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Tata GenX Nano 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Mar 09 2020 Share this blog

Tata Nano was first launched in 2008 and it instantly gained popularity as Tata claimed it as the cheapest car in the world. It was indeed true, and with the small structure and an affordable price tag, the car created many speculations and expectations. However, the story turned upside down as the car made its way to Indian roads. Nano was not powerful enough and not practical for an average Indian consumer. And competition from its rivals like the Alto 800 which was expensive than the Nano but way more practical and had the trusted Suzuki logo on its bonnet, started to create even more problems for the Nano.

2019 tata genx nano rear view

Tata soon updated Nano with Power Steering and a host of other creature comfort features in the latest generation called GenX Nano. Unfortunately, it still comes with the same old 624cc rear-mounted engine which produces 38 bhp of power and is mated to a 4-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed AMT unit. The range starts from XE which is priced at Rs. 2.36 lakhs and goes all the way up to Rs. 3.35 lakhs for the top-end XT variant with a 5-speed AMT gearbox.

The number of Nanos sold annually is equivalent to the number of Altos sold in a month. But despite this, Tata didn't give up and continually improved the product by investing in it. The Nano, in its newest Gen Next avatar, is a great offering for someone who wants a small and efficient city car. The built flaws of its original like the top-heavy shape, tiny wheels, limited cabin storage, and small boot are still there with the Nano but with the GenX, it is closer to Suzuki's Alto.


What will impress you:

  • AMT gearbox
  • Spacious cabin for a small car
  • Easy to drive in the city
  • Improved ride quality


What Won’t:

  • Poor performance
  • No ABS and Airbags
  • Not fun to drive
  • Interior quality and features


What’s New in 2020 Tata GenX Nano:

With the GenX Nano, Tata brought some new important features that make it a perfect family car. Some new features include :

  • AMT gearbox
  • Rear boot (can be opened now!)
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

What are the various variants and features on offer in the smallest Indian car?

There are a total of six variants offered in the Tata GenX Nano. It comes with either Petrol or CNG options and the Nano can be also be had with an AMT gearbox. Tata managed to bifurcate this minimal product and form four variants off it.

Trim

XE (Petrol)

XM (Petrol)

XT (Petrol)

eMax XM(CNG)

Price Manual (Ex-Delhi)

Rs. 2.36 Lakh

Rs. 2.72 Lakh

Rs. 2.93 Lakh

Rs. 2.97 Lakh

Price AMT (Ex - Delhi)

N/A

Rs. 3.15 Lakh

Rs. 3.35 Lakh

N/A

Key Features

Dual Glove Boxes


Air Conditioning


Front Fog Lamps

CNG

Body Coloured Bumper

Tinted Door Glass

Central Locking

Manual Airconditioner

Front & Rear Seat Belts

Power Steering

Music System+Bluetooth

Power steering

The cabin of GenX Nano is barebone but has been an incremental update over the older dull generation. The power steering makes driving this tiny car a breeze even in the tightest of spots. The absence of basic safety features is still a bummer, though.


Which trim should you go for?

The XT will be the best variant to choose as it is the only variant to get Bluetooth Connectivity. The XT also has the advantage of an AMT option which will be a boon when riding in city conditions. If Bluetooth connectivity is not a feature you want, then go for the XM which just misses out on Bluetooth connectivity but still has the option to get the AMT. It is also recommended to select the 5 - speed AMT over the 4 - speed manual transmission as the AMT makes driving easier in tight city traffic conditions.


Tata GenX Nano 2020 Offers (March)

There are currently no offers available on the Tata GenX Nano. For CARHP Special Offers, check your local prices here:

Variants
Ongoing offers
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Depending on Manufacturing Year and Stock in Hand, Discount can range from Rs 1 Lakh (MY 2019) to Several Lakh for even Older MY 2018, 2017 Manufactured Cars


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What are the engine characteristics of this small car from Tata?

Tata has left the 624cc, two-cylinder, rear-mounted petrol engine unchanged for the 2019 model. Tata claims that the unit has been tweaked for a minor bump in real-world fuel efficiency, rest it’s all same and puts out the identical 37 Bhp @ 5,500 RPM and 51 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm. So, the only addition that you’ll notice in this regard is the availability of a 5-speed AMT gearbox, alongside the regular 4 - speed manual. This AMT gearbox, like most manufacturers, has been sourced from Magneti Marelli and does the job pretty much good but not the best AMT around.

