How did the MG ZS EV ruin my life?

How did the MG ZS EV ruin my life?


In December of this year, I took my MG ZS EV in “Luxury” finish. I never drove in an MG. However, the appeal of an electric car with a range of more than 400 km and a subsidy made my wife and I take a big step.

Almost two weeks and 950 km later, the car has more or less destroyed my desire to drive any other car. The MG ZS EV delivers solutions that seem revolutionary to me, and more surprisingly, make me wonder about “Why hasn’t it always been this way?” »

Volume control and battery level

This is done through the dashboard; it is absolutely flawless and does not require any other special equipment. If you install the Waze app on your smartphone, it will only take you a few minutes plan your next trip.

Other cars do the same with dedicated buttons, but who wants to do otherwise when I already have a computer with all kinds of connectivity options in my pocket? That’s what MG did: remove something I was using.

The funny thing is, I never really thought about using dedicated buttons until I no longer had to. Now that I have to, when I drive my wife’s carI am very happy to have these features in my pocket.

The ride is easy, relaxing, and addictive.

Seriously addictive, even.

I came to the MG ZS EV after driving an economy sedan. So the difference for me is bigger than for someone who might have another car that performs better. But, wow! The journey is just beautiful.

Best of all, it’s all done with no apparent effort. When I get into another car and step on the pedal, I feel like everything is working hard to achieve what the MG ZS EV does immediately and almost without noise (an impressive engine purr that reminds me of Tumbler in stealth mode in Nolan’s Batman series). Acceleration is strong and instant.

Therefore, when a man in an oil car passes by with the roar of his engine, it seems to me to see an anachronism. Especially in the streets of Paris!

The entire braking system does the same thing.

Thanks to the magnetic brake, I usually don’t to use my physical brakes only at a speed between 4 and 6 km / h to stop completely, instead of braking the car from 40 or 45 km / h, which leads to greater wear and tear on the braking system.

All electric cars offer brakes necessary to be regenerated, activated or deactivated. It may be difficult to imagine, but the car produces negative energy that allows the battery to recharge in this phase of decline that provides unspeakable joy.

Now when I’m driving another car and take my foot off the accelerator, I’m sad because I have to press the brake pedal stupidly (what is that, 50’s?) to slow the car down, instead of the car doing it automatically.

Speaking of boring things you do in your car without thinking about it, how about driving a futuristic car?

MG design that allows you to never confuse this car (we don’t, but we see it from afar because it has a reputation for breaking the rules including design) and appreciate it. Any manufacturer can adopt this compact design but it is a preference that should pay off.

Remember, however, that as you get used to these things, you will likely leave your other vehicles idle. My wife caught me several times getting out of our other car without a smile. Sorry, I didn’t see the design as that important.

I loved the atmosphere inside

Interior MG ZS EV

It took me about 10 minutes to get used to enjoying this simple cockpit, there are colors and the perfect amount of buttons needed instead. get bored with the dark interiorand (let’s face it) about a week to stop showing everyone the driving mode trick to change the vibe, but it’s all clean and attractive.

Navigation is great with a good grip for your phone, and the navigation system works well with Carplay and Android Auto. At first, I was afraid of missing the screen (and honestly, I still think for this car it will be possible to fit an extra screen there).

Getting into a more conventional car now feels like information overload, with dozens of dials, gauges and buttons vying for my attention, and LED lights coming from all directions. Driving the MG ZS EV, especially at night, I feel more connected to the outside world because of less distraction in the cabin.

How much does gas cost now?

Actually, I don’t know, but until January, I always had an idea of ​​the price of gas, because I added oil every ten days. Best of all, my wife doesn’t need to fill up more than once a month because on weekends we all pile into my car for every trip (us and our three daughters).

Our other car (Volkswagen Passat) is limited to times when the four of us have to go somewhere or when we’re traveling long enough distances that having three kids in the back causes arguments.

Otherwise, even if the children have more space in the Passat, they prefer to be in the MG ZS EV. This brings me to another reason why this car made me lose my taste for other cars.

Sure, I need to recharge, but I just plug it in when I get home. No more freezing during mid-December refueling.

I also lost about 25% during the winter months due to the cold, but that’s not a big deal when you can fill up every night (by arranging electricity prices outside peak hours with EDF) if you are worried about variety, and the car is full when I study, spend time with my wife and children, or sleep.

And the interview?

I had a slight squeal from the rear wheels in reverse (a common issue) and my horn only sounded when I pressed the right side (again, common). I was once in the garage.

I am worried about the wheels and windshield washer fluid but my wife tells me that I am exaggerating because we just bought it. It will take 25,000 to 30,000 km to start looking. But what do you want, it is difficult to get used to anything else …