Offered at an unbeatable price, the MG ZS EV is one of the newcomers to the growing electric SUV segment, where it joins the Peugeot e-2008, launched at the start of the year. But what are these two new models worth? This is what we wanted to know on a trip between Paris and Strasbourg where we could compare them to the electric Hyundai Kona.
Still non-existent only a few years ago, the electric SUV category continues to grow and even welcomes Chinese manufacturers. Now owned by the SAIC group, the former British brand MG launched a first model in France a few weeks ago, called ZS EV. After comparing it to the Renault ZOE, we are embarking on a new test to pit it against two other models in the same segment: the recent Peugeot e-2008 and the electric Hyundai Kona.
Technically, our three SUVs are very similar. A bit more powerful than the e-2008 and the Kona, both limited to 100 kW, the MG ZS EV climbs to 105 kW of maximum power.
On the battery side, the Peugeot e-2008 posted the best performance. With 46 kWh of usable capacity and 310 km of theoretical range, it outclasses the MG ZS EV which totals 42.5 kWh of usable capacity for 260 km of WLTP range. On the Kona, we have voluntarily opted for the “small” 39.2 kWh battery to better balance the game.
Hyundai Kona EV
MG ZS EVPE PEUGEOT E-2008KONA EV Maximum engine power (kW) 105 100 100 Rated battery (kWh) 44.55042 Useful battery (kWh) 42.54639.2 WLTP range (km) 263 310 289
In terms of size, the MG ZS EV is the largest. With 4.31 m in length, it is just ahead of the Peugeot e-2008 which totals 4.30 m. More compact, the Hyundai Kona measures only 4.18 m.
When it comes to the trunk, the MG wins again with 448 liters and the advantage of a double floor which saves loading height. the e-2008 is just Penalized by a shallower double bottom than its Chinese competitor, the e-2008 comes just behind with 405 liters. With a space that is both shallower and shallower, the electric Kona finishes dead last with a capacity limited to 332 liters.
MG ZS EVPE PEUGEOT E-2008KONA EVLength (mm) 431443004180Length (mm) 431443004180Width (mm) 180918151800Height (mm) 16445301570Wheelbase (mm) 258526052600Mass unladen (kg) 153215481610 Box 111448 – 116640
Inside, the Peugeot e-2008 takes the style of the brand’s latest models and sports the most modern presentation of this comparison. Ergonomics, however, leave something to be desired with a steering wheel that hides the meters and air conditioning controls that are inconvenient to use.
On board the Kona, the presentation is more classic. The Korean SUV stands out, however, with its well-thought-out ergonomics, head-up display and more sophisticated multimedia system. On the electrical part, it offers much more possibility of customization than on its two competitors.
In the MG, the atmosphere is much less geeky: no digital instrumentation, a touch screen that is not very responsive and above all the absence of automatic air conditioning.
In the rear seats, the MG wins with plenty of legroom and headroom. On board the Peugeot e-2008, we have good knee room and even a higher roof height than the MG. Only downsides: a space a little less wide at the elbows and a rear window that does not drop completely. Shorter, the Kona is the one with the least space in our comparison. While the legroom is much less generous, the elbow room and headroom are still correct.
On the highway
Departing from Paris to reach Strasbourg, our journey begins with a large section of the motorway. In terms of performance, the three models are extremely close. However, it’s the Kona that wins with higher torque and good pedal response. It is also slightly faster in peak with a maximum speed of 155 km / h against 150 for the e-2008 and 140 for the MG. Conversely, it is dead last in the 0 to 100 km / h. A performance he cut in 9.7 seconds compared to 8.2 for the MG and 8.5 for the Peugeot.
In terms of driving aids, our three SUVs are rather well equipped. All have cruise control and lane keeping devices on board. On the Peugeot e-2008, the option is priced at 400 euros and the ergonomics are not ideal with a control unit hidden behind the wheel.
MG ZS EV PEUGEOT E-2008 KONA EV Maximum engine power (kW) 105 100 100 Maximum engine torque (Nm) 353 260 365 Maximum speed (km / h) 140 150 150-100 km / h 8.2 sec 8.5 sec 9.7 sec
In urban use, the Peugeot e-2008 stands out in handling thanks to its very light steering and small steering wheel. It also has the shortest turning radius of our panel: 10.4 m against 10.6 for the Kona and 11.2 m for the MG ZS which displays the heaviest steering. As for the Kona, it has the smallest ground clearance. Consequences: the driving position is lower and the vision less panoramic.
