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Default Our First Tata | Nexon XZ+(O) | BS6 Petrol MT

When time came to choose a car for himself, this is what my brother put his money on.

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The first Turbo-Petrol in the garage.
The first TATA in the garage.


Likes:
  • 5* safety rating with Hill hold, ESP, rollover mitigation
  • Comfortable ride and decent handling
  • Superb NVH control
  • Nicest rear seat with decent under-thigh support
  • Functional rear AC vent
  • Sunroof, Auto Headlamps & Wipers
  • Voice Commands, SIM based Geofencing & Live Location Tracking, SOS and intrusion alert
Dislikes:
  • Poor Low Beam
  • Quirky design after the B-pillar
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Non-Functional Roof Rails
  • Illogical Extended warranty and RSA program. Clubbing it together could have made things easier
  • Should have provided remote pre-cooling/heating through iRA
  • Too many Gloss Black (read scratch magnet) panels inside and out


BS6 Updates
Decision Making
Booking & Pre-Delivery Period
Delivery Day - 10 Days Up!
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Default Our first TATA | Nexon XZ+(O) | BS6 Updates

2020 BS6 Facelift - Updates

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Exterior - Profile
  • Redesigned roof rails
  • Blackened window line (A&C Pillar + Mirror Housing)
  • Sculpted side moulding on doors
  • New wheel design
  • Blackened hub cover
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Exterior - Front
  • Redesigned bonnet
  • Updated headlamp design
  • Gloss black grill with a flatter panel
  • Redesigned bumper and scuff panel
  • Redesigned fog lamp surrounds
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Exterior - Rear
  • Redesigned tail lamps
  • Reworked badging
  • Redesigned bumper and scuff panel
  • Redesigned reflectors
  • Missing rear fog lamp
  • Only two parking sensors
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Interior
  • Snappier 7" Infotainment system with Voice commands and Connected car features
  • New steering wheel design
  • New (tri-tone, Grey-Cream-black) interior colour scheme with accents of gloss black
  • New gear Knob design
  • Express cool mode
  • Functional rear air con vent with common blower speed control.
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Instrument Console
  • Combination of LCD, segmented and LED telltale lights for the instrument cluster
  • TPMS, gear indicator, drive mode, speed alert (80-120 km/h)
  • Instantaneous and Avg. FE (corresponding to trip-meter / ODO)
  • Top line for displaying messages
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Steering
  • Left - Track (Prev/Next), Vol (Up/Down), Source Select, Voice Command/Call-Receive, Mute/Call-End and Horn
  • Right - Cruise ON, Cruise OFF, Speed + / Resume, Speed - / Cancel
  • All buttons on the steering are backlit - in white.
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Stalks
  • Auto-wipers integrated on the left stalk
  • Auto-headlamps with fog lamp switch integrated on the right stalk
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Engine Bay
  • BS6 T-Petrol with 118 BHP & 170 Nm (up from 108 BHP & 170 Nm)
  • Updated ABS unit for traction control, ESP, roll-over mitigation and hill hold
  • Updated turbo heat-shield
  • Completely reworked headlamps
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Sunroof
  • Sunroof with tilt and a solid deflector
  • Manually operated shade with auto-retract
  • Swept in headliner to accommodate the hardware
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iRA - Connected Car Features
  • Remote Commands - Horn, Head Lights, Hazard Lights, Geofence, Valet
  • Navigation - Track My Car, Set Trip
  • Car Health - Diagnosis, Nearest Service Stations
  • Alerts - Car Crash, Intrusion, SOS, Immobilization
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5 Star - GNCAP Rating - Missing?? Wouldn't worry too much though.
After taking delivery of the car, I stumbled upon an old post. It has been well discussed elsewhere also on the thread. The facelift has not been tested by GNCAP. Though it is highly unlikely that TATA would skimp on the feature they and us Indians are most proud of. The Ratings should be re-instated especially since the safety features are standard from the base model.

