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Segment: Small

After gaining its independence from Rover and BMW, MG struggled to survive on a competitive market where big guns showed new sporty vehicles addressed for the younger generation, threatening the existence not only of the ZS Sedan on the market but the brand itself.

MG was no longer the shiny brand that once was. It had a platform carried over from a 1991 Honda Civic and a bodywork that it couldn't change without high costs. And it couldn't afford the price. But the British carmaker didn't want to drop the ball and focused on an upgraded version of the ZS range, including the sedan version.

First, it lost all the unnecessary aerodynamic elements that made it look flashy, such as the trunk spoiler or the oversized front bumper. It kept the A-shaped air intake from the front's lower apron and added a pair of fog lights on the sides. The most important change was in the lights department, where a pair of headlights replaced the four-lamp setup from its predecessor.

At the back, the bumper received a black lower area and mimicked a diffuser. It was not, but at least it showed some interest in producing performance vehicles. Last but not least, the carmaker provided the ZS Sedan with a set of multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, fitted as standard or as an option depending on the engine version.

On the interior, the ZS provided the same room as a 1991 Civic Sedan. Unlike its mundane sibling, the British small-sized sedan installed white dials and sporty-looking steering wheels and pedals. Yet, the engines carried over from Rover were Euro4 and, starting with 2005, the Old Continent switched to Euro5 emission levels. That brought the ZS to a halt.

MG ZS 4 Doors 2004 - 2005 4 Photos
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MG ZS 4 Doors 2004 - 2005
  2 gasoline engines
  • 120
  • 180
  1 diesel engine
  • 115 D

MG ZS 4 Doors 120

ENGINE SPECS  –  120
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
89 KW @ 5500 RPM
120 HP @ 5500 RPM
119 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
118 lb-ft @ 2750 RPM
160 Nm @ 2750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.7 in (4539 mm)
Width
75.6 in (1920 mm)
Height
54.6 in (1387 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/57.9 in (1,481/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.6 cuFT (470 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2436 lbs (1105 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3616 lbs (1640 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Highway
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
Combined
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
174 g/km

MG ZS 4 Doors 180

ENGINE SPECS  –  180
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
130 KW @ 6500 RPM
177 HP @ 6500 RPM
174 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
240 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
139 mph (224 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50 R17W
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.7 in (4539 mm)
Width
75.6 in (1920 mm)
Height
54.6 in (1387 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/57.9 in (1,481/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.6 cuFT (470 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2888 lbs (1310 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3792 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.7 mpg US (14.1 L/100Km)
Highway
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Combined
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
227 g/km

MG ZS 4 Doors 115 D

ENGINE SPECS  –  115 D
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1994 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 4200 RPM
115 HP @ 4200 RPM
114 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
192 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
260 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
120 mph (193 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.7 in (4539 mm)
Width
75.6 in (1920 mm)
Height
54.6 in (1387 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/57.9 in (1,481/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.6 cuFT (470 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2712 lbs (1230 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3792 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.2 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Highway
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Combined
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
150 g/km
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