2021 Tata Nexon Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy

2021 Tata Nexon Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy

V3Cars reviews all the petrol variants of the 2021 Tata Nexon to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Nexon is available with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine, paired with manual and AMT type automatic transmission options.

 

2021 Tata Nexon Petrol

What Are The Prices Of 2021 Tata Nexon Petrol?

The 2021 Tata Nexon petrol’s manual version has a starting price of Rs 7.10 lakh and goes upto Rs 10.70 lakh. The petrol automatic variants’ price ranges from Rs 8.60 lakh to Rs 11.30 lakh. In 2021, the base variant of the Nexon has received a price increase of Rs 10,000, while all the other variants’ prices have hiked up by Rs 15,000. 

You can check the price details of the 2021 Tata Nexon petrol manual and automatic variants in the table below:

TATA NEXON PETROL PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI  | JAN 2021

VARIANT

2020 PRICE

DIFFERENCE

2021 PRICE

MANUAL

XE

Rs 6,99,900

Rs 10,000

Rs 7,09,900

XM

Rs 7,84,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 7,99,500

XM(S)

Rs 8,36,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 8,51,500

XZ

Rs 8,84,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 8,99,500

XZ+

Rs 9,64,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 9,79,500

XZ+(S)

Rs 10,24,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 10,39,500

XZ+(O)

Rs 10,54,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 10,69,500

AUTOMATIC

XM

Rs 8,44,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 8,59,500

XM(S)

Rs 8,96,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 9,11,500

XZ+

Rs 10,24,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 10,39,500

XZ+(S)

Rs 10,84,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 10,99,500

XZ+(O)

Rs 11,14,500

Rs 15,000

Rs 11,29,500


What Are The Engine Specifications of 2021 Tata Nexon Petrol? 

The Nexon comes with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine that generates 120PS of maximum power and 170Nm of peak torque. In its own segment, the Nexon is amongst the best of all the turbo-petrol cars in terms of power and torque output, although the Venue’s power:weight ratio and the Magnite’s torque:weight ratio are the best in the segment. 

The Nexon gets equipped with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT option. Its fuel efficiency is only better than the XUV300 in the lot. 

Also Read - 2020 Tata Nexon Facelift Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

The Nexon lets you alter the characteristics of its petrol engine by using its 3 drive modes, namely - ECO, City and Sport. Among these driving modes, the Eco mode is tuned to offer the maximum fuel efficiency, while the Sports mode is tuned to offer the best performance.

The Tata Nexon’s turbo-petrol engine specs details and its comparison with rivals are given in the table below: 

B2 SEGMENT TURBO-PETROL SUVs | ENGINE SPECS

 

Nexon

Sonet

Venue

Magnite

XUV300

Displacement

1.2L Turbo

1.0L Turbo

1.0L Turbo

1.0L Turbo

1.0L Turbo

1.2L Turbo

Cylinder

3

3

3

3

3

3

Cubic Capacity

1199cc

998cc

998cc

999cc

999cc

1197cc

Maximum Power

120PS @ 5500rpm

120PS @ 6000rpm

120PS @ 6000rpm

100PS @ 5000rpm

100PS @ 5000rpm

110PS @ 5000rpm

Power:Weight

96.77PS/t

103PS/t*

103.99PS/t

98.62PS/t

96.25PS/t

81.43PS/t

Peak Torque

170Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

160Nm @ 2800 - 3600rpm

152Nm @ 2200 - 4400rpm

200Nm @ 2000 - 3500rpm

Torque:Weight

137.1Nm/t

149Nm/t*

149.05Nm/t

157.79Nm/t

146.29Nm/t

147.93Nm/t

Manual

Transmission

6MT

6ACMT

6MT/6ACMT

5MT

--

6MT

Manual

Claimed FE

17.57kmpl

18.2kmpl

18.07kmpl

20kmpl

--

16.82kmpl

Automatic

Transmission

6AMT

7DCT

7DCT

--

CVT

--

Automatic

Claimed FE

16.35kmpl

18.3kmpl

17.99kmpl

--

17.7kmpl

--


Compared to naturally aspirated cars, which are all available with a 5-speed manual transmission only, the Nexon’s power:weight and torque:weight ratios are better. Its claimed fuel efficiency is comparable with such cars.

