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The MGZR 160vvc has a bad rep as do all Rover K Series engines but this is only due to bad owners who dont service and check the car etc. The head gasket is suppose to blow on this engine, but the gasket doesnt just blow just like that. Theres always something that causes the gasket to blow like a faulty fan,thermostat,water pump or if you have the later MGZR model the PRT is blocked (Pressure Release Thermostat) which was added to avoid the gasket failure of earlier models. I have the ZR160VVC and its the bees knees, it was cheap as chips with FSH and 12mths MOT when i bought it in May 2011. Its now covered 66k and no signs of head gaskets problems whatsoever! its just scare tactics! If you look after your car like i do and really care for it, (why wouldnt you if it cost quite abit of money) then theres no reason at all why the head gasket should go. Regular coolant and oil services every 8k and an all round checkover for leaks etc and that should suffice quite easily, then enjoy the car as it is a Pocket Rocket! Ive had a remap on mine which gave me an extra 11bhp, plus a Scorpion Full Decat exhaust and K & N Apollo Induction Kit. With these not over the top mods my car wipes the floor quite easily with any Seat Leon FR,Fiesta ST,Golf Gti when VVC kicks in. Acceleration is awesome, it really kicks you back in your seat. So if i was looking for a cheap and reliable performance car id definatly buy the ZR160. Id happily buy another 160 but they dont make them anymore, parts are very easy to find though.
Build Quality Inside
Remember dont be put off my this car,theres nothing at all wrong with them. Anyone whos says different obviously didnt look after theirs and suffered because of that. Il be back writing another review when my cars covered 100k and still on original gasket.
I owned this car for almost 2 years between 2008 and I sold it in January 2010 after upgrading my car. I was very fond of my MG, I had the 105+ version with a 1.4l engine and all of the optional extras. I had wanted an MG ZR since I first set eyes on one so was very pleased when I finally had my own!
*History of the MG ZR and options available*
The car was first made in 2001 (Y reg) and was made until 2005 when sadly the Rover plant in which they were made was shut down.
The cars were only available in limited colours, these included blue, yellow, red, green, grey and black.
There were 5 series of the ZR - the 105, the 120 and the 160 (which were all petrol engines) and the TD 100 and the TD 115 which were both diesel. The higher the number, the better the performance of the engine. The most common ones on the market are the 105 (with the 1.4 engine) and the 120 (with the 1.8 engine).
In 2004, the model of the ZR had a facelift. When I was looking for a ZR I actually preferred the older model so was keen to find one of these. I was lucky enough to find a 2004 model pre-facelift.
In 2008 I bought a 2004 reg MG ZR 105+ for just £3000. It had only 29,000 miles on the clock and I thought (and still think today) that the car presented real value for money. Currently you can pick up 8 year old MG ZR's for between £1500 and £2000 or if you are looking for a slightly newer one you can pick up a 2005 model for about £3000 - £4000.
*The appearance of the car*
The main thing that appealed to me about this car was its appearance. I liked the idea that the car already looked quite sporty and it didn't need anything doing to it. I also liked the fact that you could get a 1.4 car which looked very nice. It is worth noting that there are variations on the appearance of the car depending on whether you buy a plus version or a normal version. The plus version has a slightly better bodykit and also has larger wheels which are of a different design. All of the ZR's come with a factory fitted bodykit as standard, alloy wheels and a spoiler.
Inside the car there are also variations depending on whether you have the plus version. My car had half leather seats and aircon but the normal versions tend to come with fabric seats.
*Driving the car*
I remember the first time I got in the car to drive it - I was horrified! Previously to this I had had a VW Golf which drove very smoothly and the gears fell into place. The MG is a very hard drive. The gears are hard and to begin with I found it difficult to change gear, the pedals and the steering are also quite stiff. I actually thought there was something wrong with the car the first time I drove it but after much reassurance from my Dad I persisted and after a week or so got used to it and found smoother cars strange to drive!
The 105+ versions acceleration is quite good for a 1.4, I remember being very impressed on its acceleration compared to my car before. However, I now have a 1.6 mini cooper and this is much faster!
