When Tata Motors launched the Nano in 2008 it was one of the most ambitious car projects for the car maker and most awaited car that India had ever seen. The Nano project started right from the year 2003. The low cost car was also the cheapest car that money could buy and hopes were floating very high with it. Initially the bookings were big and stayed big for some time until things began to look rather steep. The Nano also was bagged down by a few cases of cars failing and wiring or electrical defects. People began to cancel their bookings and the Nano was in trouble.
Engineers from Tata Motors have now reworked on the Nano and here we have the 2012 Nano which is now supposed to be free from all the glitches that it was supposed to have. Read on to know how the 2012 Tata Nano really is different to its predecessor as we drive it to find out if it should be your first car.
The Tata Nano has been designed by Italy's Institute of Development in Automotive Engineering and yes it looks cute. The petite Nano actually has a tall stance. The face is best defined by the cat eyed headlights that flushes in with the sloping bonnet line. Integrated turn lights in orange complete headlamps cat eye look.
The bonnet has a soft curve shape on it and infact this is the boot of the Nano as the engine is placed at the back. The front windshield is placed at an angle and has a single arm wiper that does the job. The front bumper on the Nano houses a pair of fog lamps on the top end LX variant that we drove along with Air dams placed on the lower part of the bumpers.
The side profile of the Nano is significant because of the side air dams placed on the lower portion of the rear door panel to feed air to the engine that’s in the rear end of the Nano. The side fenders with a soft bulge on them are tall and mate with the large front quarter glass on the Nano.
The Nano has large doors with a good deal of glass area on it. The sides of the Nano have the running footboard which is prominently shaped and appears like sporty side skirts on it. As mentioned the rear air dam is placed just below the rear door and has a black color grill in fiber. The Nano drives on 4Bx12inches wheel size and has different tyre specs for the front and the rear. 135/70 R12 on the front and 155/65 R12 mounted on three lug nuts on the rear made by JK Tyre do their job on the 2012 Tata Nano. The 2012 Nano Lx comes with full face wheel cover that offer good aesthetics to the overall look of the car. You have the door handles and the wing mirrors in body color along with the front and the rear bumpers on the Nano Lx that we drove.
The rear of the Nano looks typically Tata with Christmas tree tail lamps and a large rear windshield with a stop lamp placed on it. The rear boot lid is fixed and cannot be opened like other cars and can be accessed from inside of the cabin. The rear bumpers house the air dams and ventilator that help in cooling the rear mounted engine on the Nano. A large air dam on the rear bumper around the rear number plate takes out the heat from the engine.
The Nano has its exhaust mounted in the center of the rear bumper. We would like the inclusion of a rear viper on the 2012 Nano, at least on the top end Lx variant, however it was absent. A cute little tail spoiler sits on the rear windshield on the 2012 Nano giving it a sporty touch. You have the prominent Tata monogram in chrome in the center of the rear lid. The 2012 Nano now comes in 10 color options of which 8 are new shades. We don’t think any other car in India which has so many color options to choose from. The 2012 Nano Lx and Cx also comes with tinted glass and two wing mirrors (the passenger side wing mirrors were absent on the earlier Nano). The passenger side door now gets a key hole on the 2012 Nano Lx which again is a welcome inclusion.
The 2012 Tata Nano has a good built quality, infact we find them better built than the earlier lot with higher grade of paint quality and weld assembly for this segment. Not much to complain on the exteriors of the 2012 Nano, they are stylish, trendy and practical and now comes in so many color shades to choose from and not forgetting the far improved build quality and fit finish .
The Nano is not a big car for its price; in fact we find its cabin roomier than the likes of Maruti Alto to an extent. The 2012 Nano Lx gets a beige interior theme, the dash now is a beige affair. The 2012 Nano retains the three spoke steering. This steering feels good to grip, height adjust is not available and we also missed out on the inclusion of power steering to some extent but that’s not a big deal as it is very easy to maneuver the Nano without the power steering. The steering is placed at a slightly lower angle as compared to other cars.
