The Real-World Range of The MG ZS EV was Tested and Explained

Here’s a look at how the MG ZS EV 50.3kWh battery performs in real-world range tests.

MG recently improved the ZS EV’s overall performance and practicality by equipping it with a larger battery and a new motor. On a full charge, the company claims a range of 461 kilometers, up from 419 kilometers in the previous iteration. We put the new ZS EV through its paces to see how well it performs.

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  • Battery is now 13 percent larger
  • Claimed range increased from 419km to 461km
  • Gets three regenerative braking modes

What is The MG ZS EV’s Real-World Range?

The previous iteration of the MG ZS EV – with the 44.5kWh battery pack – had a range of 317km on a full charge in our tests. On a full charge, this larger 50.3kWh version managed 351 kilometers in the city and 327 kilometers on the highway, averaging 339 kilometers – a 6.5 percent improvement over the previous version. The larger battery version has a 6.7 km per kWh efficiency, compared to 7.1 km per kWh in the previous version.

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Range Analysis for The MG ZS EV

The 2022 MG ZS EV weighs in at 1,610kg, an increase of 92kg over the 2020 model thanks to a 13% larger battery. As a result, one of the factors that impedes efficiency is weight. The motor, on the other hand, has been optimized to compensate for the weight disadvantage, producing 33hp more than before but a significant 70Nm less torque. Despite this, performance is better than the previous iteration, which may explain why efficiency is slightly lower (0.4 km per kWh). Eco, City, and Sport are the three drive modes available, and our tests were conducted in the most efficient Eco mode with regen set to level 2 – the middle.

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There are three regenerative braking levels to choose from, but unlike the Nexon EV Max, you cannot turn off the regeneration function at any time.

Range Testing by Autocar India

The battery in our test car was fully charged prior to our real-world range test, and we kept tyre pressures at the manufacturer’s recommended levels. We drove the car in fixed city and highway loops, maintaining a set of average speeds. This experiment involved a driver and a passenger, with periodic driver swaps to further neutralize variations in driving patterns. We calculate the range based on the percentage charge consumed at the end of each cycle. The climate control was set to 22 degrees Celsius in full-auto mode throughout our test, and other electrical features such as the audio system and indicators were used as needed, just as a regular user would. We’re proud of our testing data because it’s not only consistent, but it also gives users a good idea of what to expect in the real world.

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