Mahindra XUV400 EV Evaluation: Spectacular Tata Nexon EV rival with one concern

Whereas Mahindra has a totally fleshed-out EV portfolio within the business automobile section, their developments within the passenger automobile section haven’t been all that spectacular up to now. All that’s about to alter, nevertheless, as the corporate plans to launch their first absolutely electrical SUV within the Indian market. The brand new product is named XUV400 and is the primary XUV with an excellent letter in the beginning. This new EV relies on the prevailing XUV300 however does include just a few design tweaks and a brand new powertrain.
So what is that this automobile all about? Is it simply an XUV300 modified with an electrical powertrain? What are its professionals and cons and the way is it to drive? Effectively, we acquired to seek out out the reply to all of those questions as we acquired to drive the XUV400 on numerous take a look at tracks inside Mahindra’s personal analysis facility in Tamil Nadu.
Mahindra XUV400: Exterior
While you have a look at the design of the XUV400, you’ll discover lots of similarities with the inner combustion engine-powered XUV300. It is because the 2 automobiles are based mostly on the identical platform however there are some important variations you can spot up entrance.

The grille has been utterly shut as a result of it is an electrical automobile and does not want the type of cooling that an ICE wants. On the heart of this grille is a brand new twin peaks emblem in copper end. It will get nicer-looking LED DRLs and copper end on the bumper as properly. General, the XUV400 looks like a barely premium-looking model of the XUV300. Speaking about the remainder of the design, once more there are similarities with the XUV300 however there are some refined modifications on the aspect and rear which can inform those who this isn’t simply XUV300.

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Mahindra XUV400: Inside
When you get contained in the cabin of the XUV400, you’ll discover that it doesn’t look as trendy and sensible as the outside. The principle cause for this downside is that it will get the identical cabin format because the XUV300 which itself has a cabin that appears dated. The XUV400 will get an all-black inside with copper highlights on sure surfaces, it nonetheless misses out on any soft-touch surfaces. In all places you look, you see exhausting plastic.

Mahindra XUV400 dashboard

Even the infotainment display screen and the middle console don’t sport a up to date design. The 7-inch display screen itself is kind of small contemplating what the competitors has to supply. Nonetheless, when it comes to performance, the display screen works properly and the contact response and the person interface are very first rate as properly. The middle console has lots of buttons which makes it look fairly busy. I’d have most popular a cleaner heart console however I do perceive there are value targets retaining the staff from designing a model new console.
The steering wheel feels nicer and has some piano-black surfaces together with steering-mounted controls. It additionally will get the copper twin peaks emblem and behind it lies the redesigned instrument console. The instrument cluster has two analogue dials and a digital show within the center similar to the XUV30 however the cause I say it’s redesigned is as a result of the readouts are completely different on the XUV400. One other important change could be seen within the type of a brand new drive selector. As an alternative of a conventional gear lever, you get a shorter and extra premium-looking drive selector lever. It may be used to shift the automobile into the drive, reverse or a single pedal mode. It appears to be like so good that it nearly feels misplaced within the cabin of the XUV400.
When it comes to performance, there is no such thing as a wi-fi charging or wi-fi Android Auto/Apple Automotive Play. Even the tray underneath the middle console just isn’t sufficiently big to carry a regular-sized modern-day smartphone. All of this makes me really feel that there’s a lot of room for enchancment on the subject of the cabin expertise of the XUV400.
Shifting on to the rear seat, there’s good house and that’s one huge benefit of the XUV400. If you’re on the lookout for a automobile in your complete household, this is without doubt one of the greatest choices in its section because of its huge dimension and the ensuing cabin house. The seat cushion is sweet and you’ve got good knee room and headroom as properly. Nonetheless, the inclusion of rear AC vents and SUB ports for rear seat occupants would have been a pleasant addition.
Coming to the boot house of the automobile, it’s considerably greater than that of the XUV300. The additional size of 205mm has resulted in a boot capability of 378 liters which is sufficient to pack in sufficient baggage for a weekend getaway.
Mahindra XUV400: Powertrain, Battery and Efficiency
Whereas I used to be not very impressed with the cabin of the XUV400, the driving expertise put a giant smile on my face. It is just once you drive the XUV400 that you simply understand how enjoyable and good this machine is. We drove the XUV400 at Mahindra’s SUV offering high-speed observe to check the capabilities of the SUV. The acceleration was fast and it may attain a prime pace of 156kmph with two individuals sitting inside. Mahindra claims the SUV can do 0-100 in simply 8.4 seconds and 0-60 in 4 seconds. We have been in a position to get very near the claimed figures that are examined underneath ultimate situations.

Mahindra XUV400 electric motor

The XUV400 comes with a 39.4kWh battery pack which could sound a little bit small on paper however it packs a punch. Speaking concerning the vary, Mahindra claims the XUV400 can do 456km on a single cost which ought to end in a variety of about 280-300km in day-to-day utilization. Charging choices embody a 50kW DC quick charger which may cost the automobile from 0 to 80 per cent in about 50 minutes. You even have the choice of utilizing a house charger with the 16A socket which can cost the automobile at a a lot slower price.

Mahindra XUV400 charging port

General when it comes to driving, I believe the Mahindra XUV400 is good, enjoyable, sensible and straightforward to drive.
Mahindra XUV400: Conclusion
When it comes to design, the Mahindra XUV400 is barely completely different from the XUV300 and appears higher. The cabin, nevertheless, just isn’t that nice. It’s purposeful, spacious and sensible however does not actually exude premiumness and likewise appears to be like dated. The driving is the place the XUV400 redeems itself in a giant method as it’s spectacularly enjoyable to drive, it’s fast, and it’s a automobile that can put a giant smile in your face. One factor to remember is that the models we drove didn’t have traction management however the closing product could have this function enabled. I simply hope that you simply do get an choice to modify off the traction management utterly as a result of that’s when you may have some wild enjoyable with the XUV400.

Mahindra XUV400 driving left

I didn’t just like the excessively gentle steering because it gave no suggestions. Barring that, it’s a good automobile to drive.
Contemplating the slight modifications and cabin compromises which have been made on this automobile, I hope Mahindra provides it a really aggressive price ticket and if that occurs I believe Mahindra could have one other winner on its hand and that’s what we have to make the EV section develop within the nation.


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