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Tata Nexon EV 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Apr 04 2020 Share this blog

India’s auto sector is slowly taking a leap on electric mobility. Tata Motors is also eyeing on the EV segment with its electric-car portfolio. With already selling Tata Tigor EV, the carmaker is quite optimistic about revolutionizing the segment with new products. The Tata Nexon has been a successful product since its inception. The fossil fuel-run Tata Nexon has already been doing wonders in the crossover segment by getting awarded five-star ratings in the global NCAP crash test. The EV version price in India is slightly higher than the gas-powered Nexon. The Nexon EV price in India starts at Rs. 13.99 Lakh and goes up to Rs. 15.99 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

 Tata Nexon EV rear side profile

Now, with the Nexon EV, the company has begun to build its brand image and aspirations under electric mobility across the country. Let us check out the Nexon EV to find what makes its stand out of the crowd. The Tata Nexon EV rivals against some new and emerging electric cars in India like MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric.

What We Like

  • Smooth and silent car to drive

  • Loaded with hefty features

  • Good safety package

  • Long warranty on the battery

  • Spacious and comfortable interior

What We Don’t Like 

  • Unreliable fast charging

  • Limited range 

  • Expensive than petrol/diesel variant

What’s New in 2020 Tata Nexon EV?

  • Fresh look on the front and rear profile

  • Blue highlights throughout exterior and interior

2020 Tata Nexon EV Variants and specs Explained

Starting at a price of Rs. 13.9 Lakh, the Tata Nexon EV is available in three variants- XM, XZ Plus, and XZ Plus LUX. The entry level trim gets a decent amount of interior and safety packages. While the top trim comes with automatic headlamps and sunroof. The top trim is available at an ex-showroom price of RS. 15.99 Lakh. 

Trims 

Tata Nexon EV XM

Tata Nexon EV XZ Plus

Tata Nexon EV XZ Plus LUX

Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs. 13.99 Lakh

Rs. 14.99 Lakh

Rs. 15.99 Lakh

Key Features

Rain Sensing Wiper

Fog lights front

Fog lights front, Auto headlamps


Power Antenna

Rear Window Wiper

Rear Window wiper


Wheel covers

Alloy Wheels

Alloy Wheels


Roof rail

Fabric upholstery

Electric Sunroof


Glove compartment

Glove Compartment

Leather seats


Digital Clock

Digital clock

Leather Wrap gear Shift selector


Projector headlights

Android Auto

Android Auto


LED Taillamps

Apple Car Play

Apple Carplay


4 speakers

8 speakers

8 speakers

Notably, the Nexon EV is costlier than the standard Nexon model. The Nexon EV is offered with a free home charging device and installation service.

Which Variant to choose?

With the aggressive pricing, we understand that the Nexon EV is priced higher than its petrol/diesel counterparts. However, looking at the feature offering, we would go for the mid-XZ Plus trim that is priced at Rs. 14.9 Lakh(ex-showroom, Delhi). The trim offers major interior refinements including additional features that are missing on the base trim. 

2020 Tata Nexon EV Engine and Transmission explained

 Tata Nexon EV battery setup


A 30.2kWh battery pack pairs with a single permanent magnet synchronous motor that powers the front wheels. The electric motor churns out a maximum power of 129 PS along with a peak torque of 245 Nm. 

Models

Tata Nexon EV

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Price(ex-showroom-Delhi)

Rs. 13.99 Lakh to Rs. 15.99 Lakh

Rs. 24 Lakh to Rs. 25 Lakh (expected)

Rs. 23.72 Lakh to Rs. 23.91 Lakh

Battery Pack

30.2kWh

44.5kWh

39.2kWh

Power (PS)

129PS

143PS

136PS

Torque (Nm)

245Nm

353Nm

395Nm

Range (ARAI Claimed)

312km

340km*

452km

Notably, this is a better power output than the regular oil-powered Nexon versions. With such power, the ARAI rated ride range turns out to be 312 km.  

How fast is Tata Nexon EV?

