2023 MG ZS EV price and specs: The most affordable electric SUVs available today


Key Points

  • MG electric SUV priced from $41,990 to $51,990
  • Up to 440km range, two battery sizes
  • Directly rivals BYD Atto 3 electric SUV

The MG ZS EV is one of the most affordable electric SUV in Australia.

UPDATE: MG has increased prices for MY23 and MY24 models of the MG ZS EV by between $1,000 to $2,000 effective 1 January 2024.

Despite the price increases, the Chinese-made electric car remains one of Australia’s most affordable electric SUV, starting from $41,990 to $51,990 before on-road costs, with between 320km to 440km claimed WLTP driving range. Revised pricing is as follows:

New priceNew priceChange
Long Range$49,990$51,990+$2,000

UPDATE 6/11/23: Prices for the MG ZS EV Excite, Essence and Long Range reduced

MG ZS EV V2L and centre consoleMG ZS EV V2L and centre console

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, in addition to the BYD Dolphin, MG 4 and GWM Ora hatches, and more expensive Tesla Model Y.

CAR REVIEW: 2023 MG ZS EV review

MG ZS EV Key Specs: Range, Charging and Size

Woman plugs in charging cable into blue MG ZS EV

The MG electric SUV is offered in two battery sizes with similar electric motor outputs and a front-wheel drive powertrain.

The ZS EV Essence offers up to 320km of claimed WLTP driving range using a longer-lasting and cobalt-free 49kWh usable lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery.

Meanwhile, the ZS EV Long Range offers up to 440km WLTP range (120km more) using the more energy dense 68.3kWh usable nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode.

The Chinese-made EV is capable of charging at up to 11kW AC and 80kW DC speeds on all models, with 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

MG ZS EV driving on road in front of flowers

The MG ZS EV is offered in two trims and two battery pack sizes.

MG ZS EV EssenceMG ZS EV Essence

ZS EV Excite price: $41,990 before on-road costs

The base MG ZS EV Excite variant now starts from $40,990 before on-road costs and incentives,

ZS EV Essence price: $44,990 before on-road costs

The MG ZS EV Essence variance starts from $43,990 before on-road costs and incentives. Since it is a high-spec model, it comes with all features as standard, such as a 10.1-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, mobile app connectivity, a panoramic sunroof, and the full suite of active safety assistance systems.

Essence adds:

Battery50.3kWh usable LFP battery
17-inch alloy wheels (215/55)
LED headlights (21-module)
LED tail lights (eight-module) with incandescent reverse and indicator bulbs
Roof rails
Electrically folding, heated wing mirrors
InteriorAutomatic wipers
Synthetic leather seats with carbon fibre inserts and red stitching
Leather steering wheel with red stitching and perforations
Six-way electrically adjustable driver's seat
One-stage heated front seats
Single-zone climate control with PM2.5 air filter
Overhead sunglass box
Front seatback pockets
Technology10.1-inch touchscreen with built-in maps, wired Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto
7.0-inch driver instrument display
MG i-Smart mobile app connectivity (one-year included)
Six-speaker audio with 3D effect
USB-A and USB-C charging ports
Proximity key with push button start
Exterior V2L capability (accessory purchase required)
Safety assistFront auto emergency braking
Lane departure and lane-keep assist
Adaptive cruise control with lane centring assist
Blind-spot monitoring
Rear cross-traffic alert
Road sign recognition with speed limit assist
Auto high beam headlights
360-degree camera system
Rear parking sensors

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MG ZS EV Long RangeMG ZS EV Long Range

ZS EV Long Range price: $51,990 before on-road costs

Additionally, for $8000 more compared to the Essence, the Long Range gains the larger NMC-type battery pack, with the only feature gain being rear tinted windows.

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 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 Excite is the cheapest out of the BYD Atto 3, outgoing Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV, but is mid-pack for claimed WLTP driving range, boot space, and performance.

Long Range

The MG ZS EV Long Range has a higher price 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.

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