The following tables offers the Tata Nexon’s turbo-petrol engine specs and comparison with rivals that are equipped with naturally aspirated engines and 5-speed transmission:

B2 SUV SEGMENT

PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Nexon

EcoSport

Venue

Magnite

WR-V

Brezza/Urban Cruiser

Sonet

Displacement

1.2L

1.5L

1.2L

1.0L

1.2L

1.5L

1.2L

Cylinder

3

3

4

3

4

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1199cc

1496cc

1197cc

999cc

1199cc

1462cc

1197cc

Maximum Power

120PS @ 5500rpm

122PS @ 6500rpm

83PS @ 6000rpm

72PS @ 6250rpm

90PS @ 6000rpm

105PS @ 6000rpm

83PS @ 6300rpm

Power:Weight

96.77PS/t

97.91PS/t

76.78PS/t

76.68PS/t

81.37PS/t

92.92PS/t

76PS/t*

Peak Torque

170Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

149Nm @ 4500rpm

114Nm @ 4000rpm

96Nm @ 3500rpm

110Nm @ 4800rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

115Nm @ 4200rpm

Torque:Weight

137.1Nm/t

119.58Nm/t

105.46Nm/t

102.24Nm/t

99.46Nm/t

122.12Nm/t

105Nm/t*

Manual

Transmission

6MT

5MT

5MT

5MT

5MT

5MT

5MT

Manual

Claimed FE

17.57kmpl

15.9kmpl

17.27kmpl

18.75kmpl

16.5kmpl

17.03kmpl

18.4kmpl

Automatic

Transmission

6AMT

6TC

--

--

--

4TC

--

Automatic

Claimed FE

16.35kmpl

14.7kmpl

--

--

--

18.76kmpl (Mild Hybrid)

--


What Are The Dimensions of 2021 Tata Nexon?

The Nexon is a B2 segment compact SUV, so its overall length is almost 4m. The Nexon is the second widest car in its own segment after the XUV300, and height-wise it is comparable with the WR-V and Venue. Its wheelbase is comparable with the Brezza, Sonet and Venue, but lesser than the XUV300, WR-V and EcoSport. The Nexon comes only with 16-inch wheels for all variants, and it offers the segment-best ground clearance of 209mm.

The following table offers you a look at the Tata Nexon’s dimension details and comparison with its rivals:

B2 SEGMENT SUVs

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Nexon

Sonet

Venue

WR-V

Brezza / Urban Cruiser

EcoSport

Magnite

XUV300

Length

3993mm

3995mm

3995mm

3999mm

3995mm

3998mm

3994mm

3995mm

Width

1811mm

1790mm

1770mm

1734mm

1790mm

1765mm

1758mm

1821mm

Height

1606mm

1642mm

1605mm

1601mm

1640mm

1647mm

1572mm

1627mm

Wheelbase

2498mm

2500mm

2500mm

2555mm

2500mm

2519mm

2500mm

2600mm

Boot Space

350-lt

392-lt

350-lt

363-lt

328-lt

352-lt

336-lt

257-lt

Ground Clearance

209mm

205mm

190mm

188mm

200mm

200mm

205mm

180mm

Fuel Tank

44-lt

45-lt

45-lt

40-lt

48-lt

52-lt

40-lt

42-lt

Tyre Size (Base)

195/60 R16

195/65 R15

195/65 R15

195/60 R16

205/60 R16

195/65 R15

195/60 R16

205/65 R16

Tyre Size (Top)

215/60 R16

215/60 R16

215/60 R16

195/60 R16

215/60 R16

205/60 R16

195/60 R16

215/55 R17


Tata Nexon Petrol Variant-wise Features

What Are The Features of Tata Nexon XE Petrol Variant? 

