Compact electric sedans are therefore in the spotlight today in this comparison between the MG4 Vs Megane E-Tech Vs Kona Ev. Which will be made for you?
If larger electric SUVs seem quite popular on the electric vehicle market today, we have decided to stick to smaller sizes, with compact sedans and crossovers that are not lacking in assets. The recent arrival of the MG4 will undoubtedly not go unnoticed, as the price/performance ratio of the newcomer is hard to beat.
Opposite, we’ll take a detailed look at the Renault Megane E-Tech and the Hyundai Kona Electric, all in their entry-level configuration, to try to determine which will be the best electric car. Between autonomy, fast charging, performance or even interior atmosphere, which of MG, Renault or Hyundai will be able to offer the best and at a lower cost?
Compare the MG MG4 EV to Renault Megane E-Tech And Hyundai Kona Electric
|Launch||MG MG4 EV Specifications||Renault Megane E-Tech Specifications||Hyundai Kona Electric Specifications|
|Announced||2022, June 29||2021||2021|
|Status||Coming soon. Expected release 2022, September||Available. Released 2022, February||Available. Released 2021|
|Base price||£ 26,000||€35,200||$ 42,000 € 35,160 £ 29,300|
In their entry-level versions, the three vehicles of the day have a combined range in the WLTP cycle of between 300 and 350 kilometres.
With its 40 kWh battery, the Renault Megane e-tech has a theoretical autonomy announced between 294 and 302 kilometres depending on the equipment. In terms of consumption, it is rather reasonable since Renault announces 15.8 kWh per 100 kilometres.
As for the Hyundai Kona and its 39 kWh battery, it’s roughly similar, with 305 kilometres of WLTP autonomy. The advertised average consumption is 13.9 kWh per 100 kilometres, which makes it a fairly economical vehicle.
If the announced combined consumption of the MG4 is higher (17 kWh per 100 kilometres), its 51 kWh battery allows it to display a theoretical autonomy of 350 kilometres in the WLTP cycle. It, therefore, easily wins the prize for the most enduring vehicle in this comparison. But it will potentially be the least economical to use because of its higher consumption.
|Battery||MG MG4 EV Battery||Renault Megane E-Tech Battery||Hyundai Kona Electric Battery|
|Capacity||51 kWh usable||40 kWh usable||64 kWh usable, 67.5 kWh total|
|Tech||Liquid-cooled Li-ion 352V||Lithium-ion Polymer 356V|
|Range||217 mi WLTP||188 mi WLTP||258 mi EPA (301 mi WLTP, 339 mi NEDC)|
|Consumption||4.0 mi/kWh WLTP||3.7 mi/kWh EPA (4.2 mi/kWh WLTP)|
|Recuperation||Yes||Level 0 to 3 on shift paddles||Level 0 to 3 on shift paddles|
|AC Charging||Type 2 11 kW||Type 2 7 kW
Type 2 22 kW
|Type 2 7 kW, 0-100% in 31 hours
Type 2 11 kW, 0-100% in 7 hours 30 min
|DC Charging||CCS||Only 60kWh model||CCS 100 kW max, 0-80% in 54 min|
Renault has removed the Megane E-Tech from its online configurator, which does not have fast charging, and the current entry-level model benefits from Ionity, Fastned or Totalenergies chargers in particular. Maximum power peaks at 85kW, and full charging will take an hour and fifteen minutes at best.
The Hyundai Kona and its small 39 kWh battery only charge at a maximum power of 50 kW, which allows it to reach 80% in 54 minutes.
For its part, the MG4 is a model student since the fast charge peaks at a power of 117 kW. Only 40 minutes are needed to charge from 10 to 80% battery, which makes MG’s latest addition the winner when it comes to fast charging.
