Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Road Test Comparison Review

Tata latest Nexon has a lot riding on its broad shoulders. We pitted it against the Vitara to find where it stands against the king.

Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Road Test Review

The launch of latest Tata Motors compact SUV, the Nexon in the market has sent the shock waves down the spine of its rivals. Especially, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza which is currently ruling the roost is amongst the most worried propositions as it is anticipating a big chunk of buyers shifting their loyalty from the Maruti to Tata. This worry is not entirely misplaced as the Tata has left no stone unturned in order to make Nexon a blockbuster. Whether you sample the contemporary coupe-look of the car or the lavishly equipped cabin, or even the next-generation powerful engines, everything seems to be in place and expected to perform optimally in order to make Nexon hit among the buyers. Even we at ECARDLR are receiving a large number of inquiries about the better choice between Vitara Brezza and Nexon. And that's what makes us do a full-fledged road test comparison review where we pit Tata Nexon against the Maruti Vitara Brezza. So which side wins and which loses? Read on to find out.

Design, Style, & Interiors 

Undoubtedly, Tata Nexon is the best looking compact SUV and though the design is subjective in nature, Nexon is sure to find favor with the customer. Especially its coupe like profile with dropping roofline not only makes it look great but also lends special appeal to the design.

           Stylish and Contemporary Tata Nexon

Vitara Brezza also looks butch and muscular though Maruti has played safe by not going all out on the design. Still design doesn’t feel symmetric and lacks in overall coherence especially the haunches seem to be a bit broad. There is not much to compare in terms of overall length as both the cars stack under 4 meters but when it comes to the width of the cabin, Tata has clearly edge with its wider 1811 mm cabin over 1790 mm wide cabin of Maruti.  Tata once again come on the top with highest ground clearance of 209 mm.

             Broad and Squared-Out Design of Maruti Brezza

The key highlight of Tata Nexon is the new floating touch-screen infotainment system which 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 though we would like to have it more responsive. The quality level has been vastly improved over the previous Tata cards and with each new launch, Tata Motor is closing the gap with the rivals on the contentious fit and finish aspect. Yes! There are still some hard plastics around but thankfully they aren't in plenty and you will struggle to find panel gaps too.

           Quality and Equipped Cabin ofTata Nexon 

Thankfully, Maruti has not fallen for beige interiors and all-black with cues of yellow make up the cabin of our test car plush and luxurious. Elsewhere the vast expanse of black interiors is broken by the silver inserts in a delightfully manner.   Quality and material choice is on par with the rest and though some plastics could have been better, overall scheme is worth applaud.  There is abundance of storage spaces and all door pockets have got dedicated bottle holders. Glove box is deep and got cooled feature in higher trims, just like Nexon.
Despite being a coupe like profile, space available inside the Nexon is abundant. Legroom and knee room are decent but it’s the plenty of headspace which left us surprised while featuring the car. The Tata designers indeed have done wonderful task of providing the stylish coupon profile without compromising on the head space.

             Meaty steering wheel in Nexon

Jump into back seat of Brezza and you’ll have mixed bag of feelings. Space is good although two six feet persons sitting behind each other will face the issue with knee room.  Further, the raised transmission tunnel makes the things difficult for the third passenger.  Boot space, however, is decent for a car of this size and in fact very well laid out (328-litres) though it lags behind the Nexon class leading 350-litres. 


          Brezza rear seat lacks the width

Tata Nexon: 4/5                                                Maruti Vitara Brezza: 3.5/5

Engine, Transmission, and Dynamics
Under the hood of Nexon, there is brand
new 1.5-litre diesel engine putting out 110 PS/260 Nmand more powerful version of 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine dishing 110PS/170 Nm.  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 apparently no turbo lag whatsoever. The Nexon pulls cleanly from the low revolutions; even you can uptake the car in third gear fom as low as 1200 rpm without stalling the engine. This characteristic makes Nexon quite decent car to drive in the city.

              New-Age Engine in Nexon Lacks the Top End Performance

Vitara Brezza, on the other hand, suffered from the turbo lag low-down the rev range which means one need to constantly work on the gear box in congested roads which make it a pain to drive in city. The car is powered by ubiquitous 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine with 90 PS on tap and once out on highway, the Vitara shows its true strength of having strong legs once you unwind the motor. This Maruti is effortless on the highway and you will not need to make any prior adjustments while implementing overtaking manoeuvres. This Maruti engine is also more rev-happy compared to the new turbocharged diesel engine in the Nexon which feel constrained in the top-end despite having one extra gear ratio. Both of these cars come with manual transmission and compared to the 5-speed gearbox of Maruti, Tata has used new generation 6-speed gearbox for the car.

           Punchy 1.3-liter DDiS in Brezza

It is a dynamics department where the Tata Nexon really shines through and no doubt, it is one of the best ride and handling SUVs available in the market. Especially in the ride department, this Tata is able to take anything that is thrown on it. Be it decently built roads, half roads, or 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.

              Steering Mounted Controls in Nexon 

Underlying firmness in Brezza suspension gives it very European like driving manner. Slow-speed ride is not very absorbing but then it's not jittery either. Suspension is biased towards the handling and it shows in the way this SUV comfortably hugs the corners. It is in the leagues of Swift though due to weight on the heavier side, Brezza tends to sway in extreme circumstances.

          Vitara‚Äôs Gearbox Feels a Bit Notchy

Tata Nexon: 4/5                                                                           MarutiVitaraBrezza: 3.5/5

Overall Verdict

With the starting price of Rs 5.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Tata has hit the nail on the head. In comparison, Brezza range starts from Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and on value for money, Tata easily triumphed over the Maruti and that’s can really a worrying point for the Brezza. Further Nexon has got style and its contemporary looks are already hit among the buyers, and the fact that it is unlike anything on the road will further strengthen its brand value. It has also got more equipped cabin of the two and even on space and room aspect, Nexon edges past the Maruti. To top it all, Nexon has the best ride and handling combination which seals the deal in its favour. Vitara Brezza, in isolation, is hard to fault but when pitted against the new Nexon, it falls short on many counts; there by leaving scope for considerable improvement that may manifest in the facelift version of the car. For the time being now, Tata Nexon seems to be ahead in the race for the Crown.

Tata Nexon: 4/5                                                                         Maruti Vitara Brezza: 3/5

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