Top-spec MG ZS EV vs Base-spec BYD Atto 3: Go Small And Top-spec Or Big And Base-spec ?

  • Jul 11, 2024
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BYD has launched a new entry-level Dynamic variant for the Atto 3, which is priced similarly to the top-spec variant of the MG ZS EV

BYD has reduced the price gap between the MG ZS EV and the Atto 3, by introducing new entry-level variants. The Atto 3’s new base variant misses out on the bigger battery pack and a few features, but still is a rather well-packaged vehicle. 

So if you were planning on buying an electric SUV around the Rs 25 lakh mark, you’ve got a real conundrum on your hands. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you figure out between the 

top-spec the MG ZS EV or the base-spec BYD Atto 3: 

Price

Car 

BYD Atto 3 Dynamic 

MG ZS EV Essence 

Price Difference 

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 24.99 lakh

Rs 25.23 lakh

Rs 24,000

As seen in the table above, the MG ZS EV is Rs 24,000 costlier than the BYD Atto 3. Also, if you opt for the Essence Ivory trim, which gets a special theme for the interior, you will have to pay an additional Rs 21,000. 

MG ZS EV

Dimensions 

Dimensions 

BYD Atto 3

MG ZS EV Executive 

Length 

4455 mm

4323 mm

Width

1875 mm

1809 mm

Height 

1615 mm

1649 mm*

Wheelbase

2720 mm

2585 mm

Boot Space

440 L

448 L

*With roof rails

Clearly, the BYD Atto 3 is the larger SUV here. It is longer, wider , and also comes with a larger wheelbase. However, the ZS EV is the taller SUV on paper, and that is the only parameter where the Atto 3 falls short. 

Their boot space figures are nearly identical.

BYD Atto 3

Cabin And Features 

Both the SUVs come with a modern cabin, which feels like a nice place to be in. However, the Atto 3’s interior’s quirky styling feels more upmarket and appealing. Both the SUVs come packing with plenty of features, and you won't feel the lack of any creature comfort per se. Let’s see what the two SUVs come packing with: 

Features 

BYD Atto 3 Dynamic 

MG ZS EV Essence

LED headlamps With DRLs

Yes 

Yes

Infotainment System 

12.8-inch rotating touchscreen infotainment system 

10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Digital Driver’s Display

Yes

Yes

Android Auto And Apple CarPlay

Yes, wireless

Yes, wireless

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Sunroof 

Yes, Panoramic 

Yes, Panoramic

Climate Control 

Yes

Yes

Rear AC Vents

Yes

Yes

Wireless Phone Charging 

Yes

Yes

Speakers

6

6

ADAS Features

No 

Yes

360-degree Camera

Yes 

Yes

Airbags

6

Ambient Lighting 

Yes, single colour

No

Connected Car Tech

Yes 

Yes

As mentioned earlier, both the SUVs come packing with all the necessary equipment you could ask for. 

The Atto 3 gets a larger infotainment system, ambient lighting and an extra airbag for added safety, but the MG ZS EV comes with a host of ADAS features. So the base-spec Atto 3 gets a few additional features over the MG ZS EV, which you might appreciate on a daily basis. And while the MG boasts the availability of ADAS features over the Atto 3, it is more of a feel-good feature, and not something you’ll use on a daily basis.

BYD Atto 3 Interior

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So the BYD Atto 3 takes the edge in the features section.

Powertrain

 

BYD Atto 3

MG ZS EV Executive 

Battery Pack 

49.92 kWh

50.3 kWh

Power 

204 PS

177 PS

Torque

310 Nm

280 Nm

ARAI-claimed range

468 km

461 km

0-100kmph (claimed)

7.9 seconds

8.5 seconds

DC Fast Charging 

70kW

50kW

While both the SUVs have a similar capacity battery pack, it’s the BYD Atto 3’s motor that produces more power and torque, which results in a quicker 0-100 kmph sprint time. Both cars have a similar ARAI-claimed range with the Atto 3 inching just ahead.

MG ZS EV

Charging Time 

BYD Atto 3

Charger

Charging Percentage 

Charging Time 

AC Charger

0-100%

8 hours

70 kW DC Fast Charger

0-80%

50 minutes

MG ZS EV

Charger

Charging Percentage 

Charging Time 

7.4kW AC Charger

0-100%

8.5-9 hours

50 kW DC Fast Charger

0-80%

60 minutes

The BYD Atto 3 Dynamic takes 8 hours to charge using an AC charger, and with a 70kW DC fast charger, it takes just 50 minutes to charge it from 0-80%. 

The MG ZS EV takes 8.5-9 hours to charge from 0-100% using a 7.4kW charger, and with a 50kW DC fast charger, it takes 60 minutes to charge from 0-80%. 

MG ZS EV

So the BYD Atto 3 offers better performance and charging speeds compared to the ZS EV. That being said, it is not like the latter has inadequate performance in any sense and even the disparity in charging speeds is rather insignificant. 

Verdict 

Both the Atto 3 and ZS EV are well-packaged electric SUVs, and you won't go wrong by picking either of them. Out of the two brands, MG is the better established brand in India, and has been in the country for a couple of years now. BYD on the other hand is yet to prove its mantle, but they seem to be going in the right direction. 

BYD Atto 3

After comparing the two SUVs on paper, our pick here would be the BYD Atto 3 in its base-spec variant. It offers a better road presence, has more performance, and packs more features as well, which make it the winner here, even though by a small margin!

Let us know which EV would you pick out of the two in the comments.

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