EVs below $50,000: GWM Ora v BYD Atto 3 v MG ZS spec comparability

The proliferation of electrical suburban runabouts from China is revolutionising Australia’s nascent EV market.

Whereas Tesla dominates, not everybody can afford to shell out $65,000 or extra. However the trio of fashions on check sneak in under $50,000 drive-away in most elements of Australia.

Granted, that isn’t low-cost. However with the rebates and tax breaks on provide, and the cheaper value of electrical energy than petrol, they do stack up as doubtlessly nice options for some folks.

The MG ZS EV lately obtained a facelift and the corporate is promoting every little thing it could possibly deliver right here. In 2021 it was Australia’s number-two EV, however this slipped to fifth in 2022.

BYD is broadly seen as China’s reply to Tesla, and its Atto 3 is making waves. It was Australia’s top-selling non-Tesla EV in 2022 regardless of solely being on sale a number of months, and some rising pains for its distributor.

The third automotive on this spec comparability solely hit the market this week. The Ora is made by Nice Wall Motor (GWM), which additionally owns the GWM Ute, GWM Haval, and GWM Tank manufacturers.

Should you’re questioning whether or not these automobiles are secure bets, each MG and GWM are common prime 10 manufacturers within the Australian market, and BYD is the world’s second-biggest maker of EVs.

For some broader context, gross sales of electrical automobiles throughout Australia almost doubled in 2022 to 33,410 automobiles, equal to about 3.0 per cent of the entire new automobile market.

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You possibly can drive-away in all three of those, in most elements of Australia, for below $50,000. Every of those entry grades are rated to journey greater than 300km on a cost.

The BYD Atto 3 Normal Vary prices $48,011 earlier than on-road prices. You possibly can then possibility the Prolonged Vary for an additional $3000, including about 75km of driving vary for $51,011.

The GWM Ora kicks off at $43,990 earlier than on-road prices. The Prolonged Vary prices an additional $4000 at $47,990, however on this case it provides 110km extra driving vary, whereas the GT function improve provides an additional $6000 taking it to $53,990.

The MG ZS Excite variant is $44,990 earlier than on-road prices. There’s simply the one battery possibility for now, however you may get a better-equipped Essence model for an additional $4000, at $48,990. We’d word MG is about to launch a longer-range mannequin too, with a tough $5000 premium.

Full vary checklist costs

  • BYD Atto 3
    • Normal Vary: $48,011
    • Prolonged Vary: $51,011
  • GWM Ora
    • Base: $43,990
    • Prolonged Vary: $47,990
    • Prolonged Vary GT: $53,990
  • MG ZS EV

Marketed drive-away pricing by state

Mannequin BYD Atto 3 GWM Ora MG ZS EV
Variant Normal Normal Excite
NSW $49,112 $45,550 $46,709
VIC $50,839 $47,234 $48,416
QLD $49,705 $46,114 $47,319
WA $52,030 $47,891 $49,130
SA $50,585 $46,891 $47,940
TAS $48,610 $45,090 $46,284
ACT $48,677 $45,137 $46,521
NT $48,657 $44,490 $46,195
Mannequin BYD Atto 3 GWM Ora MG ZS EV
Variant Prolonged Prolonged Essence
NSW $52,112 $49,550 $49,709
VIC $53,965 $51,402 $51,542
QLD $52,765 $50,194 $50,319
WA $55,394 $52,403 $52,518
SA $53,705 $51,051 $51,060
TAS $51,610 $49,090 $49,284
ACT $51,677 $49,137 $49,521
NT $53,190 $48,490 $49,195


There are some particular similarities right here: notably using cheaper, extra secure however much less energy-dense lithium iron phosphate (LFP) materials for the cathodes usually.

The BYD Atto 3 makes use of LFP batteries known as BYD Blade with both 50kWh or 60kWh capability. They are often charged at 7kW AC and 70-80kWh DC, and provide a claimed driving vary of 345km (customary) and 420km (prolonged) on the WLTP cycle.

The battery powers a 150kW and 310Nm front-wheel motor enough for a 0-100km/h time of seven.3 seconds with both battery, regardless of the load differential.

The GWM Ora’s customary vary battery is a 48kWh LFP and its prolonged vary 64kWh makes use of extra standard nickel, manganese and cobalt (NMC) cathode supplies. GWM doesn’t publish charging speeds, however Electrical Automobile Database says 11kW AC or 64-67kWh DC.

The battery powers a 126kW and 250Nm entrance motor with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 8.3 seconds – the Ora is just a little smaller and lighter, offsetting its decrease energy.

The MG ZS EV solely has the one battery possibility, a 50kWh LFP providing 320km vary, with charging speeds of 11kW AC and 80kW DC. The entrance motor makes 130kW and 280Nm, giving the automotive an 8.2-second 0-100km/h time.

However shortly MG will increase on this with the longer-range mannequin utilizing a 72kWh battery providing a 440km driving vary.

Mannequin BYD Atto 3 GWM Ora MG ZS EV
Battery choices 50 or 60kWh 48 or 64kWh 50kWh or 72kWh
WLTP vary 345 or 420km 310 or 420km 320km or 440km
Motor energy 150kW 126kW 130kW
Motor torque 310Nm 250Nm 280Nm
Pushed wheels Entrance Entrance Entrance
0-100km/h 7.3 sec 8.3 sec* 8.2 sec


The BYD is the largest automobile right here with essentially the most capacious boot and the longest wheelbase, with the GWM and MG very shut in dimensions – except for a sizeable boot distinction.