The Nexon EV took 9.9 seconds to achieve 100 kmph mark from zero. This figure might vary with the number of people and luggage onboard. So, we can't be accurate all the time with the same figure. To maintain battery power, the top speed of Nexon EV is limited to 120kmph. It is quite easy to get to the 120kmph mark. Since 120 kmph is the most permittable speed in the Indian traffic system, the Nexon EV can be a deal-breaker here. 

Models

Tata Nexon EV

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

0-100 KMPH

9.9 sec

8.5 sec

9.7 sec

Fast charging time (0-80 percent)

1 hour

50 minutes

57 minutes

The initial acceleration is quick and the car barely feels any sound. Being a silent car, you won’t notice any stress on the performance and you can travel all day long until the battery lasts.

How is Tata Nexon EV at ride and handling?

This EV performs so well in the drive mode that you don’t need to switch to the sport mode. However, if you want to test the car’s performance in sport mode then you need to just turn the gear selector in clockwise direction. The power delivery is just accurate and responsive to the throttle. The Nexon EV truly impresses with its ride and handling. 

2020 Tata Nexon EV ride quality

The steering is light and responsive too. The ride improves as the speed goes higher. However, at a lower speed, the car feels a bit stiff. On aggressive driving, the EV tends to understeer a bit but as usual, the car holds good dynamics. 

How do the Tata Nexon EV brakes work?

The front brakes on Tata Nexon Ev are very grippy and positioned. The brakes offer good support while travelling on uneven terrain. 

Models

Tata Nexon EV

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Disc

Disc

Kerb weight (kg)

1400

1502

1535

The Nexon EV gets a regenerative braking system that tends to save battery energy while halting the car at a traffic light.

How much is Tata Nexon EV’s Range?

Certified by ARAI, Tata claims an overall range of 312km for the Nexon EV. However, if you tend to commute 50 km daily then the battery would last for at least a week. The Nexon EV battery can be charged from 0 to 80% in 60mins using DC fast charging. A domestic 15amp socket will take around 8 hours for 20 to 100% charge.

Models

Tata Nexon EV

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Range (ARAI)

312 km

340

452

Battery Capacity

30.2 kWh

44.5 kWh

39.2 kWh

Comparatively, the Hyundai Kona Electric offers the best range out of the two. With an 7.2 kW AC Wall box charger, the Hyundai Kona Electric takes six hours for a full charge. 

2020 Tata Nexon EV Exterior Details

The bumper below the front fascia of the Nexon EV now sports a sharper, more chiseled look with black inserts surrounding the fog lamp units. The Nexon EV debuts a new look somewhat different from the regular Nexon with redesigned front end and minor updates to the rear part as well.

Tata Nexon EV side profule with blue highlights
There are new headlamps with eye-catching LED detailing for the DRLs. Replacing the white highlights, all sides of the Nexon EV features visually appealing blue inserts. Also, it gives it a signature electric attire. You will find the "Nexon" imprinted on headlamps and sides, providing attention to detail. 

Models

Tata Nexon EV

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Kerb Weight (kg)

1400

1502

1535

Length (mm)

3994

4314

4180

Width (mm)

1811

1809

1800

Height (mm)

1607

1644

1570

Ground Clearance (mm)

209

N/A
N/A

Wheelbase (mm)

2498

2579

2600

There are also new alloy wheels on offer which, all four combined, are lighter by a kilogram compared to the regular models already on sale. The rear gets LED detailing for the tail lamps along with Ziptron and EV badges that comes fixed on the front and sides too.

2020 Tata Nexon EV Interior 

Just like the exterior, you'll find blue highlights in the cabin instrument panel and air vents as well. The display has been revised for providing various information such as battery status, energy flow graphic and much more.

Tata Nexon EV dashboard with blue inserts


The steering wheel seems to be borrowed from the new Altroz and is bigger in diameter compared to the one that comes with regular Nexon. The mode selector dial has been replaced with gear selector rotary dial. 

Models

Tata Nexon EV

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

The top XZ trim boast of some extra add-ons such as a sunroof, leatherette seats, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. Interestingly, the battery pack does not acquire much space in the cabin as the boot space remains exactly the same as the IC variants of Nexon. 

