Tata Motors has launched its first compact SUV, the Nexon in India at a starting price of Rs 5.85 lakh for the base petrol, while the diesel Tata Nexon variants start at Rs 6.85 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Tata Nexon competes with one of the best-selling cars in this segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Honda WR-V as well as with the Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra TUV 300.Both Nexon and Honda WR-V are available in petrol and diesel engine, while the Vitara Brezza a diesel engine. The prices of the Honda WR-V diesel starts at Rs 8.71 lakh and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza diesel retails at a starting price of Rs 7.23 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. This means the new Tata Nexon variants are priced lower than its competitors. Aside from the price deficit, the Nexon also gets some segment firsts as well as new features that are missed in rival vehicles. So does the low base price on the Tata Nexon variants mean that it loses out on kit vis-a-vis the competition? We find out.
As mentioned above the Tata Nexon is one of the cheapest cars starting at Rs 6.85 lakh. The safety feature available on the Nexon and WR-V includes driver and co-driver airbags, neither of which are available on the Vitara Brezza. However, the Nexon misses out on a seat belt warning indicator. Other safety features like ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) are equipped only on the Nexon and the WR-V.Apart from this, the Honda WR-V also gets tilt and telescopic steering wheel and manual height adjustment for driver seat which is not on offer in the Nexon and Vitara Brezza. The comfort and convenience features on the Nexon include driver armrest, 60:40 foldable rear seat and internally adjustable ORVM (Outside Rear View Mirrors). The Nexon also gets chrome door handles and an LED tail lamp, These are missing on the Honda WR-V and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The Nexon and WR-V get dual tone interior, but Honda has also equipped the car with front and rear cup holders, driver sides one-touch up and down for power windows, externally adjustable ORVMs, roof rails, DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), illuminated glove box, multi info display, 1 DIN audio system and steering mounted controls. The Vitara Brezza, on the other hand, gets 2 DIN audio system like the Nexon.
The Vitara Brezza has the most in terms of variants with features like ABS/EBD and dual airbags coming in higher up in the price table ie the LDi(0), VDi (o), ZDI(O) and ZDI plus. However, driver’s side airbags are available as standard. Of the three the Tata Nexon is still the only one to have dual front airbags, ABS and EBD as standard across the range, however, features like automatic climate control and some interior features do come further up in the XT variants onwards.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
|Price (ex-showroom Delhi)|
|Ldi||Rs 7.38 lakh|
|Ldi(O)||Rs 7.51 lakh|
|Vdi||Rs 8.05 lakh|
|VDI (O)||Rs 8.18 lakh|
|Zdi||Rs 8.82 lakh|
|Zdi Plus||Rs 9.81 lakh|
|Zdi Plus dual tone||10.01 lakh|
|XZ+ (dual tone roof)||9.44 lakh|
|Honda WR-V||Price (ex-showroom Delhi)|
|S MT Diesel||Rs 8.85 lakh|
|VX MT diesel||Rs 10.4 lakh|
One thing that is clearly evident is that if you consider these features on paper, the Nexon does seem to win. Although in fairness one must consider things like build quality, service and long-term reliability before you put your money down, although once done this should help you decide more objectively.