Tata Nexon 2020 Review – New look & Features

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Tata Nexon 2020 BS6 Overview

Tata Nexon has always been one of its most successful products. Now, this facelift with even more kit on the inside. and a petrol engine that has 10 horsepower more than promises to take it to the next level, how good is it. 

Tata Nexon Exterior Update 

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Let’s take a look but first up the new look, which is a big departure from the earlier one. It’s so thoroughly updated from some angles. It looks like much more than a facelift. A lot of this is down to the larger looking nose. 

  • It now gets a higher SUV like a bonnet. 
  • The large c-shaped bracket makes it look wider. 
  • And with the integrated bulb and the force scuff plate. 
  • The chin is now more SUV 
  • Two around the side, the white ceramic highlights are a signature of the Nexon. And help define the rising beltline, 
  • and it now gets blacked out C pillars to make it less coupe-like. 

The new union jack tail lights look interesting and with Nexon now written across the rear. It’s easy to identify this one as the facelift. It even gets four vents at the bottom of the rear bumper to make it look wider. 

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Tata Nexon Interior Update 

The cabin is more familiar but still substantially updated. So, quite a lot of new things on the inside. 

  • First up is this tri-arrow design that comes right across the dash. 
  • There’s this new steering wheel, the flat-bottom steering wheel, 
  • cruise control is new. 
  • You get this new instrument panel, a digital instrument panel, 
  • And a new sunroof 

While the build of the dash feels tough and the buttons are well finished. The oversized drive mode knob is a waste of space. Tata could have used it to install something practical like a cup holder. The strange thing is there still isn’t a secure place to put your phone. There’s a lot of hard edges here. It’s a tight fit, and even when you roll back these blinds, these roller blinds, there are more angles. And places your phone is likely to get damaged, so the safest place is to keep it in your pocket. 

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Also, both the instrument panel and the touchscreen need to be brighter. Try and reverse in full sunshine, and it is difficult to see obstacles on the screen. Still, the umbrella holders in the doors are a nice touch. The big cooled glovebox is well cooled. And then there is the even cooler express it is a cool function express cooling on windows may roll down. It even reminds you to put the window up via a voice prompt when the cabin is finally cooling. 

Tata Nexon Cabin Space

The Nexon has always been a comfortable SUV to sit in. This, in part, is due to the space-efficient design. And the ruby wide cabin, and it’s pretty good in the rear as well. 

  • So comfortable in the back especially, due to this long seat. 
  • This long swab gives you tremendous thigh support. 
  • There’s a fair amount of knee room. 
  • You can keep your feet under the seat. 
  • You have ac vent here for you, and, despite the arched roof, there’s a decent amount of headroom as well. 

There are no USB ports in the back. 

That’s something tata could have fixed the Nexon. Also, get’s Tata’s IRA connected tech. And included in this software suite is what three words of navigation aid. We didn’t manage to test either, but as the various functions weren’t activated when it comes to kit. you also get:- 

  • Led DRLs both at the front and the rear.
  • You now get ESP as standard
  • There’s also traction control 
  • Rollover mitigation 
  • Brake assist 
  • Auto wipers 
  • Auto lights 
  • And the tire pressure monitoring system. 

The boot space in the rear is a useful 350 liters, and you can fold and flip the seats down as well. 

Tata Nexon 2020 Engine Specification 

The Tata Nexon is powered by BS6 compliant versions of the 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine. And the 1.5-liter diesel engine. Transmission options include the same old six-speed manual gearbox and an AMT unit.

Price ₹ 6.95 Lakh onwards
Mileage 16 to 22.4 kmpl
Engine 1199 to 1497 cc
TransmissionManual and AMT
Fuel Type Petrol and Diesel
Seating Capacity5

 

Tata’s 1.2 petrol a three-cylinder engine, but the only time you can tell is when you fire it up. Nexon petrol is also a bit smoother now. Tata has re-tuned this engine to make it a bit more powerful and important to make it smoother. 

The earlier one was extremely snatchy and here to some small extent. it has succeeded, but it still feels a bit jerky when you get on and off the throttle. There also is quite some amount of lag. Put your foot down at around 1000 RPM. And you have to wait till well over 2000 RPM for it to really start pulling strongly. And that at times in city traffic can be difficult. The engine does a fair job in the mid-range. There is a fair amount of performance in the mid-range.

And if you keep it there, the Nexon pulls forward quite smartly. But pulling it to the 6000 rpm redline doesn’t really make much sense. It’s noisy, it feels strained, and the amount of extra performance you gain isn’t all that much. But the question is can you feel the extra 10 horsepower only at times and if you’d really pay attention.

And let’s not forget the Nexon is heavy, especially compared to many of its rivals. The driving modes Eco, City, and Sports work quite well. Eco is ok when you want to conserve fuel, and sport does give you an extra kick while we did do a performance test.

Tata Nexon 2020 Engine Performance

Petrol
Max Power         118 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque        170 Nm @ 1750 rpm

Diesel 
Max Power          108 bhp @ 4000 rpm
Max Torque         260 Nm @ 1500 rpm

We weren’t able to launch the new Nexon as the traction control couldn’t be switched off. And as a result to 0-100 came up in 13.01 seconds. Ignore the launch yet, and it clearly shows this new one has a bit of an edge over the earlier 110 horsepower version.

With the Nexon excels is over broken roads. You can carry on over bad patches often without having to slow down. The Nexon does round off the bumps pretty nicely. But there still is a bit of stiffness in the springs. And over broken patches of road and large craters, you can feel that what it does. 

But, it gives the Nexon good straight-line stability. And this delivers plenty of confidence through to the steering. The little bit of stiffness in the suspension helps the Nexon in the handling department too. With its well-weighted steering and decent body control. The Nexon feels comfortable at speed.

 It isn’t as agile as something like a Ford EcoSport. But gets onto a good road and you can enjoy slinging a few corners together With its uprated and recalibrated engine. The 2020 Nexon now feels peppier and smoother to drive. Its beefy suspension does well in our conditions. it is among the more spacious and comfortable compact SUVs in its class. And with the more goodies and kit on offer.

Conclusion 

It now feels more upmarket also with prices ranging from 6.95 to 11.20 lakh for petrol. The Nexon is still a great value for money product. No quality levels still aren’t quite the same as some rivals. And the petrol engine and gearbox need to be even smoother. 

Still, if you are among the many who think this is the best looking car in its class. And are looking for a comfortable compact SUV that’s adept at taking on our roads and is well equipped. The new 2020 Nexon is the one you need to keep on your shortlist.

Read more about some Tata Nexon Rivels:- Mahindra XUV300 In-Depth Review, Hyundai Venue 2020 Review, The all-new Kia Sonet.

 

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