It's been a long time coming! Who would have imagined one would use this jargon to define Mahindra's latest electric move – the XUV400? Despite being India's early electric mobility innovator and maker, Mahindra missed the first-mover advantage. The boxy, compact e2o was way ahead of the time when it was launched almost two decades ago. But time has changed, and so has the manufacturers' approach towards electrification. So, to draw balance before they bring out cars based on their dedicated electric platform, they have brought in the EV derivative of the XUV300 as - XUV400. I have driven it in the city and also took it for highway runs to tell you how the proposition fairs in the real world.
Despite ruling the game with the new-age SUVs, Mahindra currently seems more reserved with its EV plan. Agreed, their upcoming future EV plans appear promising, but currently – XUV400 doesn't seem to carry those aspirational quotients that Mahindra is known for. Fundamentally, XUV400 is a well-sorted product in terms of performance and comfort. But the dated cabin and lack of features don't make it a justifiable proposition. At around Rs 19lakhs (ex-showroom), XUV400 goes neck-to-neck with Tata Nexon EV Max, which calls for a comparison test to simplify the buying equation.