2024 Mahindra XUV 400 Drive Review : Your First EV ?

I recently had the opportunity to drive the new all-electric XUV400 Pro for a few straight 500-600 km stretches, and it’s time to share my thoughts on this electrifying ride.

Introduction:

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Since its inception, I’ve been drawn to the XUV400 for its affordability, practicality, space, and comfort. However, the older version lacked some essential features compared to rivals like the Nexon EV, such as rear AC vents and wireless charging. But now, Mahindra has stepped up its game with the introduction of three new variants: EC Pro (34.5kWh battery, 3.3 kW
AC Charger), ELPro (34.5kWh battery, 7.2 kWAC charger), and ELPro(39.4 kWh battery,
7.2 kW AC charger).I had the chance to test out the top variant, the XUV400 EL Pro (39.4 kWh battery, 7.2 kW AC charger).

What’s New ?¬†

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The new XUV400 comes packed with upgrades. The 10.25-inch infotainment system and digital instrument cluster elevate the driving experience, while the dual-tone interiors with a premium dashboard exude modernity. The infotainment system boasts the Adrenox connected car system with over 50 features for seamless connectivity.Enhanced comfort features like Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Rear AC Vents, and Wireless Charger add convenience to the ride.

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One standout feature is the full-screen navigation display on the instrument cluster, eliminating the need to glance at the infotainment or mobile screen while driving.

The XUV400 prioritizes safety with features like six airbags, ESP, TPMS, auto-dimming IRVM, all 4 disc brakes, and ISOFIX seats.

Practicality and Space

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Unlike the sub-4-meter Nexon EV, the XUV400 offers spaciousness and a generous boot space of 378 litres, all under the price tag of Rs. 20 lakh.

Drivability and Range

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Though the XUV400 doesn’t have the biggest battery pack in its segment, its motor is quite powerful, capable of producing 310 Nm of instantaneous torque, which is more than both the Nexon EV and MG ZS EV (which is in a segment above). While the performance is quite good, it takes 8.3 seconds to reach 0 to 100 kmph. It offers three drive modes: fun, fast, and fearless. Driving in fearless mode showcases the EV’s impressive performance.

The XUV400’s soft suspension provides exceptional ride quality, and the ultra-light steering makes maneuvering at high speeds effortless, akin to driving a toy car (used figuratively). Braking is also excellent, thanks to the all four disc brakes.The ‘Lively mode’ stands out as a segment-first feature, making navigation in dense traffic effortless.

The range I achieved was 270-290 km, which is reasonable considering its performance, especially in fun mode. However, driving in fearless mode may reduce the range to 230-240 km. If this meets your daily driving needs, then the XUV400 is a great choice.

Conclusion 

In conclusion, the Mahindra XUV400 is an excellent choice for first-time EV buyers under 20 lakhs, provided your daily commute falls within the range of 240 km to beat range anxiety. It’s a compelling package that combines affordability, practicality, comfort, and performance. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

 

 

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