Which is the best electric SUV to buy under Rs. 20 lakhs? Is it Mahindra XUV400 or Tata Nexon EV Max? Let’s compare these two electric SUVs to find that out!
Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV Max – Exterior and Interior
The Mahindra XUV400 as you can see, the electric SUV has X pattern on the closed grille. The whole SUV is highlighted with copper colors on the logo, door claddings, and roof. It has LED headlamps with LED DRLs integrated at the top inside the headlamps and no fog lamps as you can see, the bumpers at the front and rear are finished in faux silver skid plate, and the bonnet has cuts to give a little meaner look. Moving to the side, it has thin wheel arches with 16-inch alloy wheels and roof rails that appears to be functional. It has LED taillamps with halogen indicators and a small spoiler, and rear wiper on the rear windscreen.
From the front as you can see, it has blacked out closed grille with LED headlamps and LED Fog lamps with blue accent around the fog lamps covering and across the closed grille. The bumper both front and rear are finished in faux silver skid plate. The bonnet has cuts to give a little sporty look from the front. Moving to the side, it has roof rails on the top finished in blue accent, and blue cadding on the window frame. The Nexon EV Max rides on 16-inch alloy wheels. Moving to the rear, it has the arrow LED taillamps with blue element at the center with Tata logo, a small roof spoiler, and rear wiper on the rear windscreen.
From the inside, the XUV400 has the same dashboard layout as the XUV300. It has 7-inch infotainment system placed between the AC vents and the AC vents at the sides positioned horizontally. It t has the option for the dual-tone dashboard. The XUV400 has a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with analog instrument cluster and TFT display between the analog dials, and a single-pane sunroof. It has a rotary dial to control the HVAC function of the car. It has two USB ports at the front and no USB ports at the rear. The rear seats are split in 60:40 ratio. It has the 6-speaker sound system as well.
As for the Nexon EV Max, it has a 10.25-inch infotainment system placed above the AC vents and the AC vents at the side positioned horizontally. It has the dual-tone theme option as well. The Nexon EV Max has a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with Semi-Digital instrument cluster, a rotary dial for drive mode with LCD screen that displays the drive mode, electric parking brake with auto hold next to it, and wireless charging pad. The buttons for the ventilated seats are placed at the left bottom side of the driver seat and right bottom side of the passenger side. It has two USB ports at the front and at the rear. The rear seats are split in 60:40 ratio and it has 8-speaker Harman sound system.
So, from the outside, the Nexon EV Max, looks good than the XUV400 and while the design from the outside on your choice. Moreover, the interiors of the Nexon EV Max looks a whole lot better than the XUV400.
Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV Max – Dimensions
|Mahindra XUV400||Tata Nexon EV Max|
|Boot Space||378 litres||350 litres|
|Kerb Weight||1,578 kg||1,400 kg|
When it comes to dimensions, you’ll notice a huge difference between the two SUVs. The XUV400 measures 4200m in length, 1821m in width, and 1634mm in height. The Nexon EV Max measures 3993mm in length that is shorter by 207mm, width of 1811mm which is less wider by 10mm, and height of 1616mm that is shorter by 18mm. The XUV400 has a wheelbase of 2600mm, ground clearance of 200mm, boot space of 378 litres, and kerb weight of 1,578 kg. The Nexon EV Max on the other hand has a wheelbase of 2498mm that is shorter by 102mm, ground clearance of 190mm that is less by 10mm, boot space of 350 litres which is smaller by 28 litres, and kerb weight of 1,400 kg that is 178 kg lighter.
Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV Max – Battery Pack
|Mahindra XUV400||Tata Nexon EV Max|
|Battery Pack||34.5 kWh||39.4 kWh||40.5 kWh|
|Power||147.51 bhp||147.51 bhp||141.04 bhp|
|Torque||310 Nm||310 Nm||250 Nm|
|Range||375 km||456 km||453 km|
|Charging Time||0 – 100% in 50 minutes – D.C||0 – 100% in 50 minutes – D.C||0 – 80% in 56 minutes – D.C|
0 – 100% in 6.5 hours – Fast A.C
|0 – 100 kmph||8.3 seconds||8.3 seconds||under 9 seconds|
|Top Speed||160 kmph||160 kmph||140 kmph|
Whenever you buy an EV, you expect it to be quicker and offer better range in one charge. The Mahindra XUV400 has two battery pack on offer and the Nexon EV Max has one battery pack on offer. However, we should start with the XUV400, the first battery pack is the 34.5 kWh that puts out 147.51 bhp and 310 Nm of torque. It has a single motor that drives the front wheels and offers range of 375 km. It can charge from 0 – 100% in 50 Minutes on a D.C Charger, and can go from 0 – 100 kmph in just 8.3 seconds at a top speed of 160 kmph.
The second battery pack is the 39.4 kWh that produces the same power and torque, but has a range of 456 km. It has the same charging, same acceleration, and same top speed. The Nexon EV Max on the other hand is powered by 40.5 kWh battery pack that produces 141.04 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. It has a single motor that drives the front wheel and gives a range of 453 km. It takes 56 minutes to charge from 0 – 80% from a DC Charger and 6.5 hours from 0 – 100% on a Fast 7.2 kWh charger.
Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV Max – Features
|Features||Mahindra XUV400||Tata Nexon EV Max|
|Wheel size & Tyre||16-inch, alloy wheels||16-inch alloy wheels|
|Auto Power Window||Yes||Yes|
|Rear AC vent||–||Yes|
|Android Auto, Apple CarPlay||Yes||Yes|
|Sound System||4-speaker sound system||8-speaker Harman sound system|
|Auto Dimming IRVM||–||Yes|
|Height adjustable driver seat||Yes||Yes|
When it comes to features especially in the electric vehicles, you would really expect it to be feature-loaded since-you’re paying Rs. 20 lakhs and as you can see in the table, the XUV400 misses out on rear AC vents, cooled glovebox, auto-dimming IRVM, and ventilated seats. It also doesn’t get the 8-speaker sound system and a bigger infotainment system like the Nexon EV Max has on offer.
|Safety Features||Mahindra XUV400||Tata Nexon EV Max|
|Airbags||Six airbags||Six Airbags|
|Camera||reverse-parking camera||reverse-parking camera|
|ABS with EBD||Yes||Yes|
|Hill Descent Control||–||Yes|
|All 4 Disc Brakes||Yes||Yes|
Even when it comes to offering safety features, the XUV400 misses out cruise control, traction control, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Assist, Hill Descent Control, and ISOFIX anchorages. The Nexon EV Max has all these safety features and therefore stays ahead of the XUV400 in safety as well!
Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV Max – Price and Warranty
|Mahindra XUV400||Rs. 15.99 lakh – Rs. 18.99 lakh|
|Tata Nexon EV Max||Rs. 16.49 lakh – Rs. 18.99 lakh|
The Mahindra XUV400 starts at Rs. 15.99 lakh for the entry-level ‘EC’ variant and goes up to Rs. 18.99 lakh for the top ‘EL Fast-Charging’ variant. The Tata Nexon EV Max on the other hand starts at Rs. 16.49 lakh for the base ‘XM’ variant and goes up to Rs. 18.99 lakh for the top end ‘XZ Lux Plus FC’ variant. The price difference between the two Electric SUVs is Rs. 50,000 for the entry-level variant and the top variant is the same for both the model.
As for the warranty, the XUV400 has 3 years/unlimited kms warranty period on the car and 8 years/ 1,60,000 km on the motor and the battery. For the Nexon EV Max, it has a warranty period of 3 years/1,25,000 km on car and 8 years/1,60,000 km for the battery and can be extended up to 5 years/1,25,000 km on the car.
Mahindra XUV400 vs Tata Nexon EV Max – Verdict
In the end, the decision to buy which electric SUV depends totally on you, however, we would recommend you the Nexon EV Max, as even though it’s smaller in dimensions than the XUV400, it has more features and safety on offer than the XUV400, and more over the top model price is the same so you don’t have to pay extra. Which one would you choose?