Traded my Hyundai i20 for Tata Nexon Kaziranga: first impressions

Real-time fuel efficiency is impressive at 16.5 km/l in the city and 21 km/l (City + Sport mode) on the highway.

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As a car enthusiast and fan of diesel cars, I always enjoy the torque and power of turbocharged diesel engines. Being a little afraid of the survival of diesel cars due to the impact of new emissions standards and the advance towards hybrid and electric vehicles, I analyzed an upgrade to a new compact or mid-size SUV with more safety standards and high ground clearance.

Pick list:

Along with thorough research and running through various reviews, I ended up sticking with two cars that had the potential to meet my needs: the Tata Nexon and the Jeep Compass (my absolute favorite). My budget was limited to 15L. So I decided to buy a new Nexon or a used Compass.

Suddenly, Tata Motors introduced the Kaziranga Edition with more features and an impressive financing plan for Kaziranga National Park. I particularly liked the theme and new color combinations, and the ventilated seats made it easy to take my last call.

Dealer experience:

I booked the vehicle on March 31, 2022 from a well-known Tata dealership in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The dealer needs to improve a lot! The customer must take the initiative from booking to pre- and post-delivery. They neither communicate nor provide updates. The customer must always reach them. My car reached the dealer 50 days after booking. Meanwhile, Tata Motors increased vehicle prices by 1% and the Telangana government. raised the lifetime tax from 14% to 17% for cars between 10L and 20L resulting in an extra 56,000 being paid out of my pocket. After a short PDI I was ready for the final surgery.

The most awaited day had come! The final payment of 16.32 L including a one-year warranty extension and selected accessories has been settled. I was done with all the paperwork and the payment was made at 2pm. I have scheduled delivery for the evening at 6pm. The keys were handed over on time but the vehicle was not due to an insurance policy delay. They kept making us wait until 10pm for a pointless reason – the insured is congested and the internet is slow. I wasn’t convinced and took public transport home. The next day, the SA delivered the car to my home with an apology for refusing to enter the showroom.

My Nexon Kaziranga is ready to ship!

First impression:

  • Impressed by the Kaziranga’s bold looks and great road presence
  • The build quality, suspension, safety and comfort are excellent
  • The seats have decent padding with added thigh support, and the rear seats have a lounge feel
  • High ground clearance, powerful air conditioning, ventilated seats (much needed for the Indian climate)
  • TPMS, AQI and iRA are welcome features. I’m not a big fan of the sunroof
  • I like the huge glove box with cooling function – identical to my previous i20
  • Cruise control is an added benefit on motorways. Trunk is sufficient
  • The 16-inch Bridgestone tires are wide for more traction and inspire confidence when cornering
  • The BSVI diesel engine is more refined and tuned, with some lag compared to BSIV units
  • Riding modes: City mode is the default setting with linear power delivery and Eco mode is sluggish
  • My favorite is the sport mode – instant recording and turbo kick are noticeable. The engine is tuned for maximum performance. The torque generated lets you enjoy the thrill of driving
  • Most of the time I activate the sport mode on motorways, ghat sections and in the city on inclined surfaces
  • Fuel economy is very impressive. Engine mileage and efficiency improved after the second service

Required Improvements:

  • Fit and workmanship, gap dimensions, lighting
  • NVH levels and rattling noises
  • Transmission – Shifting is a bit stiff. Reverse gear causes problems even with full clutch
  • Horn press – very limited space, my thumb is always looking for it
  • Blind spot due to thick A-pillar and ORVM positioning
  • PDI – Everything is fine except for a few minor issues

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glitches:

The first breakdown occurred at NH-44 within ten days of delivery with less than 400 km on the line. Suddenly, a tremendous pressure noise penetrated the cabin and the engine lost power. The turbocharger intake manifold came loose because it was not securely mounted.

This was entirely human error and may have happened at the production facility and the car passed all quality checks – quite surprising!

The second incident occurred on NH-65 after the first service at approximately 3750 km on the Odo. This time the shift cable came out, causing 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and reverse to slip. Only 3rd and 4th gears worked as they are mapped to a second cable. The situation was dire with heavy rain during the night around 8pm. Somehow I made it to some extent in sport mode. For example, I thought my old i20 was great as it has never let me down in all the years I’ve had it. Luckily, since the authorized service center was far from the site, both issues were fixed at a nearby local mechanic.

Service:

My Nexon was completed with first and second service at an authorized service center in Sheikpet, Hyderabad. After a pathetic delivery experience, I wasn’t expecting much from the same retailer’s service center. Surprisingly, all my thoughts were wrong! I was impressed with the work, their attitude towards the customer and their timely response. I really appreciate Mr. Rami Reddy from the service staff for his help and support with breakdowns.

Second Remote Key: Finally received 8 months after delivery after several reminders to Tata Motors CC and the dealer.

