Getting in and out of the cabin is easy and you will quickly appreciate the quality of materials used inside. Especially, the black faux leather that feels premium, soft-touch materials all over and even the contoured seats, which are comfortable with them being adequately padded. Yet, despite the driver’s seat being six-way electrically adjustable it would have been a bonus if the steering was a telescopic one to get the perfect driving position. Otherwise layout is good with most controls within the driver’s reach. Then, the second row does miss a centre arm rest and air-con vents. And even though it can accommodate three people without much discomfort, this seat could have done with better under-thigh support. It still is a practical cabin with a good amount of storage and stowage slots along with cup-holders. And there’s a huge boot space of 448litres accommodating luggage of all kinds of shapes and sizes.
A five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, six airbags, ABS, EBD, hill-hold, hill descent control, TPMS, all seat-belts reminder and even three-point seatbelt in the second row are a part of the safety suite. Coming to the equipment, it gets a fair share of new age features too. Though the screen isn’t as big as the one in the Hector, this ZS EV features an updated version of the infotainment system. It is dubbed as the iSmart EV 2.0 and gets a new graphic interface and improved hardware over the Hector’s iSmart system. Interestingly, the iSmart EV 2.0 also features music from Gaana app, weather by Accuweather and real-time maps with charging station locator from TomTom. Voice commands work without much fuss and it's also equipped with an embedded SIM card for internet connectivity and even for connecting to an external home Wi-Fi network or mobile hotspot.
Sure it misses out on some features like fog lamps, ambient lighting, wireless and fast charging but the automatic climate control, cruise control, auto headlamps and wipers, DRLs, keyless entry, etc. make up for a decently packed interior. Also, the panoramic sunroof was one of the Hector's USP and it was much appreciated by the buyers. Consequently, MG provided a huge roof in the ZS EV as well, to add to the feeling of space and boost the ambience inside the cabin. Another highlight in the ZS EV's cabin is an inbuilt PM 2.5 air filter. There's a CO2 saver feature which displays the amount of carbon-dioxide the owners are saving in real-time. It is all in an attempt to further its green quotient.
However, what differentiates it from a regular car is the electric system that it's equipped with. Whenever the ZS SUV is put on charge, the MG logo on the front grille glows up to indicate that the SUV is getting charged. Once the glowing stops, it means the charging is complete. Interestingly, the battery level reaches from 0 to 80 percent battery capacity within 50 minutes thanks to a 50kW DC fast charger installed at dealerships. On the other hand, a 7.4kW AC home charger, which will be set up at the owners’ homes or offices, will take around 6-8 hours for a full charge. What's more, MG India will also provide an on-board portable cable free with the ZS EV that can be plugged into a wall socket.