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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

MG understood back in the early 2000s that the market for five-door hot hatches might be even bigger than the one for the three-door version and offered its ZR model with a set of doors for the rear passengers.

After it was sold by BMW to Phoenix Consortium, the British brand MG tried to survive in a grueling market with niche vehicles addressed to those who were still young at heart. The five-door version targeted customers who needed a rear bench and a pair of doors for it, and the idea was good.

The MG ZR begged for attention with its quad-headlight design. Its mesh grille was surrounded by body-colored trims, and the lower bumper received similar treatment for the air intake. While the front looked just like the one from the three-door version, the profile was different due to the number of doors. The carmaker didn't try to hide that with blackened B-pillars as other carmakers did. But, just like its three-door sibling, it featured an oversized roof spoiler at the back, on the upper side of the tailgate.

Inside, MG placed body-colored trims on the dashboard and door cards. Inside the instrument cluster, the white dials with red needles emphasized the car's sporty character. Also, the driver benefited from a three-spoke, two-tone steering wheel and a set of aluminum pedals. Moreover, the carmaker placed a set of high-bolstered seats at the front while a regular Rover 25 bench was installed in the back. Still, it used a specific upholstery that matched the car's color.

Under the hood, MG installed the same 1.8-liter, 160 HP Rover K-series engine paired exclusively with a five-speed manual.

MG ZR 5 Doors 2001 - 2004 7 Photos
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MG ZR 5 Doors 2001 - 2004
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.4 5MT (105 HP)
  • 1.8 5MT (160 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.4d 5MT (100 HP)
  • 2.0d 5MT (115 HP)

MG ZR 5 Doors 1.4 5MT (105 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4 5MT (105 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1396 cm3
Power
76 KW @ 6000 RPM
105 HP @ 6000 RPM
102 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
91 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
123 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.9 in (4011 mm)
Width
66.5 in (1689 mm)
Height
55.1 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
58/57.4 in (1,473/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.7 cuFT (303 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2248 lbs (1020 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3351 lbs (1520 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
Highway
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Combined
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
164 g/km

MG ZR 5 Doors 1.8 5MT (160 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8 5MT (160 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
118 KW @ 6900 RPM
160 HP @ 6900 RPM
158 BHP @ 6900 RPM
Torque
128 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
174 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130.4 mph (210 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/45R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.9 in (4011 mm)
Width
66.5 in (1689 mm)
Height
55.1 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
58/57.4 in (1,473/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.7 cuFT (303 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2403 lbs (1090 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3417.1 lbs (1550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22.6 mpg US (10.4 L/100Km)
Highway
40.5 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
Combined
31.3 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
179 g/km

MG ZR 5 Doors 1.4d 5MT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4d 5MT (100 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1996 cm3
Power
74 KW @ 4200 RPM
101 HP @ 4200 RPM
99 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
240 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113.7 mph (183 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.9 in (4011 mm)
Width
66.5 in (1689 mm)
Height
55.1 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
58/57.4 in (1,473/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.7 cuFT (303 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2491.2 lbs (1130 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3527.3 lbs (1600 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
32.6 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Highway
57.3 mpg US (4.1 L/100Km)
Combined
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
150 g/km

MG ZR 5 Doors 2.0d 5MT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0d 5MT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1996 cm3
Power
84.6 KW @ 4200 RPM
115 HP @ 4200 RPM
113 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
192 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
260 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
116.1 mph (187 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
157.9 in (4011 mm)
Width
66.5 in (1689 mm)
Height
55.1 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
58/57.4 in (1,473/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
98.4 in (2499 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.7 cuFT (303 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2491.2 lbs (1130 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3527.3 lbs (1600 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
Highway
56 mpg US (4.2 L/100Km)
Combined
42.7 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
150 g/km
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