The Nano has a centrally placed Speedo console that has the meter calibrated to 120Kmph and a digital trip meter on its right. Below the meter is the AC vent that can be opened or shut individually as and when needed. The 2012 Nano Lx gets a heater and AC unit which has a three speed blower speed. The Speedo and the AC unit on the 2012 Nano Lx gets silver housing which is a very welcome inclusion as compared to the standard black panels on the older Nano. Keeping in line with the beige interiors the 2012 Nano Lx also gets a nice looking and up market like beige fabric seats, the 2012 Nano also gets tillable backrest on the front seats along with adjustable see thru headrests. Front seats are comfortable to sit and the visibility is good while seating on them. Head room and leg room is not at all a problem in the Nano.
A glove box is still not included on the Nano. The center console houses the front power window buttons and a twin can holders along with the gear shifter which also gets the silver treatment on the knob. The door panels get the beige treatment along with fabric inserts and door knobs and arm rests in black.
The rear seats now get integrated head rests which are rounded in shape as compared to flat ones on the earlier Nanos. The rear seats can seat two passengers comfortably with good amount of leg room and head room. The Nano is very cleverly designed and even 6 footers will feel at home in its cabin.
The beige interior in the 2012 Nano makes the cabin feel roomier and much larger partly also because of the large glass area. The rear seat back rest can be folded down by simply pulling a single rope conveniently instead of two ropes on the older Nanos. An 80liter boot is what you have on the Nano which is enough for a car this size and segment. A parcel tray makes its way in here which can hold some light weight stuff while on your drives. There are map pockets on the door pads and also a small groove on the lower side of the front seat to store flat stuff.
The boot which is in the front stores the spare wheel and also houses the fuel tank lid along with the air filter and brake system reservoir. Yes you need to open the bonnet to fill in petrol at the fuel bunk and this issue should have been sorted by Tata Motors on the 2012 Nano.
All said and done there is a big improvement in the overall cabin quality and the materials used in here. The beige color theme is a very welcome addition along with the much better quality fabric on the 2012 Nano.
First thing you notice when you open the doors of the Nano is the ease of entry. The wide opening doors go a long way in welcoming the entrants. The 2012 Nano is powered by the same 624cc Twin cylinder MPFI Petrol engine but now makes 3 PS more. This twin motor now makes 38PS @5500 RPM (35PS on older Nano) and has 51 Nm of torque @ 4000RPM (48Nm on older Nano). Tata Motors also claims a much better fuel efficiency that of 25.4kmpl on the 2012 Nano as compared to 23.6kmpl on the older Nano as per ARAI test figures.
Start the ignition of the Nano and you hear the purr of the twin cylinder engine. The exhaust note is very different to what you get to hear from the other cars. We are told that the starter motor and other key components on the 2012 Nano are also of much better quality. At idle the Nano has a nice calm ambience to it.
A new twin layer of insulation coat mat has been laid on the engine cover in the cabin and this has helped a lot to reduce the in cabin noise and also the in cabin heat emitted from the rear mounted engine. The other big improvement on the 2012 Nano is the super chilling instant freezing AC unit that is in fact better than the Maruti 800 or the Alto. The three speed blower does a mighty fine job in lowering the in cabin temperature even on warm sunny afternoons.
Shift to the first gear and the Nano chugs ahead riding on its twin cylinders. The cable operated gear shifting is not as smooth as direct shifters but never the less a big improvement over the older ones. The four speed gearbox is fine tuned for in city driving conditions with gear ratios closely put together.
The pedals are set closely to each other but don’t pose as a big problem. The power delivery is good and a big improvement over older Nanos, thanks to improvement in the overall engine power. The 2012 Nano makes you forget at times that it is a twin cylinder powered car and relentlessly cruises ahead especially over the 30kmph mark. The manual steering is a bit hard to handle at standstill but on the move it is a smooth operator. The 2012 Nano feels very spirited in its drive up to the 75-80kmph speeds, braking is also good for a car of this size and the upgraded JK Tyres also help in maintaining sanity at all speeds.