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Default Our first TATA | Nexon XZ+(O) | Decision making

Decision Making


Aug 2019
The car hunting began around August last year. He was at a stage where he was working out what his requirements were. Nevertheless, some new and exciting launches (Harrier, Seltos, Hector) were the ones we had in mind at that time. The Hector was the first to be test driven and it did have the premium look and space on offer. The engines on offer were adequate. The Seltos didn’t seem like an upgrade in terms of space but one densely packed package on all fronts. The price tags reaching close to 20 Lac seemed out of this world for a first car. The harrier was good as a concept car, spacious cabin with nicely appointed interiors and road presence. With reviews hinting towards a version 2.0 which was the end of that. With the leave coming to an end this was for the first round of prospecting.
March 2020
1. Used 2017 | Hexa | Diesel | AT | 17,000 km
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It was on the classifieds. Was a Sikkim registered car owned by a forum member. The Hexa offered great space, a good ride quality and the convenience of an automatic. This would have been the best buy had there been no travel restrictions during lockdown. My brother was placed close by and could have easily By the time I got in touch with him, it was sold.
2. Used 2015 | Jetta | Diesel | MT | 50,000 km
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This was a Kolkata based company leased car. Had everything going for it. The dealer who had it on sale was adamant that we visit and have a look at the car and was not taking a token amount. My brother could have done that but the car was taken off the classifieds soon after Lockdown 1.0 was lifted. Would have been a pain to maintain as a first car especially when it was going to be used nearby small towns.
3. Used 2018 | Ecosport | Petrol | MT | 10,000 km
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Got to know that one of my colleagues would be relocating and would be selling off her 2 year old Ecosport. It was blue. But that would be lived with as long as the price was good. So pursued this one for a month but her plans changed due to COVID-19 and related restricted travel. But this car was a revelation. The 120 odd HP petrol engine, compact SUV dimensions seemed like a perfect fit for my brother’s requirements. Let me explain...
Guys in the Army move about a lot. Their cars are used very little as they live inside or close to the cantonments. Travel back home on annual leave entails a long journey and hence the car becomes a cumbersome mode of travel in those cases. They do live close to unexplored areas and weekend drives twice or thrice a month is the maximum usage the car is going to see. The smaller segment is not a deal breaker for now since the family is small or is going to have smaller sized members added to it for the next 6-8 years. In addition, his wife can learn driving on a car with a smaller footprint. So there seemed no point in going for a car from the next segment as you pay more for it, including taxes, insurance and fuel cost for the period of ownership. We’ve always had cars with a high ground clearance in the family, so he was not going to compromise on that. Lastly, the CSD pricing of eligible CSUVs was tempting enough for him to buy the car outright and live EMI free rather than part financing a car from a segment above and compromising on important features.

June 2020
4. Ecosport | Petrol | MT
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Likes:
  • Great Handling
  • Responsive and Refined 3-cylinder NA Petrol
  • Good looking Interiors and features
  • Best in segment Boot Space on offer
  • Never heard anyone complaint about Ford Service
Dislikes:
  • Rear seat legroom (... behind a 6 footer)
  • Harsh ride over bumps at low speed
  • End of life model (... and manufacturer)
  • Feature deletion in TITANIUM + (... the "fly"audio in the ointment)
5. XUV3OO | Petrol | MT
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Likes:
  • Cabin Width
Dislikes:
  • Bland Interiors
  • Harsh Ride, rattles, and squeaks
  • Notchy throttle response
  • Lack of boot space
  • Price-tag
  • Gruff engine noise
6. Nexon | Petrol | MT
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We had originally intended to call the Nexon EV for a test drive since we had lots of time to kill at home in those days. We got dad along for the test drive and were mightily impressed by the ride handling and NVH of Nexon EV. They felt too good to be true and I thought this might be the case of TATA putting in better NVH numbers for the EV since there is no engine noise to drown out other irritating noises. Decided to call the Turbo Petrol variant for a test drive for comparing only the NVH. Needless to say, my theory was not true. The Nexon actually had better NVH from the bunch and the Petrol wasn't much differently abled in this department from the EV.



Sonet and Venue were not considered since the A pillar seems to come in the field of vision and the driver’s head is really close to the door aperture. The surely felt like strict 4 seaters which were going to become too commonplace. Some cogs in our mind have changed their orientation after we owned the Fluidic Verna for a less than a year. Hyundais don’t feel that VFM now and have become too mass market.

