A double-blind Hyundai Kona electric test against.  MG ZS EV

A double-blind Hyundai Kona electric test against. MG ZS EV

The MG is bigger and cheaper, but Hyundai offers more comfort and better fuel economy

Most electric vehicles are operated for commercial purposes, but the Hyundai Kona and MG ZS EV electronics are also in high demand among individuals. Both crossovers soon made a difference: we brought them together by direct comparison.


Kona’s electric shocks are ideal for families with small children, but if they often have high-altitude adults in the back seat, they will not be able to lose their heads and feet. With the rear seats up, Hyundai has a trunk capacity of 332 liters. For everything flat, it can carry 1,114 liters of luggage. Although Kona offers storage space under the luggage floor, you can only store a small amount there. So you must keep the charging cable among your other items. Not only is the MG trunk large, that applies to full crossover. The ZS EV is 10 inches high and over and you can see that inside. At least, as far as the footroom is concerned: the head room is still small because of the glass roof that comes standard on our test version and the rear seat is so low on the car that your feet are of no help. The stem holds at least 448 and a maximum of 1,166 liters of material. The loading floor is changing. At the highest point, there is enough space to store a low-charge cable. No test candidate has a ‘frunk’: storage space under a hat. This is because both MG and Hyundai are sold by traditional combustion engines (in the case of ZS not the Netherlands).

Hyundai Electric Corner

Driving behavior

The MG steering wheel is the only adjustable length. In combination with the short front seats, it is therefore not easy to find a good seating position. It stays high however, dashboard with knee length. If you go on the road with MG or Hyundai: both crossovers have a wide center cone. Anyone taller than average will no doubt come in contact with his right foot. And that is not fun, because both Chinese and Koreans use hard plastic in the interior! As we received from Hyundai from the importer, the power train is good for 204 hp and 395 Nm of torque. The Kona electric pull weight is only 300 kg: more than one bicycle carrier so it cannot be mounted on a towbar.

The ZS EV knows how to handle a slightly heavier bike carrier: the pull weight is 500 kg. But power and torque are lower than Hyundai: MG does not go over 156 hp and 280 Nm of torque. It doesn’t feel like you are missing anything. At least, when it comes to power available: you may find that Hyundai has been manufacturing cars for Europeans for much longer than Chinese. The wind blows the whistle along the roof rails, you can remind me of the threshold because of the soft humidity and the copy we carried played on the steering wheel. They do not have that. The chassis adjustment is much better, the steering wheel is comfortably supported and the family car has a set of better seats. Where roof rails play tricks on MG, and Hyundai are the tires that produce the most noise. A little extra insulation would not be an extraordinary luxury with this upgrade.


Using Kona’s elevated power supply, we got the best use of the experiments we have tested so far. During our long-distance test, we drove down the highway from the ANWB headquarters in The Hague to Lelystad Airport and back again. Hyundai needed only 12 kWh per 100 kilometers of electricity, despite its high body shape and empty weight of about 1,700 kg! After a night of charging, Hyundai predicted a driving distance of only 474: 10 km under the Korean promise on the brochure. MG weighs more than 1,600 kg and has a larger battery than Hyundai. However, the range of driving is low – even in the flyer – by 440 kilometers theoretically. On the dashboard, the ZS EV showed 437 units after a night of charging, but that was the heat off: turning on the climate control will cost you 30 kilometers of driving range. At the end of our visit to Lelystad, we read the consumption data of 15.1 kWh per 100 km, which is very economical. That may not be the case, because MG comes to your aid with a variety of rebirth options and special power-saving situations to minimize possible power consumption. In the Corner, climate control affects the operating column as well. When you are alone in it, you can enable the ‘Only Driver’ function so that only the part where you are is cooled or heated. And like the MG, Hyundai has a power saving mode with special paddles on the steering wheel, which you can determine if the EV is coming out or recovering extra standing power. You do not need a brake pedal at all.

