Booked Tata Nexon EV, but Mahindra XUV400 with discounts is tempting

The Nexon is a much more futuristic product, but with the discounts, the 400 does have its strengths. Would it be a mistake going for the 400 now?

BHPian GKR9900 recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

I just made a Nexon.EV Empowered plus booking the previous week. Seeing the discounts on the 4OO is making me reconsider my options. The on-road price difference between 4OO and top-end Nexon.EV LR is a whopping 4 lakhs (that's almost 20%). While the XUV does miss out on adjustable regen, ventilated seats, EPB, newer infotainment system etc, it is a much better mechanical package compared to the Nexon with its FSD equipped suspension, more interior space etc. But the NMC batteries and its reduced charging cycle is a problem, but then again there is an 8 year warranty.

I would be lying if I say I am not considering the 400 again. So decided to take a TD of the 400 again today.

In my state of Kerala, top end Nexon.EV costs 22L on road. The top end XUV with all the discounts comes to around 18.8L on road. So about 3.2 L difference to be exact.

Took the TD of the 400 again and my folks are blown away by the comfort it offers over bad roads, not to mention the extra space it offers compared to the Nexon.EV. Agreed, the Nexon is a much more futuristic product, but with the discounts, the 400 does have its strengths. Would it be a mistake going for the 400 now? BHPians, I really need your advise on this one.

Here's what BHPian electric_eel had to say on this matter:

Warning: I have seen (not test driven) the 400 twice so most of my points will be out of

ignorance. Here are few points you need to consider. Not all "futuristic" features are useful. Let me evaluate based on Nexon EV Max that I have.

  1. Sunroof (useless)
  2. Large screen (useless),
  3. Adjustable regen. I think this is very useful not just to milk the most mileage but to improve the smoothness. I find the regen level 3 to be really bad if you want to do smooth driving. Ones you get a hang of EV style driving, this is the thing that you will miss the most.
  4. Paddle shifter, in particular the way it is implemented in Kona (I tried it recently) is superb. You can bring the car to a complete stop just using regen braking.
  5. Cruise control: I hardly use it. Not a fan of it as it gives bad efficiency and without any sort of ADAS looks really scary. But that is my opinion, others have found it quite useful particularly on straight expressways.
  6. Good music system. I like it very much but I would put it in the useless category.
  7. Ventilated seats. Good to have but if the AC is fine not really important. Only available in the front seats any way.

Another point you want to consider, particularly with senior citizens is the ingress and egress. I found that shorter folks have some problem in the Nexon Max.

Here's what BHPian Venky03 had to say on this matter:

I was in a similar dilemma, let me lay down some pros and cons for you :

XUV 400 Pros:

  • Spacious and comfortable.
  • Equipped with a more powerful motor.
  • Faster DC charging speeds.
  • Less susceptible to BMS issues due to battery chemistry.

XUV 400 Cons :

  • Interiors are a sore sight.
  • No option to adjust regen, it is linked to drive modes.
  • Lack of long-term reviews regarding battery SOH.
  • Still a gen 1 product from Mahindra.
  • Facelift due for next year.

Nexon.EV Pros :

  • Modern interior and exterior design.
  • Features that're actually practical like ventilated seats and 360-degree camera.
  • Paddle shifters to adjust regen.
  • Multiple long term reviews available of both models.

Nexon.EV Cons :

  • LR variant feels cramped even in front seats.
  • Multiple owners facing HV critical error.
  • Ingress and egress for rear.
  • Slower DC-FC speeds.

I had booked both the Nexon.EV 2023 and Mahindra XUV 400, and absolutely loved the driving dynamics of the XUV 400 but there were 2 big deterrents for me:

  1. The way Mahindra treated the early adopters, all the early media reviews mentioned that the XUV 400 will come with ESC and other safety features in the production variant and these features were even promised by some dealers to the early buyers. After the updated variant arrived, these early buyers reached out to Mahindra to retrofit the updates, but they were straight up denied citing hardware incompatibility. They changed the stance very recently after all the early buyers started bashing them left and right on all the social media platforms.
  2. Software updates, they're an integral part of electric vehicles. Tata is very serious and committed to EV ecosystem and is way ahead of Mahindra. Mahindra had to switch from LG chem to Farasis for their batteries due to their lazy approach towards EVs.

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