2004 MG ZR 105 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Excellent best vehicle I have owned


Central Door Locking motor failed (replaced under warranty supplied by dealer)

General Comments:

The car is very quick off the mark especially considering it is only a 1.4.

The seats are comfortable and the overal feel in the cabin is excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2006

2004 MG ZR 105 plus 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Good handling, good looks, poor dash


Gear knob fell of when going from 1st to 2nd.

Central locking on passenger door makes funny noises.

General Comments:

Engine likes to rev high, but tends to be noisy.

New style front grille and bumper is awesome, and so is the bigger rear wing.

Interior is a little bit on the plastic side, but the sports seats are comfy and supportive.

The handling is firm, but the road noise is high. The car tends to follow the road surface, and pulls from side to side.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2005

6th May 2006, 16:20

My mg zr has the worst steering I have ever experienced! it pulls from left to right and follows the bumps in the road making it hard to keep in a straight line.

21st Aug 2008, 16:29

That's because it is so communicative. If you're only ever used to driving boring hatchbacks like Golfs and Astras you won't be used to this as they are detached and lifeless in this department.

Also, having big alloys will not help.

2004 MG ZR 105 1.4 16Vi from UK and Ireland


Fantastic in all respects with a price that sweetens the deal further


Absolutely nothing so far, but I have only owned the car for a week at this point.

General Comments:

As stated above, I have only had this car for a week so these are my preliminary impressions.

Firstly, let me point out that this is the new face-lifted model which I own. Available since August 2004 I believe? It is a brand new car and only had 5 miles on the clock when I picked it up.

Let me begin by saying that the looks are outstanding. Personally I much prefer the new look ZR to the old one. The rear looks much better with its clean finish and reg plate set into the bumper. You also now get a nice meaty sports exhaust (even on the 105 which I have) and a very stylish steel heat guard above it. Very Sporty! I also paid extra on mine to get the 17" Alloys, Side sills and Rear bumper extensions. They all improve the look considerably adding more lines to the shape of the car.

Compared to my old 206 this is stunning. The interior is also excellent and by a large margin better than the old ZR. Nothing rattles, everything is very solid and in a nice position. Lots of silver finish around the trim gives a nice sporty look and the seats are equally as impressive. Compared to the stripped out look of the old ZR, I can't express enough how much of a jump this is.

As for performance. Well, I obviously have the bottom of the range model, but its still damn fast. My 206 was a 1.4 and it would be eating the Zr's dust. This is pretty much the fastest 1.4 on the market, even beating many 1.6 size engines by other manufacturers. The handling is also impressive, and I have never felt any loss of grip or body roll, even at high speeds on corners. The 206 has a high center of gravity and used to roll all over the place. I definitely prefer this.

The only bad point to make about this car, which is not really the fault of the manufacturers is the insurance. Because of the added performance and sporty look the costs do go up, but I feel its worth is and to be expected for a sporty car.

Finally, the price. I managed to get a really good deal on this car. Roughly £9200 (including the alloy, side sills and bumper extension upgrade). One disappointing thing would have been the cassette stereo which comes with the basic 105 I bought. I planned on upgrading this as soon as possible. However, as the factory had ran out of stock on tape decks they installed a lovely Kenwood CD player free of charge (guess they can't give you it with no stereo). This just sweetened the deal further. There is no other car on the market which looks and gives so much for the money!

All in all, buy this now!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2004

23rd Nov 2004, 07:50

The mg zr is a fake sports car, it looks good, but it infact isn't. The boy racer image always seems to live up to its stereotype, and it appears the inexperience of youth is the only thing keeping Rover afloat, as most older folk see the zr for what it is,- a 20 year old car design, the Rover 200 with a body kit. As Clarkson stated about the zr, ' the chassis is based on a brontosaurus. Expect the doors to rattle the demisters to break, the sunroof to leak and make whirling noises, the badges to delaminate, the seats to stop folding forward, the fan to break, and finally the head gasket to blow causing you to buy an entire new engine. The MG ZR is not a sports car, and my dog could build it better!. Buy the zr if you spend your free time doing donuts in car parks.