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A Trailblazer In The EV Space - Tata Nexon.ev | First Drive Review

The new Tata Nexon.ev has truly left me with many positives. With numerous upgrades and an iconic design, it's going to shake the industry and bring the standards of an EV vehicle a notch higher.

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Design, Driving Experience, Tech

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Interior

Once I got inside the car, the illuminating logo on the steering wheel caught my attention right away. Even though the illuminated logo may take some while to adjust to, it provides a modern and cool aesthetic to the interior. But the horn being right under it makes it an unnatural sensation to use. The 10.25-inch instrument cluster has great resolution quality. It also contains a navigation system, which is visible on the screen, making it easier for the driver while driving. The blind spot view mirrors, too, are an excellent touch to the car. 

Right beside that is the 12.3-inch infotainment screen containing quite a handful of features. Starting the Arcade.ev, which is a first in the EV segment, makes it easy access for passengers to stream various OTT platforms online, play games, and listen to their favourite music or podcasts while the car is in parking. Only when the electric parking brake is on, that's when you can stream the apps. The infotainment screen has great resolution and brightness, but it lacks a little bit of the responsiveness factor. The car comes with 4 types of voice assistant - Alexa, Google, Siri and native voice assistance with 200+ voice commands in 6 different languages, making it easier for customers to use in their preferred language. The wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are a good touch as well. 

Going to the comfort side of the car, the front seats are ventilated, making it a comfortable drive. Considering the leatherette seats are made out of sustainable materials, the quality could have been even better with the leather seats, but they are still exceptionally comfortable. With the sloping roofline, the headroom is compromised, and I hardly had any space left above my head. At the rear, the boot space is 350 litres, a good enough for the segment. 

One really great thing about the car is that it has a 45W C type front and rear charging ports, making it a big win. Plus, you also get air-cooled wireless charging in the front of the car. Lastly, the JBL Sound System has 9 speakers, which is very interesting! With 4+4+1, you get a subwoofer in the boot, making the music system quality a notch higher than other competitors.



TopGear Magazine June 2024