While the power steering unit has greatly enhanced driving comfort for the Nano, the automatic gearbox make sthe Tata Nano a real joy to drive in tight urban confines.
Royal Gold - Tata Nano
The Tata Nano is the car that put its maker on the world map as a car manufacturer. When it was launched first in the year 2008, it created a lot of buzz because of its ‘most-affordable car’ tag. The launch of Nano resulted making Tata Motors instantly recognized whereas the Nano became a hugely famous car among Indians. As famous as it might have been back in the day though, the sales for the Nano never really took off as predicted initially. Since its introduction, the Nano has been given mild refreshments to improve its appeal.
And with the current model, Tata has done a commendable job of resurrecting the Nano for the Indian masses. This model has been vastly improved and most of the changes have been made keeping in mind the target audiences’ requirements while customer feedback has also been taken into account. The enhancements come in shape of new aesthetics while the major highlight of the car is the introduction of an optional AMT (automated manual transmission) and an openable boot.
The powertrain on the Nano is unchanged, meaning it comes powered by the same 624cc twin-cylinder petrol motor as before. In the new model, Tata Motors has worked greatly on the engine response and driveability part and even sacrificed fuel economy for that matter. But, while it sips a little more fuel than before, it is now also fitted with a larger fuel tank – 24 litres as opposed to 15 litres on the earlier models.
The major change in the new model is the addition of an automated gearbox . The AMT in the Nano is optional and is a 5-speed version with a creep function. The creep function in automatic gearboxes allows a vehicle to slowly gain pace as soon as the driver lifts the foot off the brake pedal. This is of great convenience while encountering bumper to bumper traffic, which is something that is very common in metro cities.
The Nano AMT has three selectable driving modes, namely- A, M and S. In
A or automatic mode, the transmission upshifts depending on the throttle inputs. In M or manual mode, the driver can shift gears themself by moving the gear lever back and forth for downshifts and upshifts. In case, the driver does not upshift, the gearbox will eventually upshift once the engine hits the redline. The third and final S or the Sports mode allows the the transmission to hold on to a gear till higher rpm than normal.
The AMT equipped Tata Nano makes up for an able city runabout. The transmission is not that quick or peppy to use as a conventional automatic, but it does the job quite effortlessly in the Nano. And given the convenience it offers for its price, it’s a great overall package.
The ride quality on the new model is also improved and it eats up potholes and bad roads in a sublime manner. The ride does get bumpy at high speeds over bad stretches, but even then it remains planted and sure-footed unlike some of the cars in its segment. The power steering is light and works brilliantly too. At speeds of over 80-90km/h, the Nano gets affected by the crosswinds, but it does not get scary anytime. That said, braking is one area where the Nano still needs to be improved in. While the stopping distance can be termed as satisfactory, there’s not much bite from the brakes and under heavy braking or emergency stops the vehicle tends to swerve out of the desired trajectory. There’s no ABS on offer even now!
On the inside, the interior of the new model has been revamped as well. The large windows add to the airy feel, while you sit upright and there’s ample of leg / knee space. There’s a new steering wheel like found on the Bolt and Zest twins, but in the Nano it comes without controls for the audio system. The Nano is decently equipped with features like keyless entry, a 4-speaker audio system that supports Bluetooth telephony, a comprehensive driver information display that has two trip meters, etc.
In the AMT equipped versions, there’s a new AMT console which eats up a lot of space. That said, there’s still enough space to keep your knick-knacks.
Extremely spacious cabin, large seats, plenty of legroom and head room, now has a boot
AMT does not get front cupholders, seats need to be more supportive, fit and finish needs to be improved
The manual model offers 110 litres of boot space while the automatic offers 94 litres
The Tata Nano has a clear to read speedometer dial
The Tata Nano has a stubby gear lever
The Tata Nano has front cup holders
The Tata Nano has two gloveboxes
The Tata Nano top-end variants get a Bluetooth compatible stereo
The Tata Nano comes with manual air conditioning
The Tata Nano does not have arm rests
The Tata Nano has round air vents
The Tata Nano has large seats, although their flat contour does not offer adequate support
The Tata Nano offers plenty of front and rear leg room
The Tata Nano offers plenty of front and rear knee room
The Tata Nano offers ample shoulder space
The Tata Nano offers generous amounts of head room
The Tata Nano has a dual tone steering wheel
The Tata Nano offers front power windows in top-end variants
The Tata Nano offers keyless entry
The Tata Nano offers a driver information display for a host of vehicle information
On the outside, the Tata Nano comes with smoked headlamps, new bumper with a ‘smiley’ grille and a black bezel between the lamps two headlamps. Side profile is largely unchanged from the outgoing car, but there are no alloy wheels on offer as of now in the new model. At the back, the bumper is redesigned and houses a similar grille as on the front. The Nano also gets a revised rear design, thanks to the addition of an usable tail-gate. Lifting the tailgate gives access to the boot – 110litres in manual and 94 litres for the AMT equipped versions.
