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BYD Atto 3 Dynamic VS MG ZS EV Essence: Which Makes More Sense?

By:Lakshya Saroha
Updated On: July 12, 2024 14:21 IST
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BYD Atto 3 Dynamic VS MG ZS EV Essence: Which Makes More Sense?

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2024 BYD Atto 3 launches in India with starting price of Rs 24.99 lakh.
  • There are three varients on offer: Dynamic, Premium and Superior.
  • Here we compare it with the MG ZS EV Essence, which costs Rs 25.22 lakh, the only other EV SUV present in the market at this price tag.

The largest maker of EVs hit the ball out of the park by launching their E-SUV, the BYD Atto 3, at the starting price of Rs 24.99 lakh ex-showroom in India. All the speculations about its expected price were put flat on the face, and now the Atto 3 is ready to compete with the MG ZS EV, which is the only other premium EV SUV available in the market.

However, the top-spec variant of the ZS EV is competent enough to be compared with BYD's car. So, here I am to provide a unique take on the Atto 3 base variant. Without further ado, let's compare the base variant of the newly launched car with the British automaker's EV SUV top trim, Essence.

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Powertrain and Range of BYD Atto 3 Dynamic vs MG ZS EV Essence

BYD Atto 3
Above: BYD Atto 3 Dynamic

The first trim of the BYD Atto 3 gets a battery pack of 49.92 kWh, which offers a range of 468 km, tested by ARAI. It produces 203 PS (150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque, the same power figures as the other two variants which come with a larger 60.48 kWh battery pack. Additionally, the 0 to 100 km/h distance is covered in 7.3 seconds, and with a DC fast charger, the battery takes 50 minutes to go from 0 to 80 percent. On the other hand, it takes 8 hours from an AC charger.

MG ZS EV Essence
Above: MG ZS EV Essence

If we talk about the MG ZS EV, it comes with a standard battery pack of 50.3 kWh, which makes 176.75 PS and 280 Nm of torque, and the 0 to 100 km/h happens in 8.5 seconds. The ARAI-tested range of this EV is 461 km, and with a DC fast charger of 50 kW, it takes 60 minutes to go from 0 to 80 percent. On the other hand, with an AC charger of 7.4 kW, it takes 8.5 to 9 hours to go from 0 to 80 percent.

Model BYD Atto 3 DynamicMG ZS EV Essence
Battery Pack49.92 kWh50.3 kWh
Power203 Ps176.75 Ps
Torque 310 Nm280 Nm
Range468 Km461 Km
DC Fast charger 50 minutes60 minutes
AC Charger 8 hrs8.5 to 9 hrs

Features Differnce b/w BYD Atto 3 Dynamic vs MG ZS EV Essence

BYD Atto 3 Interior
Above: Atto 3 Interior

To make things more comprehensive, I am going to put down a table of all the features the Dynamic trim and the Essence trim get, and then highlight the additional features in each trim.

Features BYD Atto 3 Dynamic MG ZS EV Essence
Panoramic sunroof Yes Yes
Electric tailgateYesNo
Electrically adjustable and heated mirrorsYes Yes
Roof RailsYesYes
Steering wheel mounted controlsYesYes
ADAS Level 2NoYes
360-Degree CameraYesYes
Touchscreen Infotainment Yes (12.8 inch)Yes (10.11 inch)
6 speakers YesYes

According to the table, the BYD Atto 3 base model offers several features not found in the ZS EV top model, and vice versa. However, a standout feature of the BYD Atto 3 is its 12.8-inch rotating infotainment touchscreen. This unique technology, not commonly available in many vehicles, adds value. 

MG ZS EV interior
Above: ZS EV Essence interior

Dimensions of BYD Atto 3 Dyanmic vs MG ZS EV Essence

When comparing dimensions, it's evident that the Atto 3 is larger overall. However, despite its larger size, the ZS EV offers more boot space, ground clearance, and to some extent, more height, which enhances its practicality. It's worth noting that the BYD Atto 3, even in its base variant, stands out as a superior EV in its league.

DimensionsBYD Atto 3 DyanmicMG ZS EV Essence
Length4,455 mm4323 mm
Width 1,875 mm1809 mm
Height 1,615 mm 1649 mm (with roof rails)
Wheelbase2,720 mm2585 mm
Ground Clearance175 mm177 mm
Boot Capacity440 L488 L

Verdict

The BYD Atto 3 starts at Rs 24.99 lakh ex-showroom, and it will certainly affect the sales numbers of the MG ZS EV, as it is a league ahead car. Plus, there are some features in this vehicle that are not even present in the top model of the MG EV. This strategically placed price will attract a lot of customers who are planning to shift to a new segment of premium electric EVs.

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