MG4 Vs Megane E-Tech Vs Kona Ev Performance
|Performance||MG MG4 EV Performance||Renault Megane E-Tech Performance||Hyundai Kona Electric Performance|
|Power||RWD 170 hp (125 kW)||FWD 130 hp (96 kW)||FWD 204 hp (150 kW)|
|Torque||184 lb-ft (250 Nm)||291 lb-ft (395 Nm)|
|Acceleration||10 sec 0-62 mph||7.9 sec 0-62 mph|
|Max speed||99 mph (160 km/h)||93 mph (150 km/h)||104 mph (167 km/h)|
None of the 3 cars in this comparison is a sports model in the entry-level configuration, but that does not prevent certain manufacturers from standing out.
Although larger and heavier than its counterparts, the MG4 achieves a 0 to 100 km/h shot in just 7.7 seconds, while the Hyundai Kona takes 9.9 seconds and the Renault Megane e-tech 10 seconds on the same exercise.
For once, after winning the confrontation in terms of autonomy and fast charging, the performance also plays in favour of the MG4.
Compare the Body of these 3 cars
|Body||MG MG4 EV Body||Renault Megane E-Tech Body||Hyundai Kona Electric Body|
|Type||5 door Hatchback, 5 seats||5 door crossover, 5 seats||5 door crossover, 5 seats|
|Dimensions||168.8 x 72.3 x 59.2 in (4287 x 1836 x 1504 mm)||165.7 x 70.1 x 59.1 in (4210 x 1780 x 1500 mm)||164.6 x 70.9 x 61.6 in (4180 x 1800 x 1565 mm)|
|Wheelbase||106.3 in (2700 mm)||102.4 in (2600 mm)|
|Clearance||6.1 in (154 mm)||6.2 in (158 mm)|
|Weight||EU: 3455 lb unladen, 4447 lb gross||EU: 4008 lb unladen|
|Suspension||Front MacPherson struts, rear multi-link||Front MacPherson struts, rear multi-link|
|Trunk||EU: 15.5 ft³, 47.0 ft³ max||EU: 11.7 ft³, 39.3 ft³ max|
|Towing||No||EU: 1102 lb unbraked, 1102 lb braked||No|
At 4.16 meters long, the Hyundai Kona is the smallest vehicle in this comparison, and it is also the one with the least spacious trunk. With only 332 litres, it will be difficult to travel as a family with some luggage. The place in the back will still be correct, with space for two adults, but large sizes will not necessarily be comfortable. It is possible to inflate the loading capacity by adding a trailer, but it will necessarily be small since the weight must not exceed 300 kg (500 kg for the MG4 and 900 kg for the Renault Mégane e-tech).
The MG4 is the largest of the cars in this dossier, at 4.28 meters long. However, its 363-litre trunk can be a limiting factor for families travelling with large suitcases. Once on board, however, the wheelbase of 2.70 meters should offer good space to the occupants, especially at the rear, thanks to the absence of a central tunnel.
The trunk of the Renault Megane e-tech is the most spacious of the three, with 389 litres of load capacity. This is not significantly more than the MG4, but still 17% more than that of the Hyundai Kona. The legroom in the rear is correct for a vehicle in the segment, but the restricted visibility contributes to a feeling of claustrophobia that we highlighted in the test of the Renault Megane e-tech 220 horsepower.
In their entry-level configurations, the three vehicles in this comparison still include a number of interesting technologies to try to stand out.
The Hyundai Kona offers an infotainment system designed around the electric car, with the visualization of the charging stations or the materialization of the remaining range of action according to the battery level. The ability to instantly see the power consumption of each component (air conditioning, engine, etc.) is also included. In addition, adaptive cruise control and active lane keeping are present, making the entry-level Hyundai Kona a well-equipped vehicle.
|Displays||MG MG4 EV Displays||Renault Megane E-Tech Displays||Hyundai Kona Electric Displays|
|Center||10.3″ touchscreeen (*)||12″ touchscreeen||7″ or 10.25″ touchscreeen|
|Head-up||No||No||Retractable combiner type|
On the side of the Renault Megane E-Tech, there is the 9-inch open link multimedia system at the entry-level, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The cruise control is not dynamic, and Renault does not include active maintenance in the series lines, which means that the basic equipment is below what one might expect.
