Driving assessment

Mahindra XUV 400 First Ride Review

First, let’s clarify that although this is a car that rolled off the production line, it was not the final product with many features not activated. The XUV 400 is powered by a 39.4 kWh battery. The engine produces an impressive 147 hp and 310 Nm of torque. The 400 also has three drive modes, and no, it’s not a zip-zap zoom; instead, this time it’s fun, fast and fearless.

Three-quarter front left

Starting from Fun, this is the least powerful mode. Steering is lightest here and throttle response is most subdued. Fast mode speeds things up a bit and the steering takes on more weight. The difference in throttle response is immediately noticeable, and it’s much more noticeable here. In Fearless mode, at least in this pre-production model, you literally had to be fearless. Acceleration, as expected, is strongest here and with traction control still not engaged, the XUV 400 would instantly fire up its front tires. Mahindra claims a 0-60 mph time of 8.3 seconds, which is slightly faster than the Nexon. While we drove the car in closed, real-world conditions, the XUV 400 should have more than enough performance for everyday use.

Right side view

What we also noticed was the ride quality. Mahindra fitted the 400 with shocks that feature MTV-CL and frequency dependent damping, which we also see in the XUV 700 and the new Scorpio N. And what we can say is that it works very good. While we didn’t really get bad road simulation at the Mahindra setup, we did manage to get it on rumble strips and speed breakers. The ride quality is smooth and should work very well on the roads.


Handling is also quite good, with the XUV 400 offering decent steering feel. Body roll is well controlled, but we couldn’t really push it all the way due to the lack of traction control. Entering a corner, the XUV 400 would ignite its tires with understeer loads of power and end up going straight unless we backed off the throttle all the way. Hopefully it will be much better once traction control is activated.

engine stroke

Access important aspects, scope and load bit. Mahindra claims an ARAI-certified range of 456 km. We couldn’t gauge this number while driving the car because our cars’ screens didn’t show the range and battery percentage. But we expect the actual range to be just over 350km, which we’ll test once the car is launched.

EV car charging input socket

As for charging, the battery can be charged from 0-80% via a 50kW DC fast charger in just 50 minutes, while with a 7.2kW/32A outlet it takes 6 hours 30 minutes for 0-100% load and the same. is completed in 13 hours using a standard household 3.3kW/16A socket. At the unveiling of the XUV400, Mahindra said it was currently working on plans with various charging partners for roadside charging, showroom charging facilities and home charging options. He would announce those plans closer to the car’s launch in early January 2023.