MG ZS EV 2022 vs BYD Atto 3: biggest strengths and weaknesses of Australia’s cheapest electric cars

The MG ZS EV 2022 and BYD Atto 3 are presently Australia’s most reasonably priced electrical vehicles being equally priced within the mid to excessive 40K’s driveaway.

Nonetheless, they’ve some very totally different strengths and weaknesses that I’m going to level out to you.

Marketed Vary

BYD Atto 3 wins right here as Australians have 2 mannequin variants to select from: prolonged vary 420km WLTP or commonplace vary 345km WLTP.

MG ZS EV additionally has 2 mannequin variants however each have the identical 320km WLTP vary. The Excite and Essence differ of their security and luxurious inclusions.


MG wins right here with a easy lengthy guarantee backed by a nationwide community of sellers. There are 7 years / limitless km for the battery and seven years / limitless km for the automotive.

To be trustworthy BYD’s guarantee for the Atto 3 doesn’t encourage confidence. There’s a petition on Higher Guarantee for BYD Atto 3 in Australia which explains the state of affairs:

“EvDirect, the official distributor of BYD, initially introduced a seven-year/unlimited-kilometre car guarantee for BYD Atto 3. Nonetheless, simply earlier than clients bought their arms on their autos, EvDirect scrapped the previous situations and put new guarantee data on their web site to the dismay of many order holders. The brand new guarantee is radically totally different.

EvDirect has reduce the guarantee to 6 years and 150,000km, with difficult exceptions that scale back the protection on many important elements.

BYD nice print signifies many elements of the car – together with the infotainment system, shock absorbers and tyre strain monitoring system – usually are not coated by the six-year guarantee, and are as an alternative given merely three to 4 years of protection, relying on the respective part. Another objects are coated for under six months to a yr.

It’s necessary to notice that this stingy guarantee is barely being supplied to clients in Australia. BYD NZ, for instance, gives 6 years bumper to bumper guarantee. BYD Hong Kong too gives 6 years. Australia alone is receiving this piecemeal deal.”


The ZS EV has Michelin Primacy tyres which have status with patrons and automotive reviewers.

MG wins right here because the Atto 3 has Atlas Batman A51 tyres which I’ve by no means heard of and several other Aussie reviewers in addition to patrons say they’re substandard and needs to be changed ASAP.

Inside Design

This can be a private choice so there’s no clear reduce winner.

The MG ZS EV 2022 has a reasonably commonplace inside that received’t shock or excite anybody.

Whereas the BYD Atto 3 has a considerably eccentric inside design (abroad left hand drive model pictured) which may put some folks off or curiosity individuals who need their automotive to be totally different from the remaining.

Automotive Design and Reliability

The Atto 3 is designed new from the bottom up as an electrical automotive. In idea, that is higher however because it’s fairly new the long run reliability is unknown.

As compared, the MG ZS EV 2022 is the 2nd technology of ZS EV and each generations are primarily based on the present MG ZS petrol automotive. On one hand, this may be seen as an previous design however alternatively, it’s a confirmed design that has had the preliminary design points fastened already.

So which is best?

This isn’t clear reduce.

The Atto 3 has an extended vary and a brand new design with a inventive inside.

The ZS EV 2022 has a greater guarantee, a extra conventional inside and higher included tyres.

If you happen to’re going to purchase certainly one of these the principle query is how dangerous your persona is.

If you happen to’re keen to roll the cube and hope BYD’s shorter guarantee coated elements final lengthy after the guarantee expires then go for it.

Personally, I’m a danger averse purchaser on the subject of spending tens of 1000’s of {dollars} and would select the ZS EV.

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