The MG4 is equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen in addition to a 7-inch digital counter and provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Adaptive cruise control is standard, as is lane-keeping assist. Finally, a companion application is available to send itineraries, start the air conditioning or even manage the load schedule remotely. In terms of embedded technologies, the MG4 wins the round.
MG4 Vs Megane E-Tech Vs Kona Ev Comfort
|Comfort||MG MG4 EV Comfort||Renault Megane E-Tech Comfort||Hyundai Kona Electric Comfort|
|Seats||Heated front seats||Heated front seats, massage||Heated and ventilated front seats, heated outer rear seats|
|Roof||Panoramic glass roof||Panoramic glass sunroof||Panoramic glass sunroof, tilt & slide|
|Parking aids||Front and rear sensors, 360 camera, reversing camera||Front, side and rear sensors, 360 camera, reversing camera||Front and rear sensors, reversing camera|
|Connectivity||Android Auto and Apple CarPlay||Android Automotive OS||Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay|
MG4 Vs Megane E-Tech Vs Kona Ev Safety
|Safety||MG MG4 EV Safety||Renault Megane E-Tech Safety||Hyundai Kona Electric Safety|
|Airbags||Front, side, rear, head airbag system||Front airbags, side airbags (front & rear), center airbag||6 airbags: front, side, including head airbag system|
|Driving aids||4 cameras. Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keep Assist, High beam assist, Active
Emergency Braking, Traffic Jam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition
|Active Driver Assist, Emergency Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Keeping Assist,
Lane Departure Warning, Blind Sport Warning, Rear Automatic Emergency
Braking, Occupant Safe Exit, Full Auto Park, Smart Rear View Mirror, Rear
Cross Traffic Alert with pedestrian and cyclist detection
|Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian
Recognition, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision
Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist
|Crash tests||NCAP 2022: 5 stars|
MG4 Vs Megane E-Tech Vs Kona Ev PRICE
For once, the MG4 will stand out from the other two vehicles in this comparison at the entry-level price level. Indeed, with a price starting at 28,900 dollars, from which the current ecological bonus of 6,000 dollars must is subtracted, the MG4 is absolutely unbeatable.
On the Hyundai side, the least expensive Kona is exchanged for 36,900 dollars excluding ecological bonuses, and the Renault Megane e-tech starts at 37,200 dollars excluding bonuses. Thus, the price to be paid for the end customer is at least 22,900 dollars for the MG4 against 30,900 dollars for the Hyundai Kona and 31,200 dollars for the Renault Megane e-tech. Without a doubt, and while waiting for its full test, with 8,000 dollars less for the MG4, it is the reference compact electric sedan on the current market.
As you have seen, compared to the MG4, the Renault Megane e-tech and Hyundai Kona are no match for it. The autonomy is better on the Chinese car, the standard equipment also, the fast charging performance is there, and all this for a considerably lower price. The ball is then in the court of the other manufacturers to offer a vehicle to put in front of the MG4 at an equivalent price, but its price/performance ratio seems so good that it seems difficult to imagine a competitor soon.
We also wonder if this price is not a call price, allowing MG to make a name for itself and a place in the electric car sector before gradually increasing its prices. But it must be said that the Chinese manufacturer, associated with the giant SAIC Motor, has significant know-how, like the unprecedented MSP architecture of this MG4.
Anyway, the segment of electric vehicles under 30,000 dollars will be turned upside down with the MG4, which can boast a price comparable to a Peugeot e-208 or a Renault Zoé, for much better services. . We could also compare it to the Volkswagen ID.3, but the latter starts today at 44,900 dollars, which places it well above MG’s small crossover. We will not fail to share with you our complete opinion on the MG4 in the future test of the latter to check if it does indeed keep all its promises.