Mannequin BYD Atto 3 GWM Ora MG ZS EV
Size 4455mm 4235mm 4323mm
Width 1875mm 1825mm 1809mm
Top 1615mm 1603mm 1625mm
Wheelbase 2720mm 2650mm 2585mm
Boot house 440L 228L 359L


Each the BYD and GWM have five-star ANCAP crash-test scores and lengthy lists of driver-assist aids. Because the desk under exhibits, solely the MG ZS Essence will get the total suite.

Surprisingly, the pre-update MG ZS EV had a five-star rating which was not carried over. MG is known to be working with ANCAP on an up to date rating.

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Airbags 7 7 6
ANCAP ranking 5 stars 5 stars N/A
AEB Normal Normal Normal
Lane-keep help Lively Lively Lively
Blind-spot monitor Normal Normal Choice
Rear cross-traffic Braking Alert Choice
Cruise management Adaptive Adaptive Adaptive
Digicam view 360° 360° 360°


BYD Atto 3

The BYD clearly has the perfect touchscreen right here. It’s 12.8 inches throughout and operates in each panorama and portrait varieties by spinning electrically on-demand.

Whereas it lacked each satellite-navigation and Apple CarPlay at launch, BYD has since rolled each out in software program over-the-air (OTA) updates through in-car SIM. Wi-fi Android Auto is slated to roll out OTA between April and June.

Different customary fare features a 360-degree digital camera, Dirac 8-speaker HD sound system, digital and FM radio, a voice assistant, in-built Spotify, 4 USB ports, and a forward-view driving recorder or dashcam.

The facility-adjustable and heated seats are trimmed in perforated artificial leather-based trim colored blue and cream with pink piping. Instead of a standard instrument cluster is a 5.0-inch display screen perched atop the column.

The again seats profit from a flat EV ground and are adult-friendly, the tailgate is powered by the press of a button, and there’s a 440-litre boot.


A little bit just like the BYD, the GWM Ora’s inside as pictured makes use of blue and cream inside, which love-or-hate is actually completely different to the norm.

The touchscreen is 10.25 inches in panorama orientation, with cellphone mirroring and a 360-degree digital camera view. It’s mated to a different 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

The powered, leatherette seats are trimmed with a diamond sample, whereas the doorways are trimmed in the identical faux-leather and suede mixture because the fronts. Mini-aping toggle switches under the air vents add a contact of aptitude.

Rear seat house presents enough legroom and sufficient headroom for lanky youngsters to sit down comfortably with out scraping their heads on the roof, enabled by the EV platform. Though it’s smaller than a VW Golf on the skin, the Ora feels equally spacious within the second row.

The boot has suffered, nonetheless. It’s a little bit of a letterbox, with a big loading lip and low ground, and simply 228L capability.


Issues are a bit extra subdued in right here.

The ten.0-inch touchscreen comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio and FM, satellite-navigation, and a surround-view digital camera. The Essence provides a wi-fi charger and six-speaker audio. Behind the wheel sits a digital instrument cluster.

The steering wheel appears nice with pink stitching and perforated hand grips, however it doesn’t really feel all that premium and lacks telescopic attain adjustment – it solely strikes up and down.

This base mannequin comes with manually adjustable seats trimmed in funky cloth, providing fairly good thigh and aspect bolstering for help in corners, whereas the Essence has heated leatherette. It additionally provides the panoramic sunroof.

Regardless of the very fact that is the only automobile right here that additionally comes as an ICE automotive, my 194cm body nonetheless has loads of leg and head house behind my most well-liked driving place.

The boot capability is 359 litres, about the identical as a typical hatchback, however inferior to the BYD.

Touchscreen 12.8-inch 10.25-inch 10.0-inch
Orientation Rotating Panorama Panorama
Sat-nav Normal No Normal
Apple CarPlay Normal Normal Normal
Android Auto Normal* Normal Normal
Wi-fi charger Normal Normal Choice

Guarantee and charging

BYD Atto 3

  • Guarantee: Six years or 150,000km
  • Roadside help: 12 months


  • Guarantee: Seven years, limitless mileage
  • Roadside help: 5 years


  • Guarantee: Seven years, limitless mileage
  • Roadside help: Seven years


All three of those automobiles are available properly inside the threshold to be eligible for the federal authorities’s fringe advantages tax lower for inexpensive EVs. This implies enterprise patrons or folks utilizing firm automobiles ought to converse to their accountant about large financial savings.

There are all the time varied rebates and different incentives obtainable in every area of Australia, which explains the discrepancies in drive-away costs.

  • New South Wales: $3000 rebate or subsidy, stamp obligation waiver.
  • Victoria: $3000 rebate or subsidy, offset by 2.6 cents per km road-user prices.
  • Queensland: $3000 rebate or subsidy, discounted registration and obligation prices.
  • Western Australia: $3000 rebate.
  • South Australia: $3000 rebate, discounted registration.
  • Tasmania: Stamp obligation and registration reductions.
  • Australian Capital Territory: Stamp obligation and registration reductions.
  • Northern Territory: Stamp obligation and registration reductions.

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Alternate options

  • Nissan Leaf: $50,990 to $61,490
  • Hyundai Kona: $54,500 to $64,000
  • Mini Cooper SE: $55,650 to $63,825
  • Cupra Born: $59,990
  • Tesla Mannequin 3: $63,900 to to $89,900
  • Kia Niro: $64,450 to $72,100

All costs are earlier than on-road prices

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