2021 Chery Tiggo 5X vs MG ZS Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Jun 17, 2021

Which has an edge over the other?

In this article...

  1. Competing subcompact crossovers square up
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine and Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Variants
  7. Conclusion

2021 Chery Tiggo 5X vs MG ZS: Competing subcompact crossovers square up

When Chery returned to the Philippine market in 2019, it came out strong with four crossovers. One of those is the Tiggo 5X subcompact crossover. The same is the case for MG, and while it is technically a newer marque in the Philippine market compared to Chery, it also made a name for itself by launching the MG ZS.  

This then begs the question: which of these two subcompact crossovers are better on paper? To find out, we’ll be comparing the specs of the Chery Tiggo 5X Luxury 1.5 AT, and the MG ZS Alpha 1.5 AT. Both are the top-spec variants, and their prices are pretty close to each other. 

2021 Chery Tiggo 5X vs MG ZS Comparison Review: Taking the challenge

2021 Chery Tiggo 5X vs MG ZS: Exterior

In terms of size, the Tiggo 5X comes with a length of 4,358mm, a width of 1,830mm, and a height of 1,670mm. It also has a ground clearance of 190mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,630mm. 

Meanwhile, the MG ZS is 4,314mm long, 1,809mm wide, and 1,648mm in height. Its wheelbase length measures 2,575mm, and it has a ground clearance of 164mm. 

Chery Tiggo 5XMG ZS

Compare the Chery Tiggo 5X (left) with the MG ZS (right) using the slider

The Tiggo 5X is the larger subcompact model, and it offers more in the way of ground clearance as well. Of note about the Chery model’s wheelbase might result in better legroom. Do note however that the Chery-made crossover has a default cargo capacity of 340 liters, while the ZS has 448 liters. 

As for exterior equipment, both the Tiggo 5X and the MG ZS come standard with halogen headlamps, LED tail lights, halogen turn signal lamps with side repeaters, front fog lamps, and roof rails. Also, both of these crossovers ride on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels. 

2021 Chery Tiggo 5X vs MG ZS: Interior

Inside, both the Chery Tiggo 5X and the MG ZS offer ample room for five occupants. The Tiggo 5X Luxury comes with an automatic air-conditioning system with rear vents, whereas the MG ZS Alpha only has manual air-conditioning with no rear vents. Both however, do come with leather-wrapped seats, sunroofs, 12-volt accessory outlets, and USB charging ports. 

For the driver, the top-spec Tiggo 5X provides an electronically adjustable seat, which the MG ZS Alpha lacks. Both are equipped with cruise control, a push to start button, an analog gauge cluster, and a digital computer.

Chery Tiggo 5X interiorMG ZS interior

  Which do you think has the better-looking cockpit?

For on-board entertainment, the Chery Tiggo 5X is equipped with a nine-inch touchscreen that’s capable of connecting to smartphones via Apple CarPlay and QD Link for Android. It also has Bluetooth connectivity, and USB ports. The said system is then linked to a four-piece speaker system. 

Comparatively, the MG ZS Alpha is fitted with a smaller eight-inch touchscreen. This unit however, can connect via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and it is linked to a six-piece speaker system. 

2021 Chery Tiggo 5X vs MG ZS: Engine and Performance

For engines, all variants of the Chery Tiggo 5X use a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. At most, this four-banger can make up to 114 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). 

The MG ZS meanwhile, uses a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. Outputs are slightly different from the Tiggo 5X’s mill at 112 horsepower and 150 Nm. Instead of a CVT, the ZS uses a four-speed automatic transmission, but it's also a front-wheel-drive vehicle. 

The suspension systems on both models are also pretty similar. Both use a MacPherson strut for the front, and a torsion beam type rear suspension. The Chery-made and the MG-made crossover also come with disc brakes all around.  

As for parking brakes, the Chery Tiggo 5X Luxury is a bit more high-tech with its electronic-type parking brake with an auto-hold function. The MG ZS Alpha meanwhile, uses a hand-operated manual parking brake.  


Chery Tiggo 5X Luxury 1.5 AT 

MG ZS Alpha 1.5 AT 


1.5 -liter inline-4 gasoline 

1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline 





141 Nm 

150 Nm 



4-Speed Automatic 




2021 Chery Tiggo 5X vs MG ZS: Safety

Both the Chery Tiggo 5X and the MG ZS Alpha are equipped with what one would expect from a modern crossover model. These two come standard with anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, stability and traction control, hill-start assist, rear parking sensors, a reverse camera, ISOFIX child seat tethers, a security alarm, as well as an engine immobilizer. Do note though that the Tiggo 5X also comes with hill descent control, which the MG ZS lacks.

Both also come standard with speed-sensing door locks, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Chery Tiggo 5X however, only comes with two airbags, while the MG ZS Alpha has six airbags. 

2021 Chery Tiggo 5X vs MG ZS: Variants

Chery Tiggo 5X Variants 


Tiggo 5X 1.5 MT 

Php 818,000 

Tiggo 5X 1.5 AT 

Php 860,000 

Tiggo 5x 1.5 Luxury 1.5 AT 

Php 970,000 


MG ZS Variants 


ZS Style 1.5 MT 

Php 818,888 

ZS Style 1.5 AT 

Php 868,888 

ZS Style Plus 1.5 AT 

Php 898,888 

ZS Alpha 1.5 AT 

Php 998,888 

2021 Chery Tiggo 5X vs MG ZS: Conclusion

As we’ve pointed above, the Chery Tiggo 5X Luxury offers more interior niceties compared to the MG ZS Alpha. It has an automatic air-conditioning system with rear vents, and an electronically adjustable driver’s seat. Both of these features are absent on the top-spec ZS. 

On the flip-side however, the MG ZS Alpha provides a slightly better headunit. While smaller, it is linked to more speakers, and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. Then again, the 9-inch screen on the Tiggo 5X also has Apple CarPlay and is more legible due to its larger size. However, it lacks Android Auto.

Chery Tiggo 5XMG ZS rear

Do you like how the rear of the Tiggo 5X (left) looks? Or do you prefer the rear of the MG ZS (right)?

Other than that, though, these two models come with nearly identical engine outputs, and similar suspension types. They even have similar safety kits. Well, except for the fact that the MG ZS has more airbags.  

Also, the MG model comes with a four-speed torque converter type automatic gearbox, while the Tiggo 5X has a CVT. These two transmission systems are very different from each other. As such, these two models will still drive differently from each other whilst having similar suspension setups. 

So, do you dig the Chery Tiggo 5X, or do you prefer the MG ZS? For more comparison articles like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


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.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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