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Tata Motors Nexon
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5.85 Lakhs-9.3 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Feature Loaded.
  • Awesome Looks.
  • Plush and Premium Interiors.
  • India's First Turbo Petrol Engine.
  • Compact SUV with Coupe Look & Feel.

Weak Areas

  • Looks Small.
  • Sluggish Petrol Engine.
Tata Motors Nexon
 

Tata Nexon Road Test Review

Tata has finally launched Nexon SUV in India to take on the likes of MarutiVitaraBrezza and Ford EcoSport among others. We get behind the wheels to find whether it has what it takes to beat the king. 


Tata Nexon Road Test Review

For Tata Motors, it's latest Nexon compact SUV holds a special significance. It is going to bridge the gap between the company models and the market and more importantly, its significance lies in the fact that Tata Nexon is a high margin product. It means even selling a moderate number of units Tata Motors will make a handsome amount of profit.
 

         Tata Nexon


Another ray of hope is the fact that compact SUV market is continuously expanding in Indian automobile sector and unlike the other segments, there is not going to be any slowdown soon in the future. Now as optimist as these figures may be, the company is fully aware that of competition Nexon has to face from the current segment king - Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Even the Ford EcoSport is not going to cede any ground without a fight. So with so many challenges ahead, we thought to get behind the wheels of newly launched Tata Nexon to find out where it stacks against the Rivals.

Design, Style, and Interiors

Among the key highlight of the car are the sporty design which not only looks on par with the competition but also feels more desirable and luxurious. Tata has given full freedom to its designer to express and that explains the revolutionary design language of Nexon. A look at Nexon and it is clearly evident that Tata has indeed put a lot of efforts in the project.  There are design inspirations from the Range Rover Evoque though company has used these in a subtle manner. Tata has pinned high hopes on the Nexon as company sees it as one of the most sophisticated project undertaken in the recent times.On the outside, Nexon comes with Tata’s signature humanity line grille flanked by impressively designed projector headlamps.  Sloping roofline and LED tail lamps make the rear attractive while large alloy wheels and high ground clearance give it an imposing stance.  Overall the looks of Nexon is more on the crossover side than purely SUV which is a good thing as the company has a chance to attract both these segments simultaneously.
 
             Tata Nexon Floating Dashtop Touchscreen Infotainment

A new floating
touch-screen infotainment system is on offer in the top variant. It is capable of accomplishing variety of tasks including playing different media formats, offering satellite-guided navigation, and acting as a display for the reverse camera for parking maneuvers. 


             Tata Nexon Automatic Climate Control

Despite being a coupe like profile, space available inside the cabin and although legroom and knee room are decent, we are pleasantly surprised to feel abundance of headspace while featuring the car. The designers indeed have done wonderful task of providing the stylish coupon profile without compromising on the head space.


Engine, Transmission, & Dynamics

Under the hood, there is new 1.5-litre diesel engine putting out 110 PS of max power and retuned, more powerful version of 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine.

  
             Nexon 6 Speed Manual Transmission

Both these motors come mated with
6-speed manual transmission with three driving modes – Sport, City and Economy. We drove the 1.5-liter diesel motor and founded quite capable in the City. It is a very tractable motor and there is no Turbo lag whatsoever. The car pulls cleanly from the lower revolutions right from as low as 1200 RPM which makes it quite decent car to drive in the City. However, out on the highway and the story starts to change. The heavy kerb-weight of the car and the lack of top and performance makes Nexon quite a dull performer on the highway. 
Tata Nexon Revotron Petrol Engine
To put the things in perspective, Nexon is 110 kg heavier than the Maruti Vitara Brezza and we are not able to understand why Tata Motors is putting so much weight on their cars. Had they shaved off the extra flesh, the Nexon would have been even more entertaining and performing in nature. The new 6-speed gearbox is slick and there is no problem in changing the gears although it requires some directional effort.

Tata Nexon Revotorq Diesel Engine

The thing is that you will get habitual with this in no time and won't find it combustion after a week or two. It is a driving department where the Tata Nexon really shines through and no doubt, it is one of the best ride and handling car available in the market. Especially in the ride department, this Tata is able to take anything that is thrown on it. Be it decently tarmac roads, half roads, oh no roads at all, this Tata is up for all these challenges. Even on the handling part, the Nexon strike a very fine balance and until and unless it is thrown very hard, it is not going to give you any trouble.

Overall Verdict

With the starting price of Rs 5.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Tata has hit the nail on the head. The value for money of Tata Nexon is going to be one of its key performing factors and despite some of the laggings it has, people are going to like it we have no doubt about it. It has the contemporary looks and the fact that it is unlike anything on the road will add to its brand value. The quality inside the cabin has also improved over the previous Tata cars and although Tata should have given more thought to the practicality of the cabin, it is not going to be a deal breaker. To top it all, Nexon has the best ride and handling combination which is going to give her pleasure for the people sitting at the back. Tata has finally got another winner in its hand and Nexon is going to be a profitable market proposition for the Indian auto major.

Style & Substance                      4/5                                 Ride & Handling           3.5/5

Interiors & Ergonomics              3.5/5                        Safety & Equipment     4/5

Power-Plant &Transmission      4/5                             Fuel Efficiency            4/5

Value for Money                          4/5

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