Took a test drive of Nexon diesel yesterday (@ KVR Dream Vehicles - Kannur). It was a short test drive as test drive (and launch) is not officially started in our city yet.
- Ceramic strip is going to be tough to maintain. It is better to do transparent protective wrap from 3M or similar vendors
- Rear seat split (60 side) need bit more force to lock it back in position. Needs to double check every time (I checked 2 vehicles to confirm)
- Black plastic strip above front fog lamp housing felt bit flimsy
Overall interior bottom plastics felt a notch below Hyundai, but it is almost there.
+ It looks bigger in real than in pictures
+ Single tone looks better than dual tone
+ Design is very eye catching - During the test drive we could see many people checking the vehicle. Very unique exterior design.
+ Interior is spacious - Rear floor hump is almost flat and is reasonably good for medium sized adults. Under thigh and back support is average due to bench design and rear arm rest. Very comfortable for two.
+ If you install a reasonably sized child seat at the rear, accommodating two more passengers at rear is going to be tough.
+ Economy mode is OK for normal driving conditions. I started my test drive in eco mode + 2 passengers + AC on : It did reasonably well climbing typical uphill curvy road (in Kerala) near showroom.
+ City and Sport mode difference is noticeable - It was fun to drive in sport mode on a typical Kerala highway.
+ Ride quality is good (I think test drive vehicle tire pressure was high - asked dealer person to check it)
+ Sliding cover and centre console looks really nice (could have offered better quality sliding cover though)
+ Arm rest good but is bit short
+ Front seat is above average but could have been better
Everything else about the vehicle I found it really good. I saw few customers checking and taking test drive during my short stay at the dealership. I saw a prospective Hexa customer checking Nexon in detail.
According to dealer they already have around 25 bookings. Petrol test drive vehicles have not arrived yet.
I made it clear to the dealer persons that I am not there to book or buy Nexon, but was there just to check it out. Their sales team Mr. Gijesh and Mr. Vipin were very co-operative and were with me till I walked out of the showroom. I forgot name of the gentleman who accompanied me during test drive, kudos to him as well. Very enthusiastic and eager to serve customers. People who are looking for Nexon in Kannur can reach out to them. Dealer experience is very very good (It was very good when I went to check Tiago and Hexa during their launch as well).
My friend booked diesel and I shared my test drive details with him. Most likely he is going ahead with his booking (XZ+ diesel grey color) and expected delivery is towards the end of Oct.
Here is a short video I shot using my cell phone