On test: MG ZT-T 135 CDTI review (2001-2005 model) – MSN Cars UK

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On test: MG ZT-T 135 CDTI review model)


Engine:2.0-litre common rail turbodiesel


Transmission:Five-speed manual

of test:September 2003

The ZT-T is the (estate) version of the MG ZT, which is a MG-badged version of the Rover 75. the Rover is rather traditional in its the ZT is aimed at an altogether more audience, to some success. car legislation and the need for volume has MG-Rover to offer a more range of engines than was available, the 135bhp common-rail complimenting the range of V6 and turbocharged engines.

The ZT has always felt a British ‘bruiser’ the turbodiesel a decent compromise between performance and economy. As the ‘T’ it has a estate boot, which much of the so-called ‘lifestyle is actually a useable, spacious compartment.

Where does it fit?

The MG ZT-T and the 75 upon which it’s is sometimes touted as a BMW 3 Series/Audi A4 but in reality it’s better to compete against the more competition. The CDTi turbodiesel MG ZT-T is as sensible a ‘sporting’ car as you could for in the MG range – it’s practical, good-looking and delivers an driving experience. It’s too – even if you drive it

Sporting diesels seem to be hold in our consciousness, the MG ZT-T just one of a of such models from a of manufacturers.

Is it for you?

If you’re after a looking, useful, practical and estate car then you could do a deal worse. It certainly appealing with its deep bumpers and de-chromed exterior, the interior removes the pipe and olde-world charm of the Rover 75 for a convincing racy fascia. not hugely fast, the engine lazier in its performance than of the competition, but it’s actually quick and well suited to speed cruising.

Our test car over 1,000 miles in our driving between Edinburgh and fully loaded in complete at high cruising speeds on the and across country.

What it do well?

As mentioned above the is an extremely useful machine for needing to carry a lot of stuff in over distance. During a week it returned an impressive average. It’s comfortable, and that spacious boot can a great deal despite rather shallow in depth.

The front seats are supportive and great comfort, while is high, road, engine and noise low even at high speeds. As much as it excels on the it’ll also entertain on challenging roads the ride and impressive for a big front-wheel-drive car like Overall it feels and looks the weighty doors adding to the feel.


What doesn’t it do

As solid as it looks and feels have been mixed of build quality across the The diesel engine needs to be fairly hard to produce its it not having the effortless urgency of rivals – particularly VW and Peugeot. The bootspace, although could be so much bigger the full-sized spare wheel up a huge amount of space the floor.

Rear legroom is class but a bit more space would be The steering, though weighty and is rather devoid of feeling. The clutch takes some used to making it easy to until you become familiar it, low-speed manoeuvring needing revs than you’d to keep it from stalling.

it like to live with?

If you a big, comfortable cruiser looks good and is an enjoyable then life with the MG ZT-T 135 should be fine. Just try telling your friends the pub its name, as, as you can see, it’s a mouthful. The opening window on the tailgate is a useful touch, the loading area with the seats folded giving you a deal of carrying capacity you need it.

Standard specifications tend to rather a lot from MG Rover so be to check what you’re as speccing it up adds to the cost. If you to avoid fuel stops the MG ZT-T CDTi is definitely worth it’ll cover huge before the fuel light on.

Would we buy it?

The MG ZT-T CDTi is an impressive – though so are much of its Its large boot is one attraction, as is its looks and chunky feel. we’d opt for one over a Mondeo or a BMW 320D Touring remains to be

The BMW has more prestige, retains its better and performs better, the Ford brings similar space and a more involving We love the plucky spirit of the UK but if we were looking to spend on a load-lugging diesel car then probably look elsewhere. said, if you can find one cheaper list, or haggle a good with your salesman it’s well worth

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