The suspension on the 2012 Nano is softened to some extent and now feels much better when driven over rough roads.
The 4meter turn radius is the smallest turn radius on any car running on Indian roads and it helps a lot when driving, parking or turning on any road conditions. The overall dimensions of the Nano help a lot in getting through traffic or busy roads. Cruising at high speeds of 90kmph is a piece of cake for this cut car and so is overtaking. The exclusion of the fifth gear is felt though not very much. The independent suspension on the Nano works flawlessly and the ride quality is bettered as compared to the older Nano. The ride quality is softer thanks to the new suspension tune and tyres.
To sum it up, in the first innings Tata Motors did not get the best of the market with the Nano. But, the car honcho has now ironed out all the flaws and added some icing to the cake by increasing the power and the looks. The suspension is retuned bettering the ride quality; the cabin now looks far better and brighter.
The Nano now has a Standard warranty is for 4 years / 60,000 kms-whichever happens first. Service intervals are at 1000 kms, 5000, 10000 and thereafter, at every 10,000 kms. The older Nano came with an 18 month warranty and this increase in warranty and support should enhance the USP of the hatchback in a big way.
The 2012 Tata Nano is the perfect car to own if you want your very first car and yes Tata Motors also has some attractive finance options to get your Nano at as low as Rs. 15000 of down payment, not forgetting the ten color shades to choose from.
The is good but has got no safty when it crash with some thing nothing is left behind,this car has got no resale valce as Maruti has. The dealership shows good dreams of loan by Tata finance but alash at the very last moment the loan is rejected and we go dishearted, I have seen customers being harrashed at the showroom for service, god knows what Tata has thought and made the car,god save the customer who has commetted suiside by purchaseing NANO
Bangalore to Cuttack by my Tata nano - 1607 KM On 11th May 2012 I started alone from Banglore to cuttack at 7:00 AM. I reached Tirupati at 1:00 PM and had my lunch there. Then I left for Vijayawada and reached there at 9:30 PM covering 720 KM. Took rest in a lodge. Next day morning (12th May 2012) I started for Visakhapatanam. ireached there at 2:30 PM. Sat in the Visakhapatanam beach upto 5:30 PM. Then started for Berhampur. I reached in Berhampur at 9:30 PM and I had my dinner. Then left for Chilika. Took rest in a petrol pump for some time. Then started for Cuttack. Reached at Cuttack (my home) 3:30 AM covering 887 KM. Total distance:- 1607 KM Total driving duration:- 32 hours Time spent for sleep :- 6 hours Time spent for lunch :- 2 hours Time spent for rest :- 3 hours Money spent on fuel :- Rs. 4000/- Money spent on toll gate :- Rs. 837 /- Total fuel (Petrol) :- 55 litre Millage:- 29 KM/ltr Average Speed:- 60 KM to 80 KM Swayam Sattwik Mohanty HCL Technologies
The kM appear to be a little higher than from the Maps.
