Tata has finally hopped on the Compact SUV bandwagon and launched the Tata Nexon. For a company that has had numerous SUVs in the past, Tata sure has taken its own dear time to enter this segment. Contrary to what many people might think, just because Tata has manufactured some of the most rugged SUVs does not mean that the character of the Nexon resonates with that of the Safari or the Sierra or the Sumo. In fact, Nexon is most suited to the city as we will soon find out.
The biggest selling point of the Nexon is its price. At Rs5.85lacs ex-showroom, it is priced in the same category as the compact hatchbacks. If getting a compact SUV for the price of a hatchback is not reason enough for you to buy the Nexon, then it should be mentioned that it comes with dual airbags, ISOfix mounts and ABS with EBD as standard. Many cars fail to offer these safety features on even their top-spec trims, and here you will get all these features as standard fitments across the entire range of Nexon models.
The Nexon is designed along the same lines as most new generation Tata models. The front looks rugged and modern thanks to the high lip and large air dam. From the side, it becomes evident how large the wheel arches are and also it is worth pointing out here that 16-inch wheels would be fitted as standard across all variants. If the front of the Nexon reminded you of some butch SUV, the rear will remind you of a sub 4-lakh hatchback. The tail-lamps are tiny and even though the bumper is a complex design, it fails to fit in with the SUV theme. All variants of the Nexon will feature at least three different colors on any car, going up to four for the dual-tone versions.
The doors open up to reveal really stylish interiors full of creases and curves. The interiors look really upmarket for what the Nexon costs, the variety of materials and textures used are usually found in cars in 10+lac price bracket. Three-spoke steering looks sporty and the instrument cluster looks absolutely gorgeous. A little mood lighting could have done wonders for the Nexon, even if they came at a price in the options list.
The infotainment system is an eight-speaker 6.5-inch unit equipped with Android Auto, produced by Harman. Front seats have been carved into to make space for some extra legroom for the rear passengers. Add to this a boot space of 350 liters and what you have is indeed a spacious SUV. The rear seats do fold flat, however, the loading bay is not flat even when the seats are folded.
The Nexon can surely give the Brezza a run for its money. The diesel variants of the Nexon are more powerful and cheaper than the Brezza and are also, we are afraid, more feature laden. Is Nexon the new segment leader? Only time will tell.
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