Tata Nexon Long Term Review
Car Tested: Tata Nexon XZ+ Diesel
Kms Done: 3349 kms
Test Started at: 19,577 kms
Test Concluded at: 22,926 kms
Mileage: 17 km/l, 18.5 km/l (best), 15.5 km/l (worst)
Fuel Consumed: 197-litres
Total Fuel Cost: Rs. 13,396/-
Fuel Cost Per Km: Rs. 4/-
The Tata Nexon offers the best of features, performance & comfort making it the most value for money compact SUV
When I drove the Tata Nexon for the first time in 2017 before it was launched, I came out really impressed because Tata had really taken a great stride when it came to product quality. The Nexon offered almost everything be it looks, features, comfort and even performance. The vehicle seemed very promising but we really wanted to live with it on a daily basis to get to know it better and see how good the newer crop of Tata cars is when it comes to long term reliability, quality issues, etc. A few months back, the Tata Nexon XZ+ diesel entered our long term fleet and all of us here were intrigued with it.
This 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine is just a gem, it has 3 driving modes – City, Eco and Sport and the engine delivers extremely strong performance. I never really drove it in Eco mode because I felt the engine to be to tame but it is the City mode which actually is the best for day-to-day usage because it has very good power delivery and doesn’t disappoint at all when it comes to fuel efficiency. Sport mode is quite fun though, the car feels so much more responsive and eager to drive and it pulls like crazy. I made sure I switched to Sport whenever I found a long and empty stretch of tarmac.
Out on the highways, the Nexon behaves very maturely. While the engine has more than enough punch for overtaking other vehicles, the Nexon itself remains quite composed and stable. The steering weighs up very nicely at high speeds and body control is quite good. However, there is some amount of bounciness from the suspension at low speeds yet the ride quality is very good for the most part. The front suspension on our test car did sound a bit noisy but I think that has got to do with the fact that our car has covered more than 20,000 kms and it has been tested by a lot of journos.