For the first time in VAB’s Family Car of the Year election (34th year), only 100% electric cars competed in the ‘Electric’ category. In previous years, plug-in hybrids were classified in this category as well. The MG ZS EV received 75 points, beating the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (63 points) and the Volkswagen I.D.3 (58 points).
The jury’s verdict
“Although MG was originally a British brand, it now belongs to the Chinese SAIC Group. The renewed MG brand entered the Belgian market only one year ago and immediately succeeds in winning the title of VAB Family Car of the Year. A Chinese-made car never received this honour before. The MG ZS EV owes this award because of its favourable price, excellent standard equipment and a seven-year manufacturer’s warranty. The MG ZS EV proves that a fully electric, well-equipped and practical family car shouldn’t be too expensive. The brand shows how affordable electric driving can be.”
The jury of the VAB Family Car of the Year election consists of a group of automotive professionals. All the cars in the test were judged on various aspects that are important for a family car. This year, for the first time, the costs per kilometre were also taken into account in the final result.
The VAB calculated these costs for all participating cars based on pricing, fixed costs (insurance, motor vehicle tax, maintenance, etc) and actual energy consumption. The calculation is based on a family that drives 20,000 kilometres annually and owns the car for 8 years. For the end result, the jury’s used an 80/20 distribution for their own assessment and the costs per kilometre, respectively.