The Nexon comes with both a 110hp, 1.5-litre turbo-diesel or a 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine. Both engines could be had with both a 6-speed guide or an AMT-auto gearbox. The turbo-petrol engine is refined nevertheless it doesn’t excite with its efficiency and tends to be jerky at low speeds. While the AMTs make for good metropolis automobiles, the manuals additionally really feel high-quality, due to the sunshine clutch-and-gearshift motion.
However, the diesel engine has a wider breadth of skills and fits the traits of the Nexon higher. The unit is refined, and pulls nicely from as little as 1,400rpm as much as 4,000rpm in a linear method. The AMT gearbox works nicely in site visitors and is comparatively easy in its shifts, so long as you aren’t driving with too heavy a foot. The guide additionally enhances the diesel engine nicely and makes for excellent freeway cruising. When we examined the guide variants of each engines, the petrol delivered 9kpl within the metropolis whereas the diesel did 14kpl. Out on the freeway, the petrol returned 13kpl and the diesel did 18kpl. Expect comparable effectivity from the AMTs.
Inside, the Nexon’s sprint appears to be like modern and has a number of high-grade textured plastics that lend it a premium really feel. There’s loads of area within the cabin for entrance and rear passengers, and the swooping roofline doesn’t have an effect on headroom both. It can also be sensible, due to the beneficiant quantity of cubby area within the cabin and the pretty massive 350-litre boot.
The Nexon’s suspension handles bumps very nicely and may sort out even the worst of Indian roads. It feels secure at freeway speeds and has good physique management round corners. Even the steering feels spectacular, as it’s gentle at low speeds and weighs up nicely as you decide up the tempo. All in all, it seems like a well-engineered SUV.
Being a Tata, the Nexon is comparatively dependable and spare elements costs are additionally on par with its rivals; however there are some issues to look out for. First, get the automobile’s electrical programs examined by a skilled, as a few Nexon house owners have confronted points like a fixed switching between drive modes and flickering of the infotainment display screen. Furthermore, examine for clutch put on on guide variants as a new clutch and stress plate meeting, together with the labour expenses, might find yourself costing you upwards of ₹10,000. On the AMT variants, take a look at to see if the creep operate within the automated gearbox performs nicely.
A number of house owners have additionally confronted a problem the place the steering turns into actually heavy and will get jammed, so when on a take a look at drive, examine if the steering weighs up unnaturally whereas turning. This could possibly be an costly repair.
On the entire, a used Nexon is nice worth, since it’s a comparatively new mannequin and you’ll not often discover examples which have coated greater than 30,000km.