The ConnectNext infotainment system is quite user friendly and offers great connectivity options such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Not only this, the audio quality is surprisingly impressive. The speakers have deep bass and the acoustics are crystal clear. The fog lamps double up as cornering lights, nifty feature in the dark. The driving modes actually work well and it isn’t a gimmick. In Eco mode, the throttle response is sedate and linear and as you switch to City and Sport, the car gets more responsive and it reflects in the fuel economy accordingly. The Sport mode is the party piece of the Nexon, boy it accelerates the hell out of this engine!
The Nexon is a fantastic performer at high speeds, it just keeps accelerating!
The 1.5-litre diesel in the Nexon has minimal turbo lag and picks up pace without hesitating. What’s fun though is the sudden surge of torque in the mid-range in the Sport mode, which catapults this car to triple digit speeds in no time. The Sport mode offers relentless acceleration when you hit the turbo band. It keeps pulling in each gear and you feel it, even in the 6th gear it pulls strongly! The only fly in the ointment being the notchy gearbox and a long travel clutch pedal. Now considering the fact that we drive in the scorching heat of Mumbai and of course in the Sport mode most of the times, the Nexon is returning an impressive 14 km/l of average fuel economy.
As they say, with great power comes great responsibility and the Nexon is quite responsible in that sense I feel. The Indian carmaker has cut no corner in terms of safety. As we all know it scored full marks in the NCAP crash test having strong structure and features such as dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and ISOFIX anchorage. Apart from the safety features, the Nexon feels quite safe to drive too. Tata offers wide section tyres that provide excellent grip around the corners. Yes, there is some body roll but the car stays in line.
Just like most of the Tata cars, the Nexon also has a very comfortable ride
The Nexon offers neutral handling but the steering feedback is sometimes inconsistent and twitchy. At times when you brake and manoeuvre at the same time, the car tends to twitch. However, high speed stability is confidence inspiring and the ride quality is excellent. Currently in Navi Mumbai, the roads are a mess because of the pre-monsoon repair work but the Nexon absorbs all the bumps and craters quite well. You will notice that the rear tends to bounce if you hit a speed breaker at a relatively higher speed than you desired.