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
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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 Turning Radius, Exteriors, Seating Comfort, HVAC, Inner Space
Cons lack of boot space
I am driving my TATA NANO LX in Delhi. This car is amazing at this price point. its smiley face and soft eyes in the front are very cool. Hats off to Mr. Ratan Tata for his efforts to make such a wonderful car for a Aam Aadmi. It is very spacious from inside. Even five people can sit comfortably.I like the turning radius the most. In cities like Delhi this car is very comfortable to ride in traffic.Its HVAC is very effective, As the car is new,No problem with AC wid or widout load and on flyovers. the pickup is also good. On a new car I go to 70km/h only and the stability was more than expected.The major drawback for this car is its storage space. The engine is little bit noisy but in cabin there is no sound.
62 of 71 users found this review helpful.
Pros great outer look for new style AUTORICKSHAW
Cons tyre size are very small,AUTORICKSHAW interior
those who makes jokes of tata nano as AUTORICKSHAW should remember that how difficult it is to buy a four wheeler this car is made for common man who can hardly afford second hand maruti 800 high expectation of car was there because of its price but 150000 is not a small price for common man plus the maintainance cost people who drive other cars will find this car very funky unsafe slow but would like to see this car to take place of AUTORICKSHAW because of its great looks ,indian roads are such pathetic condition that the size of tyres looks very small for speed which they claim it can travel at100km/hr, within next 2-3 years this car will take place of AUTORICKSHAW market plus other old junky fiat taxis which are running throught the country and making mess of traffic
10 of 15 users found this review helpful.
Pros Good looks,good mileage like maruti800
Cons ugly interiors, not having pwer windows.
This car is like a auto-rickshaw.The price of top model is near to 2,00,000.
5 of 9 users found this review helpful.
Cons kschra inside
this is going tobe thenext generation auto rickshaw with 4 wheels on it... well auto rickshaws have engine at the rear ends. race it beyond 60 km/pl the doors will come outof the slot...
6 of 43 users found this review helpful.
Pros neigbours envy
Cons music , dealer service
after the draw of one lakh lucky costomers i thought that i am the very lucky winner, my friends and Dealer himself suggetsed to opt for the refund or opt for any other model of Tata. but I atick to Nano. I am having a very bad experience with my Nano. after 1000 kms i went to Tata workshop for first free servicing while returning back to home it stopped in the midway . one week later the technicians come to see the Nano they said that some wiring was burned and some fuses also blown because i drive the vehicle 120 km speed but i think the maximum speed is 106 km then how come i drive 120 kms, they charged 3000/- for that. On next day the lock of the door opened for that they charged 500/- . Then i decided to keep the Nano in garage and opted to drive my old bajaj scooter
7 of 9 users found this review helpful.
Pros very bad car
Cons very bad
the tata nano is so light thata plastic ball can make a dent on the car
1 of 6 users found this review helpful.
Pros Every thing
Cons Tata Service Men(Mechanics at tata motors.)
ABSOLUTELY Bey-Car Hi, this is William Vaz got my Tata Nano Lx Sunshine through Fortune Cars on 10-05-2010. I was very happy with it. Good Average, Good Height, Good Pick up, Power A/C. But after 15 days my Ac became noisy. After a month I took it for servicing i.e yesterday and wow what a servicing through Fortune cars Mumbai. Waited for 1Hr 45 min for the service advisor to attend me. The advisor was quite irritating. Secondly after my servicing the condition of my car improved. The A/C which was working with noise is now not working at all. Secondly My dashboard has become noisy. The cars condition is not less than secondhand car. Is this Service what TaTa Gives its customer. Very disappointed. Never in my life would I buy a TaTa Car.
23 of 23 users found this review helpful.
Pros it has great look and mileage. it is good for city drive in city like kolkata. it is small good to
Cons it has less comfort.its standerd model is not very good looking.its interiors are not very good
it is good for people who ride bike. it is small and compact and dosent need much space to keep. it mileage is good and it is good for middle class family.
29 of 43 users found this review helpful.
Pros nice image,good looking,average mileage,middle class family canafforted
Cons NO ANY
Ithave prepared by TATA only for the middle class family person sothat all can use this car and maintained families without any hasitation. Hope Director of the Company should give chance purchase the middle class person early than others
5 of 6 users found this review helpful.
Pros Minimalist and functional
Cons less fuel average
Tata has now two cars one is minimalist and functional for middle class and the other is Tata Quadrajet Indica Vista maximalist and functional for upper middle class.Both the cars are pride of the nation and would do well in global market.
2 of 2 users found this review helpful.