The MG will cruise along very happily at 70 and I found it a nice drive. However, if you sit in the passenger seat it is a very rough ride! I think this is because the passenger seat is lower to the floor and there is no way of putting it up. I wouldn't like to be a passenger in one of these for longer than an hour or so! However, because I was the driver I found it fine!
Petrol consumption was good, when petrol was costing around £1.10 per litre I could do about 100 miles to £10 which was a combination of both distance and town driving.
*Me and the car*
I had longed for this car for a good few years by the time I got one, I never thought I would have one so I was truly grateful for it when I finally got one! The car was very good to me. I averaged 14,000 miles a year and nothing ever went wrong (until a few months before I sold it - more about that later). When it came to its MOT it failed but only on a wheel bearing which cost just £26 to sort out. I was very impressed with the car as it was reliable and I knew I could trust it. I drive on average 80 miles a day (to get to uni) and I was never worried that anything would go wrong with the car.
Some people are put off of MG's and Rovers because the company has now shut down and they worry they will not be able to get parts for them, however whenever I have looked at parts I have always managed to find them and at a price which is on par with other car manufacturers.
I adored the car for the first 18 months of having it. However, things suddenly changed! One day on the way home from uni (in the pouring rain, with no phone battery) I noticed it had overheated, which it had never done before. I was near my other halfs house so I stopped to see the problem. It had run out of water. I refilled and hoped that was the end of it but sadly it wasn't, the water would have to be topped up at least once a week and I was told by several garages it was most likely to be the head gasket which would cost £600 to fix. As far as I was concerned, I wanted a different car anyway so it was time to get rid! I sold the car in January 2010 for £2200 which I thought was a really good price considering what I'd paid, how many miles I had been and the cars problem. I have been told that this is a common problem in these cars so it is certainly something to be aware of if you are thinking about buying one of these.
*So would I recommend this car?*
Even though my car had a horrible illness towards the end of its time with me, I would recommend this car. I adored it when I had it and think it is a good car for those who want a car that looks good but want good fuel consumption and low insurance (mine was insurance group 7). Recommended.
Most of the reviews on here for this particular car are from a man's point of view, those who understand cars more than us females, and there are more various factors I feel that influence a man when purchasing a car, however this review is obviously from a female point of view and probably will not fulfil that criteria that a man would be looking for.
I purchased my used ZR a couple of weeks ago, after having several new cars before I had decided that I wouldn't ever buy a new car again purely because of how they depreciate in value and in this current climate it is not really wise to purchase a new vehicle. It was a spontaneous decision tobuy a new car to be honest and rather than looking at several garages and choosing something that I liked I did it a different way this time and decided what car I wantd before I actually went in search of it. I had narrowed it down to 3 little hot hatches and then viewing a couple I had set my heart on the MG ZR.
I actually looked over a quite wide radius of various ZR's and travelled quite a bit to view and test some, however it wasn't looking good, I liked the car but for the money the cars that I had seen were not in that good condition. Disappointed I drove back to my home town and believe it or not spotted one on a garage less than 2 miles away from my house. Having looked around it, took it on a test, I had already made my mind up that this is going to be my new car.
The ZR is 1.4 engine, 105 BHP, which quite appealed to me, I didn't really want the 1.8 purely because of insurance and to be honest I do like to drive quite fast and I don't think I would have lived my life much longer being allowed to drive a 1.8i car, so the 1.4 suited me just fine.
THe car has all the featured that I could require and more to be honest, I don't want much from my car, however this cars has alloy wheels, electric windows, electric sunroof that completely opens and also opens on a tilt, electric heated wing mirrors, CD/Radio, however this was not factory fitted and was obviously bought after. The interior is grey with half leather sport bucket seats, and the dash and surrounding are also greay with a silver trim. From the outside, the car has a spoiler and the rear and skirts on the sides to give it that more sportier appeal.
To drive the car the steering is a little bit harder than that what I am used to, I have always been used to quite light steering, however this is beacuse of the make of the car, and with sports suspension you can feel every single bump that you go over, but you have to accept this before purchasing the car obviously. IN general the ride is very nice, the car pulls off smooth, changes gear smoothly and brakes well. The only problem that I find is that sometime it doesn't like breaking when going around a corner.
The car is group 7 insurance, so pretty low and you can obtain this quite cheaply online thorugh recommended insurers, the tax is also relatively low and fuel consumption is average and I can get more to twenty pound than I anticipated.