2019 tata genx nano engine

The Nano is the least powered among the competition and also has the least torque output of all the cars here. The car feels peppy to drive around town because of its compact size and low weight. However, out on the highway, the car feels underpowered and it is felt when you try to overtake vehicles.

Model

Tata GenX Nano

Hyundai Eon

Maruti Alto 800

Renault Kwid

Power

37.48bhp@5500rpm

55.2bhp@5500rpm

47.3bhp@6000rpm

53.3bhp@5678rpm

Torque(Nm)

51Nm@4000rpm

74.5Nm@4000rpm

69Nm@3500rpm

72Nm@4386rpm

Engine Displacement(cc)

624cc

814cc

796cc

799cc

Transmission

Manual

Manual

Manual

Manual

Top Speed(kmph)

105Kmph

135Kmph

140kmph

-

0-100 Acceleration(sec)

12.6Seconds

19Seconds

19Seconds

-

Kerb Weight(kg)

725kg

-

730kg

-

Fuel Efficiency(ARAI)

23.9kmpl

21.1kmpl

24.7kmpl

25.17kmpl

Power Weight Ratio

51.69bhp/ton

-

64.79bhp/ton

-

Hyundai Eon is the powerful car on the paper with 55.2 bhp and 74.5 Nm of torque while the Kwid comes out on second. But the Eon is outdated and is replaced by Santro. While the Nano is an easier one to drive, it is the Kwid and Eon which has a more refined engine.


How peppy is the 2020 Tata Nano from 0-100?

The Tata GenX Nano is a small car and weighs less than what a typical car would do. This is reflected in the real-world performance of the car but the 38 bhp is lesser than the power produced by some performance bikes.

2019 tata genx nano acceleration 0-100

That combined with the AMT gearbox, makes the car sluggish and getting to triple-digit speeds will take a long time. Cruising at normal speeds inside the city is not much of a bother and the AMT works well during that. However, the problem arises when you try to overtake a vehicle and the Nano at times refuses and feels a bit reluctant to overtake.

Model

Tata GenX Nano

Hyundai Eon

Maruti Alto 800

Renault Kwid

Power

37.48bhp@5500rpm

55.2bhp@5500rpm

47.3bhp@6000rpm

53.3bhp@5678rpm

Torque (Nm)

51Nm@4000rpm

74.5Nm@4000rpm

69Nm@3500rpm

72Nm@4386rpm

Engine Displacement

624 cc

814 cc

796 cc

799 cc

Top Speed (kmph)

105 Kmph

135 Kmph

140 kmph


0-100 Acceleration

12.6 Seconds

19 Seconds

19 Seconds


Kerb Weight

725kg

-

730kg

-

Nano is a delight to drive in city driving conditions and for a sub-650cc engine, it feels pleasantly peppy under initial acceleration and continues to be so till 80kph. It’s really small and compact dimensions, small footprint, quick steering with a turning radius of just 4-meter turning makes the Nano  enjoyable in traffic. The manual version is claimed to deliver 23.9km/l and the AMT variants return 21.9km/l.


How nimble is the Tata Nano in handling Indian roads?

Tata Nano gets gas dampers and independent suspension at each end of the car. This kind of independent suspension layout was integral to the space packaging of this tiny offering. If you’ll notice, the wheels are placed at the four extreme corners of the car and seem pushed out as far as they could be. And this is the main contributor to Nano’s respectable road manners. The suspension is tuned for the city and at those speeds, the Nano is a great car to live with. We won’t call the ride quality great but the overall experience is decent for a call this cheap. It feels slightly bumpy over imperfect roads, especially for the rear occupants.

2019 tata genx nano handling

The car is not an enthusiastic vehicle for you to drive around the corners at high speeds. The lightweight of the car plays spoilsport even when going at speeds of the 90 kph mark makes you nervous and the car starts to wobble around because of the crosswinds attacking the car. And when a bigger vehicle passes by it at a higher speed, the Nano slightly loses its composure and this can happen a lot if you take the car to the highway.


How's the braking performance like in the Tata Nano?

The Tata GenX Nano weighs less than its rivals but it has a poor braking system among its competitors. None of the cars in this segment have a good braking system, but still, they do the job of stopping the vehicle as soon as they can.

2019 tata genx nano braking

The Tata Nano has added issues with the braking cylinder leak and also does not come with ABS whereas its rivals like the Suzuki Alto get ABS as standard. So is the case with Renault Kwid and Hyundai Eon.


