Tata Nexon Overview

The Tata Nexon is the latest entrant in the highly popular sub-compact SUV segment. It is Tata’s first attempt in this space and going by the way it looks, it’s not your conventional small SUV.The Nexon’s distinctive design sits a platform that also underpins the Bolt and Zest, and that’s not a bad thing. But, there’s lots that debuts with the Nexon including a new 1.5-litre diesel engine and a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol. Like we have come to expect from modern Tata cars, the Nexon is also packed with a lengthy feature list. Does it all add up to a package that can rival the established players in the segment? More importantly, can the Nexon crack the sub-compact SUV segment in the first go? Let’s find out. Tata Nexon price range in India is between 5,92,356/- to 9,52,384/, check for detail pricing of Tata Nexon in Carzprice

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Tata Nexon Design

With the changing face of the company, there has been a change in the company’s product styling too. For instance, the paint job is fabulous on the Tata Nexon and it feels good every time you look at it. Our vehicle is the bright and shiny red, which has one downside. Bright colours mean any small scratch also on the car will be highlighted and this isn’t a good thing. The scratch shows the part that has no gloss and this is eye catching. So, if you buy colours like blue and red, do maintain them well. This is vital, else you should stick to the white and silver to be safer. This part didn’t have too much to be covered, and we have mentioned what we thought had to be taken care off.

Tata Nexon Cabin

The dashboard of the Tata Nexon is designed keeping practicality and ease-of-use in mind. The steering wheel feels good to hold and comes with controls for audio and phone. The centre console gets a floating 6.5-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto. You get other features like climate control, 8-speakers for the Harman Sound System, voice commands, 2 airbags and rear AC vents. A lot of parts on the inside have been borrowed from other Tata cars. The Nexon also gets a wearable key which can be useful when you go for jogs.

The AC is excellent and even at blower speed 1, the throw of the air is extremely good. The doors open wide and the seats are set at a height, allowing easy ingress and egress. The front seats feel comfortable with good support for the lower back and under thigh. At the rear, it might get a bit difficult to fit 3 people, but nonetheless, both knee room and head space are very good. The front windows are large but the rear windows are set high up and there is no quarter panel, thus making short passengers feel claustrophobic. The cabin is also very practical with a number of storage spaces, including one in the centre console that has been inspired by premium cars. The boot is well-shaped and you can fold the rear seats flat to get a cargo capacity of 690-litres. Quality on the inside is good for most part but certain areas feel a bit cheap.

Tata Nexon Gearbox

The Nexon gets a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Both the engines are paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and each churn out 110PS of maximum power. Both have been developed by Tata in-house, and while the petrol engine is exactly a turbocharged version of the Tigor’s engine, the diesel engine is completely new.

Diesel engine

This has to be Tata’s best diesel engine till date, and it can very well be considered one of the better diesel engines in the compact car space. The engine makes 260Nm of peak torque at 1500-2700rpm and 110PS of maximum power at 3750rpm. On paper, it’s the torquiest unit in this class, and the fact that it’s not completely dead below the max torque range makes it all the more special. Shorter gearing than the petrol offers you the flexibility to drive it in 3rd gear at speeds of around 30-40kmph without the need to downshift. In our performance tests the diesel managed the 0-100 sprint in 13.25 seconds. It’s quite efficient too, returning 23.97kmpl on the highway, but in the city, with the lower gearing, it drops down to 16.8kmpl.

Diesel-AMT

If you are a new driver, or just tired of changing gears in bumper to bumper traffic, you can opt for the AMT. Unlike most AMTs, the transmission doesn’t change gears too often. This is made possible because of the superior torque of 260Nm available from 1500rpn onwards. It lets the SUV make overtakes in the city without shifting down, which is a good thing as the shifts aren’t particularly quick. The engagement of the first gear is a little jerky which does tend to become a little annoying over time, especially in stop-and-go traffic. But, this goes away in slow moving traffic as the shifts from second onwards are smooth. The gearbox logic does tend to get confused at times when you are going over a gradient, as the transmission can’t decide whether to downshift or not, but this too happens in limited cases and won’t bother you otherwise. Also, all the three drive modes – Eco, City and Sport are available in the AMT as well. Overall, the AMT is a good option to beat traffic blues, but only if you are absolutely tired of shifting gears, as the premium of Rs 70,200 is a little steep.

