4MG ZS Essence
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MG ZS Essence

4MG ZS Essence
2.5

22 reviews

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Build Quality
2.5
Value for Money
2.9
Cleaning & Maintenance
2.8
Noise Level
3.0
Braking
3.0
Acceleration / Power
2.1
Gear Shifting
2.7
Suspension
2.6
Fuel Efficiency
3.4
Handling
2.8
Interior Design
3.3
Boot Size
3.5
Comfort
3.1
Features
2.9
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Reviews

22 reviews
Paulo36
Paulo36SYDNEY2 posts
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Good country car, not good in city

Sold car with 220,000km owned 4 years, had 2 major issues, turbo issue 110,000km and wheel bearing in which mechanic tried to fault as gearbox, have driven interstate for work, best to own with warranty, tyres had to be changed 1st time at 15,000km but suffered alignment issues, was practical, had air con switched replaced 150,000km. Was 95% driven on highways. Great highway car but very gutless in the city, take off has a 2 second lag delay Show details
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kiarne r.
kiarne r.
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Is the sunroof fit for purpose?

Had the car 4 years, for the most part I am happy with the car, I’ve had few issues mechanically, I think it’s economical to drive and it works as an A-B kind of car… however recently we had heavy rain, and it filled my car……. Turns out my sunroof has been damaged and the car is no longer waterproof! It’s hard to tell if the rubber has just self destructed/deteriorated or if something has come and eaten or pecked at the rubber.

Ofcourse the dealership has decided it was birds and have declined to fix it under warranty.

But I don’t 100% believe it was birds, the rubber looks like it could have just deteriorated.. would love to hear if anyone has experienced a similar issue Show details

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Kim
KimSydney Surrounds, NSW5 posts
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Smooth ride

I’ve had my MG essence for 3 years and it is the smoothest ride. Handles the freeway really well, quiet road noise, don’t feel bumps and speedy. The only downfall is the seats. Argh looks similar to leather but it’s fake. The sweatiest seats ever. I had to buy seat covers for the summer months. It is such a shame that a major component can be a downfall. If you can live with seat covers I recommend purchasing an mg essence. Show details
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Twodoor Monarch
Twodoor MonarchMetropolitan Adelaide, SA3 posts
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MarkyMark73
MarkyMark73Greater Melbourne (Inner), VIC15 posts
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Worst car I’ve ever driven

I rented one
of these for the weekend .
Completely under powered . Try driving up a hill with the air conditioner on .
The whole car shook doing 80km an hour
Brakes completely not very responsive. Show details
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Derek Y.
Derek Y.South East Queensland, QLD
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Very very very show

The engine is like the car of 1960s. Very pool Show details
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Eric R.
Eric R.4 posts
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SteveS
SteveSBrisbane11 posts
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Alicia Wray
Alicia WrayMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
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Karen
KarenSouth East Queensland, QLD
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Camelia Laura cioara
Camelia Laura cioara2 posts
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Poor quality

Poor quality to much money not worth it for the money never again Show details
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Nelson
NelsonSouth East Queensland, QLD2 posts
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Very very average

Stay away from this very ordinary vehicle. No power, poor sound system, very tinny when doors shut. Cannot overtake another car up hills. This MG is a vehicle to avoid So glad it was just a hire car. Would never ever buy one. My New Hyundai 130 N line leaves it for dead Show details
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Cheyanne D.
Cheyanne D.
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Great car value

Serviced by mg personal and business used daily take kids to school go on holidays car great on. Fuel only issue tyres noisy changed to Pirelli now much less noisy Show details
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Audiopip
AudiopipGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
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Could be great...but currently disappointing

We had this as a hire car for a week, the first China built car I have driven. The build quality is ok, think Ford rather than Audi. The interior and dash are pretty good. But the engine, auto box and ride are all sub standard. You get what you pay for. Performance is sluggish once on the move, and steep inclines require reving the nuts off the engine, which is smooth but noisy.
The gearbox doesn't always know what gear is required. The ride is choppy. However, if these issues were addressed, by fitting a turbo to the 1•5L, a 6 speed DCT, and revised springs and dampers MG would have a pretty good product. Show details
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PDH
PDH4 posts
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Terrible car

Fortunately this was provided as a work car, which I handed back due to the amount of issues.
Engine misfire
Radio stopped working
Drivers window going down when asked to go up
Went back several times to central coast dealer who failed to diagnose the faults. Didn’t even have the correct diagnostic equipment.
Not very comfortable very choppy ride and the cheap pleather seats get very hot in the summer sun
Replaced with a Corolla which is better in every respect
So happy I didn’t spend my own money on this rubbish. Show details
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Questions & Answers

Pranil L.
Pranil L. · ZS Essence

I picked up my new mg essence 3 days ago. As soon as I left the dealership I applied the brakes and it stopped. But then the revs jumped to 4000 revs while stopped at the lights. I had to throw the gear to neutral to avoid hitting the car in front of me. So far it has happened 4 times. Has anybody had this problem??

Eric R.
Eric R.  

I applied the brakes at a roundabout and it didn't brake. very dangerous car.

Colin
Colin · ZS Essence

I have a ford territory awd,4 ltr, 6 speed,
How would the mg compare with this car
Although it is old some 13 years old now

Rodrigo
Rodrigo  

Orange and apples buddy. The Ford with all its issues is a way better car, the MG is pure Chinese rubbish.

Yoshi
Yoshi  

I agree with the other commenter; it's a tale of two cities and both have a liteny of issues. Stick with Japanese built cars especially Toyota, yes they are a bit boring but you'll thank me in the long run when your not stick on the road somewhere

Owjan
Owjan · ZS Essence

My question is why would you buy a bran new Chinese car when you can have a few years old Japanese or Korean car for the same money?

Nick
Nick  

Exactly what I think also

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CategoryMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVs
Starting Price $22,990
Warranty Distance Unlimited kmsUnlimited kms
TransmissionAutomaticAutomatic
Drive TypeFront Wheel Drive (FWD)Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
Fuel TypePetrolPetrol
Wheels17" Alloy17" Alloy
Doors 44
Seats 2 to 52 to 5
Fuel Tank Capacity 48 L48 L
Engine82kW 1.0T Netblue84kW 1.5L NSE Major
Max Power82kW @ 5200rpm84kW @ 6000rpm
Max Torque160Nm @ 1800-4700rpm150Nm @ 4500rpm
Boot Capacity359 L359 L
Country of ManufactureChinaChina
Phone ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless ChargerNoNo
Security FeaturesImmobilizer
Companion App NoNo
Steering Wheel AdjustmentTelescoping (Manual) and Up/DownTelescoping (Manual) and Up/Down
Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)500 kg
Manufacturer Warranty7 year(s)7 year(s)
Keyless Features
Keyless Locking/UnlockingNoNo
Headlights
Headlight TypeHalogenHalogen
Headlight FeaturesAutomatic On/OffAutomatic On/Off
Safety Features
CamerasRearRear
Parking SensorsRearRear
Hazard PerceptionNoneNone
Lane AssistanceNoneNone
Speed Sign RecognitionNoneNone
Dimensions
Ground Clearance164 mm
Driver Information
GaugesAnalogue and DigitalAnalogue and Digital
Built-In Navigation SystemNoNo
Heads Up DisplayNoNo
Voice ControlNoNo
Digital Radio (DAB+)NoNo
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