The Nexon is Tata’s swanky sub-four-metre compact SUV. And there’s a lot more to it than just show-car looks. Available across a wide price range, the Nexon can be had in multiple engine-gearbox options. On offer are petrol-manual, petrol-AMT auto, diesel-manual and diesel-AMT auto versions. The Tata Nexon holds the distinction of being the first Indian car to be rated 5 stars for safety by Global NCAP. 2020’s update brings in revised styling and BS6-spec engines.
Tata Nexon Quick Review
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 Variants: Our Choice
There’s a pretty steep price walk between the petrol and diesel versions of the Nexon. However, it’s still the diesels that we’d recommend. Opt for the diesel-AMT model if you can make peace with the fact that the gearbox isn’t the most sophisticated of the type. Else, the diesel-manual works just fine. Our pick of the range is the diesel-manual in top-spec XZ+ trim. It is expensive in absolute terms but also gets lots of equipment including keyless entry and push-button start in addition to a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
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