It's a good sporty little car that is ideal for a family aswell.
The MG ZR 160 is much more than just a Rover 25 on botox.
Yes it is based on a car that usually appeals to the 50+, but what MG/Rover created was a car that instantly appeals to the pre 25's.
The ZR I owned was the 3-door in Trophy Blue, this is without doubt the best looking combination. The 3-door viewed from the side, shows off its beautifully elliptical window shape. Then there are the MAX Power looks. Big boot spoiler, front splitter, side skirts, twin exhaust back box, 17" multi spoke alloys with low profile tyres. At 21 years old it really got my pulse racing.
So what was the ZR 160 like to own?
Well first off, the interior.
Yes it's quite basic, but it had everything I needed at the time. Air Con, CD player, electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric windows.
The instruments are a racy silver, but the rest of the dash is just a huge expanse of cheap grey plastic, and the centre consol looks like that from and 80s Audi or BMW.
But having said that, all the switches and controls are located quite practically and are easy to reach, with the exception of the electric window switches which are annoyingly located behind the gear stick.
On the move the ZR has everything that a young keen driver could want.
It has very stiff suspension which enables you to throw the car through corners with ease, as the car changes direction quickly and has a handy bit of lift off oversteer when you want it.
The ZR 160 also feels sharper on turn in than the Honda Civic Type R. It really does handle well.
Where it falls down is when you just want to drive smoothly around town. The firm suspension combined with the low profile tyres make for a very crashy ride that can make your rips ache. But it was something that I could easily forgive at 21. I don't know if I could live with it now though.
The best part of the car has to be the gearbox. It has a very slick and precise shift, and is a pleasure to use. I'd find myself just going up and down the gears just for the fun of it!
Then there is the tuned 158bhp K-Series VVC engine.
This engine was so smooth and responsive above 3500rpm, it just asked to be driven hard. The engine would readily spin round to the red line, and when the VVC kicks in when you hit about 3200 rpm you can feel the step up in performance. This combined with the raspy variable exhaust pipe, which closes one pipe off under hard acceleration at low revs to increase torque, then opens up at higher revs to increase power, make for a massively fun driving experience.
A down side of the engine is that when you want to make a quick get away, maybe you want to pull out into a gap in traffic, the engine can easily bog down if you don't have nearly 3000rpm on the clock when you release the clutch.
Value for money.
I bought My ZR 160 for £14,500 brand new, with a few optional extras on, so I got a good deal.
However when I traded in 2 and a half years later I only got £7,500 for it. So not great if you bought one from new. But it makes a superb used buy. You can find decent used early ZR 160s from £2,500. It will do 37 mpg which is still good even by today's standards. As it's basically a Rover 25, servicing isn't too expensive either, and although MG/Rover no longer exists, there are still hundreds of dealers out there who can easily service it and get parts for it.
The build quality is questionably on the ZR. The interior started to develop a few squeaks after 18 months or so, but with the harsh ride I'm not surprised.
The side skirts started to come off after only a couple of months, but the dealer sorted it with stickier glue and then it was never a problem again.
A wiring loom came loose and fouled the pedals while I was driving, which was interesting! Again the dealer sorted.
The first really hot day where I used the air con for a long period, resulted in the passenger foot well filling up with a couple inches of water. This was a result of the air con drainage pipe not even being connected!
There are also some rather uneven shut lines on the bonnet and doors which hints at the car being produced on a budget.
The brakes, although very good when you need them, are very vague, and nothing happens for the first couple of inches of pedal travel, which nearly resulted in me pranging the dealer's demonstrator, and despite the dealer saying that it's a problem now fixed, when my car arrived, the brakes were pretty much the same.
I could also never get the driving position to suit me either, and I'm quite average height. Nearly every time I got in it I had to play with the seat, and on long journeys I would get lower back pain.
The driving position was also far too high. I like to feel like I'm sat in a car, not perched on top of it.
The K-Series engine is also prone to head gasket failure, so check for white residue around the gasket.
To Sum up.
This car would make a brilliant cheap performance hatch for young drivers, as it's huge fun, and cheap to buy now. Many of the cars niggles can be ignored by younger drivers.
