After Rayomand Banajee attacked the MMRT in these SUVs, he returned to the pits confirming our second impression of the vehicles. He clocked 2:24.21 seconds in the Ford EcoSport, a swifter 2:22.70 seconds in the Nexon, and the quickest laptime of 2:20.68 seconds in the Brezza. While starting off with the EcoSport, Rayomand stated that the only thing he liked was that the engine felt better than the rest. This can also be seen in its exit speed of 108.44kmph at C1, which is just slightly off the Brezza’s 109.41kmph, but the Nexon beat both by clocking 113.88kmph.
Sure, the Nexon has more grunt, but it plateaued out too quickly unlike the EcoSport where it just kept going a little bit more since there was more range in each gear. This shows in the extra 2kmph apex speed that the EcoSport carries through C7 and C10 over the Nexon. However, in terms of pure feel and in every other respect, the Nexon was better. Be it brakes, steering and handling. The difference in steering itself was just unbelievable. The EcoSport just understeered, adamantly refusing to turn. Which is ultimately why the Nexon turned out to be almost 2 seconds quicker than the EcoSport.
Going forth, our test driver relayed that the Nexon’s overall show was a pleasant surprise. It didn’t bounce about on the corners much, and if it did, it was a very stable and controlled one. The Tata SUV gripped the tarmac well, and there was surprisingly no understeer. He also claimed that if we shaved some weight off the Nexon, it could even win this test! The Brezza is a clear winner in this test as it was almost 2 seconds quicker than the Nexon. It was more than 3kmph/2kmph faster than the closest competitor on the C7/C10 apex.
Rayomand disclosed that one of the contributing factors which was aiding the Brezza was the lighter weight (100kg) that it had to carry around corners. He also disclosed that its handling was also the best, although the Nexon wasn’t far behind. Plus, the Brezza ended up carrying a lot more corner speed and was more stable thanks to the stiffer suspension and the decent feedback from the steering.