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Default Our first TATA | Nexon XZ+(O) | Booking and Pre-Delivery Period

Booking and Pre-Delivery Period


The showroom closest to our house was chosen. The sales representative promptly furnished a list of Tata cars available under CSD. Since it was a CSD sale, and the prices were transparent, we didn’t cross check it with the other dealer in town. We had one issue wherein we thought that the XZ+(S) was the model which suited our needs the best. We didn’t want the connected car features made available in the XZ+(O), however the said model was launched later in 2020 and had not made it to the approved CSD list. Leaving us to either wait for the nest month’s revised list in hopes that it would be included, or go ahead with the (O) variant instead of the (S). This was decided way back in the September.

With the model not featuring in the list for October, the booking for a Silver Nexon XZ+(O) Petrol was done on 21st of October at Tata - Akar Fourwheel with a wait time of 4-6 Weeks. We wanted to pick up the car close to the 20th of November as that seemed reasonable while booking.

Discussed about the genuine accessories kit they were offering for a bundle cost of INR 15,000/-. We weren’t too interested in the side moldings with chrome on them so asked them for a list of other accessories. The genuine accessories come with a 2 year warranty from TATA. After going through it we conveyed our requirement.
Seat Covers - P/N 885752101639 - INR 7,979/-
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Found them to be of a decent quality. The headrests have zippers and the setbacks and bases have straps which are tied down. Chose the least flashiest design from the brochure which also turns out to be the highest priced.
Boot Mat - P/N 885752101548 - INR 1,590/-
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Needed this since the spare wheel cover which doubles up as the base of the boot is a thin and flimsy piece. The thicker carpeted cover would help protect it a little more and would prevent dirt from embedding itself in a non replaceable part of the carpeting.
Mud Flaps - P/N 885752100705 - INR 759/-
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These were essential in dressing up the car a bit. The actual utility hasn't been tested yet. Though their size suggests to the lack of it, I would like to be proved wrong.
Anti-Skid Mats - P/N ************ - INR ***/-
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These seemed like a nice option to have. Thought they would help in cleaning out the base of the door pockets and the storage spaces better as any settled dust and grime would settle on this rather than a non replaceable part of the car.
Also asked them to give us the cost for extended warranty as we wanted the maximum coverage of up to 5 years from the day the car would be handed over. The car comes with a standard 2 year 75,000 km warranty. The extended coverage of additional 3 years and upto a total of 1,25,000 km would have us more than covered since the actual running wis never going to be that high. Their breakdown and accident assistance programs are a different game altogether. There was no need to differentiate between the two and provide 6 month packages. I still haven't figured it out. Will go for it after 2 years by which time I expect that they would simplify it.

In the Interim, sat down one day and ordered a long list of Car Care products and accessories for breakdown / emergency situations. Left out the tyre pressure gauge since the car has TPMS and the inflator too has a digital gauge which shows the pressure in the line.
Dashcam - DDpai Mini
Memory Card - Sandisk 64GB (class 10)
Tyre Inflator - Solimo
Puncture Repair Kit - Tirewell TW-5005
Dash/Plastic Cleaner - Wavex PLVR Cleaner
Liquid Wax - Turtle Wax
Wheel/Tyre Cleaner - Turtle Wax
Shampoo - Turtle Wax Max Power
Foam Applicator - Wavex (3Pc)
Wash Mitt - Softspun 1700 GSM
Brushes - NIvavi Wheel and Tyre Brush (2Pc)
Duster - Jopasu
Microfiber Cleaning Cloth - Amazon Basics (3Pc)
Microfiber Drying Towel - Amazon Basics (2 Pc)
Penetrating Fluid - WD 40 (60gm)
So with all this done we just had to wait for the car to be dispatched from the plant so that CSD and bank formalities could be carried out. During Diwali, after a wait of 4 weeks, my brother conveyed to the sales rep. that he would also consider a White car if the Silver was not being produced. He needed the car in any case since he had limited leave and had to use the car to travel to the place of new posting in it. On the 24th we received news that they had readied the availability certificate of a white car they had received in stock. Based on this we began the paperwork for payment to CSD. One has to pay in advance to the CSD and they transfer the amount to the dealer. Had to wait for a week due to a long weekend and month end stock taking activities. In the mean time, they were also skeptical that the prices could be revised in the revised list the CSD issues every month. Well, nothing of that sort happened and the payment was credited to the dealer’s account on 7th December and a release order was issued. Surprise... Due to the delay, they received a Silver car in stock as we had originally booked. So It was back to the colour of our choice.