Expect to go though a few sets of front tyres though!
i brought my Mg ZR about 3 years ago! sadly i lost it in a road traffic accident and i was properly gutted!!! My ZR was my most favorite car i have owned, and even after my accident i still love MG ZR when i see them on the roads.
Obviously MG is not longer in business, but dispite thism i never has an issues in getting parts of friending garages willing top work on them. ( I think i also hear that MG ZR's have the same engine as a Seat- dont quote me!!!)
The MG ZR, was a modified verssion of the Rover 25. This car is so stylist and such a sexy car, with out being over the top and looking tacky and boy racer ish!!
My MG was 1.4, and had pretty good feul consumption. and not to bad on the tax. HOw ever with lager low profile tyres, these dont come cheap!! so go easy on the wheel spins!
Full leather interior makes i t a little easier to look after, as there is no need for any fabric cleaner.
Geneerally this car was a pleasure to drive, handling corners brilliantly and a lovely smooth drive, with suprising speed considering the small engine size.
Although MG are now lossing value, i would definately get another!!
Beautiful car, and stylish!!!!
The MG ZR is a heavily reworked version of the Rover 25. , and is clearly targeting the young population- although they wont have much hope if they're going up against the Golf R32 for example. Cars come with 17 inch alloys, aggressive looking grilles, brake discs all round, sports body kit and a choice of lurid colors. This is the bit i hate- my old school teacher has one of these in a disgusting bright yellow, in a sickening attempt to look trendy.
Lately, my uncle succumbed to the ZR, and so ive had a few rides in one. Under the skin the new cars suspension and chassis have been significantly modified and it now offers a very engaging driving experience, steering is direct and provides good feedback for a front wheel drive car, body roll is well under control and there is plenty of grip through the 17 inch tyres. Surprisingly the ZR still manages to deliver a reasonable ride over uneven surfaces.
0-60mph in 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 131mph
An interesting feature is that MG have REDUCED the sound proofing on the ZR so as to provide a more interesting ride! This does make the engine that bit louder. (pointlessly. i don't appreciate this feature)
The car can accommodate four adults- could do five, but uncomfortably. The boot is of a reasonable size and can be extended by folding the rear seats.
Price; Expensive for what it is- going for over £15,000 brand new. Apparently it rattles a bit when doing over 60mph, but this may be an individual situation. Also, lots of people have had problems with shutting the doors and boot. Could be some manufacturing issues here.
Hiya peepsMy son has fallen in love with MG ZR 1.4 wot will the insurance be like for a 17 year old boy on this car for fully comp , or third party fire and theft would be very pleased if somebody could help me Thank youAlex
I bought my ZR 2nd hand, but when they first came out about 4 years ago, I had to have one, they look great, very sporty and even look expensive.
I bought mine for 6.5k which i thought was very good at the time, as you can buy a second hand corsa, even a new fiesta for that.
I wanted a car that was a bit different and stood out from all the small 'common' cars there are about. I certainly got that. The seats hug you in just the right places, the acceleration is excellent, the handling is very good - you can certainly push it on the motorway without any problems and when you are nipping about in tight spots, the power steering really aids this. Also, drivers seem to underestimate it, especially as the 1.8 120+ is not on the back of the car.
I use my car for getting to work and back, (About 30 miles each way) and driving at weekends. The general comfort of the car is very good, I suffer from a bad back and when you are alowed to slouch in a car, it gets worse, but the seats in the MG ensure you stay upright and have just the right amount of comfort.
I am very proud of my car, and i always make my friends travel in my car if we go anywhere, its just that bit more stylish and sporty than other small cars.
I will keep my MG for a few years to come, I just wish they were still making them, then i would probably trade it in for a newer one!
The downfalls of the MG are that my driver's seat squeaks occasionaly then seems to go away, and there is no electric windows, surely a car with so many extras should have electric windows!?
I havent had any problems with the car so far, but you would expect that for a car that is the same age.