The Nexon XE base variant is now tagged at Rs 7.10 lakh. It still comes with the 5-star NCAP safety rating and offers all the standard safety features. It also comes with features such as projector headlamps, electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist and ISOFIX.

The XE base variant’s key functional features include - multi drive modes, front power windows and tilt steering. Nexon offers body coloured bumpers right from the base variant, but its ORVMs and door handles are black coloured. The Nexon also offers LED DRLs, flat-bottom steering and digital instrument cluster in all the variants. 

You can take a look at all the features that the Tata Nexon XE base variant offers:

TATA NEXON PETROL | XE VARIANT FEATURES

Safety

Functional

Style

Std Safety Features

Multi Drive Modes -

Eco/City/Sport

LED DRLs

Projector Headlamps

Front Power Windows

LED Tail Lamps

Electronic Stability Control

Tilt Steering

Body Coloured Bumpers

Traction Control

1L Bottle Holder in all Doors

Black ORVMs w/ Turn Indicator

Driver Seat Pretensioners w/ Load Limiters

Umbrella Holder

Side Body Cladding

ISOFIX

Flat-folding Rear Seat

Flat-bottom Steering Wheel

Roll-over Mitigation

Fixed Rear Headrests

Black Door Handles

Hill Start Assist

Luggage Hooks in Boot

Digital Instrument Cluster

Electronic Brake Pre-Fill

Dead Pedal

R16 Steel Wheels

Brake Disc Wiping

 

Fabric Upholstery


The Nexon XE base variant lacks some basic must-have features such as - central locking, wheel covers, audio system w/ steering-mounted controls, rear power windows, body-coloured door handles, day/night IRVM, adjustable rear headrests and electrically-adjustable ORVMs. 

While you can retrofit some of these features, that is not the most suitable option for all buyers. Hence, we won’t recommend the XE variant.

What Are The Features of Tata Nexon XM Petrol Variant?

The Nexon XM variant is almost Rs 90,000 more expensive than the XE base variant. 

TATA NEXON  | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XE

DIFFERENCE

XM

MANUAL

Rs 7,09,900

Rs 89,600

Rs 7,99,500

DIFFERENCE

   

Rs 60,000

AUTOMATIC

--

 

Rs 8,59,500


For this additional price, the XM offers some extra features such as: Harman audio system w/ 4 speakers & USB input, rear power windows, electrically adjustable & foldable ORVMs, wheel covers and roof rails. 

You can see all the additional features of the Tata Nexon XM variant over the XE variant in the table below:

NEXON XM | FEATURES OVER XE

Entertainment 

Functional

Style

Audio System by Harman

Rear Power Windows

Wheel Covers

AM, FM, USB, Aux-in, i-Pod & Bluetooth Connectivity

Electrically Adjustable & Auto Folding ORVMs

Roof Rails

4 Speakers

Remote Central Locking

 
 

Follow-me-home Headlamps

 
 

Boot Lamp

 
     


As per our internal data, the XM variants’ incremental cost of Rs 90,000 for its additional features is quite expensive. Thus, value-wise this variant is not a good option. 

According to us, this variant’s key missing features include - day/night IRVM, adjustable rear headrests, steering-mounted audio controls aur height adjustable driver seat. 

Also Read - Tata Nexon Specifications - Engine, Power, Transmission & Fuel Efficiency

The XM variant is also available with an AMT type automatic transmission option, for which you’ll need to spend Rs 60,000 more. So, in terms of both value and features, we think that the XM variant is a compromise, and we suggest that you might as well avoid it. 

What Are The Features of Tata Nexon XM(S) Petrol Variant?