Paperwork required for delivery which was completed on 8th December and the same day, the copies of all the documents were sent to the RTO in HP for permanent registration. The Documents needed were:
Temporary Registration (RJ) + Payment Receipt
Form 20 Permanent Registration (HP)
Form 21 Sale Certificate
Form 22 Initial PUC
Tax invoice
Insurance Cover Note
PAN Card
Service Certificate
As for the final cost break-up, it looked like this...
DD Amount to CSD ----------------------------------------------------------------- INR____9,23,700/-
Bundled Insurance (1 year comprehensive with add ons + 3 year third party) - INR_____31,000/-
Extended Warranty (+3 years) ----------------------------------------------------- INR_____20,000/-
Genuine Accessories ---------------------------------------------------------------- INR_____11,000/- (approx.)
RJ Temp Registration --------------------------------------------------------------- INR________600/-
HP LTT + Pre-booked Number + Agent Fee + HSRP ------------------------------ INR_____97,000/-

TOTAL (ON-Road Cost)---------------------------------------------------------- INR__10,83,300/-

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Yesterday, my brother took the delivery of his Nexon XZ+(O) Petrol from Tata Akar Fourwheel, Queens Road, Jaipur. Quite a happy moment for all of us. The parents accompanied them to the showroom while I could only participate through a phone call.

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The vehicle was readied for delivery and the time allotted was 10:15 AM. I liked the decently done ribbon work for decoration. The paperwork and payment was done a day earlier. They had promptly informed my brother that their accessories guy is on leave and hence the accessories we ordered would be installed after two days. That was okay with us since they had a outstation day-trip planned for today and needed the car for it. So, it was just a case of receiving the paperwork, instructions and familiarization with the keys and functions of the car.

A quick round of pictures was carried out in front of the car. Sanitization of all the frequently touched points, was done in front of them before driving out of the showroom by 11:00 AM. After pooja at the temple the car was home with a full tank of fuel.

My brother went through all the functions and features of the car throughout the day (like those times in 2001 when we were younger any would take the CDs to play on my Grandma's Santro parked in our drive). He removed and re-stuck the FasTag from below the IRVM to a little offset location since a dash-cam install has been pre-planned. Used a hot water towel, placed from the outside to loosen-up the adhesive. It all went well. Removed the VIN sticker (visible from outside) on the window glass in a similar fashion and stuck it on the inside of the cover of the owner's manual, away from prying eyes.
  • On hindsight, we did not give the dealer's reps a tough time, neither did they. We didn't ask for any discounts anywhere. We simply weren't in a situation to since we needed the vehicle before a certain date when there was a huge demand situation out of the blue.
  • We would later find out that the 3D mats were still on order. The accessories guys really did screw up the otherwise smooth dealership experience. This was the case with all the three showrooms here in Jaipur. They just did not have 3D mats in stock.
  • Had to finally order aftermarket floor mats from Auto Fiit. Got in touch through their Facebook page. Someone from Bangalore put me through the local representative in Jaipur. The mats cost INR 1,900/- for a set of the 4/5D variety (excluding boot mat). Didn't want to add another 2 dimensions to the floor mats as the quilted pattern of 7Ds would have made us feel like resting our feet on a Bentley while sitting in a TATA.
  • Number plates now-a-days are issued by a single vendor and have a delay of 25 days. I miss the earlier days when they used to be on the car on D-day. Got HSRP look-alike plates installed for the time being for INR 600/-, unfortunately after the photo session though.


10 Days Up!


The Drivetrain
  • It is an all rounder and does the job well.
  • The engine is adequately powered and delivers performance in a gradual way.
  • The modes do give some flexibility. Mode changes are perceptible and not just a gimmick.
  • Engine does get loud when you raise the revs. It is audible because other noises are cut down substantially.
  • No drivetrain vibrations on the pedals or the steering.
  • It passes the 2nd gear speed breaker test.
  • Gears 4 and 5 can hold lower speeds well, acceleration from there is also satisfactory.
  • Acceleration in 6th gear is dull due to taller gearing for economy.

Handling
  • It feels like you are driving a car you can control no matter what comes your way.
  • Despite being on the heavier side, over sharp and repeated bumps, the car doesn't have the stuck to the ground feel (just the feel). In other situations it is well controlled.
  • Body roll is predictable. Not too much nose dive on braking. Negligible front lift while accelerating.
  • Steering is light but it is direct, but there is no hint of a dead spot. It weighs up a little with speed. Nothing to complain here.
  • Comparing with other cars, Dusters and the Figo in the garage, this fits in the middle in the ride quality department.


