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Old 14th June 2022, 10:21   #1
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Default Tata Nexon EV vs Tata Nexon EV Max | Which would you choose?

Tata Motors launched the Nexon EV in the Indian market back in 2020. Since its launch, the all-electric SUV has gone on to become one of the best-selling EVs in the country, allowing the company to command a majority of the market share in the Indian EV segment.

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Fast forward to 2022 and Tata Motors have now introduced a long-range version of the crossover, the Nexon EV Max. While the new car carries forward an identical design, it does offer a number of new features, tech and most importantly a larger battery pack - allowing for better range and performance.

So, if you had to pick between the Nexon EV and Nexon EV Max, which would you choose?

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Here are all the major differences between the two models, to further help you make a decision.

Exteriors

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The Tata Nexon EV and EV Max carry forward identical designs. However, the EV Max does come with a few subtle changes which help differentiate between the two.

The first is the inclusion of a new paint scheme - Intensi-Teal, which is exclusive to the Nexon EV Max. The Max also comes with a dual-tone paint scheme as standard. The EV Max carries forward the same 16-inch wheel size as the Nexon EV, however, the long-range version comes with a new dual-tone five-spoke alloy design.

Other exterior differences include reduced ground clearance on the Nexon EV Max (by 10 mm). The EV Max also weighs 100 kg more than the regular model, mainly due to the larger battery and additional equipment on-board. Tata Motors has also tuned the Nexon EV Max's suspension setup to handle the additional weight.

Interiors

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Nothing has changed on the inside, except for a small handful of cosmetic bits and feature additions. The Nexon EV Max gets an exclusive dual-tone black & beige dashboard with lots of piano black on the centre fascia. Changes include a deep blue insert with tri-arrow detailing on the dashboard, blue accents on the air-con vents and the new seat upholstery.

The bigger battery pack means a higher floor level though, which has resulted in lower levels of seating comfort compared to the regular Nexon.

Features

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The Tata Nexon EV Max carries forward most of the features from the standard model, while also packing a host of new ones. The Nexon EV Max now features a rotary gear knob with a digital display on top, indicating the multi-drive modes on offer (Eco, City & Sport). The EV Max also comes with an electronic parking brake, auto-hold, wireless charger, ventilated seats, hill-descent control, air purifier, cruise control, smartwatch integration and an upgraded ZConnect 2.0 connected car tech with 48 smart features.

Specifications (Battery, Range & Charging)

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This is where most of the changes between the two models are concentrated. The Tata Nexon EV Max comes with a larger battery pack of 40.5 kWh, which is 10.3 kWh more than that of the standard model. The larger battery pack has allowed the Nexon EV Max to offer a higher "ideal conditions" range of 437 km - 125 km more than on the standard Nexon EV (which offers 312 km certified range). The Nexon EV Max's real world range should be in the 250 - 300 km space.

Not only the range, but Tata Motors has also improved the power & torque output on the Nexon EV Max, which is now rated at 143 BHP and 250 Nm (up by 14 BHP and 5 Nm). In terms of performance, the Nexon EV Max is said to be capable of sprinting from 0 - 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds, compared to 9.9 seconds on the standard model.

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The Tata Nexon EV Max has two charging options, a standard 3.3 kW charger which takes 15 - 16 hours to completely charge the long-range model. Tata also offers the EV Max model with a 7.2 kW fast charger, which reduces charging times to just 6.5 hours. The regular model, on the other hand, comes with a standard 3.3 kW unit which charges the EV in 10 hours.

To further aid range, the Tata Nexon EV Max is offered with three levels of regenerative braking. While the highest-level regen aids single-pedal driving, owners can also switch off the regen feature completely.

Prices

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The standard Nexon EV model is offered in three trims: XM, XZ+ and XZ+ Lux. Prices for the standard model range from Rs 14.79 lakh to Rs 17.40 lakh (ex-showroom). The long-range Nexon EV Max is offered in two variants: XZ+ and XZ+ Lux, both offered with a choice of either the 3.3 kW or 7.2 kW charger. Prices for the Nexon EV Max start from Rs 17.74 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 19.24 lakh (ex-showroom).