Verdict:

Total after nine months of use and after 8600 km driving on good and bad roads in the states of Telangana, Andhra, Karnataka and Maharashtra with no regrets. I’m glad I made the right choice. Safety and comfort are on the next level. I feel fresh even after riding all day. Real-time fuel consumption is impressive at 16.5 km/l in the city and 21 km/l (City + Sport mode) on the highway. At the moment I have to say that I am the proud owner of the Tata Nexon desi car.

Naming: Originally thought of as KAZI, later called “RHIÑOX” (rhinoceros + ox) because of its robustness

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Main accessories, ceramic coating and PPF

Dealer: Door panels, carpet mats, black running boards, trunk lining, mud flaps, Kaziranga door sills

Amazon India: Chiron 7D Mats, Trunk Mat, Automaze Adjustable Armrest, Jopasu Duster, License Plate Frame, Leather & Magnetic Phone Holder, Auto Bros 11 Piece Car Detailing Kit with Wax Polish

Headlights: Phillips Racing Vision H7 (not recommended) and Osram H7 Rallye 80W

Ceramic Coating: Weiruixin 10H Ceramic Coating 50ml (made in China and shipped from USA)

Amazon US: Bought all four items for less than $100 as part of a festive sale! Delivery in the USA

Driving Forenner 80W H7 LED (for high beam – 2x40W)

Beamland 110W H7 LED (for low beam – 2x55W)

ZonCar Xenon White 30W H11 (for fog lights – 2x15W)

Weiruixin Adv 10H Ceramic Graphene Coating 60ml (not applied, will be tried in H2 2023 or Q1 2024)

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Lighting:

The Nexon stock bulbs give off very poor lighting, making night driving difficult. Initially I replaced them with Phillips Racing Vision and Osram Rallye 80W for low and high beam respectively. The Osram Rally offered good lighting but the much more expensive Phillips bulb melted within 3 weeks. I decided to upgrade to LEDs and the performance is amazing!

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Ceramic coating (DIY):

After completing all the post-delivery formalities, I wanted to experiment with the ceramic coating on my new car. Ever since I got my first car (2010) I’ve been used to cleaning and polishing myself at least once a quarter. The delivery of the Weiruixin 10H ceramic jacket from New York took two weeks. This was my first attempt and took two days to complete. The first day went into the whole cleaning process and I completed the first coat of paint on the second day following the instructions. Coated the whole car (including the windshield and all glass surfaces) except the roof. The next day I found very little difference but the final output was seen after five days, the real glow was visible with a mirror effect.

From the experience of the first coat, I planned the second coat after three months and was able to finish it in one day. This time I ended up coating the shiny internal parts. A 50 ml bottle is sufficient for two complete coats without roof area.

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Paint Protection Film (PPF)

The main intention for PPF was to keep scratches away in city traffic and to prevent paint damage from stone chips on highways. I visited a few outlets and collected offers. TPU prices seemed too high. Completed with all possibilities at Venu Car Designers, Somajiguda, Hyderabad, front bumper cover, hood, headlight, two side fenders and ORVMs with best quality TPH priced at 14,000. I felt it was worth it – very protective and the quality is decent.

Qubo India Dash Cam

I recently purchased a Qubo Dashcam Pro 4K plus Rear Cam Set from their website and got a 10% discount by applying the coupon code: WS10. It’s the latest version that comes with the Sony IMX sensor and has some interesting features like dual channel recording, built-in GPS, ADAS and easy to install (DIY). The camera shoots a wide angle and the video quality looks great in both day and night shots.

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A few interesting facts about my previous Hyundai i20

I like the cute looks, the driving dynamics, the safety, the ride and the handling. It’s a feature-packed car and is likely to be seen (in my opinion) as the ‘Benz’ for the Indian mid-range, particularly the well-built second-gen i20 diesel. The i20 has never troubled me in 8 years and 1.2 lac Kms, with not even a single breakdown or flat tyre. I have driven it for more than six years on Yokohama Earth 1 tires which are best suited for Indian roads and always nitrogen filled for better durability and mileage.

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RogerAB: As a supporter of Team-BHP, I received Rs. 500 rebate from Roger Motors. I would like to share my 18 months experience with Rogerab coil spring suspension buffers installed on my i20. The main purpose of this purchase was to improve the car’s ground clearance. After installation I hardly noticed a 2-3mm increase in height but you will see the results when the car is fully loaded. GC remains the same even when fully loaded as the coils limit spring compression, resulting in fearless driving over speed bumps and on rough roads. Handling and body roll have been improved, but the suspension becomes stiffer and makes noise on bad roads with less load. I hope this is a better choice for cars with a minimum curb weight of 1.2 tons.

For more insight and information, read the comments from BHPians.

https://www.team-bhp.com/news/exchanged-my-hyundai-i20-tata-nexon-kaziranga-initial-impressions Traded my Hyundai i20 for Tata Nexon Kaziranga: first impressions

Olly Dawes

Olly Dawes is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Olly Dawes joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ollydawes@24ssports.com.

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