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Tata Nexon Petrol Vs Ford EcoSport Petrol: Real-world Performance And Mileage Comparison

Published On Nov 03, 2018 05:59 PM By Sonny for Tata Nexon

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The Nexon’s petrol engine is more frugal, but is it quicker too?

The Ford EcoSport is available with 2 petrol engine options: a 1.5-litre Dragon series engine and a 1.0-litre EcoBoost. The 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine produces a maximum of 123PS of power and 150Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Tata Nexon, on the other hand, is offered with a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that is capable of 110PS of max power and 170Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

We compare the EcoSport 1.5 and the Nexon 1.2 to find out how the difference in claimed figures affect performance and fuel economy in the real world.

Performance

We’ll start with the acceleration figures of both these petrol-manual sub-4m compact SUVs:

0-100kmph

30-80kmph (3rd gear)

40-100kpmh (4th gear)

Quarter Mile

Tata Nexon 1.2 P MT

11.64s

10.91s

19.09s

17.81s@123.21kmph

Ford EcoSport 1.5 P MT

12.12s

10.2s

17.59s

18.26s@123.64kmph

In our tests, the Nexon is quicker to hit a 100kmph from standstill. However, in terms of in-gear acceleration, the EcoSport wins since it can go from 30kmph to 80kmph in third gear 0.71s faster than the Tata. Even in the sprint from 40kmph to 100kmph in fourth gear, the EcoSport proved to be faster by 1.5s. While the Nexon was 0.45s quicker to complete the quarter-mile drag, the EcoSport was actually going a tiny bit faster at the end. In conclusion, the Tata Nexon is quicker from a standstill, while the Ford EcoSport is quicker on the roll.

While acceleration is a key measure of performance, braking is just as important. Both cars come equipped with ABS as standard but vary in weight (kerb weight of the Nexon is 1237kg while that of the EcoSport is 1274kg) and use different tyres (Nexon’s tyres are wider at 215/60 R16 compared to 205/60 R16 of the EcoSport). Let’s see how much of a difference that makes:

100-0kmph

80-0kmph

Tata Nexon 1.2 P MT

40.63m

25.58m

Ford EcoSport 1.5 P MT

47.93m

29.81m

The Nexon stops sooner than the EcoSport in both tests - 7.3 metres sooner from a 100kmph and 4.23 metres sooner from 80kmph.

Fuel Efficiency

Mileage claimed

Tested FE - City

Tested FE -Highway

Tata Nexon 1.2 P MT

17kmpl

14.03kmpl

17.89kmpl

Ford EcoSport 1.5 P MT

16.3kmpl (Titanium+)

12.74kmpl

17.59kmpl

When it comes to city driving, the Tata Nexon is clearly more fuel efficient than the Ford EcoSport while both sub-4m compact SUVs offer very similar figures at highway speeds. If your daily commute involves driving in the city for most of the time, the Nexon petrol is the better pick, especially with the rising fuel prices.

Verdict

It’s a mixed bag when it comes to the acceleration performance of the Nexon and the EcoSport. While the Nexon is quicker from standstill, the EcoSport is quicker on the move. In terms of braking, the Nexon performs notably better. As for fuel economy, the Nexon makes more sense for frequent city use while at highway speeds, the EcoSport also offers similar efficiency. Overall, the Tata Nexon appears to be the better performing package of the two.

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Tata Nexon

Rs.6.23 - 10.67 Lakh* Get On Road Price
Petrol17.0 kmpl
Diesel21.5 kmpl
TransmissionManual/Automatic
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