What's the space like inside?
While they are essentially the same car, the ZST’s interior is a clear step up from the more basic ZS. A larger touchscreen, digital controls and nicer materials are welcome and ensure it doesn’t look or feel cheap.
The dash layout is simple yet effective and there are neat touches like the circular outboard air vents, soft-touch materials, and piano black and chrome surrounds. Faux carbon-fibre inserts give the illusion of sportiness, even if its not to be found in the drive experience. More on that in a bit.
The steering wheel is the only element in the cabin with real leather, yet it still feels a bit low rent. Disappointingly, the ZST misses out on steering wheel reach adjustment, and the cruise control stalk is hidden behind the thick steering wheel spoke. It’s challenging to see the cruise buttons while driving. Cruise control buttons should live on the steering wheel itself with the audio and other controls.
Storage is a mixed bag in the ZST. There’s plenty of room for large bottles in the doors, but it has a small central bin and seriously narrow cupholders. We couldn’t fit two regular flat whites in side by side.
Faux leather seats with red stitching – also found throughout the cabin – have decent upper body support but could do with more under thigh bolstering.
MG’s digital instrument cluster is well executed but could do with larger icons and graphics.
The 10.1-inch multimedia screen has appealing graphics and functions well for the most part. Navigating the menu is easy, but for some reason, the home button is an analogue button housed under the screen. Surely an in-screen home button would make more sense.
The second row is surprisingly spacious, with acres of headroom and more than enough legroom. The seats are comfortable and there’s good bottle storage in the doors, map pockets and a pair of USB outlets, but no rear air vents.
The tiny window behind the C-pillar is completely redundant and the pillars are so thick they create a blind spot when driving.
Cargo space of 359 litres with the rear seats in place isn’t bad but it’s less than the ASX (393L) and Vitara (375L). The boot features handy deep storage nooks behind the wheel arches. The ZST comes with a full-size spare wheel as standard.