The prices of Tata Nexon are out and it starts at Rs 5.85 lakh for the petrol and Rs 6.85 lakh for the diesel models, ex-Delhi. We told you earlier that the Tata Nexon undercuts the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza by Rs 38,000 in India. And now we have also got the latest prices of the Ford EcoSport. The difference between the entry models of the Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport are Rs 1.36 lakh for the petrol and Rs 1.06 lakh for the diesel models (Ex-Delhi). That is a substantial difference between the two crossovers. The Tata Nexon does look premium and comes with a feature rich cabin, but does all of that make it a better buy over the Ford EcoSport on paper. Here is a quick look at some of the key highlights of both the crossovers.
The EcoSport started this segment and still looks fresh. There was a mild update last year and a more comprehensive one is expected to follow this year. It in fact looks compact and alluring. The DRLs add a touch of flair and the overall stance too points towards its crossover breed. The debate whether the SUV will look good without the spare wheel on the boot or not, will continue, however for now, there isn't much to be faulted with this Ford's design.
Tata designers have stayed true to the Nexon's concept line and there is no other car in the Indian market that looks like this compact SUV now. It doesn't have the typical SUV stance but will still grab eye balls due to its design language. Not only the front but also the rear too looks radical.
The EcoSport's dash layout is a tad confusing and feels dated with its blue colour theme for the backlight. There are a few storage spaces in the cabin and the seating position too is elevated. The boot space is 346 litres and the boot door opens sideways, the only one in this mix. As part of the safety package, the top-spec EcoSport gets six airbags while the base ones make do with twin units.
A near similar layout with the existing Tatas, exception being the 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, means you're in familiar space with the Nexon. While Tata does boast a 209mm ground clearance, you don't really sit high up in the Nexon. This aside, the Nexon gets a few useful cubby holes. While space inside looks better than that of the EcoSport, we will have to wait for an actual comparo to find this out
The EcoSport comes with a choice of three engines and two transmissions. The diesel is a newly updated 100PS motor that is mated exclusively to a 5-speed manual. The Ford engine too suffers from turbolag at the bottom end of the rev range and needs a bit of revving around to make progress.
The Nexon's all-new 1.5-litre diesel motor is good for 110PS/260Nm and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine has lots of torque at the bottom-end and makes do with lesser gear changes. The Nexon can also be ordered with a new 1.2-litre 110PS petrol engine as well.