Read the official Team-BHP review of the Tata Nexon EV Max - here (Tata Nexon EV Max Review).
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Old 14th June 2022, 10:28   #2
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Hmmmm, bit of a pickle here. I usually go for the engine option with the max power, but the difference really isn't that much more with the EV Max. Especially when you consider the power-to-weight ratios. The main advantage with the EV Max would be the enhanced range & some features (especially adjustable re-gen braking). Still, this is the rare time I'd go for the "regular" variant. Reasons = Based on BHPian comments so far, the regular Nexon is more comfortable, in terms of seating position as well as ride quality. Both of these are very important to me. My EV will be purely a city car, so that ~200 km range is more than sufficient for me. I have other, bigger, faster cars for highway runs.

Would consider the money saved as "free maintenance" for 10 years .

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For a city usage only : Nexon EV
For a city+nearby outstation trips: Nexon EV Max
For a city+longer highway trips: ZS/Kona

My use case is strictly city usage with another dedicated highway ride in the garage, so voting for Nexon EV.

Test drove the two versions back to back and this is my take on them. Would have gone with the max for third use case as well but for the rear seat comfort - just wasn’t comfortable for my height.
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I am planning to replace my city car in the next few years and aiming for an EV. I am budget conscious and happy to forego features since the tasks at hand will be as mundane as moving from point A to B, grocery runs, school drop etc with major time idling in bumper to bumper traffic of Bangalore and hardly much kms to cover per trip. For this scenario Nexon EV would be ideal for me. If the scenario was for highway runs I would still prefer to have an ICE over EV Max as even with this enhanced range, it may not be sufficient for my travel style (prefer to cover the distance with few and quick breaks in between) and the charging points / fast charger uptime and coverage on the highways still to mature to the point which makes me comfortable.
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Purely for the rear seating comfort : it would be the regular EV for me, had I needed to buy one.
The EV Max would have been the better choice due to better range, features, etc. It is one car that could do Mumbai - Pune runs on a single charge, a requirement for me to consider any vehicle as we often do day trips to Pune.
However, an unusable backseat for dad & my 6'+ frames is a big deal breaker : one reason there is no EV that truly excites us as most of them have a compromise in terms of rear seat comfort or ground clearance or range (350kms real world range would be ideal).
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I went with the Nexon EV max.
I'd like to have more power for the money I invest in a car.
Ev max has obvious advantages over the regular Nexon in terms of longer range, power and better charging options.
GC and rear seat space have drawn mixed opinions but its not a deal breaker for me as it will be used for 80% in city and 20 % in highways (long drives) with max 2 adults and 2 kids.
Feature rich - rotary gear selector, adjustable regen levels, ventilated seats, to name a few.

Last but no the least - I have booked one for myself and awaiting delivery next week !
Will write about my booking, delivery and after sales experience soon.
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Originally Posted by RahulNagaraj View Post

The Tata Nexon EV Max carries forward most of the features from the standard model, while also packing a host of new ones. The Nexon EV Max now features a rotary gear knob with a digital display on top, indicating the multi-drive modes on offer (Eco, City & Sport). The EV Max also comes with an electronic parking brake, auto-hold, wireless charger, ventilated seats, hill-descent control, air purifier, cruise control, smartwatch integration and an upgraded ZConnect 2.0 connected car tech with 48 smart features.
Please add these key features that should rate high for highway usage:
Traction Control
ESP with roll over mitigation
All four disc brakes with disc wiping, brake fade compensation, after impact braking etc
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I have got the delivery of my Nexon EV last Monday and as much as I am happy about the car, I do realise the limitations it has to offer when compared to the Nexon EV Max. Still, I would prefer the EV over EV Max as the seating comfort of both driver and rear seats on EV Max was not even close to being acceptable for me.

I am 5’ 11” and lot on the healthier side. From my experience with the EV Max, anyone shorter than 5’ 6” or 7” and having a normal physique can find the EV Max seating to be acceptable and not a deal breaker.

My ideal car would have been MG ZS EV Excite but no point contemplating on it now as I already got the regular Nexon EV.

