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Riveting the EVs? | Mahindra XUV 400

The engineers have done everything possible to make this structurally safe for the occupants and protect the battery

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8.3 seconds is the time Mahindra claims that the XUV 400 takes to get to 100km/h. But when we tried to test it, we couldn’t match that figure since our cars weren’t activated with traction control as it was a pre-production version. Nonetheless, the XUV 400 has quite a decent amount of power to put down, making you smirk when you floor the throttle. Also, the steering is quite light, which can be a letdown while cornering hard, but I can imagine that it might be quite a boon in the city. Also, the suspension set-up is on the softer side, so body roll is quite evident, and on the smooth tarmac of Mahindra’s test facility, I didn’t get a proper feel of the damping effects of the suspension.

Mahindra is always known to make safe cars, and the XUV 400 hasn’t strayed away from that ideology. The engineers have done everything possible to make this structurally safe for the occupants and protect the battery. With disc brakes all around, the XUV 400 certainly has the stopping power required and moreover, it comes standard with all the safety assists such as ABS, ESC, traction control, 6 airbags and more, making this quite a safe vehicle.

Powering the Mahindra XUV 400 is a 39.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack that produces 150PS and 310Nm of torque. It has four driving modes to choose from, Fun/Fast/Fearless and an L mode for regenerative braking. Range anxiety is something that worries every single EV owner, but with the Mahindra XUV 400, they certainly will be able to tackle this problem. 456 kilometres is the range Mahindra claims the XUV 400 offers, and while in the real world, it might offer 380-400 kilometres, that still is pretty good for people for their daily commute. Theoretically, you will only need to charge your vehicle once or twice a week. Speaking of charging, using a 3.3kW wall charger, it takes 13 hours to charge fully. A 7.2kW AC charger it takes 6.5 to charge to full, and with a 50kW DC fast charger, you can charge the XUV 400 from 0 to 80% in just 50 minutes.



TopGear Magazine Jan 2023