The Nexon XM(S) variant has a price jump of Rs 52,000 over the XM, and this is true in both manual and AMT version’s case. 

TATA NEXON  | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XM

DIFFERENCE

XM(S)

MANUAL

Rs 7,99,500

Rs 52,000

Rs 8,51,500

 

Rs 60,000

 

Rs 60,000

AUTOMATIC

Rs 8,59,500

Rs 52,000

Rs 9,11,500


In this variant there are 4 added features, namely - steering-mounted audio controls, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers and sunroof.

The additional features of the Tata Nexon XM(S) variant are listed in the table below:

NEXON XM(S) | FEATURES OVER XM

Entertainment 

Functional

Style

Steering Mounted Controls

Auto Headlamps

Sunroof

 

Rain Sensing Wipers

 
     


The missing features in this variant include day/night IRVM, adjustable rear headrests, height adjustable driver seat and rear defogger. Although there are some missing features in this variant, it adds some high-value features in relatively less incremental cost. Thus, according to us the XM(S) variant delivers value that is equivalent to an aggressively priced base variant. While we understand that the budget buyers won’t wish to spend to get features such as sunroof or auto headlamps, we can’t ignore the fact that these features will improve your overall ownership experience.

So, if you wish to buy only an affordable and value for money variant of the Nexon, and can compromise on some basic useful features, then XM(S) is the variant to buy. In case of the AMT version, we suggest that you should definitely choose the XM(S) variant over the XM variant. 

What Are The Features of Tata Nexon XZ Petrol Variant?

The Nexon XZ comes for an incremental cost of Rs 48,000 over the XM(S) variant.

TATA NEXON  | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XM(S)

DIFFERENCE

XZ

MANUAL

Rs 8,51,500

Rs 48,000

Rs 8,99,500

 

Rs 60,000

 

--

AUTOMATIC

Rs 9,11,500

--

--


This variant sports an upmarket look and feel with a handful of features such as fog lamps, piano-black ORVMs, shark-fin antenna, touchscreen infotainment system and interior trim.

The XZ adds some more important features such as day/night IRVM, rear parking camera, cooled glovebox and rear AC vents. 

Here in the following table you can see all the additional features that the Tata Nexon XZ variant offers over the XM(S) variant: 

NEXON XZ | FEATURES OVER XM(S)

Safety

Entertainment 

Functional

Style

Reverse Parking Camera

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System by Harman

Cooled Glovebox

Tri-Arrow Pattern w/ White Finish on Dashboard

Front Fog Lamps w/ Cornering Assistance

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Fast USB Charger

Chrome Finish on Air Vents

Day/Night IRVM

SMS/ Whatsapp Notification Reader

Height-adjustable Front Seatbelts

Fabric on Doors

 

Image & Video Playback

Rear AC Vents

Shark Fin Antenna

 

Voice Command Recognition

Voice Alerts - Low Fuel, Door Open, etc.

Piano-black ORVMs

 

Navigation (what3words)

(-) Auto Headlamps

(-) Sunroof

 

4 Tweeters

(-) Rain Sensing Wipers

 
       


It is worth noting that the 3 features that the XM(S) variant gets, namely -- sunroof, auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers, are not available on the XZ variant.

According to us, the XZ variant is not a sensible choice over the XM(S) in terms of value. If you wish to get all the basic features in the Nexon along with some upmarket and feel-good features, then we would suggest that you consider some higher variant instead of the XZ. 

The XZ variant does not offer an automatic transmission and is only available with the manual transmission.

What Are The Features of Tata Nexon XZ+ Petrol Variant?

The Nexon XZ+ is Rs 80,000 more expensive than the XZ variant. 

