MG is starting 2021 on the right foot. The brand’s subcompact crossover, the ZS, recently underwent ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests, driving away with a five-star safety rating.
MG ZS NCAP score breakdown
The vehicle finished with 32.27 points for adult occupant protection (AOP), 40.96 points for child occupant protection (COP), and 11 points for safety assist for an overall score of 81 points—enough for a five-star rating.
It should be pointed out that despite the high score for safety assist, the units tested did not come equipped with advanced features like lane-departure alert, lane-keep assist, or forward-collision warning. Standard safety bits include two front airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control.
Tested unit not yet available in the PH
Also, note that the vehicle tested is the new MG ZS, which is currently still not available on the Philippine market. As of the moment, the 2020 model is only being sold in Thailand and Vietnam. The local MG ZS is equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine capable of 114hp and up to 150Nm of torque, and starts with a P818,888 price tag.
Its standout performance in ASEAN NCAP crash testing is another reason to hope that the new ZS arrives in our country sooner rather than later. Do you take crash ratings into consideration when buying a vehicle?