All in all, I would recommend the MG ZR to anyone, it certainly leaves the rest of the small car pack behind in so many ways, and i wouldnt swap mine for anything!
i bought my zr about a year ago and have to say i do love it....with reservations. it?s the zr105+ model with all the extras (essential as very basic at base spec) in metallic grey. i got the car pre-registered so saved about 3k off the total list price of just over £13k (which i would never have paid for a beefed up rover 25) personally, i think the car looks great. just the right amount of changes to the bodywork of the 25 without making it look garish, although, that?s with my colour, not too sure i would have said the same if mine had been yellow! performance wise, the car is very respectable with 105 bhp it hits 60mph in around about 10secs which is pretty good compared with other 1.4s (my last car was a vaxhaul tigra which would have been eating the mg's dust with its 1.4). the acceleration is at its best mid range from about 30mph to 50mph and i have left a few fellow drivers wondering what just happened! the handling is very good too, corners can be taken very well with little body roll, and coupled with the sports bucket seats (half leather, very supportive) u find it difficult not to push that wee bit more going round the roundabout in the asda car park!!! inside the car is acceptable if not a little drab. this is where the rover 25 origins are most apparent. it?s quite a dark cabin though the metallic effect inserts lift it a little bit and do add to the sporting appeal. the build quality is shockingly bad though. as this was the first new car i had ever bought (i count pre-reg as new as it only had 40miles on the clock) i would have expected everything to be fitting together like gloves however this is just not the case with the mg. there are squeaks and rattles all over the shop, the most annoying of which is in the sunroof somewhere so i cant even try and fiddle with it to stop it. also, the bad build quality is affected by the hard suspension. i personally like hard suspension, much better for
driving pleasure, but if this is going to be adopted, the car MUST fit together properly or it rattles like an old Ford Capri, which it does. And in a car which has so far done only 6500 miles, is simply shouldn't. After one rattle had bugged me to the point of going crazy, I took it back to the garage for them to have a look at. It turned out the back passenger window was loose and could actually be pushed out with your hands! To the dealer?s credit, they did fix this under warrantee but I suspect that it wasn't fixed completely because the rattle is still detectable although not NEARLY as bad as it was in the first place. Equipment wise my car has the 17inch alloys, front fogs, remote central locking, driver airbag (think passenger is available) and the full electric pack (including the heated mirrors - FULLY recommended as a useful way to avoid scraping the cars alloys of the kerb in reverse parking). It also has a standard immobiliser and deadlocks (make sure you press the button on the key fob TWICE or the deadlocks will not be turned on) but no alarm, which as a (semi) hot hatch, it really should have. I mostly use my car to travel around the city and find that it copes very well with the crowded roads of a busy city centre, the car is light enough to cope with dodging in and out of traffic and it has plenty of acceleration for getting off at the lights. I recently took a trip in it down to the Lake District and found that the car copes equally well with the motorway and I felt fine after the two and a half hour trip. In terms of fuel consumption, I have found the car to be on average from my experience of other cars with the same size of engine and can usually get about 300 miles from a full tank of unleaded (which costs about £27) and that is mostly city driving. Parking the
car is easy (as said, the electric mirrors do help this) although the power steering is not as light as other cars but I prefer this way as it feels a lot better when driving about as it gives you more feel is corners and stops the car wandering at speed. WORD OF WARNING........ The car does not come with a spare wheel. I found this out when I had a flat one day and had to phone the garage. Their response was 'Rover MG do not offer this with the MG ZR however they have included a can of foam to put in the tyre to get your to a garage". NEVER put the foam in as it will wreck the tyre and cost you WAY more than a puncture should. Best bet is to buy a space saver wheel which should fit in the boot which comes with a big useless bit of polystyrene. Personally I think this is a shocking policy as if you pay £13k for a new car, SURELY you should get a spare wheel....... Have only had the car serviced once so far, but this seamed to go smoothly and the garage did seem to be able to get rid of some of the squeaks and rattles. It only cost me bout £80 but this was a special offer. They did not offer a courtesy car however, although a lift to work was there if I needed it. All in all, as I said, I do love my car, would just like it to be built better and be better equipped but if you are willing to put up with these hardships then you get a really good fun budget hot hatch! I would recommend the car although I would personally not buy the car again but for me, I don't see the point in trading one car in to buy it again! drew
