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Should You Wait For BYD Atto 3 Or Go For Other EVs?

BYD has finally taken the wraps off its second electric car in India, the Atto 3. It’s planned to go on sale in December 2023 as a more premium alternative to the existing mass-market long-range EVs like Tata Nexon EV Max, MG ZS EV, and Hyundai Kona Electric. So should you wait for the Atto 3, or can you go with the existing electric SUVs available in the Indian market? Let’s try to find the answer through a detailed comparison.

Specifications Comparison

 BYD Atto 3Tata Nexon EV MaxMG ZS EVHyundai Kona Electric
Battery capacity60.48kWh40.5kWh50.3kWh39.2kWh
DrivetrainFWDFWDFWDFWD
Max Power204PS143PS176PS136Nm
Max Torque310Nm250Nm280Nm395Nm
Claimed Range521km437km461km452km
0-100kmph (claimed)7.3 secunder 9 sec8.5 sec9.7 sec
7.2 kW AC charging time (0-100%)≈ 10 hrs≈ 6.5 hrs≈ 9 hrs≈ 6 hrs 10 min
Fast Charging Time  (0-80%)50 min (via 80kW charger)56 min (via 50kW charger)1 hr (via 50kW charger)57 min (via 50kW charger)
BYD Atto 3 vs Tata Nexon EV Max vs MG ZS EV vs Hyundai Kona Electric – Specification Comparison
  • The BYD Atto 3 uses a 60.48kWh battery pack which is quite big when compared to other EVs of the lot, offering an impressive ARAI-tested range of 521km per charge.
  • The ZS EV has the second-highest claimed range, followed by Kona and Nexon.
  • Atto 3’s permanent magnet synchronous motor develops 204PS and 310Nm, making it the most potent and fastest EV among all. However, its torque output is less than the Hyundai Kona Electric.
  • All EVs here come with fast charging capability. And thanks to the 80kW DC fast charging support, the Atto 3 can be charged up to 80 per cent in just 50 minutes.

Dimensions

BYD Atto 3 Tata Nexon EV MAXMG ZS EVHyundai Kona Electric
Length 4,455mm3,993mm4,323mm4,180mm
Width 1,875mm1,811mm1,809mm1,800mm
Height1,615mm1,616mm1,649mm1,570mm
Wheelbase2,720mm2,498mm2,585mm2,600mm
Unladen Ground Clearance175mm205mmTBUTBU
Boot Space440L350L470L332L
BYD Atto 3 vs Tata Nexon EV Max vs MG ZS EV vs Hyundai Kona Electric – Dimensions

In terms of dimensions, the BYD Atto 3 is again in an advantageous position. It is the widest and longest of its bunch. However, the ZS EV is the tallest car here and offers the largest boot space.

Also Read: Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV MAX vs MG ZS EV vs Hyundai Kona Electric: Detailed Comparison

Features

BYD Atto 3 interior
Key FeaturesBYD Atto 3Tata Nexon EV MaxMG ZS EVHyundai Kona Electric
HeadlampsLEDHalogen ProjectorLED ProjectorLED Projector
Alloy Wheels18-inch16-inch17-inch17-inch
All Four Disc Brakes
SunroofPanoramicSingle-panePanoramicSingle-pane
Touchscreen Infotainment12.8-inch (rotating display)7-inch10.11-inch7-inch
Apple Carplay & Android Auto
Connected Car Tech
Auto AC
Rear AC vents
Cruise Control
(Adaptive)
Ventilated Front Seats
Wireless Smartphone Charger
Powered Driver’s Seat✅ (6-way) (Front passenger seat is also 4-way electrically adjustable)❌ (Manual)✅ (6-way)✅ (10-way)
Multi-regen Braking
Electronic Parking Brakes
Paddle Shifters✅ (for regen braking)
Drive ModesEco, Normal, and SportEco, City & SportEco, Sport & NormalECO, ECO+, Comfort & Sport
Heated ORVM
Electric Tailgate
No of Airbags7266
360° Camera❌ (only rear camera)❌ (only rear camera)
TPMS
Electronic Stability Control
Driver Assistance Tech✅ (Adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, high beam assist, front & rear collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear-cross traffic alert and rear-cross traffic brake)✅ (Rear Drive Assist, Blind Spot Detection System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist)
BYD Atto 3 vs Tata Nexon EV Max vs MG ZS EV vs Hyundai Kona Electric – Features Comparison

All models are well equipped but the BYD again has an edge with features like powered front seats, an electric tailgate, 7 airbags, and a level-2 ADAS suite.

Also Read: Tata Tiago EV: Which Variant You Should Buy?

Price

BYD Atto 3Tata Nexon EV MAXMG ZS EVHyundai Kona Electric
Price (ex-showroom)Around Rs 30 lakh (expected)Rs 18.34 – 20.04 lakhRs 22.58 – 26.50 lakhRs 23.84 – 24.03 lakh
BYD Atto 3 vs Tata Nexon EV Max vs MG ZS EV vs Hyundai Kona Electric – Price Comparison
BYD Atto 3 specs and range

Verdict

The BYD Atto 3 have some stand-out points such as a bigger battery pack, better range, unique interior styling, better-equipped cabin and even level-2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that make it a pretty attractive package. It is definitely worth waiting for if you’re interested in a long-range EV and have that amount of budget.