Creature Comfort Features

  • Tilt adjust steering

  • Adjustable head restraint

  • Push button start stop with Smart key

  • Elec. Adjustable and foldable ORVM

  • Rear AC Vent

  • Electric tailgate release

  • Rain sensing wiper

  • Front armrest with storage

  • Rear seat armrest

  • Cooled glove box with illumination

How is the Nexon EV Infotainment system?

Inside the cabin you'll be treated to features like a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a Harman sourced infotainment unit and audio setup. The Nexon EV offers Zconnect application that offers 35 connected car features such as vehicle statistics, remote access, along with safety and security options. 

Tata Nexon EV infotainment system

The app also monitors driver’s behavior and provides insights about the acceleration and braking after the end of each trip.

Infotainment Features

  • 7-inch Touchscreen dashtop infotainment system from HARMAN

  • Acoustically tuned audio system

  • Smartphone based navigation

  • SMS readout

  • Voice command

  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play

How much cargo space comes with Tata Nexon EV?

The rear gets a cargo space of 350 litres which is pretty decent for a compact SUV. However, the MG ZS Ev offers 400 litres of boot space.

Tata Nexon EV boot space
Even with the battery pack assembled in the Nexon EV, the floor area and the boot space remains similar to the regular Nexon model. 

Models

Tata Nexon EV

MG ZS EV

Hyundai Kona Electric

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

350

400

334

 The 350-litres boot space is similar to what we see on the standard gas-powered Nexon models. Also, we get lots of pockets beside the seats that allow storing more items inside the car. 

How safe is Tata Nexon EV?

Tata Motors has taken care of safety offerings on the Nexon EV in a very planned manner. The Nexon EV offers a good range of safety features just like the regular oil-run Nexon variants. ABD, EBD, dual front airbags, and ISOFIX are standard in Nexon EV. The car also features hill-hold and hill-descent assist. The Nexon EV is based on a fresh architecture and shall be going for an independent crash test. Notably, the standard Nexon model has already received a 5-star rating for safety from Global NCAP.

Safety Features

  • Driver and passenger airbags

  • Driver and co-driver seat belt reminder

  • Central locking

  • Speed-sensing auto door lock

  • Immobilizer

  • Perimetric alarm system

  • ISOFIX

  • Front fog with cornering lamps

  • Child lock

How does Tata Nexon EV Stack up against its rivals?

Tata Nexon EV VS MG ZS EV

Tata Nexon EV VS MG ZS EV


With a battery capacity of 44.5 kWh, the MG ZS EV returns more power output than the Tata Nexon EV. Also, the riding range offered by MG ZD EV turns out to be 340 km. The Nexon Ev is tuned to achieve a top speed of 120 kmph while the MG ZS EV goes up to 140 kmph. Also, the braking in MG EV is better with disc brakes on both front and rear wheels. The MG ZS EV is comparatively costlier than the Tata Nexon EV.

Tata Nexon EV VS Hyundai Kona Electric

Tata Nexon EV VS Hyundai Kona Electric


As far as the dimensions are concerned, the Hyundai Kona Electric is bigger than Tata Nexon EV. The Kona Electric is not feature-rich as the Nexon EV and comes equipped with 7-inch infotainment, digital instrument panel, ventilated front seats, electric sunroof, wireless charger, and four driving modes. With a 39.2 kWh battery pack, the Kona Electric delivers 134 bhp and 395 Nm which is slightly better than the Nexon EV. Both these cars are offered with a battery warranty period of 8 years or 1.6 lakh km, whichever comes earlier.  

Final Verdict

Looking at its driving agility and performance, the Nexon EV is a superb city car. It offers whooping power figures with good battery capacity. The car is made for Indian roads so as to maintain the balance even on uneven roads. It offers an array of features along with a reliable warranty on the battery. However, the base price is quite costlier than the petrol/diesel Nexon variant. This thing won’t disturb buyers who are looking for a decent electric vehicle with a tuned driving range. Overall, the Nexon EV is one of the most promising electric cars in India right now.