Hyundai Electric Corner


For MG they do not make lists of options: ZS EV is available in two flavors and the most elegant variant that we ran, it has everything on board that the brand has to offer at the moment. Including additional safety equipment, though you do not get much in the area by choosing the highest level of equipment: in that case you will only get blind spot protection and traffic warning behind the car. Many support systems are included as usual, from flexible ship controls to traffic signal recognition. For full Hyundai safety equipment it is not necessary to climb one level but two trim. It costs something, but you also have something: The new corner warns that your predecessor accelerates when you don’t pay attention, the EV detects traffic from behind to prevent you from being hit when you exit and Hyundai keeps itself clean from now on. in the middle of the path. Compared to Kona, the ZS EV driver support systems have some improvements. If you go through a bend on cruise control, MG slows down without being asked. You will have to set the next distance again each trip, because by default the crossover leaves a lot of space for its predecessor. And if you accidentally leave your path, the family car suddenly collapses. Fortunately, you can turn off those systems all the time. The MG of this pair is the only one with a 360-degree camera: Hyundai has only the standard copy on board. In any case, there is no supernatural luxury, because the window styles of all test candidates are great!

Ease of use

Large glass roof, including sun protection. Wireless charging option for your smart phone, many power stations for rear passengers: ZS EV is completely updated. In Hyundai, the rear kids can’t even charge their cell phones! Kona and ZS EV both have digital instruments, but that didn’t help much. That Hyundai just emphasizes that the Korean crossover is already a few years old: the instruments are deep inside the dashboard and therefore seem very small. In MG, the digital clock shop is no more than a glorified computer on board and some symbols are so soft that you need reading glasses to interpret the information properly. If you want the ZS EV with the highest charging speed, you are stuck with the highest level of device. Only then does MG have a three-phase payment option and you are ready for 7.5 hours at the public charging section. The maximum charging speed of the Chinese crossover is 90 kW. Although Hyundai can charge ‘only’ with 80 kW, it still fills up faster at a standard charging station: it takes 6 hours and 50 minutes for the same charging period. Both test candidates have their own forward charging connection and can return the stream, which is called ‘drive to grid’ in English. When you turn on the corner and install the electronic parking brake, Hyundai can turn on other devices. You will find this feature in the EV menu under the heading “Camping Path.”

Hyundai Electric Corner


One update is not another. Although Hyundai’s appearance has improved and the crossing is benefiting from a set of new driver assistance systems, the car has remained unchanged technically. Prices changed: you can raise boarding from € 35,495. For that money you run a copy with a 39 kWh battery pack, ideal for a theoretical driving range of over 300 km. In the Payment gear, Hyundai costs at least 45,295 euros, but it has full additional safety features as well as heated and ventilated seats. MG also offers the ZS EV with a small and large battery pack. This of course has an effect on price: the cheapest ZS EV has 50 kWh of battery on board and will cost you € 33,585.

The trial version we ran, known as Luxury with a large 70 kWh battery pack, can be priced at € 40,085. In that case, you have a panoramic roof, leather upholstery and a wireless charging option for your smartphone. The ZS EV also has a new surface, but the EV was taken mainly under the skin. Previously, you could not select a larger battery pack. From now on there is also a phone and car app, so you can change the weather control remotely. And it doesn’t matter: The new ZS EV now has stained glass: the original had to do without and that resulted in significant sweat drops in the summer months. Those who prefer to choose a private lease, will lose between 489 and 559 euros per month per MG, depending on the selected version. Hyundai will cost you between 465 and 589 euros per month. You can knock on a Korean door for 5 years if something goes wrong. Unlimited mileage! This applies to the manufacturer’s warranty on the battery: 8 years or 160,000 miles. MG offers a 7-year or 150,000 km warranty on ZS EV. This applies to the entire vehicle, including the battery pack.


When the current MG appeared in our country in 2019, you can contact the brand in two places. There are now five stores. The warranty period is also extended: from 5 to 7 years. That is not bad for such a young manufacturer. And then the ZS EV is also much bigger and cheaper than the Hyundai. So there is something to be said for MG. The upgrade has also done him good: from now on you can go further on the current charge and the batteries can be recharged faster. Still, we would continue to save for Hyundai. The price difference of a few thousand euros may be difficult to swallow, but in Kona’s case it can be defended. You get an electric car with more options for use, better seating comfort and more comfortable safety features.

Hyundai Electric Corner

Are you looking for a used car?

On anwb.nl you will find the current offer of used cars, upgraded to targeted prices based on the ANWB price list and the ANWB vehicle test, including Wegenwacht results. This also applies to Hyundai Electric Corner and MG ZS EV.

Also read our separate driving tests from these two test candidates:
Long MG ZS EV Series
Hyundai Kona electric Premium 64 kWh

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