TATA NEXON  | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XM(S)

DIFFERENCE

XZ

DIFFERENCE

XZ+

MANUAL

Rs 8,51,500

Rs 48,000

Rs 8,99,500

₹80,000

Rs 9,79,500

 

Rs 60,000

 

--

 

Rs 60,000

AUTO

Rs 9,11,500

₹1,28,000

Rs 10,39,500


The XZ+ variant mostly adds-in a number of feel-good features, among which some noteworthy ones are - rear defogger, keyless entry w/ push-button start/stop, auto AC, height-adjustable driver seat, front & rear armrest, 60:40 split rear seat and alloy wheels.

You can check all the extra features of the Tata Nexon XZ+ variant over the XZ+ variant in the table below: 

NEXON XZ+ | FEATURES OVER XZ

Safety

Functional

Style

Rear Defogger

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Center Console w/ Shutter & Sliding Armrest

R16 Machined Alloy Wheels

 

Auto AC

60:40 Split Rear Seat w/ Armrest

Theatre Dimming Interior Lights

 

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Rear 12V Socket

Wearable Key (Automatic Only)

 

Auto-down Driver Power Window

Adjustable Rear Headrests

More Warnings on Digital Cluster

       


For all the additional features of the XZ+, the added premium of Rs 80,000 over the XZ variant is justified. If you are looking to buy the Nexon petrol-manual variant, which offers a good number of modern-day features while not compromising on the value, then we recommend the XZ+ variant for you.

For those who would like to opt for the automatic transmission of the Nexon, over the XM(S) variant there’s a direct jump to the XZ+ variant. There’s a price difference of Rs 1.28 lakh between these 2 variants. In this case, the XZ+ variant’s price exceeds the Rs 10 lakh range, and hence it will also attract more tax than the XM(S) in many states. So, the actual price jump of the XZ+ over the XM(S) would be more than Rs 1.70 lakh. 

Also Read - Tata Nexon Ground Clearance, Boot Space and Dimensions

It is also worth noting that while the XZ+ variant misses the features like sunroof, auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers that the XM(S) variant offers, in terms of a proper balance between must-have, good-to-have and feel-good features the XZ+ is actually better than the XM(S) variant.

If you are considering the XZ+ variant for the automatic transmission along with feel-good features, then we suggest that you also look into the XZ+(S) variant as well. This is because by spending some more money, you will be able to get more upmarket and high-value features. 

What Are The Features of Tata Nexon XZ+(S) Petrol Variant? 

The Nexon XZ+(S) variant comes at a price increment of Rs 60,000 over the XZ+ variant. It is important to note that with the manual transmission the XZ+(S) variant costs more than the Rs 10 lakh price slab and thus, will attract more road tax in many states of the country. As a result, this variant will actually cost around Rs 1 lakh more than the XZ+ variant.

TATA NEXON | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XZ+

DIFFERENCE

XZ+(S)

MANUAL

Rs 9,79,500

₹60,000

Rs 10,39,500

 

Rs 60,000

 

₹60,000

AUTOMATIC

Rs 10,39,500

₹60,000

Rs 10,99,500


This variant adds in some more upmarket features such as - sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring system, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and leather-wrapped steering wheel & gear knob. 

The following table lists all the extra features of the Tata Nexon of the XZ+(S) variant over the XZ+ variant:

NEXON XZ+(S) | FEATURES OVER XZ+

Safety

Functional

Style

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Auto Headlamps

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel & Gear Knob

 

Rain Sensing Wipers

Sunroof

 

Cruise Control

 
 

Quick Cool AC Function

 
 

In-built Navigation

 
 

Emergency RSA

 
     


This variant justifies its additional asking price of around Rs 1 lakh for these added premium features. So, choosing the XZ+(S) variant over the XZ+ is a value-wise sensible decision.

In case of automatic transmission also, the XZ+(S) variant justifies its incremental value. In fact, in case of the automatic transmission, we strongly recommend that you buy the XZ+(S) instead of XZ+, as the XZ+ variant also costs more than Rs 10 lakh. 

What Are The Features of Tata Nexon XZ+(O) Petrol Variant? 