Well profiled, looks appealing
Small 12 inch wheels are dwarfed by the tall profile of the car
The Tata Nano has a stubby front end design
The Tata Nano has a tall rear profile
The Tata Nano has a cute side profile, although its tiny wheels look dwarfed by its tall height
The Tata Nano has a ground clearance of 180mm
The Tata Nano has large bumpers
The Tata Nano has large headlamps
The Tata Nano has tall tail lamps
Top-end versions of the Nano get fog lamps
The Tata Nano has small tyres
The Tata Nano does not get alloy wheels
The Tata Nano gets body coloured ORVMs
The Tata Nano is available in a wide range of colours to choose from
The Tata Nano does not have a rear wiper
The Tata Nano does not get roof rails
The Tata Nano does not have a sun roof
The Tata Nano does not have a rear spoiler
The Tata Nano does not have side steps
The Tata Nano has a full sized spare wheel
The Tata Nano comes powered by a 624cc petrol engine that delivers decent amount of grunt in a car of that size. In the manual version, the engine feels peppy and sprightly whereas with the AMT, it can be best described as relaxed. Even then, the engine offers adequate performance for daily running in a city, while it’s also light on the pocket.
The engine is refined and the NVH levels are well contained. The broad power-band offers excellent drivability in the city. At higher speeds/rpms it does tend to run out of breath though.
Good real world driveability
Engine runs out of steam at higher revs
The Tata Nano offers linear acceleration
The Tata Nano has a top speed of around 105 km/h
The Tata Nano has reasonable in-gear acceleration
The Tata Nano has a four-speed gearbox for the manual model and a five-speed unit in the automatic versions
The Tata Nano's 624cc engine develops 38 PS of max power @ 5500 Â± 250 rpm
The Tata Nano's engine develops 51 Nm of peak torque @ 4000 Â± 500 rpm
NVH levels in the Tata Nano are on the higher side be improved
The manual Tata Nano has an ARAI rated efficiency of 23.6 km/l while the automatic model returns 21.9 km/l
Going by the engine's size, the motor could have been more efficient
|CNG XM||36 kmpl|
The automatic Tata Nano has an ARAI rated efficiency of 21.9 km/l while the manual model's efficiency 23.6 km/l.
The Tata Nano offers an urban economy of 17 km/l for the manual model and 15 km/l for the automatic model
The Tata Nano offers a highway economy of 22 km/l for the manual model and 18.6 km/l for the automatic version
The Tata Nano has an ARAI rated fuel efficiency figure of 23.6 km/l for the manual model while the automatic model has a rated efficiency figure of 21.9 km/l
With its 24 litre tank, the Nano has a range of 566 km for the manual model and 525 km for the automatic model
On handling front, the new Tata Nano does not feel much different than the outgoing version. The power steering is light and features an ‘active return’ system that makes steering the vehicle effortless at low speeds, Around corners, the Nano does roll a fair bit, thanks to the combination of its ride-height and short-wheelbase.
The ride quality is satisfactory on the Nano in comparison to its rivals. It’s not overly soft or stiff, and does the job of gobbling potholes and bumps in a confident manner. At slightly higher speeds, the ride may get too bumpy for the liking of the occupants, but it is not uncomfortable or bone-breaking stiff.
On open stretches, the Nano can cruise comfortably at speeds of 80-90km/h. Braking, however, continues to be its weakest link as the vehicle swerves under hard braking which is a cause of great concern.
The Nano is aimed to be a city car and that’s where its strength lies! Around town, the Nano is easy to maneuver and effortless to drive, especially the AMT version.
