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Auto Express ZS110 Review

Just wondering if anyone else noticed the review in AE... Not too bad...

The normal gripes though - styling, inside and out. Sheep in wolfs clothing, but a big plus point was the price (quite rightly too).

Although they said that it handled well, but the aging chassis was incompatible with the sporty suspension.

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forgot to add - can't help but feel that if the facelift is as good as people say - the 110 is going to be a good seller, as long as the price says as good as it is now.

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They really needed to launch the 110 in the new facelifted format though, then the main gripes that AE had may not have applied.
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I have the R45/ZS110 I like it, good power compared to simular sized engines in competitors cars
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Can I just say that the standard wheels that come with the ZS110 look absolutely dreadful. They make the whole car look naff.
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Personally, I can't see the point. Not much show and even less go!
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Personally, I can't see the point. Not much show and even less go!
3mph less on top speed than the ZS120 and 0.8secs slower to 0-60.

I say that if it brings in more customers at the lower price then there is every point in launching it.
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"Can't see the point?" - would be interesting to see whatelse you could get for 11K.

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An Astra SXi is about as sporty as you can get for 11k.... or a Focus 1.6 Zetec...

hmm.. .I know which I'd buy...
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3mph less on top speed than the ZS120 and 0.8secs slower to 0-60.
Exactly, so why bother!
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Exactly, so why bother!
Price! Price! Price! Price! Price! Price! Price! Price! Price! Price!

1790 cheaper than the 120!

10,995 vs 12,795 for a nearly identical top speed / 0-60 and near identical looks.....

Why buy it?
- It's cheaper then the 120, it's almost the same

Why sell it?
- Because people will buy it that would have brought Ford / Vauxhall....

oh... and Price!
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I think you forgot to mention price .
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The more important argument is - why bother having the ZS 120 in the line-up when there is little difference in performance between the two.

My guess is that the revised ZS will feature the 135bhp engine from the TF, thus bringing in a greater gap from the ZS 110 and ZS 135.

More to the point, if they use the 115bhp 1.6i engine from the TF, they could have a ZS115 and ZS135.

We will have to wait and see though!
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The ZS120 has got higher spec than the 110. 16" hairpins, side skirts and that metal protection bit on the rear bumper where the exhaust is Think it has better brakes too (drums on the 110, discs on the 120?).
Wonder what wheels you can get on the options list for the 110? Cos those mirage alloys look good in a bigger size on the ZT120.

The 110 might be quite good with the ZS facelift. In terms of the 45/ZS facelift - I know a lot has been mentioned about styling changes n stuff - I wonder if we'll see body-coloured door pillars too, like on the 25/ZR and CR?


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An Astra SXi is about as sporty as you can get for 11k.... or a Focus 1.6 Zetec...

hmm.. .I know which I'd buy...
I'd get the ZS cos it has the best handling and is the most fun to drive.
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I'm sure the low-ish insurance group helps too.

Grp 12 still sounds rather high to me though

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This is my reaction to the launch of ZS110:

If they want to launch it, tey should launch it with the ZS180 and ZS 120 at the beginning (2 years ago) and not now!
In 1?th december 2000 issue of Autocar, the very first Autocar I bought which is the starting point of my MGR-mania, it actually says they plan to have a 1.6 106bhp ZS as a base model.
Why bring more base model later on, a year after the range was launched (ZT120 and this, for example)? It degrade the range, making people precieve that MG makes slower cars nowaday (remember, 0-60 and speed sell especially for sporty cars).
If they launched it at the beginning, they would had earned more money, even if the profit margin is small.
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my first reaction on hearing "One Ten" is "must be a Land Rover of the agricultural, utilitarian, wet dog and muddy welly type". Nothing wrong with those attributes but they conjure up totally the wrong image.

In Germany the ZS is (according to the MGR website) only imported as a 180 saloon. Even then it could be accused of being "thoroughly styled in a go-faster way". To have any of the bits on a 110bhp car is fun for the after market! - take them off and you have a Rover...?

MG 1300s and Magnettes were always that bit faster than their Austin /Morris counterparts.

Perhaps we need an Austin 1300 GT lookalike. I suggest a Rover One Eighty GT with no skirts, narrower wheels, small or no spoiler, bright sills, wood dash - so Rover and MG fans can choose all speeds and looks and overall sales increase!

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