There are lots of modes in the instrument cluster . To make the trip to 0 you should long press the set button . The top of the instrument cluster shows the different drive modes that you have selected . Some time its difficult to see the entire cluster as stearing blocks your view sometimes. Remember this is the only place where you can see the mode that we have selected unlike in XZ+ you will be having voice commands as well the touch screen showing it .
The rear passengers have ample amount of leg room and head room. There is also a vanity mirror on sun visors in the passenger side even in XM variant , I am specifically mentioning this as some manufacturers are not providing this in the lower variants as your wife or girl friend always needs this lol
The hand brake is placed very near to the front passenger side but mostly this is not a flaw at all. What you soley miss here is the Arm rest, My brother who is slightly short than me found it quite awkard to hold the gear at half of your hand. This is why i had installed an Arm rest in after market. Guys how does it look .
I made it in seat cover shop , the base is of wood and the outer is of resin , This just made the car to look like a top variant . Would definitely recommend this as it cost me just 600 bucks , totally worthy of it .
The rear passengers have no adjustable head rests and even the XT variant dont have it . A big miss from TATA atleast they should have given it for the XT variant . Also no parcel tray in the XM variant but i got it done in after market for just 800 rupess , If any one in Chennai searching for good accessories go for Fancy shop in GP road . Parcel tray is always of great use to keep tissues and other stuffs .
No rear ac is provided also the space is empty , I have inserted a doll in it just for the empty space .
SOUND SYSTEM :
XM variant comes with 4 speakers and they do the job given but just not for enthusiasts like us . I strongly recommend to go for JBL TWEETERS , it costs 3000 a pair . I initially though to install only one pair and if you are like go for the rear side and not the front one . This is because Your ears are very near to the rear tweets and also the rear passengers can enjoy the sound . Install the tweeters and the sound quality just totally changes . The space provided in the door itself and the JBL tweeters fits perfectly to it.
This is a great attention to detail from Tata given that its a lower variant and most car manufactures dont give space in the door. The installation also takes less time and this is Bang for buck .
The Harman system works like a charm once these tweeters are added and the treble words like you are in a Home theatre , Sound quality is really good given only you have installed the tweeters. Just make sure that you dont do my mistake of just putting a pair , Spend 6K for two tweeters and your car will sound like XZ+ version.
SEAT COMFORT :
The cushioning is spot on here , The under thigh support is really good and the rear passengers had lots of leg room when front adjusted to my height (6.1), Even so the rear passengers felt very comfortable even older people like my parents, And my mom felt these are the nest seats of the cars we had.
The big miss is the rear head adjustable seats but still the fixed one does its job pretty well .
The head room is a breeze , you dont even feel that the car has a sloping roof line when you are inside the car
We family of 5 was able to sit comfortably in the car , rear can occupy 3 people with ease
DRIVING THE 1.2 L TURBO CHARGED PETROL :
This is one of the few cars that have turbo charged petrol in India at affordable price. This was a big reason that i went for Nexon as like all i love Turbo charged petrol cars and this engine is not new , this also comes in Tiago and tigor without turbo charger and it is a great engine . This is a 6 speed transmission which is great. I dont know why most indian cars have 5 speed transmission almost every modern car should have 6 speed IMO
Start the engine and there is a slight clatter sound because of its 3 cylinder , But later the cabin noise is well insulated as you dont hear most sounds . To start the car you have to press the clutch fully . The key hole has a beautiful white light around it .
There is a definite turbo lag in the car as with all turbo charged cars under 2000 rpm, Still this is adequate in city driving , Go past the 2000 rpm mark and you will feel the turbo kicking in , That moment is always a beauty to drive and the engine noise is well insulated still you may hear a bit but i always drive with music so no problem for me . The drive modes is one of the big USP of the car and its makes the driving more pleasure . The knob for driving mode is inspired from Tata sibling Jaguar and it just feels like a premium one . The drive modes also glows once you switch on the lights . The clutch is very soft but the reach is quite long . I didnt had any issue with the gear box and every gear works perfectly .
Well done Tata for providing the collar for reverse gear. I had some doubts that 6 th and reverse gear might get confused in a 6 speed Transmission but thats not the case here , the collar provided in the gear knob , We have to push it up and the car easily goes in the 6 th gear . Even a 15 lakhs Scorpio have big trouble to go to the reverse gear but not here . Now let me tell about each modes .
