Mahindra XUV400 vs MG ZS EV | Electric Car Shootout!

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Mahindra XUV400 vs MG ZS EV

Electric vehicles are the new innovation. And many carmakers in India have already entered or are willing to enter the EV space. One such carmaker is the Mahindra and Mahindra. Recently after years of testing, Mahindra has finally unveiled its first electric car for the Indian Market. It is the Mahindra XUV400.

Mahindra XUV400

In the electric vehicle space in the Indian market, there are two most prominent names, Tata and MG. Let’s save Tata for later and check whether the offering from Mahindra will be able to surpass the MG ZS EV. So. before we further ado, it’s pitch both the cars head to head.

The Design and Dimensions

MG ZS EV

Dimensions

Mahindra XUV400 MG ZS EV
Length (mm) 4200 4323
Width (mm) 1821 1809
Height (mm) 1634 1649
Wheelbase (mm) 2600 2581

Like most of the electric vehicles in the country, the XUV400 also started off as a car with an internal combustion engine (XUV300). Meaning, it the majority of the external components and body structure from its donor vehicle. Similarly, MG EV also borrows most of its exterior clues from Astor, its IC counterpart.

Mahindra XUV400 | Side Profile

However, the most prominent change on both the vehicles one may see is definitely the paint job. Apart from that, different styles of alloy wheels are also on the list. Next, on the list of changes is the closed-off grille. Now, the car only has one inlet for the cooling mechanism for batteries and the motor.

Which vehicles offer better power and range?

Battery and Motor

Mahindra XUV400 MG ZS EV
Battery 39.4kWh 50.5kWh
Motor Power 150bhp 176.5ps
Torque 310Nm 280Nm
0-100 Acceleration Time Under 8.3 Sec 8.5 Sec
Claimed Range 456km (Expected) 461km
Actual Range (in Eco)* N.A 350kms
Charging Time with 50kW Charger 50 Minutes (Upto 80%) 60Minutes

For some, electric cars could be boring, but when one gets behind the wheel, it’s a totally new experience. Well, as electric vehicles lack a transmission, the transmission losses in an EV are relatively low. This allows a faster acceleration time and an instant torque at almost all speeds.

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Hence it is important to have a powerful yet efficient motor that could set the power down on the tarmac. In this comparo, it is the Mahindra XUV400 that has the fastest 0-100 claimed time. This also has to do with peak torque of 310Nm which also is the best in class.

Which Electric Vehicle has a better Interior and Features?

Mahindra XUV400 Interior

Like the exterior, other SUVs take a completely different approach to the interior. But both the vehicles share the same interior as their IC engine counterparts. But it is the MG that has better quality and a more spacious interior.

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Features

Mahindra XUV400 MG ZS EV
Infotainment System 7 Inch 10.1 inch
No. of speakers 4 speaker+2 tweeters 4 speaker+2 tweeters
Ventilated Seats
Sunroof Panoramic
Instrument Cluster Part Digital All-digital
Air purifier
Powered Seats
Auto-Dimming IRVM
No. of Airbags 6 6
360-degree Camera

In Addition to that both the cars come with standard safety features which include 6 airbags, ABS and EBD, disc brakes on all the sides and more.

MG ZS EV | Interior

Price and Rivals

The variants of the Mahindra XUV400 have not been unveiled. But we anticipate that the one that was unveiled last week would be the top-end trim. And on the other end, MG Astor we are comparing is its top-end, exclusive trim.

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Speaking of the rivals, as of now, there are not many electric cars in the country at this price point. But considering the offering, apart from MG Astor, Mahindra XUV400 competes with the likes of Tata Nexon EV, and Hyundai Kona. With that, we also expect the base trims of XUV400 to rival Tata Tigor EV.

Tata Nexon EV MAX Interior

Talking about prices, the prices for Tata Nexon EV MAX start at Rs. 17.74 Lakh for the base XZ Plus trim and goes all the way up to Rs. 19.24 Lakh for the ZX Plus LUX trim. As of now, the top-end exclusive trim of the MG ZS EV is priced at Rs. 25.44 Lakh. However, MG will launch its base Excite trim in July at Rs. 21.99 Lakh.

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Considering the features on offer and the battery and motor, we expect the price for the Mahindra XUV400 to be somewhere around Rs. 13Lakh to 18Lakh (Ex-showroom).

Let us know in the comment section, what you think about electric vehicles, are they here to stay? Also, which of the two makes more sense?