Hyundai Kona Electric vs MG ZS EV: Spec comparison

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on December 26, 2019

With the Indian automotive industry steadily welcoming more and more electric vehicles (EVs), it's time to take two of them, one that's winning hearts already and the other that's bound to arrive very soon, and put them in a head-to-head comparison.

Hyundai started its EV chapter in India by launching the Kona Electric SUV in July 2019. With a very appealing price tag (which was further reduced, thanks to the GST rate cut), good build quality, a long list of features and, more importantly, impressive driving range, the Kona Electric quickly went on to become a popular car, with Hyundai delivering close to 90 units in August alone. However, the Kona's reign is set to be challenged by MG Motor's next product for India, which happens to be the ZS EV. As we've already driven both cars, it only makes sense to compare the two and find out how they fare, on paper at least, as we await the launch of the ZS EV.

Dimensions

The MG ZS EV is significantly longer (by 134mm) and taller (by 50mm) than the Kona Electric but only marginally wider. Despite the shorter length though, the Kona offers a longer wheelbase, so it's likely to have a more spacious interior. Since the ZS EV's official ground clearance figure is not available, we can't say for sure which one offers better practicality. However, at 172cm, the Kona Electric's ground clearance is certainly appreciable.     

  Hyundai Kona Electric MG ZS EV
Length (mm) 4,180 4,314
Width (mm) 1,800 1,809
Height (mm) 1,570 (with roof rails) 1,620
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600 2,579
Ground Clearance (mm) 172 N/A

Performance

Both cars are driven by a Permanent Magnet motor. Interestingly, despite a smaller capacity battery pack, the Kona Electric has a much higher ARAI-certified driving range. On the other hand, the ZS EV, despite offering lower torque, is quicker to 100km/h than the Kona Electric. On paper, at least, the ZS EV is also likely to have a higher top speed, thanks to its higher power output figure.

  Hyundai Kona Electric MG ZS EV
Motor Type Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM)
Battery Capacity (kWh) 39.2 (Li-ion) 44.5kWh (Li-ion)
Transmission Single-speed reduction gear Single-speed automatic
Power 134bhp 141bhp
Torque 395Nm 353Nm
Driving Range 452km (ARAI-certified) 340km (ARAI-certified)
0-100 km/h time 9.7s 8.5s

Charging

Both cars come with three types of charging options: DC fast charging, a conventional AC home/office charger, and a portable wall-socket charger. While the Kona Electric offers better charging rate with an AC wall box charger, it's the ZS EV that offers a shorter charging time with both DC fast charger and portable wall socket charger. 

Charging Times
  Hyundai Kona Electric MG ZS EV
DC Fast Charger Up to 80% in 57 minutes (50kw CCS Type 2) Up to 80% in 50 minutes (50kw CCS Type 2)
AC Wall Box Charger 100% in 6 hours 10 mins (7.2kW)

100% in 6-8 hours (7.4kW)

Portable Charger 100% in 19 hours (2.8kW) 100% in 16-18 hours

Features

The competition is quite close in terms of features, as both cars offer pretty much the same setup. However, where the Kona Electric reiterates its 'premium' tag with offerings like ventilated (heated/cooled) front seats, an electric sunroof, all-LED lighting, and a fully-digital instrument cluster, the ZS EV trumps the former with its bigger infotainment touchscreen and a host of connected car features (i-Smart EV 2.0). However, it will be interesting to see just how well MG is able to compensate for some of the missing premium features in the ZS EV's pricing.

List of features
Hyundai Kona Electric MG ZS EV
LED Lighting LED DRL only
17-inch alloy wheels 17-inch alloys
Electric-folding ORVMs (heated) Electric-folding ORVMs (heated)
Ventilated front seats --
10-way power-adjust (Driver's seat)  6-way power-adjust (Driver's seat) 
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Fully-Digital Instrument Cluster Analogue with DIgital MID
Wireless Phone Charging PM 2.5 Air Filter
Driving Modes (ECO/ECO+/COMFORT/SPORT) Driving Modes (ECO/NORMAL/SPORT)
6 Airbags 6 Airbags
Parking Assist (Rear Sensors + Camera) Parking Assist (Rear Sensors + Camera)
ABS with EBD ABS+EBD+Brake Assist
Hill Assist Control (HAC) Hill Start Assist (HSA) + Hill Descent Control (HDC)
Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) --
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Disc Brakes (Front + Rear) Disc Brakes (Front + Rear)
Electric Sunroof Fixed Dual-Pane Panoramic Roof
7-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen with connected car tech (i-Smart EV 2.0) 
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Voice Recognition Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Voice Recognition
Cruise Control Cruise Control

Read more:

Hyundai Kona Electric, Track Test

Tags: Car Specs Comparison

Write your Comment

Please tell us your city. This allows us to provide relevant content for you.