Tata Nexon

Our first month re­veals that there's def­i­nitely more to the Tata Nexon than the funky de­sign

Evo India - - EVO FLEET - Anirud­dha A Rangnekar Nexon (@anirud­dha_ar)

‘The gen­er­ous amount of torque al­lows you to amble along in a higher gear with­out much trou­ble’

THE NEXON IS PROB­A­BLY THE FIRST prod­uct from the Tata Mo­tors sta­ble that gen­er­ated so much hype, af­ter the Nano. When dis­played in more or less pro­duc­tion form at the 2016 Auto Expo, it looked prop­erly cool. And the ac­tual car that has gone on the road is just that. We re­cently got the keys to our long term Nexon, pow­ered by the all new diesel 1.5 litre four-cylin­der diesel en­gine. Mak­ing a healthy 108bhp, it has enough power to make the Nexon sprightly in the city and not run out of steam on the high­way.

It's been a busy month for the Nexon since it ar­rived in our garage, clock­ing over 3,000 kilo­me­tres. Ab­hishek made a trip from Pune to Ben­galuru and came back very happy with the high­way man­ners and prac­ti­cal­ity of this com­pact SUV. He was all praise for the su­per sorted ride, es­pe­cially as the speeds went up. It made sure he was fa­tigue free de­spite the long drive. I have been us­ing it for my reg­u­lar com­mutes in town, while mak­ing a few runs be­tween Mumbai and Pune, pre­fer­ring it over some more com­pact op­tions in our garage largely for the amaz­ing sound qual­ity of the stereo. It makes sure that an oth­er­wise bor­ing com­mute turns into some­thing more in­ter­est­ing as you en­joy your mu­sic on the way. The slick shift­ing gears are an­other favourite along with the clutch, which is well-weighted, mak­ing the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence even bet­ter.

The smooth en­gine has lin­ear power de­liv­ery, mak­ing the Nexon easy to drive. The gen­er­ous amount of torque al­lows you to amble along in a higher gear with­out much trou­ble, as it can pull away cleanly from as low as 1,000rpm. This is an ab­so­lute boon in traf­fic. The three drive modes are ac­tu­ally nicely cal­i­brated and you could use the ‘Eco' on your daily drive, with­out feel­ing the urge to switch to City or Sport modes. This is prob­a­bly the rea­son I've been get­ting some great fuel ef­fi­ciency num­bers from our long term Nexon, with the fig­ure barely ever dip­ping be­low 20kmpl. Add to that the gen­er­ous 40-plus litre tank means you can get a real world cruis­ing range of around 800 kilo­me­tres on a tank­ful.

Hav­ing spent some time with the Nexon, I'm slowly be­gin­ning to re­alise why it won our Car of the Year. Our long ter­mer came to us with over 10,000 kilo­me­tres on the clock, but it has shown very few signs of wear. There was a turbo vac­uum pipe that came loose af­ter we got the car, but a quick visit to the Tata work­shop sorted the prob­lem and the car re­turned to us in top shape in no time. ⌧

Date ac­quired April 2018 Du­ra­tion of test 2 months

To­tal mileage 13,864km Mileage this month 3,150km

Over­all kmpl 20.2kmpl Costs this month Nil

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