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Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV: The Challenge Continues

The dynamics department is probably where the starkest differences between these two e-SUVs show, and each has its pros and cons.


India is witnessing a rapid shift from petrol-powered cars to electric vehicles. To help consumers make an informed decision, we are taking an in-depth look at two of the most popular car models in India: the Mahindra XUV400 and the Tata Nexon EV. In this blog post, we will compare and contrast the features of these two vehicles to help you decide which car is right for you. We will cover their performance, comfort, safety, and more, so you can make an educated decision on which car is best suited for your needs. So, let’s get started!

Overview of Mahindra XUV400 and Tata Nexon EV

In today’s world, automotive manufacturing is evolving and moving toward more sustainable alternatives such as electric vehicles (EVs). Indian manufacturers are rising to the occasion. Listed below are two prominent models: the Tata Nexon EV and Mahindra XUV400.
The Mahindra XUV400 is a petrol-powered compact SUV that is popular in the Indian market. It features a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine that produces 108 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. It also has a sleek exterior design with sharp lines and curves, and the interior boasts of ample space and a feature-rich cabin.
Both vehicles offer different sets of features and driving experiences, and in this blog post, we’ll be comparing them to help you make an informed decision.

Make : Tata Model Model: Nexon EV

There is no doubt that everyone has heard of the Nexon EV, the model that is responsible for Tata Motors’ rise to prominence in India as an electric vehicle manufacturer. With the introduction of the Max, which is designed to take on longer distances and higher battery demands, it sets itself apart from the competition even in the top segment.

It’s fitting and not entirely surprising that the Nexon EV’s most serious adversary yet comes from homegrown arch-rival Mahindra, in the form of the long-overdue XUV400, a car that holds a lot of promise. After all, it was Mahindra that introduced the first generation of electric cars to India, so it has some expertise in the area.

Currently, the XUV400’s formula resembles Nexon’s closely, namely building an EV based on an existing ICE SUV; it’s a cost-effective method that worked for Tata. Tata Motors cut both cars’ prices in January with a timely price cut, so both cars run the same price, as tested after they spawned from compact SUVs. However, the answer is not as simple as that, and this instrumented road test comparison will help us determine the best electric family SUV.

Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV: design and engineering 

Mahindra XUV400: developed from the XUV300, which is based on the SsangYong Tivoli; the SsangYong is 4.2 meters long, then trimmed to 3.95 meters for the XUV300 to become a compact SUV. For the moment, this longer (4.2m) XUV400 can’t help beat Tata’s ‘dead duck’ but other companies (for example Mercedes, Lexus) with fewer cars are converting to EVs much more successfully.

The EV looks identical to the ICE model, except in colors and the use of blue accents. While some people might like a stronger visual contrast from the ICE car to stand out, the one still looks strikingly similar to the Prime edition. And it will receive a new facelift later this year.

Mahindra XUV400 EV Vs Tata Nexon EV: Dimensions, Performance, Range,  Features, And Prices Compared - ZigWheels

While 200 mm of a stretch behind the XUV400’s rear axle makes a visible difference, it isn’t too significant and improves the look of the XUV400’s proportion, which is outdone by the more superior-looking XUV300’s inferior length. On the outside, however, the EV has other additions. The lower air dam and bumper treatment are more sophisticated with the same motif found on the rear fascia, while copper accents around the headlamps complement the two-color design. It has a 16-inch alloy wheel design of the XUV300 Turbosport too. Added to the back is a tailgate with a more three-dimensional look, clear-lensed tail lamps, and a copper badge finish.

Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV: interior

More than simply making it prettier, the biggest benefit of the XUV400’s longer size is a considerably more spacious trunk. Although the increase only comes from the rear of the car and the 2,600-millimeter wheelbase is the same as that of the XUV300, it’s entirely behind the axle (so the wheels can stay the same distance apart) and has led to an increase in trunk space of 121 liters to 378 liters. With up to 28 liters more storage space than the Nexon EV, the Tata does have an advantage in its lower loading lip for your luggage.

The XUV400’s rear seat remains as spacious as the XUV300’s. Additionally, it is lacking rear AC vents or charging ports, as well as flat cushioning and elastic bands to hold items in place rather than conventional seatback pockets. A slight lack of thigh support is also noticeable in the seat base, but it’s a small price to pay for the nice, tall seating position and greater width.

Though the bench doesn’t feel quite as expansive as on other Mahindra models, and if used as such it’s likely a little less supportive and comfortable, the headroom on the Nexon is comparable to what you get in the Mahindra. The sole other disadvantage is that the battery’s presence is felt more in the cabin, as the vehicle’s floor sits higher off the ground. The XUV400 also suffers from this odd seat pocket layout, while the Nexon doesn’t come with seat pockets at all.

Despite a small cabin and a cluttered AC panel, the Nexon EV has limited storage space throughout. Originally, there was a deep, but slim box between the seats, but the wireless charger has hidden the space underneath awkwardly. A trip computer with controls on the dashboard is just one of the oddities in the Nexon, but it’s not the only one.

A button-heavy AC control panel and a vertical dashboard design also make the XUV400 look vintage. While the Nexon has odd bungee straps to hold onto knick-knacks against the seatbacks, the Mazda has no seatback storage at all, despite its larger, more purposeful door pockets and between the front seats. Which you prefer depends on your taste, but Mahindra’s build quality and fit-and-finish are a notch higher than the Nexon’s.

the authorVaishali

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