The Nexon XZ+(O) costs Rs 30,000 more than the XZ+(S) variant.

TATA NEXON  | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XZ+(S) MT

DIFFERENCE

XZ+(O) MT

MANUAL

Rs 10,39,500

₹30,000

Rs 10,69,500

 

₹60,000

 

₹60,000

AUTOMATIC

Rs 10,99,500

₹30,000

Rs 11,29,500


For this added amount, this variant offers you the facilities of a connected car tech, meaning internet related features. These features include remote start, location tracking and diagnosing issues in the car. 

You can see all the added features of the Tata Nexon XZ+(O) over the XZ(S) variant: 

NEXON XZ+(O) VARIANT | FEATURES OVER XZ+(S)

Connected Car Tech

Remote Vehicle Control Through Smartphone

Live Vehicle Diagnosis

Vehicle Live Location & Geo-Fencing


These smart features are for the specific requirement of some modern buyers, but are not useful for all regular buyers. Hence, it totally depends on your personal choice to go for this variant, and this is true in case of both manual and automatic transmissions.

Tata Nexon Petrol Variants - Which Variant To Buy?

In case of the Tata Nexon petrol-manual version, the base XE variant is aggressively priced, but we won’t recommend buying it, as it lacks some basic features.

If you are looking to buy only an entry-level and affordable variant, then we would recommend the XM(S) variant. The XM variant adds many must-have features, but it compromises on the value. However, if you spend just an additional amount of around Rs 60,000 more, then you get the value for money XM(S) variant that adds some feel-good features as well. Its pricing is rather attractive and its added features will enhance your ownership experience. So, for the buyers who are considering the XM variant, our recommendation is the XM(S) variant instead. 

If you are looking to buy an upmarket variant of the Nexon, then you can choose the XZ+ or the XZ+(S) variant. The XZ+ variant is for those who would not wish to spend extra for features like sunroof or cruise control.

NEXON MANUAL VARIANTS | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

XE

Rank 1

Rs 7,09,900

Lacks basic features. Not recommended

XM

Rank 7

Rs 7,99,500

Better upgrade to XM(S)

XM(S)

Rank 2

Rs 8,51,500

High-value feel-good features make it value-for-money. The entry-level variant to buy

XZ

Rank 6

Rs 8,99,500

Better upgrade to XZ+ for good-to-have features

XZ+

Rank 5

Rs 9,79,500

The best variant for those who don’t want to spend on features like sunroof & cruise control

XZ+(S)

Rank 3

Rs 10,39,500

Worth upgrading from XZ+ for added feel-good features

XZ+(O)

Rank 4

Rs 10,69,500

Buyers’ choice


For the buyers who wish to go for the automatic transmission option in a basic variant, the XMA(S) variant is our recommendation, for the same reason as in the case of the manual version. For those who are seeking a more upmarket feel in the Nexon along with an automatic transmission, the XZA+(S) is our best recommendation. 

NEXON AUTOMATIC VARIANTS | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price (ex-showroom)

Recommendation

XMA

Rank 3

Rs 8,59,500

Better upgrade to XMA(S)

XMA(S)

Rank 1

Rs 9,11,500

Recommended for budget buyers 

XZA+

Rank 5

Rs 10,39,500

Better upgrade to XZA+(S)

XZA+(S)

Rank 2

Rs 10,99,500

Top recommended variant

XZA+(O)

Rank 4

Rs 11,29,500

Buyers’ choice


What Are The Colour Options of Tata Nexon?

The Tata Nexon is available for sale in 6 exterior colour options, namely: Blue, Green, Red, White, Silver and Grey. Among these colours, the base XE variant is available only in White, Grey and Green exterior colour options. From the XZ+ variant onwards, the Nexon is also available in dual-tone exterior colour options, for which you need to spend an additional Rs 20,000.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lakshya Khanna

Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he's mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He's usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars editorial team.

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