I am a Nano owner and can say with all conviction that buying the Nano was perhaps the biggest mistake that I have made. The statement about the Nano being a vehicle which has a higher fuel cost and thus is unaffordable at a time where inflation is through the roof is absolutely true. I had purchased the Tata Nano on 9th November 2009 and for 1 Â½ years went through a horrible time corresponding with Tata Motors regarding the pathetic mileage of 10.5 Km per litre which my Nano was giving me. I was spending almost Rs. 6/- for every single Km that I travelled in the Nano. Finally, after 1 Â½ years Tata Motors reluctantly agreed to change the engine and the change of engine was done in the last week of April 2011. Imagine my shock and surprise when after the change of engine my Nano started giving me an even more pathetic mileage of 9.5 Kms per litre from April 2011 till date thereby forcing me to spend almost Rs. 7/- for every single Km that I travelled in the Nano. I have provided enough accurate data to Tata Motors regarding the pathetic mileage before and after the change of engine which they just cannot refute. There is absolutely no comparison between the mileage of 10.5 km per litre (before change of engine) or the mileage of 9.5 Km per litre (after change of engine) that my Nano has been returning / is returning and the mileage of 23.6 Km per litre advertised by Tata Motors. I challenge anybody from Tata Motors to refute the rock solid data that I have painstakingly gathered over the last two years. All they can do is just maintain stoic silence. Apart from the huge financial loss owing to such ridiculously high running costs with the 624 cc Tata Nano in the last 2 years, I have had to go through severe mental agony for absolutely no fault of mine. S. Prabhakar
I agree with the fact TATA Motors least bother abt the customers .... They are typical India After sales .... They will never bother to answer ur question once they got our money ... I do have TATA car 7 months old ... battery went bad because of the alternator (Not sure abt the part name) ... I was literally begging them for month now still nothing .. its in warranty but still they say its not my fault, its the battery manufacturer ... exide says u bought it from tata get it replaced by them ... I bought second battery from my pocket in less than a month second battery also went bad ... I feel very sorry to be a TATA car owner ... please spend few mins in customer waiting hall of any TATA service center then decide buying a TATA car ...
If you thought TATA behaves like an Indian company, try the Ford products. The vehicle would be nice, but the service is downright pathetic. They'd make your life as miserable as it gets. Even after knowing someone from the senior leadership of Ford marketing team, I had gone thru several painful complaint registration process without a decent resolution. I've not quit going back to them. Ford is equally terrible when it comes to customer support, if not worse.
plz. dont go for court case u must lost it becaucse if tata motors replaced ur cars engine and after that u hv not get the milege it means it is not engine fault the fault is in ur driving technice. plz check ur riding style
As such there's no hi fi techniques required to drive a nano ....... Absolutely u can sue them 2 court
Dear Sir, Have you contacted Automobile Institute of India and test the engine/fuel efficiency and then go for a legal suite.
I support your issue, i too suffer with the same mileage issue . Nano 2012 january model LX KA 02 MG 754 faces the same issue . i am getting just 14 KMPL after 1st service in city condition . What should i do , now feeling cheated by TATA Mototrs about the mileage claim .
i do own nano for more than 16 months gives 18 kmpl in city driving no problem car till date .we are all family members happy and satisfied. kulvir
I am not sure, what is going wrong with your car. Even I bought a tata nano in October 2011. It is LX BS4. I stay in Hyderabad, so it has many hilly roads. The car gives a mileage of 19 / 20 km per liter in the normal city condition, with 80% time the AC on. and on highway without the AC on it returns 22 mileage. I am a new driver, and learnt on the tata nano. That means I was not able to fulfill all the conditions for the run-in period. I agree, that there is a chance for faulty products, but I will also ask you to check your driving style. One thing I have noticed, If you do not maintain the gear : speed ratio given in the sticker on your windshield, Nanos mileage drops drastically. May be this will help you? Also, I had done a lot pre buy experiment, and decided to buy it from Tejaswi motors, and because of the very good manager (Arun) in Tejaswi hyderabad. I am a very satisfied customer of nano. Best of luck for your coming days.
Exactly. I have used Nano for the past 2 1/2 years and driven 20000kms. It gives me a mileage of 21-22kms/litre with AC. that too in Chennai, a city with very bad traffic. Our friend who bought Nano must go to a good driving school, I suppose...
In the back of my mind I had a plan to gift a Tata Nano to my dad, who owns a 2003 Santro......... but now after reading the above reviews, I have decided not to go in for Nano at all........... rather not even any Tata car for that matter....... Thanks for your reviews friends......... !
i have plan to buy my cute nano in this month for two reason.first it is small so parking will be less headache.secondly fuel efficiency. now after reading above comments ,i am confused.
May be, Pradeep you must consider having a test drive for this vehicle from a TATA Showroom and see yourself if the issues observed have really been sorted or not... You can discuss the same issues at while your test drive...
you are taking a big headache if at all you are buying a nano....
