With our 12th anniversary issue out of the way, I am back to the routine of jumping between Mumbai and Pune. Not only has the Nexon been a great company on each of these trips but also superbly easy on the pocket. The diesel trim that we are driving has consistently been returning an efficiency of over 17km/l. In a bid to extract more efficiency, I even switched to the Eco mode but only to realise that it isn’t the ideal mode for highway hauls. Throttle response is subdued, and it can get a bit exasperating while overtaking long vehicles. In fact, the City mode offers the ideal balance of efficiency and performance. With the sixth cog pretty much for overdrive, the Nexon comfortably cruises at three-digit speeds without a hint of worry.
Living with the Nexon for more than two months, I find that ergonomics could have been better in a few places. The wide A-pillar does obstruct your vision, especially while turning. The position of the USB port is a bit too cramped to accessed with ease.
Speaking of the USB, the Apple CarPlay on the infotainment system doesn’t read out messages and even fails to connect occasionally. A higher resolution reversing camera would’ve been a welcome feature on the Nexon. While the feed on the infotainment screen is just about average during the day, thanks to natural light, but at night it gets a bit too pixelated.
When it came: September 2018
Current odo reading: 14,450km
Mileage this month: 2,794km
Fuel efficiency: 17.1km/l
Faults: Apple CarPlay occasionally malfunctions
What’s good: Fuel efficiency, Drive modes
What’s not: Rattling plastics, USB position