I am in love with road trips and think anyone who likes to travel would be in love with road trips. Road trips are best way to explore any destination because it gives you freedom to customize your itinerary and plan as per your interest. Road trips gives you freedom to explore the place like a real explorer not a like a tourist. Road trips could be worse as well if you do not plan your trip as per the destination you are going to visit. You need to carry all the essential things with you to make it a memorable trip. Most important part of any road trip is a Car you are driving with. Here i will explain you Why Tata Nexon Is Best Compact SUV For Road Trip.
A car is your real companion for any kind of travel and some long road trip really need a good companion. Now days craze of road trips going high day by day and people choose road travel instead of train and flight. I have also done some of the best road trips in India which left me hungry to have more of them. I have traveled by different type of vehicles from a Maruti 800 to Volvo bus.
As per my experience any kind of SUV is the best vehicle to have for road trips. But to be very frank everybody can not afford a SUV because of high cost of cars. We are lucky that from last few years all the car makers has come with a new segment of the car called COMPACT SUV (A class of small sport utility vehicles that is larger than mini SUVs but smaller than mid-size SUVs with a length roughly 4.00 meters (157 inch). A few days ago on 28th July i was invited to Kochi by Tata Motors for a birth of a new baby from Tata named Nexon. It was a two days event at Marriott Kochi in which they explained us about the car and than took us for a road trip to Kerala’s mountains. It was was my first trip to Kerala so i was so excited to be there and to explore the place. First day of the event they showed the car to us and brief about its features. It was looking promising at the time of presentation but i do not believe until i experience something or explore. So i was more eager to go for drive to make myself believe what Tata promised us.
Our trip was planned to Greenburg Resort Idukki which is 90 Km from Kochi with 20 km of the mountains and hair pin bands. After the trip i was really amazed with the Nexon its such a balanced car in terms of power, style, comfort and premium feeling. I can say now its one of the best compact SUV in the market here i will explain you Why Tata Nexon Is Best Compact SUV For Road Trip.
Today almost every automobile company has launched or supposed to launch compact SUV. There was always a class of people in India who wanted to feel a SUV but could not afford it because of the budget. This class of car lovers made auto companies bound to launch a car which can give you feel of a SUV with a budget of sedan. Companies identified the potential of the market and started jumping into it with launching the compact SUV. Tata came little late but have come with a solid car. Lets explore this beauty with beast inside.
Exterior: Exterior is the part of any car which attract people instantly. When you see a car first time on road or in advertisement first you see the looks from outside only and go ahead for details if like the exterior. Most of the SUVs in market are like box shape. Tata break the rule and came out with a more attractive design. It is a perfect combination of SUV with a sports car look. The sleek and sloping design of the Nexon is so different from the market. You can say Nexon is one of the most stylish car from Tata. Front of the car designed by what the company say as the humanity line. Smooth flowing projector headlights with DRLs. Nexon looks different from the conventional design of the SUVs in market. Its looks beautiful from rear as well. It has a clean rear with white line and rear split LED tail lamps and shark fin antenna on roof. 16 inch allow wheels gives Nexon a solid SUV look. It has best ground clearance (209 mm) in class makes it perfect for any kind of road trips like mountains and high altitude roads. Tata took it to 18000 ft to make sure that it gives you a feel of SUV while running on mountains.
Interior: Nexon looks more premium when you sit inside the car means interior is like high class premium cars. It might look compact from outside but has enough space inside. There is more than enough space for 04 Adults with a kid for a road trip in this car. Large windows really gives you spacious feel in the car. Rear seats have 60:40 split functionality which opens up more space in the trunk quite generous at 350 liters. If compare with Brezza (328 liters) Eco sport (346 liters) have smaller trunk. One of the biggest highlight of the interior is the material Tata used. This is easy to see how much efforts and market research Tata did before launching this car. There are so many things in the car which shows Tata thought as a passenger not as a engineer at the time of designing the Nexon.
There is a umbrella holder in both front doors and hidden drain pipes will dump the rain water out of the car. There is a open sun glass holder with velvet layer to protect from scratching. It has a really big dashboard which gives you cooling features along with a removable tray for food items. Folding rear arms vest, rear AC vents are some well thought features. Advanced infotainment system with next-gen smartphone connectivity of Android Auto with best speech recognition technology to access navigation, phone calls, music at the press of a button. Additionally, the system lets you read & reply to text / Whats app messages with voice based warnings. 08 speakers system from Harman A grand concert on wheels. Exclusively tuned 8 speaker system considering the cabin volume, sound reflection & absorption to provide a true-to-life acoustic experience. Dual frontal airbags as standard safety for crash protection. Check-out the comparison of Tata Nexon with Ford Eco Sport and Maruti Vitara Brezza
Driving Experience: Nexon is coming with two engines Revotorq Diesel Engine 1.5L, turbocharged, power output of 110PS, 260Nm of torque. Revotron Petrol Engine 1.2L, turbocharged, power output of 110PS, 170Nm of torque. All-new Petrol and Diesel Engine with powerful & sporty performance, to set your hearts racing. Currently with six gears manual transmission box. An automatic transmission is currently under development as per Tata officials. How Traveling makes you a better person.
One of the key feature is Multi Drive Modes A mode for every mood. First in class*, three drive modes Eco, City & Sport for versatile driving performance as per your need, ranging from efficiently cruising on highways to managing traffic in city and when the adrenaline pumps switch to Sport for taking-off. Every mode of driving is accompanied by a colour which change on infotainment display. Sports gets red, Eco gets green and City gets blue theme. It has ABS with EBD Anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution in all 4 wheels with hydraulic assistance for emergency braking. One more key feature is wristband which something unique in Nexon. As Tata tried hard to make Nexon a premium SUV. This feature is such a asset in that you do not need to carry key just have the wristband and enjoy the car. It has a start push button which really work good with wristband.
Missing Feature: Tata tried hard to make Nexon a perfect car but there is always scope of improvement. Nexon also misses some important feature as it does not have 04 wheel drive option, disc brakes are only in front, does not have airbags for rear seat, an automatic transmission. We would like to in future in updated model of the Nexon. Check out Road trip to Jaipur
Conclusion: As per my experience Nexon is one of best in Compact SUV class at this time it really gives you feeling of premium car when you drive it. It has almost everything which makes a car perfect some minor features are missing which we can see in future updates as per Tata officials.
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Disclaimer: Above review is totally based on my experience with Nexon it could be different person to person. If you have experience the car kindly share your feedback with us in comment box.