In the new model, Tata Motors has stiffened the frame and chassis of the Nano. The frontal crash crumple zone/area has been increased in length, while side impact beams have been incorporated on all the doors. The changes result in an overall increase in torsional stiffness and rigidity, showing Tata Motors’ effort to enhance occupant safety in the car. Basic safety features like ABS and airbags have been given a miss though!
Handles decently for a city car, passive safety features have been incorporated
Plenty of body roll at higher speeds, unconfident line under hard braking, no ABS
The Tata Nano generates a lot of body roll around corners
The Tata Nano's brakes can be improved
The Tata Nano offers no active safety features
The Tata Nano does not have anti-lock braking system
The Tata Nano does not have traction control
Ride comfort is good for its segment and potholes and minor undulations are dismissed with ease. As the speeds rise, the ride gets bumpier
Bumpy high speed ride over uneven road surfaces
The Tata Nano has a comfortable ride
The Tata Nano;s front suspension consists of Independent, Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut with gas filled dampers and anti-roll bar
The Tata Nano's front suspension consists of Independent, Semi Trailing arm with coil spring & gas filled shock absorbers
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Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,BT Connectivity, Good Acceleration, Ground Clearance, Look, Turning Radius, Boot Space, EVERYTHING.
Cons ,Nothing at this cost.
Exterior TATA has changed the Nano to Smily Look in Front & Rear. Fog Lights are more brighter. Mine is Sangria Red and with additional accessories I have changed the get up with Side Beading, Roof Rail, Chrome in HLTLSide Indicator. Interior Interior has been very nicely arranged by TATA Engineers. Enough legroom in front & rear seat. But it will be great addition if TATA provide spaceat a 1L bottle behind the Handbrake. Although this is not a big issue to keep the knick-knacks at the drivers range. If anyone keep the roof-lamp at door level, it works like visual alarm. If any door is not shut properly, then light will lamp ON until you close the door properly. Yes, tyre noise inside the cabin can be reduced, if you keep the proper tyre pressure as per manual. I have short driven A Segment Cars (M-800, EON, KWID). In comparison to these cars, found NVH level is much more controlled. Music System is with BT Connectivity which is very much useful to receive emergency calls while driving. I drive the car alone so no experience about the rear seat comfort. Additional boot in GENX is very useful but will not serve the purpose of your weekend trip with family. REMOTE KEY is additional benefit to the XT users. Eng Performance FE Gearbox Engine developed by TATA Team is good enough & peppy for city commute and occasionally long trip under limited speed. PLEASE REMEMBER, it is not a racing car. For the common people, who cannot afford high value for 4whl, honble RATAN TATA planned to launch this budgeted car with maximum features. But as per demand & R&D a very good shape has been given to this Little Master. The choice is purely of the reader to opt this budgeted car with all general features or others. AFE, as per MID, showing 20.5KMPL and as per tankful method it is 22.65KMPL (wo ac) in city. Gearbox is very smooth like butter. I have TATA ZEST XT RT, the gear is even smooth than Zest. Regarding drum-brake, one have to use to with this system, keeping in mind that it is not a DISC Brake Car (those who are using GENX as a second car). Always keep safe distance & speed. Areas of Improvement For the improvement, I believe, TATA R&D Worldwide team is working to provide necessary features with very competitiveminimum cost, but as a common man I will expect at least disc brake for this RWD & reverse parking sensor in the top model. Overall Experience Nano was my dream car, after detailed analysis (cost vs featuresspec), I purchased this LITTLE MASTER and very much satisfied. Previously I owned, SANTRO, WAGON-R and now parked Zest-XT(RT) in Oct.2014 & GEN.X-XT(MT) in Nov.2015
13 of 14 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,
Cons Average Interiors,CongestedUncomfortable,High Cost !
I feel that this variant of the tata nano will be unsuccessful as 1) Very High Cost. 2) Average interiors. 3) Very congested. 4) On Exchange of old car they says they will give best market price with exchange bonus of 20,000 which is clean game of making fool to customers. Personal Experience I asked the price of nano 2012 model for evaluation and they said just 50,000 which is worst exchange price. Not Satisfied* 5) Parts are very costly when they are broken. 6) Though the tank has increased but not comfortable for a long journey. 7) It's market value is below low when you want to sell.
45 of 52 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Comfort,
Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,
i purchased tata nano xta with high expectations .but disuppoint for millage. it give only 10 kmpl. driving is comfortable. ac is very good.
8 of 9 users found this review helpful.