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TATA NANO : PROBABLY THE BEST URBAN CAR.


TATA NANO : PROBABLY THE BEST URBAN CAR.

September 06, 2020



: TATA
: NANO GEN X
: XT
: 33000

Despite the "cheapest car" tag, the Nano is actually the best example of Engineering ingenuity and is a true Marvel. My Nano has seen and been to all sorts of roads in and around Tamil Nadu. Every drive has been pure bliss. Although there's not a surplus of power, it can easily cope up and satisfy you on everyday drives. Bare minimum maintenance costs, yearly once service, easiest to park and navigate in the City. It's also seriously capable off road with the all independent suspension setup. The steering is a breeze too. Stability is decent even at Highway speeds and long overnight drives are cakewalk. With larger 13 inch wheels, it's even more comfortable and capable than before.

The stock audio system is good enough with 4 Harman speakers, there are Power windows and remote locking too. What more you need?

Wish Tata brings back the Nano with a more powerful engine and better brakes.



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    I bought a VW Vento, TDI, 2019, DSG Automatic. I took delivery on 01st November 2019 and the dealership did not give the promised accessories and also the Chrome Door Sill which is a Standard Equipment. After lot of follow up and one mail to the VW MD set the things straight. From the start there is noise in the door rubber and aftrer 6-7 visits it is still not rectified. Another problem with the Highline Plus Model is the LED Headlamps which neither offer good throw nor good spread and are a big problem and nowhere is comparision to

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    that of Honda City, Seltos Etc. So Helogen lights are the best choice since LED Assembly design is itself defective. I had booked a Skoda Rapid and due to inclination towards LED Headlights I cancelled the booking of Rapid and purchased a Vento.

    One more problem in VWs are squeeking doors of the cars due to rubber on the door and the service centres do not have any answer for that and I am facing this since inception. 

    Front Seats lack under thigh support and so does the rear seats. Space is good if seen on stand alone basis and better than Verna but no where near Honda City. The large transmission hump in the rear restricts the car for only 4 passengers. The car is not very practicle since it lacks cubby holes to storage. Glove box is large and cooled and will gobble up lot of stuff, but small storage areas are a miss for storing mobile phone, wallet, change, coins etc. Seats are comfortable but people with large built will miss the under thigh support as the seats are flat and not raised to support thigh. Seat are leatherette and made of good quality and are neither too soft nor too hard. Head room is ample, foot room is good and leg room is adequate. 

    The ergonimics of the car are good as everything falls in place and you need not take off your eyes from road for almost anything. The rear AC vent is a problem since it cannot be closed. The Air conditioning is good but not excellent since it will either freeze you or boil you and getting something in between is hard work. 

    Side view mirrors are solid and aerodynamic but very small which limit the rear view but are not deal breakers.

    The car is Automatic with DSG transmission with Diesel Engine. The initial pick up of the car is too slow due to DSG transmission and you will miss the torque convertors or CVT for initial pick up. Once it shift to third gear it starts rolling like a normal car. Engine is preety refined with very less NVH inside the cabin. 

     Now lets come to the positives. 

    The car is built solidly like a tank. You open the doors and you would realise the solid build quality. The doors open in three steps and are robust. All the switches in the car are nicely built and have a tactile feeling. All the power windows are auto up and down which are highly convenient. 

    The drive is solid, planted and very stable even at three digit speeds. The suspension works fine at high speed and set of firmer side which gives excellent control and stability on high speeds. 

    The DSG is butter smooth for upshifts and once it reaches in 7th gear the engine is very silent and refined and will never get our of steam and you can press the excellerator and it will keep on rewarding you. Downshift from 3rd gear to 2nd is jearky. Braking is good but not great. 

    Steering is heavy but not unacceptable in city, rather on highway it becomes a delight. Fuel economy is around 16-17 on higway and 12-13 in city with a light foot. 

    Overall it is a driver oriented car for people who travel more on highways. It is less practical and lacks gizomes and gadgets. Honda City is a practical choice for most of the people but if you really want a solidly built, driver oriented mile muncher you choose the Vento. 

    Service has not been a problem though they were helpless in resolving some issues. I would rate the car 3.5 out of 5.   

    - Aarish Khan


    I had purchased Ford Ecosport Titanium (D) on 24 th December, 2017.

    Ecosport is not just a mere car like what we see from outside. Its a very much capable car. A car which is built tough, a car which is rock solid stable at triple digit speeds, a car which makes you smile while you throw it at corners, a car which offers pocket friendly maintenance, a car which you can choose for your weekend getaways and much more. 

    As Indians are very much concerned about "Kitna deti hai" ?  I would like to say that the least I have got

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    on a litre is 12.8 kmpl and the max is 25.8 kmpl depending upon the road conditions and how you are driving the car.

    If I need to point out few cons of the car the first thing is the rear seat space. Even though 3 people can fit in easily it's best suited for two. The gigantic A piller provides you a decent blind spot. The stiffer suspension set up enables bit of of those rough road undulations creep in to cabin but at the same time this setup is the main factor behind the rock solid stability of the car. But again all the above mentioned are not deal breakers. Ecosport is really a wonderful companion.

    Being a car enthusiast I wanted my car to stand out from the crowd so customised her a little bit and named her BLACK PANTHER because of the all black theme and thats what gives the car a butch look. The stock grille at the front has been replaced with a Raptor style grille with LED lights in them. The Ford lettering on the grille has also been blacked out. Coming down to the bumper, it still has the stock silver finished skid plate and a red coloured dummy tow hook is also installed at the front. Coming to the side profile, the main noticeable change here is the Plati 8 J 16 inch concave wheels and the tyre size has also been upsized from 205 to 225. I have upgraded the brake pads to bosch sintered pads to give the car a better bite and stopping power. The brake calipers are painted in race red colur to go well with the overall aggressive look of the CSUV. Apart from those, it gets  blindspot mirrors, Thule ProRide Replica Mounts along with FASS crossbars on the roof and F1 number plates. All the labels on the EcoSport have been removed and the headlights and tail lights are smoked. The headlight now gets projector HID lamps. Just like the exterior it also follows an all-black theme interior where the seatcovers are redone from FASS (faux leather), Black floor lamination. The work on this project had started during the lockdown earlier this year.

    For more pictures and videos check out my Instagram profile -  akshay_anil93 .

    To conclude as the tagline says a car with "Family Waali Feeling"

    - Akshay Anil

     


    I am using EcoSport Dragon - 1.5L Petrol

    123 bhp 150 Nm torque, 5 Seat Compact SUV !

    I have choosed EceoSport over Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Brezza, I liked the fit and finish, value, refinement, fun to drive and look.

    Ask any ford ecosport owner, they can't find a fault but then they face, mileage issues in city 9kmpl for petrol, rear space and no rear ac vent, wheel size difference across variants in bs4 models

    Am I happy with the car: I hate the red colour at times, too flashy, I hate filling petrol often 

    What I love about the car is

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    ride quality, refinement, performance and quality!

    _ Nithil