990 before on-road costs

Essence Standard Range adds:

ExteriorRoof rails
Electrically folding, heated wing mirrors
Rain sensing wipers
InteriorFaux leather seats with carbon fibre inserts and red stitching
Six-way power adjustable driver's seat
Panoramic sunroof with sunshade
Overhead sunglass box
Front seat back map pockets
TechnologyQi wireless phone charging pad
Six-speaker sound system with 3D sound effect
Safety assistBlind-spot monitoring
Rear cross-traffic alert
Check out our MG ZS EV Essence review
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ZS EV Long Range price: $55,990 before on-road costs

Essence Long Range adds:

Battery68.3kWh usable NMC battery
InteriorRear tinted privacy windows
White and grey MG ZS EV's parked together

MG ZS EV options

  • Standard paint – no cost: York White; Pebble Black
  • Metallic paint – $700: Brighton Blue; Diamond Red; Sloane Silver
  • V2L connector adapter – $TBD by MG dealer

MG ZS EV Warranty and Servicing

MG ZS EV charging instruments screen

The MG ZS EV is covered by a seven-year, unlimited kilometre vehicle warranty, battery warranty, roadside assistance, and capped price servicing scheme.

For commercial buyers, the warranty is limited to seven-years/160,000km (whichever comes first).

The Chinese automaker emphasises there are no hidden warranty exclusions, unlike the BYD Atto 3, though the ZS EV’s 12-volt auxiliary battery is backed by a two-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

The MG electric car needs servicing every 24 months/40,000km, with more than 80 MG dealer locations available across Australia.

MG ZS EV servicing schedule and costs:

Servicing interval (time/distance)Service cost
24 months/40,000km$291
48 months/80,000km$757
72 months/120,000km$291
96 months/160,000km$757
120 months/200,000km$291

How does the MG ZS EV compare to other EVs?

Standard Range

The MG ZS EV Standard Range is available in both Essence and Excite variants. It the cheapest out of the trio, but is mid-pack for claimed WLTP driving range, boot space, and performance.

Long Range

The MG ZS EV Long Range is sold in a single top-spec Essence grade only and priced higher than the BYD Atto 3 Extended Range. It features the largest battery out of the bunch and a claimed WLTP driving range in line with the BYD electric car and Kia Niro EV.

Datawrappers by Danny Thai

Learn more about the MG ZS EV

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🔍 2023 MG ZS EV Essence Review

🔌 MG ZS EV Charging Guide

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