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.
A normal ride from Karunagappally to Ernakulam (onwards via Kottayam, return via Alappuzha)
Travel date: 26/12/2020
Total drive 318.7 km.
Onwards - 160.5 kms (100% to 27% - Avg 133Wh/km)
Tried to charge at ANERT charging station (Marine drive) but it replied with some error showing - (Charging stopped by the vehicle Err 306 Error noticed by EV)
Then reached palarivattam and charged using KSEB's charging station.
Charged from 27% to 100% (Some technicians were available and it's the first time I am charging up to 100% using a fast charger) within 1-1.25hrs.
3 passengers (Father, Mother & Me). AC ON. Approximate 4-5 breaks/stops (including stop at charging point).
We could have charged from Nemom, Trivandrum but decided to check the range without charging.
NB: These values can vary depending on driving nature, traffic and terrain. I am just sharing my experiences. I will try to include my worst trips also.
Nexon EV - Journey 3:
Normal ride from Thevalakkara, Kollam to Thiruvalla/Changanacherry
Travel date: 23/12/2020
Total drive - 152.9 kms. (Consuming 72% (28% remaining))
Approx 2.1 km per 1% of charge
Onwards - 60.9 kms (100% to 74% - Avg 129Wh/km)
City drive - 25.3 kms (74% to 60% - Avg 137Wh/km)
Return (to home, via other locations) - 66.7 kms (60% to 28% - Avg 116Wh/km)
Charged from 28% to 100% using 24 units (Overnight charging - so charging duration unknown. Max. 10hrs)
1 passenger for onward and return. 2 passengers while city drive. AC ON. Approximate 11-15 breaks/stops.
NB: These values can vary depending on driving nature, traffic, and terrain. I am just sharing my experiences. I will try to include my worst trips also. Some graphs were not available due to unavailability (Since all these are manual reading, sometimes I forgot to start the recording/noting down the values).
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
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.
Got my Altroz delivered on the 11th of June and since day 1, it has exceeded my expectations. First off, the build quality is top-notch.
Styling is best in class and I could assure you that you wouldn't have seen a better-looking hatch in the roads. Even in its base Variant, the car is very eye-catching. Coming to the interiors, space is ample and you could easily fit in a family of 5.
The interior quality and the materials usedares also very good. Though there are many hard plastic bits, they don't feel cheap.
Ride and handlinareis very good and the ride quality
is very nice. The engine feels responsive in 2.5k- 4k rpm. In the lower and higher rev range, the revs climb very slowly.
The car feels very stable at high speeds. It could cruise in 100-130 kmph, but after that, the engine feels very stressed. Overtaking in highways require pre-planning and sudden overtaking is not much possible. This is the only downside that I've experienced. But the car is no slouch either.
In cities, it is very easier to overtake in 3rd or 4th gears and you will feel that the car is adequately powered for its weight. Brakes are really sure-footed and theare is no nose dives. Boot space is ample and it is well practical.
There are many reviews where the Altroz is described as underpowered. But I have felt the lack of power only above 1mphmph. Below that, if you are in the right gear, you would feel that the car is well powered if you are on the right gear. On the whole, it is a very good buy if space, looks and ride quality is your utmost priority.
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