Brother... dont think negative about tata nano 2012 unless and untill u dont drive and check..I am agreed with DHIRAJ's comment, riging style matters a lot because i am having tata nano and when my dad drives the car he get 14 kmpl per liter and when i drive i get 19 kmpl per liter on city...Engine is very good and we usually carries 6 members in NANO and after that i am getting 23 on AC...
Don't go with other if u want u should buy
Don't take any decision just by reading these reviews in these online forums which really takes no money to write. These are written by people who are paid by other car manufacturers. Because companies like Maruti have been badly hit by Nano. Not only for Nano, for anything, any products including electronics, don't believe online forums...What is the authentication? Same person can write in different names, with different email IDs. who knows.....that too in India !!!!!!!!!!!
I agree with you Paul.
I have spoken to the people who are driving Nano.They say it is a good car & fuel economy is good. Why these negative reviews?? Are other company people writing negative reviews????
Even I am confused about such complaints... I do not believe it, as if TATA would ever provide such vulgar experiences to its customers... Even Cardekho.com reviews this car as a good one... Huh... Amazing issues observed...
Why Tata people do not see such sites & clarify the problems posted by other people or why this site people get in touch with Tata people to get a clarification from them,because unless car dekho people do not do this then what is the use of maintaining such a site???
Exactly It is other company strategy to defame tata. I am getting 25 KMPL in Delhi with 2010 Nano. I am sure with 2012 I can easily achieve 27.5 KMPL.
Hello friends, I have my friends in pune who own the nano lx 2011 model, and all are getting mileage of 20 in city and highway around 22 with A/c, even i am an 2012 nano lx owner and i am also getting mileage of 23, and i dont agree with any negative comments apart from the 2011 had bit engine noise inside the cabin which is very much negligible, which is cleared in 2012 model. Its a great car, for doubts check the teambhp thread on tata nano 2012. Drive safe.
I definitely agree with you as I myself have a 2010 Tata Nano LX & is giving me mileage of 20 in city & 25 in highway.
Totally. Bought a Nano LX last year and it has been a pleasure to own it. Gives at least 20 in the city. Easy to drive, park and zero maintainence costs. What more do people want for Rs 2 Lakshmi? A Mercedes ????? Some of the reviews above are either motivated by rival companies or are written by chronic complainers.
I do agree that the car has an excellent mileage also good spacious than any other small cars of tat segment ....... But the noise is stikk d same in 2012 nano ..... But for guys inside d car the noise wpuldn't be a complint
Agree. I have 2011 model with 19/20 kmpl mileage in city with 80% time AC on. and 22 in highway without AC on.
new tata-nano,2012 on road price(kerala)required
I think most of the negative reviews have been written either by the novice or the paid pimps of other car manufacturers. Tata does not do such things to overrate their products. May be, the after sales service is not at par to the satisfaction of the customer but the negative things talked about this wonderful car is not true at all. People, those who want to purchase it, go to the people who are using it and go to the showroom to have a test drive yourself and then decide, do not reject it if somebody wrote something bad about it. I am from Pune and have been using Nano Since October 2011 with no headache whatsoever. In the first week only I had 1700 kms of driving in mountain terrain and highways giving me mileage of 25 km/L. If you want, you can call me on 9028537049 and get answers to your doubts; and to say, I am not an employee of Tata or anyway related to the company.
I have pleasant and worst experience of the kind mentioned above by Tata nano owners. Both are true. Pleasant has been the ride, ease of manouvering, fuel efficieny, parking. Disappoint has been as some have mentione above Tata ASS, within 1000 Km many parts replacement, delays at service centre, below standard ASS. Gear Shift is a bit hard particularly shiting to 2nd gear. 3rd gear is the top gun which I like.
Most of the Tata Nano owners have had the mixed experience like you, and that has been the reason behind failure of this car despite having the record opening, so we hope Tata Nano to do well in its second inning after giving it the much needed makeover.
Thanks guys for your wonderful feedback........... Nano-2012 seems to be worth consideration..... Let me go check and get back to you......... Thanks for all ur support
Certainly the facelifted version of Tata Nano has got better with the looks and safety features. Cheers!!
