Car Reviews: MG Rover MG ZT-T ZT-T+ 135 CDTi – The AA

29 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Reviews: MG Rover MG ZT-T ZT-T+ 135 CDTi – The AA

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Racy is not overdone but gives the car a pleasing ‘edge’ over rivals quality is, on the whole, good and the design is pleasing to the eye Ride and handling compromise has been judged Flexible diesel is all ever need, unless the sonorous tone proves too to resist


Brand suffers from negative despite company’s recent Despite strides made in performance, urban undulations can ZT-T out V8-engined car may be a hoot to but it’s a thirsty beast control only gives you the to accelerate – not decelerate

MG may be wrestling with a varied and range, but it has shown a knack for cars that are often of more attention than received in the past. When the range of 25, 45 and 75 models first cynics thought the job was purely a one. How wrong they

The company’s ZT-T estate is a example.

Proof that a brand can be brought back the brink, the arrival of an MG brand Rover’s stable has done for the company’s image. Sure it was by purists who that the exercise was more than hollow stunt, but the truth was that the displaying the famous octagon had been fettled in a way to make genuinely appeal to buyers a sportier drive but not at the expense of British-built values.

The firm’s newly christened ZT known as the 75) was the biggest surprise. was a car branded old before its time by of the press – more and slippers than family if you like. Transformed into the ZT, it a sharper ride and more looks.

When MG Rover’s 75 estate appeared the ZT-T was mixing practical attributes a street presence that of the usual German executive could match.

In mildly form the ZT-T loses of its aggressive kerbside stance but gain a touch of maturity by of a softer nose. The effect is but looks dramatic when with a dark exterior colour. More stealth than motorway cruiser, the edge this combination to the car is just what it needs if it is to transform the company’s less sparkling image.

There is a side to the ZT-T, which is predictable considering its estate car The car’s voluminous loadspace and opening tailgate make it an purchase for anyone who works the week and plays at the weekend. options include the usual of petrol and diesel motors, the latter especially good

However, keen to show its side, MG will happily you a ZT-T (and ZT) powered by a American V8 motor driving the wheels. For enthusiasts, brand doesn’t get any better.

Our verdict on the MG MG ZT-T ZT-T+ 135 CDTi

The critics may the 75 Tourer but it’s a good good enough to form the of a sporting estate with all the of a Rover but the added sporting of an MG. The ZT-T is grossly underrated but face stiff competition the likes of BMW, Audi and the high-end products of volume such as Ford and Vauxhall.

than the German offerings at the price point and more that the mainstream stuff, the MG ZT-T performs the dual role of tourer and practical family And whoever thought of shoehorning a V8 the car deserves a medal.


The ZT range starts of at a low price point; an impressive given what you’re for the money. Top models, especially the are more comparable with from BMW and Audi, but you have to that 3 Series’ and A4s will the MG’s generous levels of kit. The downside for ZT buyers is the German cars will more of their value.

If you on holding onto your for some time this will be of little concern. a mainstream model, running are unlikely to be hair-raising, and the diesels are frugal if you plan on covering miles.

Space and practicality

As cars go, the ZT-T is a solid Its load bay is flat and devoid of and the rear seats fold to a welcome extra amount of They don’t fold flat but it’s good in most situations.

Lashing are present to help stop from moving around and a hidden compartment allows you to valuables out of sight. The split tailgate adds to the number of convenience features. Elsewhere in the you can expect the usual number of plus a handy storage inside the front armrest.

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As you would expect on a car of standing, twin front and airbags are standard fit, curtain airbags as optional Braking is boosted by ABS plus brakeforce distribution. To help you see at night, xenon headlamps are on flagship V8 models and optional on cars.

Driver appeal


The is blessed with a solid as the Rover 75 is a decent car to drive if only the critics would as much. For the MG range engineers suspension settings so the car delivered a responsive experience, and it shows. Far being a flabby executive cars in the ZT range can be driven High-speed poise is good, behaviour is rock-solid and both and brakes feel measured and

The catch is a firm urban which is not as bad as it sounds and more a of poor road surfaces the car. Engine-wise all units well but the 131PS CDTi and muscular V8 deserve particular The former is a fantastic all-rounder, the nothing less than a

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Quality and image

MG Rover has of late, thanks in part to an Rover range and periodic discussing the health of the company as a Look past the mutterings and the themselves are not only good but also good performers. amazing what has been with modest resources. And goes for quality, too.

edges are few and far between, and the ZT-T’s is trimmed in a modest style in keeping with the car’s buyers.


Front will have no trouble in and out of the ZT-T. Rear passengers have to be a little more but access is rarely a problem. inside, legroom is agreeable and is good for a car of this size.

At the access to the loadspace is by one of two ways: raise the tailgate as one unit or the glass rear screen if you just want to deposit items.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

Basic provision in the ZT-T is a head unit accepting in the ZT-T and CDs in the ZT. These can – and – be upgraded to one of the many which start with a CD changer and lead up to extra speakers dotted around the The flagship option is a Highline unit incorporating a premium system.

The navigation works the fascia screen is clear and the function is a noticeable step up the standard equipment.

Figure seats come in handy you’re pressing on

Colours and

Dark exterior colours the ZT-T an impressive, menacing that its rivals find to match, and seems a fitting way to the firm’s masculine advertising Inside, the figure-hugging sports complete the sporting theme their contrasting centre MG Rover’s Monogram programme you to choose from a wider of exterior colours and trims, some desirably but costly paint schemes.

All the usual surfaces are pleasing to the touch and well made and durable.

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