Looking for a Mid-Range Electric SUV? We Compare Three Mid-Range Electric SUVs available in NZ

AutoTrader NZ
Published 5 June 2021

Looking to make the switch to an electric SUV? Electric vehicles are a huge topic in the car market, however it can be confusing to decide what is the best option. This week at Auto Trader we compared three electric SUVs that are on the market right now in NZ; the MG ZS EV, the Hyundai Kona and the Kia Niro.


View all available MG ZS EVs on Auto Trader

From $48,990 + ORC 

Range – The MG ZS EV offers a range of 262 kms which is about the distance from Auckland to New Plymouth. 

Charging – 0 – 80% charged in 45 minutes from a rapid charger, and 7 hours to full charge from a domestic charger. 

Safety- 5 star safety rating, MG pilot driver safety technology, lane assist, emergency brake, blind spot detection, reversing camera, adaptive cruise control and more.

Tech – 8” multifunctional display screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sat Nav and more.

Boot Space – 470 litres


The MG ZS EV is a great option and the most affordable electric SUV on the market, it competes with the higher priced options on many levels including safety, tech, boot space and overall look. However, you do notice the price difference when it comes to range, this would be the perfect school drop off/commuter car. If you frequently drive from Auckland to Wellington, this may not be the option for you.

Hyundai Kona

View all available Hyundai Kona EVs on Auto Trader

From $73,990 + ORC

Range – The Kona has a range of 484 kms which is about the distance from Auckland to Gisborne.

Charging – Hyundai offers different charging options to meet your needs and time requirements; from 28 hours for a domestic charging cable, 9 hours with a domestic charging station and just 65 minutes for 80% at a public rapid charger.

Safety- 5 star safety rating, with up to date features including; smart cruise control, forward/blind spot collision avoidance, parking assist, reversing camera, driver attention warning and more.

Tech – Wireless smartphone charging, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, 10.25” touch screen, Sat Nav and smart key push to start and more.

Boot Space – 332 litres


Overall the Kona is a great option, it’s the mid range in regards to price out of the three that we are comparing and comes with the longest range. We love that Hyundai offers multiple charging options depending on your needs and budget. The only slight downside is that you do have to compromise a bit on space with this model as it has the smallest amount of boot space, you could still comfortably fit a pushchair in the back. The boot space is comparable to the size of a Nissan Juke for reference – it would make the perfect around town SUV.

Kia Niro

View all available Kia Niro EVs on Auto Trader

From $77,990 + ORC

Range – The Niro has a range of up to 455 kms which is about the distance from Auckland to Whanganui.

Charging – The charging time on a public fast charger is 54 minutes, while at home using a 7.2kw charger the time is 7 hours.

Safety- 5 star safety rating, with a range of features including; reversing camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot collision warning, smart cruise control, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors and more.

Tech – 8” touchscreen display, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Sat Nav, Rotary Selector Gear Levers and more. 

Boot Space – 451 litres


Overall the Niro is a great zero-emissions option, it is the priciest out of the three that we have compared, but it does seem to come with it all. It has a decent range and multiple charging options. Unlike the Hyundai Kona, there is no compromising on space as the boot is nice and spacious. The Niro is a great all rounder if you are willing to spend that little bit more.

So what will the fuel savings be when I buy an electric SUV?

This really depends on how much driving that you do a year, but based on an average driving distance of 14,000kms per year an electric vehicle would save you around $1,400 per year.* Ecotricity NZ has a great EV savings calculator. 

*Based on an average petrol fuel consumption of 7L per 100kms and $2.20 per litre of petrol.