2021 MG ZST Essence Review
April 12, 2021
Within the range of options in the very busy small-SUV segment in Australia, the 2021 MG ZST Essence certainly looks complete.
The styling is rather appealing, and there are no oddball touches or out-there flourishes. It’s a people-pleaser.
Perhaps the most pleasing aspect is the price. The top-spec ZST Essence you see here is sharply priced from $32,990 drive-away, or with the Brighton Blue metallic paint (or available Sterling Silver) is just $500 extra.
In a segment where a high-spec Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Kia Seltos or Hyundai Kona can push into $40,000 territory and up, it makes the ZST look good. Those more premium-priced options do come with all-wheel drive, though, which is something the MG doesn’t have.
Still, with a 1.3-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine – and 115kW of power and 230Nm of torque – the MG manages to outgun (on paper at least) cars like the Mitsubishi ASX – which has 8kW more power, but 7Nm less torque from a 2.4-litre non-turbo engine in an almost-match.
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