While all offer the system, regeneration varies greatly from one model to another. A winner in terms of ergonomics, ke Kona has a system adjustable via the steering wheel paddles with four regeneration modes. On the MG, you can also modulate the intensity of the regenerative braking with several modes. Less practical, the adjustment is made using a button on the center console. Less advanced, the Peugeot e-2008 is content with a simple “B” mode. Activated via the gear selector, it reinforces the intensity of the engine braking but with a much less marked effect than its two competitors.
As for the parking aids, our three test models are similar since they have cameras and reversing radars. The Peugeot e-2008 is distinguished, however, by the presence of radars in the front. An option invoiced 260 euros.
An infrastructure that is still lacking
For Automobile-Propre, the realization of this long trip in an electric car was also an opportunity to test the charging infrastructure. With the shutdown of a large part of the Corri-Door terminals, we had to adapt for this journey towards the Grand Est. Leaving from Paris, we make a first stop in Reims on a station of the Ionity network.
At the end of this first charging session, the results are mixed. Of the five stations offered, including one limited to 50 kW, two were not working. While the Peugeot e-2008 was able to climb to over 80kW, the Hyundai Kona had more difficulty with spikes at 46kW and connectivity issues that required us to restart the charge three times. While authentication wasn’t a problem for us, a Porsche Taycan owner was unlucky. After waiting several tens of minutes for us to clear the seats, he never managed to start the charge and finally chose to try his luck at a second Ionity station, located on the opposite floor. A bit of a shame for a luxury car, especially as the Porsche, a brand of the Volkswagen group, is one of the network’s funders.
Due to a lack of fast terminals available on the route, our second charging stage took place in Verdun, this time on AC terminals limited to 22 kW. Once again, the results are mixed. While charging the ZS EV and Kona wasn’t a problem, we had more trouble with the e-2008. For reasons beyond our control, this one failed to load. Terminal or car problem? We will not know it. Still, the problem could be solved by moving the car to another terminal located nearby. With a power limited to 7 kW on the three cars, the Verdun stop will have lasted several hours before leaving by the motorway towards Strasbourg via a final stage in Saint-Avold where our competitors followed one another on the one and only terminal. fast available.
In the end, the results are clear: while the new generation of electric cars is perfectly suited to motorway journeys, the charging infrastructure is not there. Beyond the problem of network capillarity, availability is also lacking. On the return trip, two terminals at the Ionity station in the Gueux area (Reims) were again out of service.
Obviously, some will say that we did not go easy with models with battery capacities below 50 kWh. However, we would not have had any concerns if the mesh had been sufficient, for example with the guarantee of rapid charging stations deployed every 100 km.
Consumption report and tariffs
At the end of a journey of more than 500 km on a route mostly on the motorway, the Hyundai Kona wins the consumption match with an average of 18 kWh / 100 km. Second in this consumption ranking, the Peugeot e-2008 averages almost 20 kWh while the MG ZS-EV finishes dead last with 21 kWh / 100.
On the price side, the MG ZS EV greatly outperforms its two competitors with a price of € 31,990 excluding bonuses in the Luxury finish of our test model. € 7,000 more expensive, our trial versions of the Kona (Creative) and e-2008 (Allure) are offered at € 39,100 and € 39,150 respectively, excluding bonuses.
In the end, the Chinese SUV displays an unbeatable price-equipment ratio. The price difference is narrowing, however, on entry-level finishes. This is particularly the case with the Kona, which goes down to € 34,900, or € 4,000 more than the MG model.
Finishing of the test model LuxuryAllureCreative Test model price 31 € 990 € 39 150 € 39 100 € Entry-level price € 29,900 € 37,550 € 34,900
An electric Kona for techno, an e-2008 for style or a ZS EV for the price? If our three competitors have particularly convincing arguments, it is ultimately the Hyundai Kona that is chosen by our three testers. Despite its lower habitability, the Korean SUV was able to convince the editorial staff on the conduct but also on the technological part with a system that is both more economical and more successful.
On the second step of the podium, the battle is close and we finally place the Peugeot e-2008. The lion model stands out for its style and driving pleasure and is ahead of an MG ZS EV which remains by far the best in terms of price-performance.
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