Tata Nexon EV Max Vs Rivals: Powertrains, Range And Charging Capabilities Compared

  • May 12, 2022
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We take a look at whether the enhancements onboard the Tata Nexon Max are enough to better place itself against its more premium alternatives on paper

 

Those wanting a bit more from the Tata Nexon EV now finally get the Nexon EV Max. The ‘Max’ features an uptick in performance, range, and battery capacity over the standard model. Question is, are these upgrades enough to put the electric sub-4 metre SUV in a better position against its more premium alternatives such as the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric? Let’s see how they stack against each other.

 

Performance

 

Tata Nexon EV Max

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Battery capacity

40.5kWh

50.3kWh

39.2kWh

Power (PS)

143PS

176PS

136Nm

Torque (Nm)

250Nm

280Nm

395Nm

0-100kmph (claimed)

< 9 seconds

8.5 seconds

9.7 seconds

 

With the upgrades onboard, the Nexon EV Max certainly holds its own when it comes to performance on paper. It’s the second-best in terms of battery capacity, grunt, as well as the 0-100kmph sprint. Sure, the MG ZS EV comes out on top in these three departments, but the Hyundai Kona Electric is the torquiest of the lot.

Range And Charging

 
 

Tata Nexon EV Max

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Claimed Range

437km

461km

452km

7.2 kW AC Fast charging time (0-100 percent)

6.5 hours

8.5 to 9 hours

6 hrs 10 minutes

50 kW DC fast charging time ( 0-80 percent)

56 minutes

60 minutes

57 minutes

While the Hyundai Kona Electric doesn’t have a massive battery, it certainly makes the most of it, as it almost matches the MG ZS EV in claimed range. Sure, the Nexon EV Max falls behind here, but it isn’t that big of a deficit. 

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As for charging, the ZS EV, having the largest battery pack, understandably takes the longest to charge on a 7.2 kW AC charger, with the Kona Electric juicing up the fastest of the three. But hook on a 50 kW fast charger, and all three SUVs can juice up to 80 percent within 60 minutes. If there has to be a clear winner, it’s the Nexon EV Max, taking only 56 minutes for the 80 percent mark.

Price

 
 

Tata Nexon EV Max

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Price (ex-showroom)

Rs 17.74 lakh and Rs 19.24 lakh

Rs 22 lakh
(July 2022 onwards) to Rs 25.88 lakh

Rs 23.84 lakh to Rs 24.03 lakh

Comparing features wouldn’t make much sense as the Tata Nexon EV Max still belongs in a different segment to the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric. But comparing it purely from an EV usability perspective, the Nexon EV Max can definitely give these two a run for their money. What’s more, despite it costing over Rs 2 lakh more than the standard model, the Nexon EV Max is still a cheaper alternative by quite a mile. 

 

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