Which 2020 MG ZS variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide] 

Updated Jun 11, 2021 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

Most of the differences are found on the inside. 

As most of you are aware, the MG ZS is one of the many Chinese-made crossovers that made a name for itself in the Philippine market. If you remember, this affordable but feature-packed vehicle was introduced back at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show, and it caught a lot of attention due to its affordable price. 

A picture of the MG ZS

For the Philippine market, the MG ZS has four variants

Nowadays, it is a common sight on Philippine roads, and there is a good chance that many are eyeing it as their next five-seater compact crossover. In the Philippine market, the ZS has a total of four variants. So, to guide prospective buyers of this model, let us talk about how these variants differ from each other inside and out.  

MG ZS Variants: Exterior 

In terms of size, all variants of the Philippine-spec ZS have a length of 4,314mm, a width of 1,809mm, and a height of 1,648mm. The wheelbase length for all variants is 2,585mm long. For weight however, the ZS Style MT is the lightest at 1,693 kg. The rest, all of which are automatic transmission variants, are a bit heavier at 1,720 kg. 

A picture of the front of the MG ZS

There isn't much difference between the ZS variant's exterior appearance

With regards to looks, there aren’t many differences in-between the four ZS variants. In fact, they more or less look identical, save for the AT Alpha which is equipped with a panoramic sunroof.  

For exterior features, all four ZS trims come standard with halogen projector headlamps, chrome trim pieces on the front foglamp moldings and side window beltlines, LED daytime running lamps, body-color door handles, matte silver roof rails, a shark fin antenna, among others. 

Regarding tire sizes, the entry-level ZS Style MT rides on a set of 16-inch alloy wheels. The ZS Style AT, ZS Style Plus, and the top-spec ZS Alpha AT come with a 17-inch set, though the ones on the top variant have a two-tone color scheme. 

MG ZS Variants: Interior 

All variants of the MG ZS can comfortably seat up to five occupants. The ZS Alpha AT variant comes with the most features. It has a sunglass holder, vanity mirrors for both the driver and passenger sun visors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, electronic climate control, and 2 front USB ports.  

The rest of the ZS variants including the base model instead comes standard with a manual climate control system, one front USB port, as well as a urethane steering wheel. Also common on all trims is a single 12-volt accessory outlet, a tilt-adjustable steering column, and a rear seat that can be folded with a 60:40 split.

A picture of the interior of the MG ZS Alpha AT

The interior of the top-spec ZS Alpha AT variant

While the top-spec variant has features that aren’t available on the rest of the trims, the ZS Style Plus AT and the Style AT do come with features found on the top-spec variant. This includes faux carbon fiber on the center console, a front armrest, soft-touch surfaces on the interior door cards, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, and leather seats. All ZS trims except the entry-level Style MT also come standard with cruise control. 

For entertainment, both the Style MT and Style AT are equipped with an AM/FM Radio with an MP3 audio system. It has Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and it is linked to a four-piece speaker system. 

The Style Plus AT and the Alpha AT however, come with a six-piece speaker system. The former gets a smaller 6.4-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and Bluetooth, whereas the top-spec model gets a larger eight-inch touchscreen with the same set of connectivity options. 

MG ZS Variants: Engine & Performance 

Standard on all MG ZS variants is a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. At most, it can produce up to 112 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. For the Style AT, Style Plus AT, and Alpha AT, power is sent to the front wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. In turn, the Style MT uses a five-speed manual transmission. 

A picture of the MG ZS' engine

The ZS' 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine

Also common on all ZS trims is a MacPherson Strut type front suspension, and a torsion beam rear end. All variants are also equipped with disc brakes for both front and rear wheels, as well as a manual hand-operated parking brake.  

The Alpha AT is the only variant that gets an electronic steering system and three drive modes. 

MG ZS Variants: Safety 

For safety, all ZS trims are equipped with anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, a car alarm, engine immobilizer, ISOFIX child seat tethers, and cornering braking control. In turn, only the top-spec Alpha AT gets a tire-pressure monitoring system.  

As for airbags, the Alpha AT gets the most numbering at six, while the rest only gets dual-front airbags. Like the Alpha AT, the Style AT and Style Plus AT does come with vehicle dynamic control, traction control, stability control, and hill hold control. These however, are absent on the entry-level Style MT. 

MG ZS Variants: Price 

MG ZS Variant 

Price 

ZS Style MT 

Php 818,888 

ZS Style AT 

Php 868,888 

ZS Style Plus AT 

Php 898,888 

ZS Alpha AT 

Php 998,888 


MG ZS Variants: Conclusion 

All variants of the MG ZS are priced below Php 1 million, and for the features they offer, they’re all quite affordable.  

If you care about having the best infotainment system, only the Style Plus and Alpha will do. They both have the best in terms of smartphone connectivity, and they have a better speaker system to boot.  

A picture of the rear of the MG ZS

The ZS looks good from any angle

If you value safety, the top-three ZS (Alpha, Style Plus, and Style) variants come with a whole host of driver-assist features. Do note though that only the Alpha AT has six airbags. Comparatively, the entry-level Style MT is a bit bare, but it is nonetheless up to par with other competing models within its price range.  

All in all, the ZS offers a lot of features in exchange for a reasonable price tag. As such, making a choice between these all boils down to what you want or need. 

For more variant comparison guides, car buying guides, and car maintenance tips, keep reading here on Philkotse.com

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MG ZS

<p>The MG ZS is a subcompact crossover meticulously designed to stand out anywhere. It is well designed, chiseled, and is built with a fleet of safety features. Locally, the new MG ZS is offered in four variants: the MG ZS 1.5 Style MT, the MG ZS 1.5 Style AT, the MG ZS 1.5 Style Plus AT, and the MG ZS 1.5 Alpha AT. You may choose from neutral colors such as Silver Metallic, Arctic Knight, and Black Knight. Marina Blue and Scarlet Red are also available for those who want to brighten up the road.</p>

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

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