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Need inputs on EV options (Nexon EV vs. MG ZS EV)

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Dear dimers, anyone owns either a Tata Nexon EV or MG ZS EV? Would like to get some inputs.

Have been contemplating on getting a new car since a few months now but postponing my purchase in anticipation of a bit more refinement in EV space. I zeroed down on Nexon EV Lux+ and MG ZS EV Excite (like most prospective EV buyers).

Rumours say 2022 would witness a longer range Nexon EV on April and the 2022 MG ZS EV to go on sale either in April or August 2022. I will mostly wait for them.

In the mean time, can anyone help answer these two queries please?

1. Any consideration on expected resale post 8 year warranty period? My current grand will complete 8 years this April 2022 and I still am being offered 50% as resale value. I doubt the current generation EVs would command such high resale value, duly considering the high battery replacement cost as well. Any thoughts?

2. Anyone travelled on highways using a nexon EV? What’s the speed range and mileage on one charge on highways?

Thanks in advance.

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5 months later and after Tata Motors launching Nexon EV Max, it’s all clear now. I had booked MG ZS EV on 05th Jan 2022 and few months later on 01st April 2022 I booked Nexon EV as well as I realised a few deficiencies in ZS EV. Mind was wavering between both and unable to decide which to opt for.

With the launch of Nexon EV Max today, Tata Motors ironed out every issues with Nexon and in fact one upped ZS EV with better features such as ventilated front seats and auto dimming IRVM. Also, rear seat comfort of Nexon is way better than the one on ZS EV. All of it at 7 lakhs less than what ZS EV costs.

I moved my booked from Nexon EV to Nexon EV Max today. Will be cancelling the booking for ZS EV and get a full refund. The wait for Nexon EV Max begins now, no timelines yet.

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For your answers, Better option than dd is team bhp 😀

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with just 1000 KM a month Buying EV does not make sense economically. Hope you have done the maths considering 7-8 years of battery life, degradation of range over the years + extra price upfront.

EV does need lower maintenance..but wait a sec..as the car is priced more than petrol counterpart the insurance cost is high which takes away any cost saving towards yearly servicing 

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tony-stark wrote:

The base model comes with almost everything even touch screen stereo which isn’t offered by any company. Only downgrade is manual transmission.

Not a small compromise when you strictly want to compare prices. Any ICE closest performance comparison to EV would be torque converter or in worst case at least CVT.

Lowest price Astor Super CVT petrol is 15.29 L on road in Hyderabad and lowest price Astor Smart Torque converter is 19.13 lakhs. Of course, the Astor Smart is better than MG ZS EV Excite in terms of features though but lesser than MG ZS EV Excellence.

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As a fellow prospective buyer, Resale is the one big worry for me. Given the range and the tech will improve significantly in the next 5 years, i wouldn’t expect a good resale, irrespective of the car condition as it would be a dated, first gen product.

One advice is for highways, it’s wise to keep a ICE car, be it your existing car or a different one. At the end, EVs have range limitations and it can be a problem if you’re in a hurry.

I agree with those who have suggested waiting, as most manufacturers are looking to develop both cheap versions as well as long range versions. If your car is in a good condition, manage for a couple of years and then take the plunge.

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After great struggle with Tata Motors, could finally get a test drive of Nexon EV and done with test drives.


Test Drive 1: MG ZS EV

Started from my home in our colony and went on to not so busy stretches of road through some high traffic junctions. It was effortless getting used to the car and I felt the drive was so seamless. Mighty impressed with how it handles the bumps on city road, the instant torque of EVs, seating and riding comfort.


Test Drive 2: Nexon EV

Started from showroom on a very busy road with peak traffic. Throughout the ride I struggled to get accustomed to it’s default KERS levels which felt kind of intermediate step between level 2 and 3 on MG. Sadly, Nexon EV doesn’t have an option of adjusting KERS levels. Even by the time I ended my ride, I still couldn’t get adjusted to the KERS levels and it felt quite stressful. 

One other factor I noticed is the seating position which was more upright and strained my ankle joint. Nitty gritty – the horn location is plan terrible in Nexon.


Test Drive 3 – MG ZS EV

Realising how stressful it was driving Nexon EV in peak traffic, I requested and went back to MG motors to test drive ZS EV again but in peak traffic. Was pleasantly surprised how easily I could adapt to it even in peak traffic and throughly enjoyed the ride.


Decided to go with MG ZS Excite version and paid the booking amount today. But I intend to wait for the launch of 2022 version which is rumoured to be out in India in August 2022 as per articles online and April 2022 as per the sales person in showroom. It’s launched in Europe in November 2021. Either ways, I have no urgency and will wait for the updated 2022 version. I paid the booking amount to ensure I am given preference and early delivery once the new model is out.

