Hyundai IONIQ 5 vs MG ZS EV vs Tesla Model 3 comparison of best electric car with longer range and fast charging capacity. Good looking and loaded with safety tech and full of features. Just unveiled Hyundai IONIQ 5 also seems game changing EV and a good competitor to Tesla cars. Where MG ZS EV has added in this list because it is cheap in comparison of Model 3 and IONIQ 5 but with higher range up to 419 KM in a single charge.
Electric cars are gaining mainstream importance in the Indian automotive space. Many big brands are trying their hands and luck by launching new and innovative models and quite a few like Apple, Xiaomi and others are trying to enter the EV market. In the race of the many models, today we would pit three EVs against each other to see who surpasses the other.
On the run are Hyundai’s latest stylish IONIQ 5, very desirable Tesla Model 3 and one of the most affordable vehicles, MG ZS EV.
While the IONIQ 5 comes with variants of Standard and Long-Range versions i.e. SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate. The MG ZS EV comes in 2 variants, namely – ZS EV Excite & ZS EV Exclusive, whereas the Tesla Model 3 is offered in 3 electric power train options – Standard Plus, Long Range and Performance.
Interior, Safety & Security
On the inside, the highlight of IONIQ 5 is the big info display which consists of two 12-inch screens, overlaying augmented reality navigation directions. The interior space is of a large family car with universal island sliding console in the centre, pull out drawer, reclining seats, footrests providing loads of leg and head room. They have used eco-friendly sustainable materials for the interiors which is quite commendable.
The MG ZS EV on the other hand flaunts an 8-inch infotainment screen with satellite navigation, Apple car play & Android Auto, leather steering wheel, faux leather trim and a panoramic glass sunroof. This EV also includes the MG Pilot Suite of safety, adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.
The Tesla Model 3 comes with a 15-inch touchscreen with split-screen viewing. It has advanced safety features such as 360° camera, front facing radar, 12 ultrasonic sensors, autopilot (which may not be a feature for India), etc.
The IONIQ 5 has intricately designed alloys that are quite an eye catcher. The square of headlights and tail lights gives the car a solid, chunky look. This car also has a couple of plugs one on the inside and the other on the outside, enabling V2L- Vehicle to Load, charging other devices as well.
On the other hand, the MG ZS EV is a conventional looking small SUV. It comes with LED DRLs that increase visibility along with providing desirable looks. The concave grille in the centre houses the charging port behind the breathable glowing MG badge. 17-inch machined alloy wheels with muscular wheel arches enhance the side profile of the EV.
Tesla Model 3 isn’t too beautified but is designed to create a bulbous look with a smoothed front end. It comes with its standard tinted glass roof with a smooth rear. 18-inch Aero wheels, lowered suspension and carbon fibre spoiler along with LED lights at the front and rear make a few exterior features for this EV.
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Battery & Range
The top model for IONIQ 5 comes with all-wheel drive and 225kW motor power with 605 Nm torque, making the 0-96 kmph run pretty impressive with 6 secs. With a battery range of 72.6 kW/hr, covering a distance of 470-480 km on a single charge makes the rear-wheel drive standout for this car. Not only is the range given the battery size impressive, the speed of its recharge is equally astonishing. Hyundai’s E-GMP can support both 400 and 800 volt charging infrastructure, charging up to 350 kW, making rapid 10-80% charging in just 18 minutes. With five minutes charge the car can go an extra 100 kms, nailing the fast charging.
MG ZS EV with 44.5 kW/hr hi-tech battery comes with a range of 419 kms on a single charge. It comes with fast charging of 0-80% in 50 mins running 0-100 km/h in 8.5 secs.
Tesla Model 3 comes with Dual Motor AWD instantly controlling traction and torque, in all weather conditions. It allows acceleration from 0-60 in just 3.1 secs with top speed of 261 kmph due to improved handling and aerodynamics. With a battery capacity of 82 kW/hr and supercharge of 250 kW V3 upto 290 km in 15 minutes, with an estimated range of 476-567 km depending on the variant and other conditions.
Dimensions, Boot Space & Wheelbase
According to official dimensions, the IONIQ 5 is similar to Mustang Machi. This means it is 4600mm long, 1900mm wide and 1600mm tall, with a massive wheelbase of 3000mm, making the interior room space huge too.
While MG ZS EV comes with a length of 4314mm, width of 1809 mm and width of 1620mm, Wheelbase of 2585mm and a boot space of 448 litres.
Tesla Model 3 has a length of 4693mm, width of 2087 and wheelbase of 2875mm. It has a boot space of 425 litres.
Although the price for Hyundai IONIQ 5 isn’t disclosed yet. But it is expected that it will cost around Rs 20 lakh in India. This car is expected to launch in Q2 of 2021.
MG ZS EV is available for ₹ 21 to ₹ 24 lakh in India.
Whereas, Tesla model 3 is expected to be launched in mid-2021 with a price range of ₹ 70 lakh in India.
Now considering the above-mentioned specifics and ignoring the price for now, Tesla Model 3 with all its benefits steals the show. Although the IONIQ 5 is a stunner when it comes to looks and runs second in the race. MG ZS EV, however, is quite a bargain for the price.
Considering the price, looks and other specifications, we can conclude that Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 if entered in a competitive price range will be the best deal with good looks, good features and other specifications. Nevertheless, Tesla Model 3 is always a lead if price is not a big deal.