Well what can I say? As soon as I saw this car I knew I had to have one. I had always bought classic cars for the last couple of years including an MG Maestro and a Triumph TR7. I'd always liked my British cars but due to circumstances at waork I no longer had the time to spend working on older cars so decided it was time to by my first ever brand new one, and I couldn't have made a better choice. I'd always liked the ZR and as I say i've always liked to buy British where I can so I popped down to my local dealers one morning and had a word. I'd heard bad things about some MG Rover dealers so was pleasantly suprised with my local dealer. A very warm welcome was enjoyed and they'd be quite happy to let you browse without hassling you every 2 minutes. Anyway i'd already decided that I wanted a diesel version because of the number of miles I do because I have a 60 mile round trip to work. MG Rover offer 2 diesel options on this car, both powered by the L Series diesel engine. They are both 2 Litre engines, 1 offering 101 Bhp and the other offering 114 Bhp. It was the more powerful one that I had decided on although this is about 800-00 more. The amazing thing about this engine is its massive torque. Offering 260Nm it pulls like nothing i've ever driven before and offers a 0-60 time of just 8.5 seconds, to match with economy that I have experienced of 55mpg (and I drive shall we say somewhat spirited!). So we've dealt with the engine, a superb torquey unit if not a little noisy when cold. Hows about the deal? Well the dealer offered me what I think to be a very good deal. The base price for this car is just over 14,000 pounds. For this you get a decent amount of equipment. As it is the + model you get electric front windows, electric sunroof, electric heated mirrors, front fog lamps and so on, along with the standard things such as attractive rear spoiler, 16 inch ally wheels, sports seats (these offer excellent supp
ort), lowered and stiffened suspension and thrills by the bucket load! In addition for the money stated above I specified a cd/stereo. As for safety features you get a drivers airbag (passenger is optional), side impact bars and all the other now standard safety features. However it was still a fair amount of money to part with and I wanted a couple of other sweetners to tempt me into the deal. Well hows free insurance sound? Managed to negotiate this with the salesman, saving me due to my age the best part of 1500-00. Next was the sporty side sills that I was going to want. Again some negotiation with the salesman as these were a 250-00 option was required. A deal was struck whereby the dealer would pay the first 150-00 of this. Result! So with the papers signed and me very happy it was just the agonising wait. It typically takes 4-6 weeks for MG Rover to deliver a new car as all of there products are built to order so depending on the extra options etc... can effect the time it takes. Then the fateful day arrived. My feelings - Quite simply the best car I have ever driven. Very good performance, stunning good looks, superb torquey engine and screwed together very well. I've got friends who bought some of the German and French offerings which are supposedly better built but who've had nothing but trouble. Well im pleased to say that 8 months and 8,500 miles on and i've had no issues with build quality and certainly no issues with the performance. It is the first car I have ever owned where I am always making excuses just to go out for a drive even after this time. The handling on this car is stunning. Thanks to the tuned chassis and suspension you can take corners at unbelievable speed and the car just stays flat, theres no bouncing around on this car. So whats going to be next for me? Probably the new shape MG ZS. Congratulations MG Rover, you've just secured my custom indefinitely with this superb car. Note: For thos
e who would prefer petrol power or a lesser powered diesel, this is the current engine range for the MG ZR: 1.4 litre petrol - 105 Bhp 1.8 litre petrol - 120 Bhp 1.8 litre petrol (VVC) - 160 Bhp 2.0 litre Turbo Diesel - 101 Bhp 2.0 litre Turbo Diesel - 114 Bhp
MY CAR DETAILS. Ive gone for the 105+ model, which comes with the electric windows and sunny as standard (sorry but i dont do manual window lifting and lowering) i opted for the yellow version which some1 has decided to nickname custard (please give me an extra rating to ease my deep wounds lol). MODELS & PRICES (list price). There are only 7 different models of the mg zr, they are the 105 3 door model (£8367.66 + vat), 105+ (10069.79 + vat) 120+ (£11325.11 + vat), turbo diesel (£9520.85 + vat) 115+ turbo diesel (£10882.55 + vat) 115+ turbo diesel (11350.64 + vat) and the 160 (12474.04 + vat) although the prices will change if you have the 5 door version. HANDLING. Like the car alot apart from the handling. Seems to slip pull to one side sometimes under braking, doesnt seem to quite cut the mustard after having a vauxhall vectra 1.8 sri which i traded in for this new car. Aerodynamics come from the zr's from bib and rear spoilers which reduce lift. LOOKS. Definately no problems in this department, alloys as standard (nice) lovely