On the inside, Tata has started with a clean slate and the Nexon´s cabin comes across as modern and something the company can use as a template for all future models. Ergonomically it is the best Tata we have come across, thanks to the well laid out dash and logical placement of important elements. The screen for example is placed high up, in the driver´s field of vision and all the buttons and controls fall to hand easily too. In terms of quality, the Nexon is definitely a step-up over the Tiago or the Tigor. Still, bits like the air-con controls, power window buttons, control stalks and the gloss black finish around the gearbox lever (which gets easily scratched) could have been better. Yet, it feels at par with the competition as both the Vitara Brezza and the EcoSport aren´t the best in terms of quality and finish themselves. What could be of greater concern, is the poor quality control that has plagued Tata cars. Even our brand-new test vehicles developed snags like the rubber cover for the brake pedal coming off and one of the tail lamps going off.
Like with all new Tata cars, the Nexon gets the Harman developed infotainment system. But unlike its siblings, the system gets a high-res display and interestingly it resembles Audi´s MMI interface layout. Sure, it could use a faster processor and yes, it doesn´t function as smoothly as the unit installed on the Vitara Brezza.
According to Tata, you get as many as 32 storage options in the Nexon. The most useful are the bottle holders in the front door pads, the massive cooled glove box, the deep centre storage box and the cup holders integrated into rear centre armrests. We did spot the odd few quirks though. For example, the storage under the front armrest is a little too deep especially towards the front where the cubby gets narrow. Even the glove box lid which gets two cup holders on the inside, is useless, as it fouls with the front passenger´s knees.
The front seats are big, have acres of legroom and the stiff side bolstering does a good job of keeping you in place. If we had to nitpick, we would have liked an adjustable lumbar and better thigh support. Driving position is not the most ideal, as the pedals are bit off-set and the steering feels a tad too close to the driver. At the rear, the Nexon is spacious and the wide cabin makes it a genuine five-seater. The bench itself is well shaped and the backrest angle is ideal too. The addition of air vents with speed control (these aren´t AC vents) and a 12V charging socket at the rear enhance the rear seat experience. The boot at 350-litres is big enough and the 60:40 split folding rear seats can increase the space up to 690-litres if and when needed.
The Nexon we drove was the top-spec XZ variant and it came loaded with features. Primary among them was a touchscreen infotainment system which houses Android Auto(Apple CarPlay will soon be added) and a sweet sounding 8 speaker Harman music system. Apart from this, the Nexon gets all the basics like climate control, key-less go, reverse camera with guidance and daytime running lamps. What adds to the feel-good factor is the fact that Tata will offer all variants with two airbags and ABS as standard. The feature we most loved though is that the XZ variant also comes equipped with a water-proof wrist band which acts like a key. This is a great feature for people who often go running and swimming and don´t want the hassle of carrying the key fob.