MG ZS EV named Car of the Year by DrivingElectric.

14th December 2021

The MG ZS EV has scooped a brace of trophies in the 2022 DrivingElectric Awards, including the coveted overall Car of the Year prize. The win cements MG in the A-list of electric-car producers and finally puts to bed the myth that buyers need to dig deep for a quality EV.

DrivingElectric’s judges praised the MG ZS EV’s unbeatable value for money, with the Long Range version costing less than £28,500 – the same as many family hatchbacks. Its official range of 273 miles is more than many of its big-name competitors, too.

Successfully meeting the up-front cost and range concerns of motorists puts MG’s ZS at the vanguard of transforming Britain’s roads to electric. Only last week, DrivingElectric parent company Autovia revealed that those were the top factors leading to consumers holding back from buying an EV over the past two years.

The MG led a charge of other categories, all celebrating the best electric and hybrid cars, plus charging providers and EV technology. Hyundai was a big winner, with its Ioniq 5 scooping the Best Long-Distance Electric Car and Technology awards, while the Tucson was named Best Family Hybrid Car. Both models are reigning Car of the Year holders from DrivingElectric’s sister titles, Auto Express and Carbuyer.

DrivingElectric’s readers also had their say, naming the Kia EV6 their favourite electric car for 2022, and the Nissan Ariya their most anticipated electric car, due in showrooms next year.

And with demand for used vehicles at an unprecedented high, the British-built Nissan Leaf Mk2 took Best Used Electric Car honours, while the Toyota Prius Mk4 was named Best Used Hybrid Car.

The latest DrivingElectric awards also saw Zappi take the inaugural Best Home Charger category, an award which, like Best Universal Charging Network (Shell Recharge) was voted for by existing EV owners taking part in Autovia’s Driver Power ownership satisfaction survey.

The exceptional rates offered by Octopus Energy’s Go smart-meter tariff led to a win in the Best Home Electricity Tariff category, while Zap-Map once more took top honours in the Best Electric-Car App award.

Commenting on the ZS EV’s award, Guy Pigounakis MG Motor Commercial Director, said: “This is an absolutely amazing achievement for the ZS EV so early in its life and it really brings home the fact that MG has cemented its position in the UK market, as both a leader in electrification and a provider of great quality, great value cars that are just what the market demands.

“That a brand as high profile as DrivingElectric has recognised this and given MG its top award is an incredible accolade and we’re absolutely delighted that the ZS EV is their Car of the Year for 2022.”

Richard Ingram, DrivingElectric editor, said: “The new MG ZS EV is quite simply the best-value electric car on sale. It addresses arguably the single biggest barrier to entry for EV buyers: price. As a package, the ZS simply can’t be beaten with a long range, impressive efficiency and a lengthy kit list, all wrapped up in a practical SUV body. Our judges were unanimous – the updated MG ZS EV perfectly encompasses everything that’s important to electric-car buyers in 2022.”