Tata Nexon is known for offering best in class safety. The compact-SUV was the first made-in India vehicle to score a 5-star in a Global NCAP crash test. There have been videos and pictures of the Nexon that has been in a very bad accident and the occupants walked off without getting hurt. Thus, proving solid build quality. The Nexon is equipped with the most safety features, that too as standard. It gets ABS with EBD, Stability Program, Traction Control, Roll-Over Mitigation, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Hill-hold Control, Electric Brake Pre-fill and Brake Disc Wiping as standard. Here is a video uploaded by Sassy Hills on his YouTube channel that showcases how ESP or Electronic Stability Program helps in climbing a steep hill.
The driver first casually drives up a steep hill which is very slippery. The traction control and ESP keep doing their job and ensure that enough grip is available to the tyres that they can climb up. The driver keeps the momentum and driver up the hill quite easily.
Then he approaches the hill and stops as soon as the incline starts. This cancels out the momentum that the Nexon was carrying out till now. Now, when he starts climbing uphill, the left front wheel breaks momentum and starts spinning. However, the right wheel does not do any drama of such sorts as first the traction control detects that there has been a traction break and then the Electronic Stability Program sends the power to the right front wheel because it still has traction.
You cannot turn off the electronic stability program in the Nexon. While in some vehicles there is a dedicated button to turn off the traction control which allows you to spin the wheels. Traction Control and Stability Program combined with Traction Control also helps in making various off-road modes in the Harrier and the Safari. These functions work in conjunction to make sure that there is enough grip for the tyres to put the power down to the wheels. In Gravel/Sand, as soon as traction control detects slip, the Stability Program sends the power to the other wheel which has enough grip.
Powering the Nexon are two engines. It is offered with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 120 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 170 Nm. The diesel engine produces 110 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 260 Nm. Both the engines are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed AMT that drives the front wheels only. The compact-SUV also gets multiple driving modes, namely Eco, City and Sport.
Tata Nexon starts from Rs. 7.09 lakhs ex-showroom while the top-end variant costs Rs. 12.79 lakhs ex-showroom. Tata Nexon competes against the likes of recently launched Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue, Ford Ecosport and Kia Sonet.