How fuel-efficient is the Tata GenX Nano?

With the new GenX Nano, Tata has increased the fuel efficiency figures pretty good for a compact city car. The Nano has better fuel efficiency than the Hyundai Eon but stays behind the class leader, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. But with the improved fuel economy, the car now has a range of over 570 km on a full tank. And even if the range is lesser compared to other competitors like the Alto 800 and Kwid, it is respectable to note that the car costs little less than its rivals.

Model

Tata GenX Nano

Hyundai Eon

Maruti Alto 800

Renault Kwid

Kerb Weight (kg)

725kg

-

730kg

-

Fuel Efficiency (ARAI)

23.9kmpl

21.1kmpl

24.7kmpl

25.17kmpl

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

24

32

35

28

Range (Km)

573.6

675.2

864.5

704.76

The fuel tank capacity was increased from 15 litres in the previous generation to 24 litres in the new generation GenX Nano. Even though the Eon has a better range, its the Tata Nano which has better fuel economy figures compared to the Eon.

How compact is the 2020 Tata GenX in looks?

After seeing a Nano for the first time, the first word that comes to your mind is Cute. Nano has quite a proportional design and stands taller than most of our regular hatchbacks at 1652mm high. The new black stripe in the front of the car gives it a grinning face and the bumper has infinity shaped design. The same smiling bumper looks out of place at the rear, though it's functional to dissipate the heated air from the rear-mounted engine. 

2019 tata genx nano compact form factor

The plain headlamps are now replaced with smoked units with Nano engraving in it and chrome garnishing around the turn indicator. Tire upsizing is one thing that Nano desperately needs because the 12 inch wheels are too bad for the visual appeal.

Model

Tata GenX Nano

Renault Kwid

Hyundai Eon

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Length (mm)

3164 mm

3731 mm

3495 mm

3445

Width (mm)

1750 mm

1579 mm

1550 mm

1490

Height (mm)

1652 mm

1474 mm

1500 mm

1475

Ground Clearance (mm)

180 mm

184 mm

170 mm

160

Wheel Base (mm)

2230 mm

2422 mm

2380 mm

2360

Kerb Weight (kg)

735 kg

755 kg

760 kg

757

There’s an integrated rear spoiler in place, which looks way better than the earlier unit and exhaust pipe, which used to be in the centre now peeps out from the left. As seen above, the Tata Nano is the smallest car in terms of length and weight but its the widest among its competitors like the Renault Kwid and Hyundai Eon.

But it is the widest car among its rivals making it quite spacious inside although not comfortable, three passengers can be accommodated in the back seat of the Nano which is not possible with the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 or the Hyundai Eon.


Exterior Features

  • Smoked headlight units
  • Black accents
  • Body-coloured door handles
  • Body-coloured rearview mirrors
  • Chrome garnishing

How spacious is the smallest car from India?

The dashboard of the Nano GenX is the one that we first saw in the Nano Twist. The centre console is now finished in black and the flashy silver is out. The orange-lit instrument console is still there in the centre and houses a MID with clock, distance-to-empty counter, an instant fuel economy bar, and two average fuel economy counters. Additionally, the unit gets a 'low fuel' warning. The steering wheel is good to hold and has been borrowed from the elder siblings Zest and Bolt. Aircon is fantastic and works fantastically even in peak summers as it a really small cabin to cool.

Model

Tata GenX Nano

Renault Kwid

Hyundai Eon

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

The GenX Nano's Front seats have a dash of orange on them and offer decent comfort to the passengers. Though their skinny structure causes discomfort with a tall rear passenger as his/her knees can be felt at the back of front seats pushing for legroom. Comfort on the rear seats is also good, but only for short drives due to a very strict posture and lack of support.

2019 tata genx nano dashboard

One impressive thing with the GenX Nano is the space inside it. Due to its compact dimensions, buyers generally pre-assume that Nano is cramped on the inside. But as it is the widest among its competitors, there’s ample leg-room, head-room, shoulder-room for at least 4 occupants and 5 passengers can be accommodated with some effort. Also, the ingress and egress are effortless as the car is wider than the Suzuki Alto 800 and Renault Kwid.


What are the various infotainment features on offer?

There's nothing much to speak about the infotainment system as the infotainment system in the GenX Nano is a very basic one and the only major change that Tata brought is the introduction of Bluetooth Connectivity. It is a welcome move as Bluetooth connecting helps you to take or end calls and also listen to songs right from your smartphone.

