The EV segment is slowly and steadily growing. We saw Tata Tigor EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric last year. This year, MG launched its much awaited ZS EV and our own Indian giant Tata Motors came up with Tata Nexon EV followed by the launch of Mahindra KUV 100 electric. The focus is on greener mobility and many car makers are now acknowledging the fact. Maruti has been working on the Electric WagonR for quite some time now. Nissan is working on the Kicks, Renault is considering the Kwid EV for India and Mahindra will be launching the XUV 300 EV soon. Here we restrict ourselves to a spec comparison between the MG ZS EV and the Hyundai Kona EV. The Kona EV crossover came earlier in the market.
As can be seen from the comparison above, the MG ZS EV is longer, wider as well as taller than the Hyundai Kona by 134vmm, 9 mm and 50 mm respectively. The Hyundai Kona on the other hand has a longer wheelbase than the MG ZS EV by 21 mm.
The MG ZS EV is more powerful than the Hyundai Kona while the Kona is more torquier than MG ZS EV. The MG ZS EV is also faster than the Kona as can be seen from the 0-100 kmph figure. Notably what matters in case of electric cars is the range on offer in single charge. The Hyundai Kona beats the MG ZS EV in this case.
The prices indicated above are Ex showroom.
Both the cars are offered in two variants. The Kona simply has one variant, the other one being the dual tone. The ZS EV will have an advantage given it has a cheaper variant, undercutting the Kona by nearly Rs. 3 Lakh.
While both the cars are equipped with a long feature list and several new technologies, range plays a crucial part here. This is where Hyundai beats MG. Another important thing is the brand recognition, which Hyundai has shown with the success of Creta, i20, Santro and i10 over the years. MG struggled to meet the demand of Hector and it remains to be seen if it does well with the ZS EV. ZS undercuts the Kona in terms of pricing, so that helps a bit. The sales in this segment is unlikely to be much given the current EV landscape in India, so this makes the rivalry a bit intense. The entry of Nexon EV makes it even more interesting.
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