MG ZS fuel consumption: How efficient is this crossover?

Updated Apr 28, 2022 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers

Yep, the non-turbo trims are slightly more efficient.

Crossovers, without a doubt, are a hot commodity in most markets around the world. The same of course holds true here in the Philippines. To this end, some of you might be eyeing a new crossover sometime soon.

A picture of the 2022 MG ZS-T

The 2022 MG ZS Trophy

Specifically, some of you might be looking into the MG ZS. It is one of the first Chinese-made models in its segment to get a Philippine release, and to this day, it holds a significant market share locally. So yes, for some of you, this might be the one.

But what about the MG ZS’s fuel consumption? Is it good? Well, let us help you answer that.

MG ZS: Summary of specs

Before sharing with you the MG ZS’s fuel consumption in the Philippine setting, let us list off its basic specs.

For its engine, the MG ZS gets two options. For the top-spec Trophy variant, it uses a 1.3.-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline engine that can make up to 163 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque. It is then paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox sending power to the front wheels.

A picture of the MG ZS

The non-turbo MG ZS

Meanwhile, the rest of the lineup uses a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine that’s good for 112 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. The non-turbo versions then get a four-speed automatic transmission which also sends power to the front wheels.

Size-wise, the ZS Trophy measures 4,323mm long, while the other ZS trims span 4,314mm in length. The Trophy also stands a bit taller at 1,653mm, while the rest have a height of 1,648mm. All come with a width of 1,809mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,585mm. A ground clearance of 164mm is also standard across the range.

The heaviest trim level of the ZS is of course the Trophy, which tips the scales at 1,318 kg. The automatic, non-turbo variants meanwhile have a curb weight of 1,258 kgs. The lightest version is the MG ZS Style MT at 1,258 kg.

A picture of the interior of the top-spec MG ZS Trophy

Inside the top-spec MG ZS Trophy

For on-board features, the Trophy offers the most as it gets an electronic air-conditioning system as well as a 10-inch touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Like the said variant though, the Alpha also gets leather seats, a push-to-start button, cruise control, a tilt adjustable steering column, among others. However, it comes with a smaller 8-inch touchscreen that only has Apple CarPlay.

MG ZS: It’s light on the gas

For the non-turbo MG ZS Alpha’s fuel consumption figures, it returned 7.7 km/liter while traveling at an average speed of 13 km/h in the city. For the highway, it can then get an average of 17 km/liter while traveling at an average speed of 90 km/h.

A picture of the MG ZS's engine bay

The non-turbo MG ZS's engine

The turbocharged ZS Trophy that we tested, meanwhile, clocked in at 9.8 km/liter in city driving. Of note, it was driven on light to moderate traffic, and it did slightly better than the Coolray Sport Limited that we also tested.

On the highway though, it managed to return 14 km/liter while traveling at an average speed of 90 km/h. That’s slightly below the Coolray’s 18 km/liter fuel consumption rate on the expressway.

A picture of the MG ZS-T's engine bay

The turbocharged ZS Trophy's engine

Overall though, fuel consumption figures for both the non-turbo and turbocharged ZS trims aren’t bad. Also consider that the ZS Trophy also makes oodles of power for what it is so if what you’re after is a zippy crossover, we’re sure that you’ll have no qualms at all about its fuel efficiency.

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Know more about MG ZS 2022


The MG ZS 2022 is a 5-seater subcompact crossover that is available in the Philippines in four variants. MG ZS 2022 Philippines price is from Php 818,888 to Php 998,888, with the new top-spec ZS-T priced at Php 1,158,888. Under the hood is a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making 112 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the flagship ZS-T gets a 1.3-liter inline-3 turbocharged gasoline engine good for 109 horsepower and 160 Nm of torque. Included in the gearbox options are 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, and 6-speed automatic transmissions.

In terms of size, the ZS spans 4,314 mm in length, 1,809 mm in width, and 1,648 mm in height, with a wheelbase rated at 2,585 mm. In the local market, this British-bred subcompact crossover competes against the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Mazda CX-3, and Geely Coolray.

₱ 818,888 - ₱ 1,158,888

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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