The Cabin
  • Ingress and egress is not an issue, front or rear.
  • Frontal visibility is good with the larger glass panels there. Rearward visibility is quite compromised.
  • Too many storage cubbies provided for you to keep a track of. A sturdy rear parcel shelf to keep things from moving about is a boon.
  • The interior colour scheme is okay. Not to our liking though. All black would have been better. But we can live with this too.
  • The rear seat is a strict 4 seater, at leas for my family. Bring down the arm rest and it becomes cozy.
  • Boot opening is electronically actuated. No more fiddling for the levers on the floor.
  • Adding the seat covers has firmed up the seats a little. I guess this will prove to be for the better in the long run.
  • There has to be a mention of the best in class NVH levels in this cabin. Just go drive the EV to know how good they are. Of course the engine noise does filter in. But when it's off, outside noises of the traffic have never been dulled down so well in an Indian car.


Infotainment System
  • The center screen has both the ICE and Information system synched in.
  • There are physical buttons on the central console for controlling the music. This, along with the steering controls and the touch screen has plenty of redundancy built in.
  • The system stays on (playing music or staying connected to the call) when you turn off the ignition. It switches off or disconnects only when you open the door.
  • The commands for the HVAC system ate overlaid onto the screen for a brief moment.
  • There is a connectnext app which helps the phone it is installed in function as a remote control for the ICE and HVAC system. Useful for the rear passengers only.
  • The HARMAN branded system is quite nice. Without giving out audio critique like details, this system has a punchy sound. It does distort when you crank it up but you never need to go that high.
  • Sound stage has lots of customization and pre-set modes too.
  • No option for offline navigation. You have to run it through Android auto or Car play.
  • No OTA updates option yet. They update the software version at the ASC.


iRA - Connectivity Features
  • The app lets you control basic functions of the car and provides SIM based activation.
  • Two SIMs (Airtel and BSNL, good choice IMHO) are in-built (probable e-SIMs). There is no display for the signal strength though.
  • It is free for the first year. INR 500/year thereafter. Renewal through ASCs.
  • KYC is required for SIMs, only then the app starts communicating with the car.
  • The features we like are - live location tracking, intrusion alert, geofencing, trip analytics, remote locking, valet and immobilization.
  • Pre-Heating and Cooling has been left out. Too bad.
  • At least a function to operate the sunroof in tilt mode for venting out the hot air could have been provided.


More on the car in a post after its first long drive (700km) next week.

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Front has matured up a lot in the appearance department. This view makes this small car look like a Hexa. Remember how, the Top Gear trio were surprised when they first saw the Ecosport and got to know that it was a compact SUV for the American market, this somehow manages to do the same. Only when you look at it in isolation. Park it next to another car and you find them to be more realistic.
-DRLs are multi functional and double up as indicators.
-The Bi-arrow design update in the lower grill seems incomplete
-Headlamps are high set and the fog lams well recessed and should be protected from minor shunts
-Thanks to the design team for restricting chrome use to just one piece of trim below the grill.
-The fog light accents tend to look chrome-esque in bright sunlight.

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The new headlamps are a nice play on hexagons. The intrusions into the bumper lend the car a butch look.
-They welcome you by lighting up when the you unlock the car.

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The fogs have the same colour tone as the headlamps which is a mature touch. Better this than the half hearted riced up look with yellow and white beams.
-Cornering function retained from the outgoing model.
-Directed straight ahead, they won't be as effective as in the like of the outgoing i20.

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All lamps lit up in the same colour tone.
-Projector low beams on the outer ends. Which needed to be levelled from inside the cabin for an acceptable throw.
-Might require an upgrade in the future.
-Reflector High beams which are decent.
-The cooler tone of the DRL works well here.
-Follow-me-home function works for 30 seconds or so.

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The logo takes centre stage on a gloss black grill. Most of the upper grill is for cosmetic purpose. There is however a small slot with a honeycomb mesh below the logo.

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All those who think Gloss Black, instead of White would have suited the car better?... Say Aye... @(*&@(*&%$#%^* Okay, the motion is passed. That will be the only mod on the car whenever it happens. These bits are snapped onto the door frame and are quite a simple DIY.