2019 tata genx nano infotainment system

The 4 speaker system does a decent job of delivering music to the passengers but it is not the best among its competitors. Note that the 4 - speaker system and Bluetooth Connectivity is only available for the range-topping XT trim.


Interior Features

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Power Steering
  • Distance-to-empty counter
  • Manual Airconditioner
  • Dual Glove Boxes


Surprisingly, how spacious is the cargo compartment in Tata Nano?

Tata Nano did not have a rear boot in its previous generations as the radiator and engine were mounted way up at the rear leaving no space for cargo space. The spare wheel and other kit is now located in the front which opens up plenty of space to keep groceries or other commodities.

2019 tata genx nano cargo space

Now, the radiator is pushed to the front along with the spare tire and only the engine is mounted at the rear and this means that the rear can be opened now to store your shopping stuff or groceries.

Model

Tata GenX Nano

Hyundai Eon

Renault Kwid

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

Volume(L)

110

215

279

177

The boot space capacity is at 110 litres for the manual version and 94 litres for the AMT as the parts for the AMT mechanism take up some space from the boot. The Nano's boot is definitely smaller than all its competitors but at least this round, the rear boot can be opened to store something.

How have cost-cutting methods affected safety in the Tata Nano?

The previous generation Tata Nano offered zero - star rating for its adult occupant production at the 64 km/h Global NCAP test. The Nano was not the only car to get a zero star rating, but some of its rivals too got the same zero star rating. The car achieved a zero-star rating for its child protection as it was not possible to install child seats in the car. While safety has always been a point of concern for the Nano in the past years, Tata now claims that they have enhanced the torsional stiffness by using stronger materials and strengthened members. The increased length has helped the Nano to gain some more crumple zone and enhanced frontal protection. In addition, the doors get side impact beams, and there is an anti-roll bar as well. Having said all this, Nano still lacks Airbag and ABS in the range-topping trim.

2019 tata genx nano safety crash

Regarding the reliability factor, GenX Nano is a Tata product and there are mixed opinions as some products like the Safari and Indica were very reliable but the Nano had its own share of problems throughout its life cycle. But with the new GenX Nano, Tata has brought parts from its elder siblings like the Bolt and Zest which ease up things a little bit.

How does Tata Nano stack up against other cheaper alternatives?

Tata GenX Nano vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is the country's best selling small hatchback and it is reasonably better than all of its competitors by a small margin. The Tata Nano was first launched as the competition for the Alto 800 and not everything went well for the Tata Nano. The Alto 800 was already a popular model and it was the choice of the masses because of its reliability.

2020 maruti suzuki alto 800

The Alto 800 is a more reliable choice and offers more practicality in terms of cup holders and boot space. But if you want a spacious cabin and 5 passengers to carry, then the Nano is the only option as it is widest amongst all of its competitors.


Tata GenX Nano vs Hyundai Eon

The Hyundai Eon was a benchmark in terms of build quality and design. It was also the first car to offer 2 airbags, a digital cluster in its top trim. The car has the better build quality, fit and finish than the GenX Nano and feels premium to use for its price tag.

2020 hyundai eon

The Eon, however, has poor shoulder room, legroom and knee room for the passengers whereas the GenX Nano has a more spacious cabin for even 5 passengers. But the cabin quality and features are considerably lower than the Hyundai Eon.


Tata GenX Nano vs Renault Kwid

When other automakers were busy building competitors for the smallest car from Nano, Renault planned to take the road less travelled. So they came up with the Kwid. A rather quirky and handsome looking small car which had a strong point in design and feature listing.

2020 renault kwid

It is the only car of this lot that has an SUV stance and claddings to make you believe of it. The highest ground clearance of this lot made it an instance companion for Indian roads. The new-gen Kwid is ever so desirable and we believe that not only GenX Nano but the other competitors should also watch their backs!

Did Tata manage to rekindle the Indian dream with its GenX Nano?

The Tata Nano was Ratan Tata's dream of offering an affordable car for all the Indians followed by the successful Indica. But not all went its way for Tata with the Nano as it faced a lot of criticism and problems in its life cycle. If you're looking for a car and are in a strict budget, get the Nano and get the Alto or Eon if you are ok to pay a little extra money. The Nano is not a car for an enthusiast but is a perfect companion for city driving and traffic conditions.

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