Tata Nano CX Test Driven


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Was away for 24 hrs on a hectic little trip covering 600 odd kilometers, in which I got an opportunity to TD a Nano. Was quite exited as wanted to do so for quite some time & finally got lucky. Vehicle i drove was my friends who has covered 3400 kilometers in a 2 month period. Will be posting pics shortly, alongwith a detailed report.

After the TD, i just felt quite pleased & had this grin plastered on my face for quite a while. Maybe it was the Nano effect[:)]
 

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cool! i wanted to know hw it feels driving a nano, i dint get a chance yet, none of my friends got the car in the lucky draw, so i hope i get a chance to drive one
 
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Got them keys, unlocked the car, opened the door - felt strange as the door is pretty light & if left ajar then tries to close by itself! Sat in drivers seat, turned the key & cranked the engine!

Observations:-

1) Vehicle exterior looks very cute & will melt anyone's heart, sure fire hit with the ladies
2) Vehicle interior is quite disappointing, quality of plastics is clearly very agricultural & makes the spartan interiors look quite boring
3) Carpeting material used to cover foot wells & firewall is pretty rotten & will not last for even a single monsoon season
4) Steering Wheel feels like that of a toy car! Quite small & amusing i found it to be. Turning radius fantastic as one can turn the car in really small places & maneuver the car is small gaps
5) Seats quite comfortable for their size & quality of materials used
6) Fantastic head & leg room for tall people with driver seat adjusted to my requirement(read as pushed right back), still had decent legroom for another person of my height to sit comfortably behind the driver seat
7) Airconditioner cooling was pretty amazing as it was hot & humid outside
8) Engine does get strained with the AC switched on, acceleration does suffer, but then what can you expect of the little heart of this car
9) Gear shifts quite mechanical, mainly due to the amount of linkages involved, since powertrain is located at the rear, felt very similar to that of the Omni Van.
10) Engine quite buzzy & sound + vibrations make one quite stressful after a period of time, especially for passengers seated on rear seats
11) More than adequate performance for city drives, managed to just about hit 100 kmph, which itself was quite astonishing for me as i felt it would max out @ 75 taking AC load into consideration.
12) Brakes quite disconcerting as they either suddenly retarded the speed or sometimes did not make one feel as they are working! Not a good thing at all to feel, i must say
13) Stability quite good, even at speeds above 80 kmph
14) Suspension quite good too, soaking up bumps of rough roads with ease
15) No luggage space at all!
16) Bonnet release mechanism a real pain to disengage, found this problem to be common with other Nano's too as faced similar problem when i checked out display vehicle at a dealership earlier
17) Removal of Spare Wheel/Tyre a breeze as mounted in front on the firewall, filling fuel quite dramatic too as filler pipe located inside bonnet
18) Battery located under drivers seat
19) Doors interior panels stamped with 'L' & 'R' on corners - Maybe the guys at the plant get confused with Left & Right Sides!
20) Excellent visibility from drivers seat, due to large windshield
21) Single wiper huge & looks really big for the size of the vehicle
22) Driver side Wing Mirror taken off a sports bike, that small it is! It felt so odd to even try to look through it, plus felt that with slight impact it will come in ones hand, that delicate it is!
23) Pedals feel bunched up & people having big feet will find the foot well space very restricted
24) CX model - Body Coloured Bumpers, A/C, Central Locking

Have tried to share as much of my observations right now, will add some more as i remember them!

I drove the Nano for 12 kilometers, tried to test as many parameters as possible in that distance & limited time frame. No matter what all short comings the Nano may have, it still gives such a thrill to the person driving it/owning it. I just could not have imagined it having such an effect on me. Its such a head turner that who ever saw it, their eyeballs were just stuck to the car.

As for the Major question of FE, it is giving my friend an average of 20 kmpl (AC always ON).
 
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Thats really frank & exact review Denom!!

I actually got chance to sit in car for hours & explored everything in that since it was in my office for display.for 2 days.


But no TD :(


What ever you have said is exactly true & i felt the same :)
 
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You pretty much covered all the points. But I saw a Nano a couple of days back on road. It didn't have body colored bumpers. It looks too tall and narrow and i was not impressed by it. It looked like a Auto rickshaw with 4 wheels.

Form the pics, interiors doesn't seem to of good quality. The magazines have probably over-rated the car very much.
The door pad reminds me of Ace very much.

How was its handling at speeds of 70-80?
 
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Nice report & pics Denom[clap]

Well there are many negative points but what can one expect at that price?The car does justice to its price tag.
 

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quite honest review mate, exactly what nano is all about.Yes quality is a let down but in the price given nothing more can be asked.Seats and space has always been tata's USP, even we had felt the same thing when checked out nano at showroom.
I am eagerly waiting to see europa nano launch.Hope they launch here as well.
 
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Nice and honest review Denom. In one of the pics of the pedals, the rod - is it corroded?

Cheers,
Vroom
 

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a very nice & honest review buddy. one good thing about the nano is that all the mechanicals are simple & uncovered! easy to service!
 
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At speeds above 70 vehicle was stable, steering was solid & no wavering of the car even when i left the steering wheel for a couple of seconds. That i could manage 100 was a shock for me too (With AC)


Vroom

The 'Rod' that your talking about is the Steering Column, yes it was rusty, as is evident in the picture[shock], but then since Nano is built to a price, lots of things like this have be ignored, what else can i say!
 
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rusty part in a brand new vehicle???

long term reliability is a joke then.

now this was visible. how many such rusty/cheap/unworthy parts are hidden beneath the body? god knows.
 

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looks from outside but the interiors are a big - for the car, and another - for the car is the sound it makes, worse than a luna
 
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Good Review.
But eek!!Rusted parts in a brand new car?

@Ritesh, I think they come in it but not in standard version.
 
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