curves on the bodywork, looks the dogs danglies from the front, and the rear spoiler finishes it off a treat. But i now wish i had gone for the extra package, which included the 17inch alloy wheels, side skirt & yellow inserts to finish my seats off better. EXTERIOR. The lights enhance the from image of the car with 2 circular lights instead of on most cars 1 light, these look very sexy. Alloy wheels come with every mg as standard (dont get this with many cars) you can either have 16inch or 17 inch, with the option to have low profile tyres added. INTERIOR. I went for the electric windows/sunroof, which im glad about, the sports seats are comfy and seem to mould around your bottom (which is nice) the white dials on the dash as standard are a brucie bonus as im bored of the usual black ones, and you can see much better at night time. Could do with abit more colour inside as it is a little du
ll (but what do you expect for the price?) Seats are nice and comfy and close in around your posterier (bottom) seem to hold u steady when your going round those sharp bends. doors are drab and most of the interior is grey. EQUIPMENT. All mg's come with a kenwood stereo, you can have different models, you could also as an added option have a cd autochanger or an mp3 player. If you had the money you could also add a navigation system to your mg, you can avoid congestion, navigate the quickest or the shotest route at the touch of a button. Unfortunately air condition doesnt come as standard on the lower spec models, this option could cost about £695 extra so beware. POWER. Although its only a 1.4 16v it goes pretty quick, has beaten similiar size vehicles off the lights (not that im a boy racer but you have to open her up abit sometimes) acceleration is gr8 (0 to 60 in 10 seconds), it can throw you back into your seat if your not careful, slightly lacking in the top end but isnt too bad, im used to a 1.8sri so i guess ive been spoily a little. PETROL CONSUMPTION. This is excellent (suppose it would be after having a 1.8 injection) tank holds about £38 of the old go go juice, as long as you dont put your foot down too much the tank will last ages, youll be looking at about 31.1 mpg urban, 51.1mpg extra urban and a combined total of 41.3. SECURUITY. All mg's come with remote central locking as standard, as is a perimetric alarm system. SAFETY FEATURES. All mg's come with side impact bars and airbags as standard, which is always nice to know, u can never be too careful. PROBLEMS. lve had problems shutting the boot a couple of times, but after taking off rubber covers off the catch closes no problem. interoir has already started to get the squeeks and rattles of an old car (bit worrying) INSURANCE. The insurance for this car is only group 7, so its cheap on the pocket too. After having the sri pr
eviously it was a refreshing change as this car was group 14 yes 14. I shopped around as i also found a big difference between insurance companies for this, some even quoted as much as £1500 which was more than i was paying for the sri (what a joke) CONCLUSION. Although i would recommend the car on the whole but the sales/customer service is laking. I got a good deal from the dealership as it came with no vat at the time, a good £1500 off is nothing to be sniffed at, swallows up the loss from driving it off the forecourt anyway. I would also always buy from an mg dealership, have known a couple of people buy from private garages and have problems with them, 1 even offered £1000 less after only 2 weeks of having the car, after they had lots of trouble with the car.
When I saw the MG ZR for the first time I was really impressed I knew I had to have one. A sporty looking car at a price i could afford. Although I only own the ZR 105 model i find it to be be a very good all round motor. The one i own is yellow and i think this is the best colour to have (this only my personel opinion remember). I think MG looks superb much better than most other competetors in the same field. No matter which angle you look at it from the front end with the wire grills and stylish front splitter to the great looking looking rear spoiler it looks excellent and although it is a Rover 25 shell MG have taken a small practical rather dull looking road car and made it look like a sexy litle sports car. It really stands out and is fast becoming one of the most popular cars on the road. Ok so now the real advantages of owning a ZR. Firstly I find the driving position to be extremely comfortable and the half leather sports bucket seats hold me in position no matter how fast I take the corners. The ZR is the easiest car I have ever driven with smooth gear selection, and the quick response from brakes and steering, excellent handling. Other bonuses include standard kenwood stereo which even i have seen no need to upgrade to a better model, also has the option for a 6 disc changer. This car also has a great fuel economy a little really goes a long way in this baby! The insurance maybe a little steep but not in comparison to similar models and with me only being 23 and as it is classed as a hot hatch this is only to be expected. My overall opinion of the MG ZR is very very good i would recomend this car to anyone i have been very impressed with mine and plan on keeping it for a few years yet.
