2004 MG ZR TD review

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Diesel continues to ingrain in the motorist psyche; its appeal has far beyond mini-cabbers and farmers and has now the opposite end of the motoring spectrum: the Most manufacturers now have a offering aimed at the keen and the diesel warm hatch is an increasingly popular choice as choose them not just for reasons, but also, thanks to diesel technology, because are becoming more usable and than their petrol mates.

MG’s offering in the is the ZR TD. We spent a week with the rated 113PS (about version that costs in three-door form (a 101PS is also available at Ј500 Based on the venerable L-series 2-litre unit, this delivers decent performance, akin to the 1.8-litre 120PS model, with torque the key – a peak of 192lb.ft good in-gear urge.

Unlike many diesels L-series is also quite to rev out to its red line, meaning the driver a usable power band of or so. It does become vocal really worked but the NVH is reasonably suppressed and vibration through the is minimal. In reality, riding the of torque is equally effective as the engine graft.

The real of this engine manifests at the fuel pumps; or rather it because you don’t spend time there. MG claims an urban figure of 67.3mpg, is impressive to say the least. As per usual we got anywhere near the claimed but an average in the mid 40s (mpg) is no mean for a car in our hands; particularly a warm and especially one that serves up the enjoyment that the ZR does.

My most recent MG encounter, the ZR van. left me literally and stirred whilst largely whelmed by its real world It was scintillating on the right road, but the to that road would be a cringe-fest. Anticipation was not a key word I got behind the wheel of the diesel ZR. it only took a couple of yards and a roundabout to reveal very different in this new ZR compliance and subtlety.

The chassis and damping is a world apart the ZR Express. We’re not sure how the higher profile tyres and engine contribute to this ability; whatever, the result is pleasing. Whereas the old ZR bobbed, bounced and tramlined under all conditions other than bitumen, the new one flows.

Your average UK B-road the playground it should be as the revelatory keeps the ZR planted to the line you with the excellently weighted and steering backing you up.

I actually that most modestly drivers could guide the ZR down any given stretch of as quick as they would the generation ZR Express (that car is and significantly more powerful) and you be a lot less rattled and drained at the end of it. The torquey nature complements the well pulling the nose out of the with the kind of poke associated with a significantly petrol engine.

The brakes are full of feel as well as powerful and fade free. The ABS well allowing you to modulate right upto the limit, really being required in an


So, the latest ZR delivers all that the suggests in terms of driver and I can honestly say that I’m and pleased by this in equally amounts. Unfortunately the good finished there as the MG’s weaknesses remain. The interior is lagging badly behind the of the class, in spite of all the efforts of the at MG to improve things. Better,

World class? No. The theme on the exterior where its age is evident despite a neat facelift. Stevens and his designers keep marvels in terms of disguising the age where they can, but the remains the same as it has for a decade

It’s a shame, but a reflection of how MG Rover needs an injection of

You have to feel sorry for the at MG. They repeatedly prove to be capable of putting chassis seemingly humble origins cars that are genuinely and engaging to drive, but the overall is a let down. Hopefully this group will one day get the budget deserve to dish up something to put MG and back on the map and give the small market something to chew on.

In the they have to be content the fact that the latest ZR is a chassis marred by the styling and It’s a case of nice shame about the face.

The information lists the MG ZR‘s as the Clio, Polo. 206 and Corsa and a driving point of view it is pretty. The interior quality and may redress the balance, depending on priorities as far as this bunch of is concerned. However, if you add to this the Skoda Fabia and Seat then things look a shakier.

These Polo derivatives more performance and superior quality for less money. The vRS in particular makes itself a argument, and unfortunately the ZR’s are probably too great a deficit to up. We’ve not driven the Fabia vRS but it will be interesting to see whether the driver appeal is enough to over the cracks.

Dave – 21 Feb 2005

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