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.