Tata Nexon Hatchback First Drive Review


Tata Nexon Overview

The Nexon is well proportioned, high on style and looks very fashionable. It’s smartly done on the inside too and the good thing is that it’s a lot more spacious and practical than the looks would have you expect. Overall comfort is impressive but where the cabin is a bit lacking is in overall finesse. Of the engines, the 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol unit is refined but performance isn’t lively. It’s a bit jerky at low speeds too, especially in Eco mode.

The 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel has a wider breadth of abilities. It’s refined and pulls well from low speeds; but again, doesn’t excite. The Nexon’s manual gearboxes come allied to well-weighted clutches. Both petrol- and diesel-AMTs are fine for average town use but fumble in on-off throttle applications. That said, the diesel Nexon’s AMT unit is more in sync with the engine’s characteristics.

The Nexon changes direction with confidence and the suspension also absorbs bumps and potholes with ease. It rides quite flat at speed too, and makes for a good long-distance vehicle.

Tata Nexon Style

The Tata Nexon is designed as a crossover. This is not very different from the concept shown at the Auto Expo. It takes a departure from the boxy styling and comes out more stylish and suave in the SUV segment. There is a large honeycomb front grille with humanity line. The headlamps seem like a part of the grille. The LED DRLs are in the headlamp cluster. The front bumper is quite large and the fog lamps are round with big bezels. The hood has a crowned look.

The side profile is very much like a crossover. It has three colours on it – a grey top and pillars, a white window line and then the body colour. The roofline slopes towards the rear. The rear also unique and very different from any other SUV in the market. The Tata Nexon will come with multiple colour options as well. The rear looks compact, and there is a neatly integrated rear spoiler also. The Nexon surely turns heads wherever it goes and looks really impressive and attractive.

Tata Nexon Space

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. For more info on  Tata Nexon check Iiit-bh

Tata Nexon Performance

Tata Nexon comes in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants are powered by a 1.2L 4-cylinder turbocharged Revotron engine which develops maximum power of 108bhp at 5000rpm and peak torque of 170Nm between 1750-4000rpm. On the other hand, the diesel variants get a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged Revotorq engine which belts out 108bhp at 3750rpm and 260Nm between 1500-2750rpm. Both the engines are linked to a 6-speed manual transmission with three drive modes: Eco, City and Sport.

The Nexon delivers good fuel efficiency. As the petrol is similar to the Tata Tiago, it should return close to 13km/l in the city and about 17km/l on the highway. At the same time, the diesel engine will return about 17km/l in the city and 20km/l on the highway at least.

Tata Nexon Driving

The Tata Nexon comes with a dual path suspension and we must mention that it has been tuned very nicely. The suspension attacks potholes and bad roads with ease, without causing discomfort to passengers. The car remains pretty much stable even while going on broken patches at slightly higher speeds. The 16-inch tyres also have good grip levels. The steering is light at low speeds and weighs up nicely on the highways. It has decent feedback on offer and is pretty direct. Body roll isn’t much and I actually found the Nexon to be fun to drive. Braking power is good and ABS is standard across all variants. View offers on Tata Nexon at Autozhop.

Tata Nexon Safety

Tata Nexon comes packed with a plethora of safety features such as dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Immobilizer and Seatbelt with pretensioners and load limiters as standard. The high-end variants also boast of Park Assist with Camera, Front fog lamps with cornering assistance, rear fog lamps and speed dependent auto door locks features.

Tata Nexon Cost in Bangalore

Tata Nexon On Road Price is 7,88,776/- and Ex-showroom Price is 6,50,036/- in Bangalore. Tata Nexon comes in 5 colours, namely Vermont Red,Moroccan Blue,Glasgow Grey,Calgary White,Seattle Silver. Tata Nexon comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 108 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 170 Nm@1750-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Nexon comes with Manual Transmission with FWD . Check for car loan interest rate at Fincarz.

Tata Nexon Conclusion

With a starting price of Rs. 5.85 Lakhs & Rs. 6.85 Lakhs in petrol and diesel, respectively, the Nexon is the most affordable offering in the sub 4-meter SUV segment. It undercuts the rivals like Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport by a huge margin, while offering a lot more bells and whistles than both combined. It is an out and out winner, and both the foes would feel that tremble soon!