I liked the Nano when it was launched way back in 2008 and with time my dream of owning the Nano was always on my mind when the refreshed variant was launched in 2012, a unique rear wheel drive car but the absence of power assisted steering even on the top end LX variant was the major reason for not going for the Nano then, as parking into tight spot, or taking turns at slow speed especially in traffic conditions was very difficult.
Over a period of time Nano has evolved which helped me to make my buying decision to finally own the Nano grow stronger and then I decided to take the plunge and booked the Nano XT. The Nano has improved a lot especially with the electric Power Steering which features an active return function makes driving and parking this compact car so easy, it has made my driving experience more fun and enjoyable. It is no longer a cheap car but its more practical car, much more refined, with time it?s style grows on you. Despite of being so small in dimension, it is one of the most spacious in its segment. As an entry level hatchback its interior packaging is amazing.
Its powered by a 624cc, MPFI, water cooled, naturally aspirated, 2 cylinder gasoline engine with 2 valves per cylinder, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission, producing 38PS power and 51 Nm torque. It has a top speed of 105 kmph and kerb weight of XT variant is 710kg. kitna deti hai Nano claims a mileage of 25.35 kmpl as certified by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).
I had selected Damson Purple colour with back roof for aesthetic purpose, makes the car more stunning. It has cute looks from outside and it is pretty tall which helps easy ingress & egress very helpful especially for elderly people. The rear is stylish with a rear spoiler; the black alloy wheels which I received free from the dealer gives a sportier look to the car.
The Nano stands talls, with a overall height of 1652 mm it is even taller than Maruti Ritz, it greatly increases the feeling of space inside. It has outstanding legroom for rear seat passenger which makes traveling in the Nano so much comfortable.
The instrument cluster with updated graphics and an MID which consists of an odometer, trip meter, average fuel economy and distance to empty counter is very handy and useful for everyday use, the speedometer needle does a full sweep on start-up which is very cool.
Well its pretty good for city use with 4-5 adults, but with AC ON at 60kmph the engine lacks the punch , overtaking need to be calculated well. With AC OFF after 60 kmph the performance of the engine is better. There is no internally adjustable mirrors. The bonnet has to be opened to fill fuel which is a bit odd. Boot has 80 liter capacity but with the rear seat folded down boot space is 500 liters.
Many other advantages:
It is indeed a spacious car and the beige interiors give a very airy feel. When it comes to fuel-efficiency I get an average of 19 kmpl, with full time AC and traffic condition it?s about 16-17 kmpl. It has 4 meter turning radius means I can take a U turn without much hassles. The higher ground clearance of 180 mm and short wheelbase is also very much of an advantage on our bad roads. It has drum brakes on all 4 tyres, the brake booster does its job well, brakes are decent once you get used to it. AC is very effective, fast cooling.
Standard warranty is for 4 years / 60,000 kms. Thanks to the Gold AMC (Annual Maintenance Contract) package, it is very affordable to maintain the Nano, till now in 2 years I have spent just Rs 3200/- on maintenance which is very cheap. To give you a cost perspective about maintenance I have spent about Rs 1500/- for my 2 year old 110cc bike.
Overall it?s a well packaged car. I am very happy with the car as it fulfills all my requirements. If you want a car for city use and cheap maintenance cost with good fuel efficiency then this is the car to look out for. You will never regret your decision. The dealer gives very short waiting period followed with cash discount with free accessories is icing on the cake which widens the gap between Nano XT and Alto VXI/ LXI or Kwid RXL. Nano is such a capable car and it has improved a lot since its initial launch, it is a well rounded car for city usage. It has all features (music system, blue tooth, USB, AUX) with superb air-conditioner to make the city commute a pleasurable one.
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