I totally agree with Mr. Rajesh S. All these forums are written by people who are paid by other car manufacturers and others who have not used the car or even seen the car. I have asked people who talk non sense about Tata Nano if they have used it or atleast seen it. 100% of those people have not used it and almost 50% of those people have not even seen nearby (never had a good look). So, THOSE WHO WANT TO BUY, PLEASE TAKE A TEST DRIVE OR ASK PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED IT FOR ATLEAST 1000 KMS. Because I was also a person who talked ill of Nano before I bought it. Now, I deeply regret for it.
nice which i have ambitious to buy
i want a tata nano
Hi, Tata Nano Buyers... Their is a 2 Wheeler Buy back scheme. I have a two wheeler at disposal. Those who want to buy nano pls contact me. You can avail additional discount of Rs 10,000 on the final price you r getting. you can reach me at email@example.com 9811275430 , I am in Indrapuram Manish
Hi, I want to buy a Tata Nano CX BSIV, Which I found the most economical and real value for money. Can anybody tell me if you found any problem on this particular car? Thanks in advance
I would appreciate to TATA to bring such a small car for 1.5L... but really I don't agree this as a car....worst performance i have ever seen.. My best suggestion for those who planned to buy a nano. could be better if you go for Maruti alto or Hyundai EON...
i love tata nano
actually I myslef driving nano top end model from last 4 months and by far i've nothing to complain. C'mon guys what to complain here.. We are getting front power window front rear defogger, AC cup holders, mobile charger, nice cushion seats with headrest, plus b'ful aerodynamic design easy to park and easy to handle in heavy traffic.... No doubt the rival companies are feeling pressure cos all such high end features u can get in less than 2.25 lakhs... and yes do i forgot to mention it surely has the biggest leg room and back seat space, even put aruti and hyundai to shame.. I have Maruti k10 and hyundai i10 but for city ride my preference is Nano i10 K10.
I do own tata nano 2012. Also made a small ad for tata nano 2012. pls check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR3hYzjiVYc . Would anybody tell how to check the mileage of this tata nano as am using digital meter for first time. Pls help me to find the mileage of this car.
as I had bought earlier ie version of TATA NANO, I was informed that the old one will be upgraded, & will be furnished with both side review mirror but was not provided by the dealer, the dealer is asking extra charges for provinding the same. I had made many complaint for the same, but not getting any fsvourable reply.I request you to do the needful in this matter.
Hi, guys I own a 2012 (April) model nano. It is doing fine in regards to performance and fuel efficiency. I have driven around 1200kms in the city (daily office commuting). It gives me an avg of 18 to 19 kms. I am expecting the efficiency to improve still after the first scervice. I once drove it to Mandya (100kms from Bangalore) it gave me 19 kms with full time A/C on. I once faced a problem when I took it out last week, the MIC light went glowing and the engine started to jerk. I called up TATA service and they immediately sent a toweing truck, the car was taken to the service center and the problem rectified. So I feel the service at TATA motors is good.
tell me guys which model is best nano cx or nano lx tell me
I am planning to buy TATA NANO top model, after reading all reviews , I am totally confused. Please help me guys...
same condition here like you , i am thinking of buying a nano but so much confused after reading the all reviews .
I m driving nano since two years, i found no faults in car.from mumbai to goa none stop, from goa I went with seven peoples to carwar on sloppy n hilly region.
i purchased a tata nano cx on 31st march 2012.i drived only 2300 km yet but feeling so many troubles in tata nano.electrical problems, MIL lights, engine sump light problems,brake problems, suspension problems,non cooperative behavior of workers at service centre. as a results permanent headache after buying tata nano. hamirpur (h.p.)
I have purchased Nano CX on June 2013. Done 908 kms so far. Gives average mileage of 19 kmpl at Chennai with AC. I find the gear shift bit tight. Apart from that its such a sweet car. I would definitely recommend others to buy a Nano.