A Maruti WagonR owner test drives the petrol-automatic variant of the Tata Nexon facelift, and here's what he feels when he experiences car for the first time.
Maruti WagonR is one of the most-spacious B1-segment hatchbacks currently on sale in India. With its tall-boy stance, the car does look boxy but customers in this segment do not care much about the looks. Affordability and VFM-quotient are the prime decision-making factors, instead. However, when they upgrade to bigger cars, they do realize the difference between their car and the car from a segment or two higher. Similarly, Abhishek Kumar, who hails from Meerut, UP, test drove a Tata Nexon XMA petrol, and he scribbled his observations of the same, which are interesting.
To start with, he flabbergastingly loved the Nexon’s overall design. And, claims that he finds it better than the competition. Since the car comes with LED DRLs and LED tail lamps, he thinks it makes the car a lot more noticeable in the night. He adds that in comparison to his 2019 Maruti WagonR, the sheet metal used on the Nexon is fairly thick and does not bend when pressed hard.
Talking about the interior, he felt the Nexon to be a little cramped on the inside, although, it is 7-inches wider than the WagonR. The interesting bit here is the overall styling and quality of the interior. The Nexon gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a host of other safety aids, which are absent in the older WagonR. The Harman-sourced music system is also the best-in-class affair, he claims. The much-hyped umbrella-holders in the Nexon were too small for his liking, but he found the boot to be spacious enough.
In comparison to the WagonR, he found the seats much comfortable, but the suspension to be stiffer, which he liked as WagonR with softer springs has a fair bit of body-roll. He adds that with the 1.2L turbo-petrol motor, Nexon feels like a rocket in comparison to the WagonR. However, the shifts in the AMT are not as smooth as in the WagonR’s AMT variants. Another dislike in terms of driving experience for the WagonR owner in Nexon was the thick A and C-pillars. But, that hardly matters since the Nexon scores well on safety. Concluding his observations, he adds that if the budget allows, one should opt for the top-spec XZ+/XZA+ trims. Since the XZ+/XZA+ offer a slew of extra features, which are nearly impossible to source from aftermarket resources.