Monday, May 29

How do the MG Comet EV and Tata Tiago EV stack up as affordable electric cars for city driving?

After much anticipation, MG Motor India has unveiled the prices of the Comet EV, which starts at INR 7.98 lakh (ex-showroom). With this launch, the MG Comet EV becomes India’s most affordable electric vehicle, beating the Tata Tiago EV by INR 71,000. In terms of appearance, the MG Comet EV stands out due to its distinctive three-door design and tall-boy styling, which includes connected LED light bars on the front and rear, chrome design elements, and aerodynamic wheel covers. The Comet EV also offers several customization options, including a dual-tone paint job and poppy color choices, which are sure to appeal to young buyers.

Despite its compact size, the MG Comet EV doesn’t compromise on space, with MG claiming that even six-footers can sit comfortably. On the other hand, the Tata Tiago EV is larger, with a length of 795mm, width of 172mm, and wheelbase that is 390mm longer. It also features five doors, making it look more conventional when compared to the MG Comet EV. The Tiago EV bears a strong resemblance to its ICE-powered counterpart, which makes it lose out on the novelty factor that the Comet EV has. The base trim of the Tiago EV only comes in a single paint shade and doesn’t have wheel caps, painted door handles, or ORVMs.

The MG Comet EV is equipped with a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides a range of 230 km per charge. In contrast, the Tata Tiago EV comes with two battery pack options: a 19.2 kWh pack that delivers a range of 250 km and a 24 kWh pack that offers a range of 315 km on a single charge. Both vehicles have a single electric motor, with the MG Comet EV producing 42 bhp and the Tiago EV producing either 60 bhp or 74 bhp, depending on the variant. The MG Comet EV can be fully charged in 7 hours, while the Tiago EV takes up to 8.7 hours. It’s important to note that the MG Comet EV doesn’t support DC fast charging, while the Tiago EV can be charged in just 58 minutes using a DC fast charger.

When it comes to features, the MG Comet EV has an edge over the Tata Tiago EV in terms of value for money. The Comet EV comes with LED lighting, a 10.25-inch fully digital MID, a 10.25-inch central infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, keyless go with a smart key system, power windows, manual AC, 2 speakers, charging sockets, as well as connected car technology. Meanwhile, the base XE trim of the Tiago EV lacks LED lighting, DRLs, wheel covers, fog lamps, leather upholstery, push-button start/stop, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps, cooled glovebox, and even the touchscreen infotainment system. Higher variants of the Tiago EV offer these features and more, but even the base XE trim of the Tiago EV has some features, such as automatic climate control, tilt adjustment, rear parking sensors, digital instrument cluster, TPMS, and connected car technology.

Both vehicles come with standard safety features, such as dual airbags, ABS + EBD, and ISOFIX child seat mounts. The Tata Tiago ICE-powered model has a GNCAP rating of 4 stars overall. MG Motor will announce the variant-wise prices of the Comet EV next month, with bookings opening on May 15 and deliveries expected to start by the end of the following month.

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