Test Drive of Tata Nexon in Hills of Idukki, Kerala
Tata Nexon is Tata Motors’ latest launch in SUV category. I was thrilled to be among the chosen few by Indiblogger (a platform for Indian bloggers) to test drive the car. So last weekend we were in the beautiful city Kochi in God’s own country- Kerala.
This is not a paid post. Opinions are my own.
Tata Nexon – Powered to Impress!
Nexon is acronym of ‘Next On’ which signifies the next level of things to take shape, come in production, compete and capture market. This new impressive image of Tata Nexon will surely wipe away the ‘taxi’ image left by Tata Indica and Tata Indigo. First I have the drive experience, which will be followed by the details of interiors, exteriors and the engines.
Test Drive of Tata Nexon
A preplanned route, a well chalked out map and Android Auto system with GPS giving clear instructions, Tata Nexon steering wheels in hand; what else does a travel blogger need! Thus we set off for hills from Kochi for test drive of Tata Nexon in the wee hours of 29th July. There are 2 variations of Tata Nexon, petrol and diesel. I drove the diesel version. Engine noise is significant compared to petrol version.
If you have driven through roads of Kerala you will know that most roads are narrow with no road dividers. Initially I was a little cautious with speed. I didn’t face any hassles even at 10 to 20kmph in busy roads, in stop and go situations. However the vehicle seemed to demand more in 2nd and 3rd gear, there is sudden surge of power. The gear change advisor on board kept suggesting change of gears but I didn’t take chance. To my surprise the traffic in the roads is quite disciplined and the speeding vehicles don’t encroach into opposite lanes. Very soon I was at ease both with the vehicle and with the traffic on roads. I didn’t cross 60kmph at any point though.
Climbing Hills of Idukki with Tata Nexon
Negotiating the hair pin bends seemed like a breeze after so much of apprehension about the same. I had to continuously accelerate through the climbs to keep up the pace and keep momentum and had to shift gears continuously yet could drive on smoothly. The Hill-Hold control of Tata Hexa is missing in this. There are 3 modes of driving: City, Eco and Sport, chose the sports mode for the hills. The 209mm clearance from ground is indeed a boon for Indian roads. Tata Nexon suspension feature is too good. It has excellent stability during manoeuvres and sharp hair-pin bends. Hardly felt any jerks in broken and undulated roads. It reminded me of my Tata Hexa experience. Here is a short video on negotiating sharp hair pin bends in hills.
Pitstop at Kudayathoor village in Idukki
We halted at Kudayathoor village in Idukki just prior to hitting the hills. Mesmerizing scenic beauty all around compelled us to make a halt. That is the Thommankuthu Waterfalls at a distance. The waterfalls named after great hunter, Mr. Thommachen Kuruvinakunnel, who let the world know of this beautiful waterfall in the jungles of western ghat in the late 1920s. Thommachen also played a big part in the discovery of the site for the Idukki Dam. Some pictures below.
Tata Nexon Specs
The Tata Nexon SUV has 2 engine options – 1.2L Turbocharged Petrol from the Revotron series and the 1.5L Diesel engine from the Revotorq series.
1.2-litre, turbo Petrol Engine
Max Power-108bhp @5000rpm
Max Torque – 170Nm @2000-4000rpm
Transmission – 6-speed Manual
1.5-litre Diesel Engine
Max Power – 108bhp @3,750rpm
Max Torque – 260Nm @1,500-2,750rpm
Transmission – 6-speed Manual
Tata Nexon Mileage
Average mileage was 9.6 kmpl in petrol as per the display during our drive. This was with sports mode, full usage of AC, uphill drive and 4 people on board.
Diesel Nexon gave better mileage at around 15-16 kmpl when we drove in sports mode. Eco mode will show better figures.
Impressive Tata Nexon Exteriors
The outline is strong and bold, front has broad honeycomb grill, beautiful headlamps with ‘chrome elements and D-cut shape LED unit’ merge seamlessly into the front frame. The pop lamps are lined with white ceramic strips and this enhances the image. Tata Nexon has a cool 209mm ground clearance – one of its very positive features.
The profile has proportioned features with prominent wheel arches, 16inch alloy wheels, and an impressive white strip that runs through the edge. The roof line too gives it a very unique look. The rear profile too has several impressive elements. Most eye catching are the Rear split LED tail lamps. Rear door has triple tone elements – the white ceramic type strip, which is a kind of plastic, below that black glossy plastic and below that body colored plastic. This look can appeal to some as it gives a futuristic look, I liked it.
Super Impressive Tata Nexon Interiors
Dashboard – the top part plastic seems tough and durable, below that a wide glossy plastic board gives a premium look to the interiors.
The same glossy part extends to the doors.
Chrome elements used in several parts in the interiors of the Tata Nexon.
Compact SUV with commanding view, steering wheel can be adjusted according to your height; it goes up and down but not telescopically in and out.
Rear AC vents with controllable airflow
Power adjustable and retractable wing mirrors
Automatic climate control
Two 12V power sockets
Seats in Tata Nexon
Comfortable seats well contoured which seem to hug you from behind and has sturdy side supports. There is enough leg room and decent head room. Only glitch the back seats are comfortable only for two people. Again there is wide center arm rest for rear seats.
Most important of all – Safety features
Airbags, corner stability control, anti lock breaking system ISO fixed child restraint system.
Top 5 Impressive Features of Tata Nexon
- Push button start and Keyless entry, the key is wearable and looks like fitness band
- 6.5inch HD display with touch screen
- Compatible with both Android and Apple, the only car in this segment to support both
- 31 utility spaces Huge central console with sliding tambour door mechanism, biggest glove box in this segment of cars, it comes with a removable tray
- Umbrella slots in front doors
Yet another review of Tata Nexon by Shrinidhi Hande: New Tata Nexon Driving Experience
Read another review by Umang Trivedi: Tata Nexon – A First Hand Experience
Review by blogger friend Atul Sharma – First Impressions of Tata Nexon
Maitreni Mishra – Tata Nexon Compact SUV Car review