2005 MG ZS 180 2.5 kv6 from UK and Ireland
Way way underrated
The build quality and reliability of these cars are exceptional for MG. If you read reviews for all MG ZS, 45 and 400, you'll find not one of them has a bad comment on that at all, only cars before 2000.
Yeah, the looks maybe dated, but people don't compain about RST, XR3i, XR4i, Capri's, 205's (list goes on) do they?
If this car had a different badge, people would go mad for it. Don't follow the heard, go for originality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd November, 2005
"Build quality is exceptional for MG", but POOR in the real world!
Better build quality than seats, fiats, and all french cars, a lot more relaible too.
Head Gasket problems.
In terms of quality there are a couple of considerations.
Most other cars in this sector (Focus ST, Clio182, Honda Type R) are very rough round the edges - I'm talking about ride, torque steer, noise (tyre roar not a good engine note) etc. This can get very tedious after a while - especially if the car doubles up for other duties like getting to work and shopping. By contrast, the ZS is a pearl - just the right balance of performance and grace.
In terms of quality you have to put this in perspective - you're not paying 30K for a BMW although the quality standards for this MG CAME from BMW when the owned the company. A Clio 182 is CHEAP by comparison - thin rattly plastic, compressed fibre board that falls off if you look at it too long, gaps in panels so again I would have to say that the ZS match's the performance of these rivals, but with a MUCH better package overall.
Besides which Tiff Needel rated it as the best front wheel drive car he had ever driven and he should know.