Tata Nexon EV Max Vs MG ZS EV Vs Hyundai Kona – Which EV is Better?

The future is electric and here are some of the practical choices for electric vehicles in our country. Although these are not the first-ever electric models to be introduced in India, these may well be the reason for the electric vehicles penetrating a larger group of Indian buyers.

Tata Nexon EV Max vs Kona vs ZS EV

Tata Nexon EV Max was launched earlier this month and stands above the Nexon EV with premium features. With the new Max, Tata has brought the price and amenities to match the MG’s entry-level model – The ZS EV. However, Hyundai’s quirky electric Kona is on the high end compared to these two.

Let us compare their prices here:

Models Ex-showroom Price
Tata Nexon EV Max Rs 17.74 Lakh – Rs 19.24 Lakh
MG ZS EV Rs 22 Lakh – Rs 25.88 Lakh
Hyundai Kona Electric Rs 23.84 Lakh – Rs 24.03 Lakh

The earlier model, Nexon EV is going at the current ex-showroom price range of Rs 14.79 Lakh – 17.40 Lakh.

Nexon EV Max (1)

Powertrains and Performance:

Tata basically upgraded Nexon EV with a better electric motor, and a bigger battery pack and added a lot of safety features in the form of the new Nexon EV Max. Now with all that ammo, Nexon EV Max is almost on par with the more premium electric models like the MG ZS EV. Hyundai’s Kona Electric is no slouch for that matter.

Here is a table comparing the battery, maximum power generated and acceleration capacity of each of these 3 models.

Models Battery capacity Max Power Max Torque Acceleration time from 0 – 100 kmph (claimed)
Tata Nexon EV Max 40.5kWh 143PS 250Nm 9 seconds
MG ZS EV 50.3kWh 176PS 280Nm 8.5 seconds
Hyundai Kona Electric 39.2kWh 136Nm 395Nm 9.7 seconds

It is clear that the ZS EV tops the performance category here with Nexon EV Max closely trailing behind. Kona electric might come with the smallest battery pack of all 3, but it definitely has the highest torque of all.

Range and Battery Charging Capacity:

Models ARAI certified Range 7.2 kW AC Fast charging time (0 – 100%) 50 kW DC fast charging time (0 – 80%)
Tata Nexon EV Max 437 6.5 hrs 56 mins
MG ZS EV 461 8.5 – 9 hrs 60 mins
Hyundai Kona Electric 452 6 hrs 10 mins 57 mins
  • The models claim impressive ARAI certified ranges but real-world range tests show that they fall slightly lower than these numbers. MG reached an impressive 317 km while the Kona electric went for 250 km.
  • However, Nexon EV Max since its launch last week hasn’t been road-tested by us yet. So we can only hope it lives up to its expectations.
  • Meanwhile, its parent model Nexon EV travelled up to 208 km on Indian roads.
  • It is not a surprise that MG ZS takes the longest to recover from a charge drain as it comes with the biggest battery pack. But it makes Nexon EV Max look attractive with just about an hour of recharging time.

Equipment Comparison:

Tata Nexon EV Max MG ZS EV Hyundai Kona Electric
Airbags 2 6 6
ESC Yes Yes Yes
Cruise Control Yes Yes Yes
Touch screen 7 inch 8 inch 7 inch
Connected Tech Yes Yes
Wireless Charger Yes Yes
Sunroof Yes Panoramic Yes
Ventilated front seats Yes Yes
Powered driver’s sear Yes Yes Yes
Electric parking brake Yes Yes Yes


Although Nexon EV Max belongs to a different segment, it has created high expectations among car enthusiasts to be able to give a tough run to the other 2 models. It also costs higher than the standard model but is still way cheaper than the ZS EV and the Kona. The safety features are also a definite plus in its column. Kona does not look that attractive with a hefty price tag but its cool and quirky design may gain favour from some buyers. ZS EV on the other hand is definitely a premium buy with all the bells and whistles it comes with.

Also Read:

Nexon EV vs Nexon EV Max – 5 Important Differences You Need to Know!

Electric Cars vs Petrol Cars: Comparison That Helps You Decide What To Buy

Tata Nexon EV Variants Comparison – Select the Suitable Electric Vehicle Trim

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