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raghupro wrote:

After great struggle with Tata Motors, could finally get a test drive of Nexon EV and done with test drives.


Test Drive 1: MG ZS EV

Started from my home in our colony and went on to not so busy stretches of road through some high traffic junctions. It was effortless getting used to the car and I felt the drive was so seamless. Mighty impressed with how it handles the bumps on city road, the instant torque of EVs, seating and riding comfort.


Test Drive 2: Nexon EV

Started from showroom on a very busy road with peak traffic. Throughout the ride I struggled to get accustomed to it’s default KERS levels which felt kind of intermediate step between level 2 and 3 on MG. Sadly, Nexon EV doesn’t have an option of adjusting KERS levels. Even by the time I ended my ride, I still couldn’t get adjusted to the KERS levels and it felt quite stressful. 

One other factor I noticed is the seating position which was more upright and strained my ankle joint. Nitty gritty – the horn location is plan terrible in Nexon.


Test Drive 3 – MG ZS EV

Realising how stressful it was driving Nexon EV in peak traffic, I requested and went back to MG motors to test drive ZS EV again but in peak traffic. Was pleasantly surprised how easily I could adapt to it even in peak traffic and throughly enjoyed the ride.


Decided to go with MG ZS Excite version and paid the booking amount today. But I intend to wait for the launch of 2022 version which is rumoured to be out in India in August 2022 as per articles online and April 2022 as per the sales person in showroom. It’s launched in Europe in November 2021. Either ways, I have no urgency and will wait for the updated 2022 version. I paid the booking amount to ensure I am given preference and early delivery once the new model is out.

Congratulations. So how much it will cost when it reaches you?

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sudhakarhd wrote:

Congratulations. So how much it will cost when it reaches you?

the current version costs 22L but the new version might cost 1 to 2 L more.

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Y dont you plan for hybrid read  all comments

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raghupro wrote:

the current version costs 22L but the new version might cost 1 to 2 L more.

how much booking amount have you paid paji?
suppose due to some reason a customer does not want vehicle then do they refund all amount?

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kukdookoo wrote:

how much booking amount have you paid paji?
suppose due to some reason a customer does not want vehicle then do they refund all amount?

booking amount is 50k and fully refundable in case of cancellation.

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Kellyjelly wrote:

Y dont you plan for hybrid read  all comments

not keen on ICE engines. I often hear about better ride quality in EVs but once I experienced it I was completely sold. Also, in Hybrid, EV part is very minor range like 50 to 60km per charge. It’s mostly ICE engines that people end up using on them. 

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5 months later and after Tata Motors launching Nexon EV Max, it’s all clear now. I had booked MG ZS EV on 05th Jan 2022 and few months later on 01st April 2022 I booked Nexon EV as well as I realised a few deficiencies in ZS EV. Mind was wavering between both and unable to decide which to opt for.

With the launch of Nexon EV Max today, Tata Motors ironed out every issues with Nexon and in fact one upped ZS EV with better features such as ventilated front seats and auto dimming IRVM. Also, rear seat comfort of Nexon is way better than the one on ZS EV. All of it at 7 lakhs less than what ZS EV costs.

I moved my booked from Nexon EV to Nexon EV Max today. Will be cancelling the booking for ZS EV and get a full refund. The wait for Nexon EV Max begins now, no timelines yet.

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what are deficiencies of zs ev? Little light on comparison that you understood till now? 

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jambui wrote:

what are deficiencies of zs ev? Little light on comparison that you understood till now? 

Only major drawback that apparently was a deal breaker as well was the rear seats of ZS EV.

1. Though, on paper, it’s as wide as Nexon, inside the car it’s more cramped than nexon to fit in 3 adults.
2. The legroom is just as good/bad as Nexon even though it’s a 4.3 meter car and nexon a 4 meter car. Barely an inch more in ZS EV. Also, of the compact SUVs ZS EV and Astor have the shortest wheelbase which speaks once you get in. The Creta, Seltos, Taigun and Kushaq all have longer wheelbase and more kneeroom
3. Under thigh support is plain bad as the depth of seats are lot shorter. Add to that the elevated knees because of raised floor, it makes it plain terrible! 

Compared to that, Nexon literally tucks you in well and has one of the best rear seats in the segment. Under thigh support is really good but what Nexon looses out on is the ingress/egress as it’s ground clearance is lot higher.

Other minor points that I dislike about the ZS EV
1. Lack of auto dimming IRVM, which is kind of a default in cars lot cheaper as well
2. Lack of ventilated seats which are now offered in cars costing 40% of what ZS EV does
3. Sound system that is mediocre at best.

Most of the above three points are something I can get over but rear seat comfort is a deal breaker. Thanks to my naughty little 1 year old who keeps pressing every button on the dashboard, he and my wife always end up in rear seat even on short drives. This makes the rear seat comfort quite important for me.

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