CITY MODE :
This is the default mode of the car and this mode is perfect for the city driving conditions , The gear ratio is very small which makes it a bliss to drive in city . Even you can drive the car in 3 rd gear in city moderate traffic and you wont have the trouble too much to down shift. You will feel the turbo lag in this mode a bit while you drive in traffic . The bumper to bumper traffic driving is good in this mode too . The power is adequate in City mode . I feel this mode is just straight line like a linear one no more no less . Once you go beyond 2000 rpm mark you will love the way she drives which will put a smile on your face . Since this is a default mode you can use this in either City or highway . I just got 9 to 10 kmpl in this mode may be after first service it will change will update here then and there .
ECO MODE :
As the name suggests this mode is strictly for economy but also you should know that you can never ever use it in City . If you are using this mode in city you will hate this mode as the power is very less for initial gears too . This mode is strictly to cruise in long highways where you will love this mode and inturn the car will give you a good efficiency , The car returned me 15 kmpl in the highway at a steady 80 to 100 k/hr.
SPORTS MODE :
The mode that i love and the mode every one will love . Change to city mode and press the accelerator and you will feel the difference , This is a treat to every enthusiast like me and the car's full power of 110 PS is visible here . There is even very less turbo lag in this mode and the car just cruises. Most of us will love the engine sound at above 3500 rpm just a pleasant sound to our ears . Of course this affects the mileage of the car in a big way but if you have bugs to fill this even may be your default driving mode .
RIDE AND HANDLING :
The steering is smooth and light . You will have a good command while driving as i felt the turning in this car is great . It was like the car steered in the way i wanted it to also the steering weighs adequately as the speed progress .
The suspension is definitely on the harder side which is how it should be for a SUV and the car can take any pot holes you throw at her . Chennai is well know for stupid big speed breaks which comes without even a warning and the 209mm ground clearance will help you a lot here . I just stopped worrying about speed breakers because of it .
The braking is great in this car as ABS
are standard. I tried stopping the car from 80 to 0 , i was not able to calculate the time but the ABS
helped me a lot to have great control in the car despite heavy braking , that's how an ABS
works and it does the job perfectly in nexon . Since the suspension in on hard side you will find the ride uncomfortable at times but that's how it should be for a SUV as you can go in any bad roads with this suspension .
OTHER THINGS INSIDE THE CAR :
The glove box is not a cooled one but if you want it go for the XT variant , the space provided inside the glove box is adequate . There are two umbrella holders in the front side which fits small sized umbrellas .
The glass holder can fit aviator Ray ban glass with the cover but not the waffler one . The cabin light just lights the front side and no lights are provide for the rear passengers which you will miss definitely .
I have no idea what to do with the hole provided for push button start , advices are welcome.
For the XZ+ variant a sliding place near the arm rest is given to place your smart phone which you will miss as there are no space for me after i placed the arm rest though the arm rest is not a fixed one still i need to find a solution .
NEGATIVES OF NEXON :
1. Clutch throw is very long which makes quick shifting quite slow
2. Gear box reach is also not perfect . Its good but not the best
3. Less height of the car makes it look not like a perfect SUV , had they increased the height to 50mm Nexon would have been a perfect looking SUV
4. Absence of parcel tray in XM
5. The ABC pedals have good distance between them but it affects the accessing of dead pedal
I conclude the review by saying just that this is the best car under 8 lakhs , ofcourse some niggles but its not just a VFM
(Value For Money) but we have been given by Tata more than that we actually paid for .
More than happy I am extremely proud that Tata , an indian company just rocked in the automobile market and this is just a beginning from them .
Happy motoring and Be Indian Buy INDIAN .
* The car soley owned by my elder brother who bought it for our family . Thank you Anna for selecting the car that i chose in spite you paid for it .
* The people in Tata have improved a lot and it shows by ranking 3rd in the month of November
* Sorry Guys for placing pics at the last I tried to post pics in between the review but was not able to do it
* Will update then and there in this thread after every services and I am planning for a long trip this week end
Thank you Guys for reading the review patiently . Hope i was ok , just forgive if i wasn't as this is my very first review and sorry for the delay . If you have any queries ask in the thread will be happy to help you .