Fast with great handling, Very Reliable, Great looks, BRITISH, and a bargain! - Advantages: Fast & holds the road, Very Reliable and well built, Looks (great colour options help too!) - Disadvantages: Narrow minded views of public assuming British means poor quality, No light in the ashtray (!)
Rumour has it that British manufactured cars are known to be the more unreliable cars around. There is always a fault of some sort that is either the car breaking down, not doing what it should, or simply just conking out. Such cases are most common in the likes of Rover/MG, Jaguar & TVR. This is where the new MG ZR160 comes in. (If you didn’t know, MG is part of Rover and is classed to be Rover’s more sporty side of cars). The ZR is great as it looks like we have a new car that is quick, small & cool and keeps its essential reliability, which is what buyers often want most out of a new car! The ZR is a fantastically fun car to pelt about in, surprising, as it was a Rover 25 before the healthy diet with added flavour. Costing just above £14,000, the ZR160 has 160bhp… (Wow! The bhp matches the name!) …and it’s from a very similar engine that powers the MGF Trophy. There is something about the ZR160 that keeps my adrenaline bubbling up at the right altitude. The road is bumpy and damp in places, and 160bhp is a lot to funnel through a little car’s front wheels, but I’m not kidding, the traction is extraordinary! In-fact it is like the car is tied down front end, and no it doesn’t make for a wayward rear, somehow MG have prevented this. I’ll have to find out the secret but for now I will just continue to be amazed! The stiff suspension feels great too. It rides over bumps nicely and feels spot on! Possibly the suspension setup is why the handling too feels just right. The best bit is the way the ZR flicks into a road twist or roundabout. This is just how steering should be! Moving up the gears on a fast dual carriageway, I was struck by the engine’s refinement. It’s a busy, blaring thing, quite hard edged as its revs rise, and the soundwaves emitted by the two exhaust pipes have good, spiky peaks. Altogether, it sounds powerful especially if you lower the door window. Doesn
217;t mean the sounds are irritating though or the volume is too loud as cruising is quiet enough. What I’m not feeling though is a sudden step of accelerative energy. This doesn’t mean the engine is all bark and no bite, because apparently its ample torque is spread evenly across a rev range, which isn’t shortened until around 7000rpm. That said, it’s the thrust from 3000rpm in third gear that is significant, a very satisfying thrust with a powerful feel even though in third gear! Feels great! Another beautiful aspect of the car is the braking capabilities. The brakes feel firm and reliable and it’s all because they are big & have ABS. No wonder they work so well! What about looks? Well you can see the picture for yourself in this category. It is identical to the one parked safely by my house (apart from mine is a cool blue though) and you have to admit that the spoiler positioned above the rear window just finishes that sporty & ‘cool’ look. Obviously it has a reason other than looks to be there because of stability reasons etc. Oh and those alloy wheels just look fantastic. You may be unfamiliar with the interior looks however. Inside the ZR is a rather different look to the standard rover 25 models. Textured ‘technical’ metal inserts replace the 25’s wood, and the leather seat bolsters have body colour inserts. Datedness does show in areas though such as the dials. Hidden away at the back is the spacious enough boot, thankfully large enough to carry the weekly shopping, something I consider important for the average buyer. Overall the ZR is a great car and massive fun. One of the best bits is that you can get a lift from the stimuli it offers without going licence-threateningly quickly, although the ZR160 will do that too if asked. Obviously I’m delighted with MG’s new attempt and would highly recommend it to anyone at its good price. If you have read this
far, you must be in some way interested in this car, and if you are, you should consider it an option as your next car purchase. Below are the official stats for the serious petrol heads… Thanks for reading Price: £14,345 Engine: 1796cc dohc 16V four, 160bhp, 128lb ft Performance: 7.4sec 0-60mph, 131mph, 37.6mpg, 179g/km CO2 Weight: 1090kg Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive Suspension, front: MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar Suspension, rear: torsion beam axle, coil springs