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MG ZS EV Vs Hyundai Kona Electric: Battle Of Electric SUVs


Fond of SUVs and wanna join India’s EV bandwagon? Here’s two to pick from!

 

MG Motors has finally launched the ZS EV in India at prices starting from Rs 20.88 lakh (ex-showroom). It is offered in two variants: Excite and Exclusive. The SUV is currently available across five cities: Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. With the SUV boasting futuristic technology, it is an immediate threat to the Hyundai Kona, the only other electric SUV on sale in India. But which one stands out? We put the brochures of the two SUV under the microscope to see which one has an edge on paper. 

Dimensions



MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Difference

Length (mm)

4314

4180

134

Width (mm)

1809

1800

9

Height (mm)

1644

1570

74

Wheelbase (mm)

2579

2600

21

 

Urban SUVs are more about their size and road presence than anything else. And in that battle,  the MG ZS EV easily trumps the Kona Electric. The ZS EV is clearly bigger and has a more imposing road presence. However, the Kona Electric gains ground with a 21 mm longer wheelbase than its British counterpart.  

Powertrains

Specs

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Battery Capacity

44.5kWh

39.2kWh

Power

143PS

136PS

Torque

343Nm

395Nm

0-100kmph

8.5 seconds

9.7 seconds

Standard Charging Time

6 hours (7.4 KW charger)

6 hrs 10mins (7.2 KW charger)

Fast Charging Time (0-80 per cent) (50KW charger)

50 minutes

57 minutes

Range (ARAI)

340km

452km 

Most Powerful: MG ZS EV

Torquiest: Hyundai Kona Electric

Fastest Charging : MG ZS EV

Best Range: Hyundai Kona Electric

The MG ZS EV trumps the Kona in terms of power and battery capacity. It is also 1.2 seconds quicker to 100kmph. However, all this power comes at a cost as the MG SUV has a lower claimed range than the Hyundai Kona Electric.

 Features 

 

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Alloy Wheels

17-inch (215/50 R17)

17-inch (215/55 R17)

Electric driver seat adjustment

6-way

10-way

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen system with i-SMART support

7-inch Touchscreen infotainment system with voice control

Connectivity

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Smart Key

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Dual-panoramic sunroof

Electric sunroof

Heated and Ventilated seats

No

Yes (both)

Both SUVs share plenty of features, including a sunroof, smart key, a touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, a leather wrapped steering wheel as well as electronically adjustable driver seats. However, the MG packs i-SMART connected car technology as well as a PM 2.5 AC air filter.

The Kona Electric, on the other hand, gets heated and ventilated seats, Bluetooth connectivity with voice control as well as dual-zone climate control. It also gets virtual engine sound system which, at low speeds, emits an engine sound to alert pedestrians as well as the visually challenged.

 

The MG ZS EV benefits from a larger touchscreen infotainment system and a dual panoramic sunroof. But the Hyundai Kona Electric gains the upper hand with a 10-way electrically adjustable driver seat as well as heated and ventilated seats.

Safety

 

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Airbags

6

6

ABS +EBD

Yes

Yes

ESP

Yes

Yes

Hill Assist

Yes

Yes

Heated ORVMs

Yes

No

Seatbelt Reminder

Front + Rear

Front

 

The two electric SUVs pack a lot when it comes to safety features. Common features include 6 airbags, hill assist, ABS+EBD, tyre pressure monitoring system as well as reverse parking camera and sensors. The MG ZS EV takes a narrow lead with a seatbelt reminder system for the second row and heated ORVMs

 

Price & Verdict

Variant 

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Variant 1 (Excite/Premium)

Rs 20.88 lakh 

Rs 23.72 lakh 

Variant 2 (Exclusive/PremiumDual Tone)

Rs 23.58 lakh

Rs 23.91 lakh

 

 
 

Both SUVs are loaded with a host of modern features, nifty electronic gadgets and provide the essentials in terms of safety. The MG ZS EV is not only more affordable, but is also an ideal pick if you loooking for a conventional SUV with more power, a bigger touchscreen infotainment and connected car tech.

However, if you’re looking for an efficient electric SUV, one that wont give range anxiety, you might want to consider the Hyundai Kona Electric. What would you pick: the MG or the Hyundai? Let us know in comments section below.

 

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