Chevrolet’s latest hometown premiere, the little Groove SUV, comes with an important assignment. Of course, because the leading brand in the country (10.3% market share as of September) intends to continue expanding its general dominance, now hunting for another very strong competitor in recent seasons: MG.
It is that the Chinese firm of the SAIC Group has placed the ZS SUV as a monarch in the family since February when it first surpassed the traditional Toyota RAV4. And from then on, the ZS -which debuted in 2017 – has continued to stretch the figures to close the third quarter with almost 3,800 patented units.
But the question is then, what does the Groove have to threaten his compatriot? This is the comparison in the two access versions.
Dimensions and weight
While the Chevrolet Groove measures 4,220 mm (wheelbase: 2,550 mm) x 1,740 mm x 1,615 mm, in length, width and height respectively, the MG ZS is somewhat larger: it has 4,314 mm (wheelbase: 2,585 mm) x 1,809 mm x 1,624 mm in the same items.
In MG they detail that the trunk of their family member can accommodate 448 liters, while the new actor of the bowtie brand declares 320 liters behind the second row. The Chevrolet weighs 1,218 kilos and has a 45-liter tank compared to 1,230 kilos for the MG, which has a 48-liter tank.
Engine, transmission, and consumption
In both cases we speak of 1.5-liter aspirated engines. In the propeller of the Chevrolet Groove -which meets the Euro 6 emission standard, it develops a power of 110 horses and a maximum torque of 147 Nm at 3,600 revolutions per minute, and the block of the MG ZS (Euro 5) delivers 114 Hp and 150 Nm of torsional force at 6,000 rpm.
Where the two small SUVs differ the most is in transmission, because there the Groove uses a six-speed manual gearbox and, in parallel, the ZS offers a five-speed manual. Even so, the combined fuel consumption is 13.7 km / l for the Groove and 14.3 km / l for the ZS. It should be noted that the sixth gear allows the Groove to travel more relaxed on the road.
Equipment and comfort
The entry Groove features 16-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable and heated mirrors, roof bars, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, and LED taillights. Inside, it has digital air conditioning, an audio system with four speakers, an 8 ″ touch screen (without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto), cruise control, a 3.5-inch monochrome cluster, two USB connections points (additional to screen), and a front center armrest.
The ZS leader also integrates 16 ″ alloy wheels. It also incorporates LED daytime running lights, roof rails, and fog lamps (halogen). Inside, the air conditioning is the manual type, has four speakers, a single USB port, electric mirror adjustment (but not heated). It does not equip cruise control and in infotainment, it only offers a radio with Bluetooth.
In terms of occupant protection, the Chevrolet Groove -which will also be sold in other countries in the region- has four airbags (two front and two sides), four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and EBD, stability control and traction, hill start assistant, Isofix anchors, backup camera and rear sensor.
The ZS for its part integrates only the two mandatory airbags. It has Isofix anchors and ABS brakes, but it does not equip the ESP (stability control) or the starting assistant on slopes.
In list prices only, the Chevrolet Groove is worth $ 10,990,000 and the MG ZS starts at $ 9,490,000. Now it is consumers who will decide if the Groove becomes that dreaded rival to the MG ZS. Here we already tell you how they are both in the access versions and, in addition, soon we will also put our hands on the Groove to tell you about it in a test drive.