The range I get currently is barely 150km per full charge. Discussed with a couple of folks in forums and they advised me to get the BMS updated. Shall wait till I complete 1000KM, go for first service and get BMS and software updated, if any. I hope the range woes would get tad bit better post that.
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Between these two I would definitely prefer the max. As others have pointed out, the max has many necessary safety features IMO which are missed on the standard version. But the biggest reason for me would be the 30% bigger battery for 10% more money. Not only do you have to charge it less often but can also safeguard against future battery degradation. Battery degradation will not only result in less range but also less power. Just like I would pay the premium for the best engine offered in a car, I would prefer the best battery on an EV.
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Having owned a regular Nexon EV for about 2 months now and given my use case of city runs only, my vote goes for the same. The real-world range of 180-200 km on offer is more than enough for my usage. The Max variant was on the verge of being launched when I took delivery of mine and the SA did try to convince me to change my booking to the Max but I did not, which looks like a good decision in the hindsight. I don't think I am bold enough - just yet - to attempt an outstation drive with an EV that offers less than 300 km of real-world range, increasing no. of charging stations on our highways notwithstanding. Moreover, I can live without most of the features that the Max brings in over the regular Nexon EV - electronic parking brake, auto-hold, wireless charger, ventilated seats, hill-descent control, air purifier, cruise control, smartwatch integration. I like my cars simple

Here is my take on areas where one has an upper hand over the other:

Regular Nexon EV
- Higher GC (matters on our Indian roads)
- Better seating comfort, particularly in the rear
- Lesser electronics (lower number of points of failure, especially for a Tata car)
- Cheaper by a few lac
- Lower charging time (with 3.3 kW charger)

Nexon EV Max
- Higher range (by 80-90 km in real-world usage)
- More features
- Option of 7.2 kW AC fast charger
- (Marginally) higher power and torque

It is quite straightforward, as I see it - for strict city usage, the regular Nexon EV is good enough, unless one cannot live with some of the new features on offer in the Max. For folks who intend to do frequent short highway runs, say Mumbai-Pune or Bangalore-Mysore, the Max is a great alternative since it will be able to do these in a single charge without any range anxiety creeping in.

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It's interesting to see the effect of the tradeoffs which Tata has had to make in the Max.

The increase in range and better safety tech was probably with a view to making Max a viable highway cruiser. However, the trade off of poor seat comfort works directly against this objective. What use is a car which has the range but doesn't have the comfort for a long highway run?

Not sure if Max will make sense to many people. Maybe only for customers who are small built?

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Voted for the Max. Switched my booking form regular EV to Max on day of launch just because the number of features offered for the price difference were more than worth it for me. The car will be primarily city driven with 2 people (me and my dad, both 6 feet) so the rear seats will not be used much. Even when I use both my mom and wife are around 5.6 feet and they were both comfortable behind me during the test drive, so when all 5 of us travel (including my 1.5 year old kid), we will be pretty comfortable in it I guess. Will soon be able to confirm this as the car is registered and getting the delivery tomorrow

I know for the city runs the regular EV is more than sufficient but both me and my dad prefer to buy the latest tech when buying anything, because we feel it offers better value over a longer period of time. Moreover the new gear knob / adjustable regen / auto hold are all very useful features. The regular Nexon ev gear knob is now also used in the Tata Ace EV.
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I have driven the Nexon EV and Tigor EV for a good 150km over multiple test drives in various conditions. My average energy consumption has been in tune of 180 wh/km. As such, I find the range offered by the Nexon EV to be inadequate for Delhi NCR, where a simple return trip to the airport can be 120km+ for many people. I don’t see the car doing more than 180km on a 100% charge, or 140km on a more relevant 15-90% charge. That’s too less.

If it is the Nexon EV, it has to be the Max variant with the bigger battery. The price premium is totally worth it for the bigger battery and the peace of mind that comes with it. It makes the car so much more relevant and practical.

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Both cars in my garage (and any subsequent ones) will be used in the city as well as for highway runs, so range is crucial for me. I need a minimum of 250 km real world range to be confident of taking out an EV on the highway. Purely for this reason, voted for the EV Max.
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EV max deliveries delayed across TAMO dealerships in entire TN state.
Dealers citing delays due to RTO design approval issues. My Vehicle arrived at yard a week ago , I have completed payment formalities yet agonisingly waiting for delivery.
Any of our BHPians who booked the Max facing similar issue in any part of our country??
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