Petrol engine

The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine of the Tigor gets a 25PS power burst with the turbocharger on it. It makes 110PS of max power at 5000rpm and 170Nm of peak torque at 1750-4000rpm. It isn’t, however, as exciting or refined as the diesel unit. So, while the diesel engine is responsive even at low rpm, the petrol engine feels quite sluggish, and in case you’re driving with a full house, the progress gets much slower. The petrol engine hits the meat of its powerband just around 3000rpm and not 1750rpm, where max torque starts to kick in.The petrol engine with its taller gearing is not free-revving in nature and relies more on torque to pick up pace. The torque band is wide though, and the Nexon continues to build speed even above 4000rpm. It’s surprising that this engine too doesn’t feel rough or strained around its 5500rpm redline. Despite having taller gearing the petrol is quicker to the 100kmph sprint and takes just 11.64 seconds to get there. It’s more down to the fact that there is one less gear change required to reach the ton in the petrol than in the diesel car. When it comes to sipping fuel the petrol manages a very respectable 17.88kmpl on the highway and 14.02kmpl in the city.

Both the petrol and diesel are currently mated to 6-speed gearboxes, with the diesel car getting slightly shorter ratios. This gives the diesel its excellent drivability but also means that there are more gears to shift through to reach the 100kmph sprint. The reason it is slower is that it isn’t the fastest-shifting gearbox. The throws are long and the shifts are not positive. In fact, during spirited driving through some twisty roads and also on our performance tests, third gear was the most difficult to slot into in either car and we all had a number of missed shifts.

The Nexon gets three drives modes – Sport, Eco and City, and all the three vary the character of the engine so much so that you can actually make use of them wisely. While the Sport mode lets loose all reins, City mode smoothes out the torque delivery when the turbo kicks in at around 2000rpm and makes it much nicer to drive in the city. In Eco mode the response is dulled even more and this forces you drive in a very restrained manner. To really put this in perspective we completed the 0-100 sprint in each of the modes in the diesel and the difference between Sport (the fastest timings) and Eco mode (the slowest) was as much as 8 seconds.

Tata Nexon Driving

The Nexon gets McPherson struts up front and a twist beam setup at the rear. The ride is a nice compromise between hard and soft and because there’s not much body roll, it feels plush on the inside. It deals with potholes in the manner of bigger SUVs. So all you feel inside is a toned down thud and a little vertical movement that settles down pretty quick. The diesel Nexon is 68kg heavier than the petrol one, and the added weight results in keeping the cabin slightly more stable when going over a rough patch or at high speeds.The diesel Nexon pays the price of the added weight when it comes to handling, but not by a big margin. The difference lies in the fact that the diesel Nexon tends to understeer slightly when you get into a turn while the petrol Nexon feels sharper in comparison. Overall, the Nexon feels quite confident on the road, and stability at highway speeds is not a concern either.With discs at the front and drums at the rear, it feels confident when braking hard. But the brakes don’t offer instant bite, thus requiring you to vary the braking pressure according to the situation. View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Tata Nexon Safety

Tata Motors is offering dual front airbags and ABS with EBD on all variants. You also get a seat belt height adjuster standard on the Nexon. We all are pretty much familiar with the sales and service of the automaker. Sales outlets across the country are aplenty and service centres are also in abundance. While service quality levels may not be the best, Tata isn’t that bad either and the company is working their way up.

Tata Nexon Price

Tata Nexon Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,92,356/- (Nexon Revotron XE) to 9,52,384/- (Nexon Revotorq XZ Plus Dual Tone). Get best offers for Tata Nexon from Tata Dealers in India

Tata Nexon Verdict

The Nexon is a great value proposition and feels like a step up for the segment, cosmetically. The 1.5-litre engine is very flexible, pulling cleanly from low revs and is fairly refined as well. It’s also very planted around corners and still manages to soak up bumps on bad roads as well. All of this comes together to make the Nexon quite the allrounder.

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