Electric vehicles are the future, although it kills many attributes related to driving — three pedals, a gear lever to select the desired gear, the sweet sound of pistons burning petrol away, etc. However, that is the future and we need to embrace it.
The trouble with electric cars is that the technology has not been mastered yet – Teslas are good – the American carmaker is ahead in the race, not the winner. EV tech is expensive and when this trickles down to our soil, it comes with a host of problems — price, range, and infrastructure, being three important ones.
Trying to overcome all this, Hyundai launched the Kona, an EV with ‘real’ real-world range. Sold in limited numbers, the Kona is doing okay when considered the price point – ₹23.86 lakh – priced accessible. To make the most in this segment, MG has readied the ZS EV, an all-electric SUV that will compete in the same segment. Here, we look at the MG ZS vs Hyundai Kona in a detailed comparison.
Let’s begin with the pricing. The Hyundai Kona is available in two trims — Premium and Premium Dual Tone, which the later is priced at ₹24.04 lakh ex-showroom. The MG ZS was only unveiled and not launched yet, and when it happens, expect MG to price the ZS EV SUV around the ₹25 lakh mark, pitting it directly against the Kona.
Design: MG ZS vs Hyundai Kona
In terms of design, the MG ZS is a typical MG, boasting a large front grille with the badging taking centre stage. The MG ZS gets a stylish headlight that looks similar to a mix between a Land Rover and a Jaguar F-Pace in terms of design and the SUV looks subtle, with no tell-tale signs that it is an EV until when looked up close.
The Hyundai Kona, on the other hand, looks more futuristic and can be pointed out as an EV on the first glimpse. The sleek headlight design gives the Kona a sporty look and when compared to the MG’s SUV-ish stance, the South Korean made EV looks more like a hatchback.
Interior and Features
When it comes to interiors, both SUVs are designed to seat 5 occupants. In the MG ZS, an 8-inch infotainment system takes centre stage and offers all the modern connectivity platforms such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and more. The MG ZS is claimed to be the first internet EV in the country. The interiors look traditional and the chunky steering wheel is a pleasure to hold. The dash finished in black with silver accents give the car a premium look and the MG ZS offers drive modes too.
In the Hyundai Kona, the interior goes with the exterior design as the car opts for a minimalistic design while the large floating touchscreen system offers all the bells and whistles you need. The all-black interior with silver touches give the Kona a premium feel, along with an AC option for the driver alone, a sunroof, and drive modes. Overall, both vehicles feature different, yet premium interiors.
Engine specifications: Battery, Power, Range, and Charging on the MG ZS vs Hyundai Kona
Speaking about performance, the MG ZS gets an IP67 rated 44.5kWH battery pack that is good for 141 bhp and 353 Nm of torque, enough to propel the electric MG from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds. As per what MG claims, the ZS offers a real-world range of 340 km on one full charge and the vehicle can charge from 0 to 80 per cent in 40 minutes with a quick charger, while a regular charger takes between 6 and 8 hours to fully charge the vehicle.
The Hyundai Kona gets a 39.2kWH battery pack that’s good for 134 bhp and 395 Nm of torque. The battery pack on the Kona helps the vehicle accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds and can travel 452 km in one full charge. Also, the Kona’s battery pack takes about 57 minutes to charge from 0 to 80 per cent with a quick charger, while a regular charger takes around 7 hours.
On paper, the Konda has a bigger battery pack, thus offering better range, while the MG ZS’ pack is smaller, but offers better acceleration and is quicker to charge. So it comes down to what you need — range or faster charging.
So which EV should you buy — MG ZS or Hyundai Kona?
The answer comes down to pricing. At this price point, both vehicles are not out of reach. However, what makes the Kona further to reach is the fact that only a certain number of units are allocated for India and the few dealers who sell the Kona deal with limited units for customers.
The MG ZS, on the other hand, is yet to launch but the carmaker has not specified limitations. Bookings are currently open for the MG ZS for an amount of ₹50,000, and if MG manages to undercut the Kona in terms of pricing, the carmaker is sure to have another best-seller.
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