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M OTO R I N G N E WS Nick Fletcher tells us the latest news on all things motoring.

MG ZS EV DEBUT MG Motor UK’s first fully electric car, the ZS EV, will make its UK showroom debut in September, the company has announced. MG has already received 800 expressions of interest for its forthcoming new model, which is the most for any pre-launched model in the company’s history. Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales and Marketing at MG Motor UK, says: “The arrival of the ZS EV adds a new dimension to the car market by offering high-tech zero emissions transport to a broader cross-section of buyers.” The ZS EV will come with the brand’s fully transferrable 7-year Warranty. Pricing and full specifications will be confirmed closer to the launch date.

R O A D T E S T: F O R D E C O S P O R T T I TA N I U M Ford’s Ecosport is a small SUV with neat styling which projects a robust image and most models are well-equipped and keenly-priced so you see a lot of them on the road, underlining Ford’s strong presence in a crowded SUV market, writes NICK FLETCHER. The EcoSport is priced from £17,850 and offers petrol and diesel engines and several trim levels, with my Titanium test model with 1.5 litre diesel engine, manual gearbox and all-wheel-drive near the top of the range and priced at £23,655. You get a lot of standard kit including large alloy wheels, roof rails, part-leather upholstery, automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, sat-nav with touch-screen and connectivity features including smartphone mirroring, auto headlights and wipers, rear-view camera and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and pushbutton start, four powered windows and safety kit including stability control, tyre-pressure monitoring and hill-start assist. Based on the best-selling Fiesta model, the EcoSport is a contender in a very competitive sector which includes the SEAT Arona, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Mazda CX-3 but the

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Ford scores well for generous equipment levels and keen pricing. The cabin looks smart, with soft-touch materials, good dashboard layout and comfortable seating. It’s roomy for four adults and while the bootspace is not largest in the class at 356 litres, it does expand to 1,238 litres with rear seats folded. However, a major drawback is that the EcoSport has a side-opening tailgate which makes loading more awkward. On the road, EcoSport drives well, and while the steering feel is rather heavier than on most rivals, it does enhance the sense of composure and driver control. The suspension is on the firm side but perfectly comfortable on all but the roughest surfaces. The 123 hp 1.5 litre diesel unit has a 0-60 mph time of 11.3 seconds and top speed of 112 mph, and emissions are 140 g/km. Average fuel economy is 43.5 mpg. While the Ford Ecosport is not best in class in every category, it does come across as the stand-out all-rounder and that is reflected in its impressive sales figures – over 100,000 sold across Europe in 2018.

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