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I still don't like the rear of this car hope I don't have to look too much at it.
-The tail lamps look a bit busy.
-Smaller area in red does look like it could fade out in the sun. The third stop lamp helps here.
-In two thoughts whether the missing rear fog lamp helps it look less busy or makes the lower part look like it is missing something
-2 lesser parking sensors. The ones on the painted part of the bumper are gone.
-Like the under-badged look at the rear. Keeps things symmetric.
-The reflectors should have had an illusion of more depth IMHO. The look flat and as if they are from the parts bin of kids bicycle.

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The from three quarters view is a smart one. This has to be the car which has the wheels spaced out the best in stock form. Haven't measured it but they must be just about 5-8 mm inside the wheel arch. Hope it doesn't turn out to be as much of a mud slinger as the Duster.

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The flared out front wheel arches accentuate the look of having a wider front track. The other eye-sore for this car from my perspective. On the other hand, the lines and creases seem well controlled and not overdone.

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The blacked out side rear view mirrors merge well into the window line of the car. They become almost invisible. The slim side indicators are nice integrated.

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The updated wheel design is better than the last one. The wheels are blacked out apart form the diamond cut face which helps hide the bulk. Blacked out hub covers with the silbver logo helps run the same logo theme on the exterior of the car. The car feels well tired - width, profile and quality wise.
-215/60/R16 96H Goodyear Excellence tyres all around. Tread pattern is asymmetric.
-195/60/R16 89H Goodyear Assurance TripleMax for the spare in the boot.
-Spare wheel is a blacked out steely.

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Should mention that the concealed washer jets help in cleaning up the bonnet. Never realised this in pictures but their absence from the bonnet does look quite striking in person.
-Rain sensing wipers work well. Threw a glug of water on the windshield and the wipers stopped after one wipe, as the water was swept away completely.
-Guessing they are intensity sensitive too and will vary the sweep speed accordingly.

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The glasshouse has a very mild tint. The blackened A and C pillars are new on the facelift. A floating effect for the roof looks better IMHO. The play with the rubber beadings of the door frame help give the floating roof a sculpted look. It also looks like an oddly executed wrap job from certain angles.
-Misses put on functional roof rails which I believe were present on the outgoing model.

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The feature that ranks highest in novelty in our environment. Unfortunately, it is bundled in the top spec variant and you cannot give it a miss.
-It is the right size to discourage people from popping theirselves out.
-Has tilt function which would help ventilation on hot days, though it is not synched with the Express-Cool feature.
-Manually retractable sun shade.
-The tint on the glass is darker than windows.
-If you lock the car when the sunroof is open... It gets closed! Yes, Tata thought of that.

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Lets talk ergonomics first as they should rank first in the criteria for a car which is going to see long drives.
-The seats are the ones you sit on and not into.
-The steering has a tilt function which is correctly positioned to begin with.
-The smaller diameter steering wheel and the stalks behind have some heft and are small hand friendly.
-The instrument cluster is clearly visible through the steering wheel.
-Most importantly, it seats my 6'3" brother comfortably.
-The foam does sink in, after it takes your weight, which does give a supportive feel. To be reassessed after long drives.
-Cabin width can be called cozy.
-Headroom at the front is ample. At the rear, even though it is tight, it is never intrusive al long as you are below 6 feet and a couple.
-One can rest their arm on the door pad while holding the steering.
-The white bits will be difficult to keep clean and the black bits will be easily scratched.
-There is a tri-arrow pattern printed on the dash fascia which I hope doesn't not rub off in the long run.

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Does it have space? Well, the most important thing for a travelling fauji, is his trunk. Its specifications are sent to a GC when he joins the academy and it travels with him throughout his tenure. So that can fit easily.
-The 60:40 rear bench split is a boon for such hauls.
-With the parcel tray removed, 3 large strolleys can be packed in snugly, even with the seats up.
-The actual test will be conducted soon when he has to shift.
-The boot has two recesses on the sides which can be used too.

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All the car care products and accessories fit in snugly around the spare wheel. Out of sight but present when you need them. Helpful when you don't have a dedicated garage.

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Credits - Where they are due.


Ecosport 1.5 Dragon Petrol - For changing our perception of petrol engines coming from a long tradition of diesel engined cars.

Nexon EV - For drawing us towards the Nexon platform and into a Tata Showroom.

