Mahindra XUV400 EV vs Tata Nexon EV Prime- A Potential Threat to the Nexon EV

There is no doubt that the electric iteration of the Tata Nexon EV prime holds the highest market share in the EV segment. Not only one EV but a majority of Tata cars from their EV portfolio are segment leaders in the country. They recently launched a cheaper EV, the Tiago EV. The Tiago EV’s price (ex-showroom) starts from Rs 8.49 lakh onwards. However, keeping the Tiago aside, let’s talk about the newcomer in the EV segment, the Mahindra XUV400 EV.

Due to its shape and size, it directly rivals the Tata Nexon EV.

As far as the pricing goes, both cars fall under Rs 20 lakh. So, if you are planning to enter the EV segment with that budget, then you should know the offerings of these homegrown electric vehicles.

Let’s begin weighing these two vehicles.

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Battery Packs

Let’s start with the newbie, the XUV400 EV produced by Mahindra and Mahindra. This vehicle is offered in two battery packs: a 34.5 kWh and a 39.4 kWh unit. The indigenous car manufacturer has coupled these battery packs with a single electric motor, which churns out 148 bhp and 310 Nm of peak torque. It comes with a standard one-speed automatic gearbox, coupled with a Sport Mode feature.

As far as the figures go, the Mahindra XUV400 EV’s range is 375 km (with a 34.5 kWh battery pack), while the 39.4 kWh iteration has a range of 456 km. All are MIDC-claimed range figures. You can check out the Mahindra XUV400 EV price on the autoX website.

In addition, it is also worth mentioning that the larger battery pack of 39.4 kWh is exclusive to the top-of-the-line EV EL Fast Charger variant.

On the other side of the coin, the Tata Nexon EV Prime has only one battery pack on offer: a 30.2 kWh battery unit. The indigenous carmaker has coupled this battery unit with an electric motor that is tuned to churn out 127 bhp and 245 Nm of peak torque. Like other EVs, this vehicle is also coupled with a single-speed automatic gearbox.   Tata Nexon EV 1png  

Charging

The Tata Nexon EV Prime has an ARAI-claimed range of 312 km.

In addition, Tata Motors also offers the Nexon with a bigger battery pack, which is named, the Tata Nexon EV Max. The Nexon EV Max’s price starts at Rs 16.49 lakh and goes up to Rs 18.99 lakh. All are ex-showroom prices.

Furthermore, there are only two charging options on offer. If you use a 3.3 kWh AC charger, it will take 8.5 hours to fully replenish the battery, whereas, using a 50 kWh DC fast charger can take only 60 mins to charge up the battery to 80%.

Besides the engine output, the Tata Nexon EV Prime has an independent McPherson Strut with Coil Spring at the front and a Twist Beam with Dual Path Strut at the rear.

 

Suspension

In parallel, the Mahindra XUV400 EV also uses a McPherson Strut but with an Anti Roll Bar at the rear and a Twist Beam with Coil Spring at the rear. The suspension setups on these indigenous EVs are designed for Indian roads. Both vehicles can provide comfort and stability, even at high speeds. The suspension setups on these vehicles are soft and stiff at the same time. Speaking of ride quality, several Mahindra cars usually don’t let the owners complain about the ride quality. In fact, their popular SUV, the Mahindra XUV700 has an FSD (frequency selective damping) benefit in its suspension setup, making it offer one of the most comfortable ride qualities in the segment. You can check out the XUV700 price on the autoX domain.

A soft suspension offers comfort, as it can easily absorb bumps from the potholes, while a stiff suspension offers stability. However, it is recommended to take a test drive of a vehicle, as personal experiences can vary from person to person.

However, the suspension arrangements on the Mahindra XUV400 EV work in tandem with dual disc brakes (standard in all variants), while the Tata Nexon EV has its suspension setup work with disc-drum brakes. The disc-drum brake setup is also standard across the Tata Nexon EV’s variants. Considering the Tata Nexon EV’s price, the carmaker should have offered a dual-disc setup.

Furthermore, the top models of these two EVs run on 16-inch alloy wheels. The Mahindra XUV400 EV has a tire profile of 205/65 R16, while the Tata Nexon EV Prime has a tire profile of 215/60 R16. At the same time, both vehicles have steel wheels as their spare wheels.

Now, let’s jump to the features of these homegrown EVs.

 

Features

For starters, let’s talk about the Mahindra XUV400 EV’s exclusive features. Seems worth mentioning, especially in an era where everything is automatic, but this vehicle offers a single-zone manually-operated HVAC with no rear vents. Besides that, the top model of this vehicle offers vanity mirrors on visors (driver and co-driver), a 12V power outlet(s), a leather-wrapped gear knob, a sunglass holder, and a remotely operated tailgate opener.

On the flip side, the Tata Nexon EV prime offers an auto HVAC with rear vents, two 12V charging sockets, adjustable seat heights, front ventilated seats (with cooling function only), a dual-tone interior, a cooled glove box, a gear shift indicator, etc.

As for user interaction, the Mahindra XUV400 EV has an analogue instrument cluster (only with a digital clock), while the Tata Nexon EV Prime has a fully digital instrument cluster.

Moreover, both vehicles get an integrated seven-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. They also offer steering-mounted controls, voice commands, Auxiliary compatibility, AM/FM radio, and a USB port. One more feature that makes the Tata Nexon EV Prime sets apart is the offering of a wireless charger.

 

Exterior

As for exterior illumination, both EVs sport halogen plus projector headlights, follow-me-home headlamps, automatic headlights-on feature, LED taillights, and LED DRLs. At the same time, these tow vehicles also let the user manually adjust the height of the headlights.

If you are a Mahindra fan who wants to go green, you should check out the location-based XUV400 price on autoX.

On the safety front, both vehicles offer a reverse camera with guidance and sensors, manually adjustable anti-glare IRVMs. The child safety lock, speed sensing door lock, central locking, and engine immobilizer.

Moreover, the Tata Nexon’s exclusive safety features include a puncture repair kit, dual airbags. Tyre pressure monitoring system, brake assist, hill hold control, and hill descent control.

On the contrary, the Mahindra XUV400 EV’s safety features include an emergency brake light flashing, and six airbags. Rest, all are the same. Also, it is worth mentioning that both homegrown EVs boast a five-star safety rating, awarded by the Global NCAP.

You can, however, check the curated list of features and specifications on the autoX website.

 

Variants and Prices

The Mahindra XUV400 EV is offered in two variants. The starting ex-showroom price of this EV’s base model is Rs 15.99 lakh. The EV, and goes up to Rs 18.99 for the top model, the EV EL Fast Charger.

In parallel, the Tata Nexon EV Prime is sold in six variants. The variant is, XM, and goes up to Rs 17.19 lakh for the top model, the Prime XZ Plus Lux Dark Edition.

All are ex-showroom prices, New Delhi, as of February 2023. Please note that these prices are subject to change without prior notice to the customer. But don’t worry! You can always visit the autoX website to access the latest location-based price list for your dream vehicle. For more information, visit our domain. In addition, you can also stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. You receive alerts for job opportunities, online giveaways, and the latest automotive-related content.  

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