MG Motor Australia recently announced it has increased prices across most of its models and the ZST was not exempt.

Prices have been increased by $1000 for the Core, Vibe and Essence while the Excite earned itself a $2000 price increase.

The Chinese carmaker says there have been no specification changes to the model.

“The price increases have been brought about by the rising costs of production and supply chain challenges that are affecting us and other brands,” said a spokesperson for MG Motor Australia.

Customers who have exisiting orders prior to the increase earlier this month will have their orders price protected. MY22 models will not see any price increases either with the increases only affecting MY23 models.

The range now starts at $26,990 drive-away for the base model Core and extends to $34,990 drive-away for the flagship Essence.

A spokesperson for MG Australia said recently that “for most models in our range, we have a good supply for immediate delivery”.

Strong supply has helped the ZST maintain its spot atop the small SUV sales charts.

MG bundles ZST, ZS and ZS EV sales together, and to the end of March it has sold 5733 examples, well ahead of the second-place GWM Haval Jolion (2664 sales).


  • 2023 MG ZST Core: $26,990 (+$1000)
  • 2023 MG ZST Vibe: $28,990 (+$1000)
  • 2023 MG ZST Excite $32,990 (+$2000)
  • 2023 MG ZST Essence: $34,990 (+$1000)

All prices are drive-away.


The MG ZST Core and Vibe are powered by a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine making 84kW of power and 150Nm of torque, sent through the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The MG ZST Excite and Essence are powered by a 1.3-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol engine with 115kW of power and 230Nm of torque, sent through the front wheels through a six-speed torque converter automatic.


Claimed fuel economy for the MG ZST Core and Vibe is 6.9 litres per 100km on the combined cycle. The Essence and Excite use a claimed 7.1L/100km

The ZST requires 95 RON premium unleaded with the 1.3-litre turbocharged engine, and 91 RON regular with the 1.5-litre engine. The Core and Vibe have a 48L fuel tank, and the Excite and Essence have a 45L fuel tank.


The MG ZST measures 4323mm long, 1809mm wide and 1653mm tall, with a 2585mm tall wheelbase.

Tare mass is 1295kg and the maximum braked towing capacity is 500kg.

Boot space is 359 litres with the rear seats upright, and 1187L with them folded flat.

Servicing and Warranty

The MG ZST is backed by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, with seven years of roadside assist.

Servicing is required every 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first. Five years of servicing in the 1.5-litre costs $1505, while the 1.3-litre costs $1566.


ANCAP has yet to crash test the ZST however the similar model ZS has been crash tested and received a four-star rating back in 2017.

It is worth mentioning that the ZS EV, which also features the same active safety suite technology as the ZST scored a five-star rating based when it was tested in 2019.

Standard safety equipment on all ZST models includes:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Surround-view camera
  • Forward-collision warning

Standard Equipment

Standard equipment in the base ZST Core includes:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth
  • 1x 12V charger
  • 2x USB Ports in the first row
  • 2x USB Ports in the second row
  • Fabric Seats
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry and push button start
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 360-degree surround view camera
  • Automatic headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • 60/40 split folding rear seats

The ZST Vibe adds:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Satellite navigation
  • Front fog lights
  • 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels
  • Leatherette upholstery

The ZST Excite adds:

  • Turbocharged 1.3-litre engine
  • Red brake calipers

Moving up to the ZST Essence adds:

  • Unique 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Embossed MG logo on headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Six-way power driver’s seat


York White and Pebble Black are the standard colours on all variants. All other finishes are an extra $700.

  • York White
  • Brighton Blue Metallic
  • Diamond Red Metallic
  • Sloane Silver Metallic
  • Pebble Black
  • Horizon Orange Metallic

Horizon Orange Metallic was added for model year 2022.

MORE: Everything MG ZST

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