Tata Design team - For designing and developing a global product in-house, using an ancient X1 platform. I know, the assembly lines were being tweaked, for this C-SUV as far back as 2012.

Youtube Channel: AutoTrendTV - For their most comprehensive reviews covering all the updates and features in detail. These actually helped me understand how the Facelift was a comprehensive one with additional features and that's when it came to the top of the shortlist.
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Akar Fourwheel - For handling our booking, understanding our requirement for a timely delivery and being transparent with all the charges.

Kartik and my brother - For the back breaking photo session in the afternoon. Giving me what I and when I wanted it. Putting up a review remotely for the first time.

BHPians - Reinhard, Shrey_1520 and Vinod_nair for promptly replying to my queries on the official review thread. Reinhard again for his thread DIY-ing the mods on his Nexon. janakiraman_m for his Tiago review and snan for his Nexon facelift review, which caught my eye and made me pay more attention to Tata's offering in this segment.


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Thread moved from the Assembly Line to the Reviews Section. Thanks for sharing!

This Nexon is going to our homepage today
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TGO, first of all a big THANK YOU! to your brother for keeping our country safe and our borders protected.

I really like the kind of cars you've picked up. Tough and utilitarian! You don't seem to care about features, you're the kind to make use of a vehicle like it should be used.

The Nexon is a great pick for someone who will cover lakhs of kilometres in the most challenging terrains. Hope Tata keeps your brother happy and never lets him down.

All the best!
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Credits - Where they are due.


BHPians - Reinhard, Shrey_1520 and Vinod_nair for promptly replying to my queries on the official review thread. Reinhard again for his thread DIY-ing the mods on his Nexon.

janakiraman_m for his Tiago review and snan for his Nexon facelift review, which caught my eye and made me pay more attention to Tata's offering in this segment.

Thanks to Team-BHP for having the best and the right information available for all which helps us make the most informed automotive decisions, time and again.[/center]
Congrats to your Fauji brother, and the family, for choosing the safest CSUV, made for India.

A tinny winny advice, get your accessories guy to apply clips on the base of the seat covers, it's more secure and stay in place, the nadda ties are not effective in the long run. If it's already done then no issues.

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THANK YOU for this really well composed and professional level review.

The comparison pics really give a good understanding of the updates.


Please do pass on my best wishes to your brother and family on the car.
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She looks great! Congrats on your purchase. I just wish Tata hadnt replaced those classy analogue dials with cheep cheesy digital one's.
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Congratulations on the Nexon - TGO & family. Wishing you & all unlimited safe & happy miles ahead with the versatile little car. A solid strong car for a solid strong soldier of the nation! The opening picture is just so smart!

And what a thread! This I'd say is one of the best Nexon ownership threads on the forum - if not the best (well it is & so have rated it 5 stars already). The detailing, picture quality & attention to small things are going to be extremely useful as references to visitors who read your thread. Certainly will help in decision making for others.

For a car selling in quite good numbers - the Nexon 2020's ownership threads were very few on the forum & you've really set the bar very high on quality. What a pleasant surprise to find my name mentioned along with fellow BHPians to have been of help. Glad I was of any valuable help through my threads.

Keep the thread updated whenever possible mate. Stay safe, cheers & happy holidays. Here's to a better 2021!

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Instrument Console
  • Combination of LCD, segmented and LED telltale lights for the instrument cluster
  • TPMS, gear indicator, drive mode, speed alert (80-120 km/h)
  • Instantaneous and Avg. FE (corresponding to trip-meter / ODO)
  • Top line for displaying messages
Oh man the older one is sooo much better. New cluster looks like a toy. Don't get me wrong, I'm mostly in favour of digital instrumentation but this is just horrible execution.

Other than that though, this is a fantastic car and one which our family is also seriously considering.

Congrats on the purchase and happy mile munching
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Arguably one of the best and detailed thread on Nexon. Especially the visual comparison with pre-facelifted Nexon.
One query - Why wasn't the Duster Turbo Petrol chosen? You could have got three times lucky!
You have such extensive understanding on Duster and Renault after sales service which makes adding another 1.5 Lakhs to go for the Duster Turbo justifiable. Duster is a segment higher than Nexon however it makes more sense. To top it off, it goes well with your Army guy Cousin's personality and stature
Congratulations and enjoy the Nexon
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