February 2022 - Tata Nexon Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Tata Nexon diesel you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 Nexon's diesel variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the Tata Nexon with its competitors and other diesel-powered B2-segment SUVs like the Mahindra XUV300, Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet.

Tata Nexon

Updated (Feb 18, 2022): This update of the Tata Nexon diesel variants explained article includes the latest prices of the Tata Nexon and engine, dimension comparison of its rivals.

Also Read: Tata Nexon Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Tata Nexon Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Tata Nexon diesel are:

  • Healthy torque output and satisfactory mileage from the 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine.
  • A fairly wide and tall body gives it a great road presence.
  • Best-in-class ground clearance of 209mm.
  • Best-in-class safety feature and 5-star Global NCAP rating - including for the base variant, which gets all of the critical safety equipment.
  • The option of manual and AMT automatic transmissions with the diesel engine.
  • Gets a respectable number of features for its class, at least with the top variant.

The Tata Nexon diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • At Rs. 1.15 lakh to Rs. 1.3 lakh price jump over the petrol model now seems reasonable but the Venue diesel and Sonet diesel offer a nominal price hike of about Rs. 40,000 - 50,000 over the turbo petrol variants.
  • Diesel engine option is now available in fewer variants than before. The diesel-automatic combination is available in even fewer variants limiting the options for buyers.
  • Expensive, non-VFM XM and XZ variants.
  • Poor feature distribution. Even the diesel XMA (S) variant, which cost about Rs. 12.0 lakh on-road, doesn't get an essential safety feature like a prismatic day-night inside mirror.
  • The 6-month service interval is too short. A 10,000km per year interval is the industry standard.

You can watch the Tata Nexon petrol variants breakdown in hindi in the video below:

What Is The Price Of Tata Nexon Diesel Variants?

The Tata Nexon diesel is available in a total of 5 main variants with prices starting from Rs. 9.7 lakh and going up to Rs. 13.35 lakh (ex-showroom). The diesel-manual range costs between Rs. 7.4 lakh and Rs. 11.4 lakh. The Nexon diesel-automatic is available in 3 of the 5 variants with prices ranging from Rs. 10.8 lakh and going up to Rs. 13.35 lakh. It carries a flat premium of Rs. 65,000 over the comparable diesel-manual variant.

TATA NEXON DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | FEB 2022

Variant

Diesel-Manual

Difference

Diesel-Auto

XM

Rs. 9,69,900

-

-

XM (S)

Rs. 10,14,900

Rs. 65,000

Rs. 10,79,900

XZ Plus

Rs. 11,39,900

Rs. 65,000

Rs. 12,04,900

XZ Plus Dark

Rs. 11,69,900

Rs. 65,000

Rs. 12,34,900

XZ Plus (S)

Rs. 12,09,900

-

-

XZ Plus (O)

Rs. 12,39,900

Rs. 65,000

Rs. 13,04,900

XZ Plus (O) Dark

Rs. 12,69,900

Rs. 65,000

Rs. 13,34,900

The Tata Nexon diesel variants cost Rs. 1.15 lakh to Rs. 1.3 lakh more than the comparable Nexon petrol models. To recover this additional upfront cost over the petrol models, you’ll need to drive the Nexon petrol for 73,000 to 83,000km during the ownership. For the Nexon buyers upgrading from petrol-automatic to diesel-automatic, this km-to-breakeven figure is smaller. Because of the slightly lower mileage figure of the Nexon petrol automatic, the diesel automatic only needs to cover 58,000 to 66,000km to recover the additional upfront cost of Rs. 1.15 lakh to 1.3 lakh.

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how any diesel, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

Fuel Cost Calculator in India

TATA NEXON PETROL VS DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | FEB 2022

Variant

Petrol

Difference

Diesel

XM Manual

Rs. 8,39,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 9,69,900

XM (S) Manual

Rs. 8,99,900

Rs. 1,15,000

Rs. 10,14,900

XZ Plus Manual

Rs. 10,09,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 11,39,900

XZ Plus Dark Manual

Rs. 10,39,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 11,69,900

XZ Plus (S) Manual

Rs. 10,79,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 12,09,900

XZ Plus (O) Manual

Rs. 11,09,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 12,39,900

XZ Plus (O) Dark Manual

Rs. 11,39,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 12,69,900

XM (S) Auto

Rs. 9,64,900

Rs. 1,15,000

Rs. 10,79,900

XZ Plus Auto

Rs. 10,74,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 12,04,900

XZ Plus Dark Auto

Rs. 11,04,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 12,34,900

XZ Plus (O) Auto

Rs. 11,74,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 13,04,900

XZ Plus (O) Dark Auto

Rs. 12,04,900

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 13,34,900

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Tata Nexon Diesel XM - Base Model Features & Review

The base XM variant of the Tata Nexon diesel costs Rs. 9.7 lakh (ex-showroom). It has the following notable standard features:

  • Halogen projector headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • LED tail lamps
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • 3 drive modes
  • All power windows
  • Tilt steering
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill start
  • Umbrella holder in front doors
  • 1.0L bottle holders in all doors
  • Body-coloured bumpers
  • Black door handles and outside mirrors
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Music system
  • 4 speakers
  • Power mirrors with power folding
  • Rear power windows
  • Remote central locking
  • Follow-me headlamps
  • Wheel covers

TATA NEXON XM | BASE VARIANT STANDARD FEATURES

Rs. 9.70 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety

Entertainment & Functional

Style

Std Safety Features

Audio System by Harman

Multi Drive Modes -

Eco/City/Sport

LED DRLs

Projector Headlamps

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

All Power Windows

LED Tail Lamps

Electronic Stability Control

4 Speakers

Tilt Steering

Body Coloured Bumpers

Traction Control

Electrically Adjustable & Auto Folding ORVMs

1L Bottle Holder in all Doors

Black ORVMs w/ Turn Indicator

Driver Seat Pretensioners w/ Load Limiters

Remote Central Locking

Umbrella Holder

Flat-bottom Steering Wheel

ISOFIX

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Flat-folding Rear Seat

Black Door Handles

Roll-over Mitigation

Luggage Hooks in Boot

Fixed Rear Headrests

Digital Instrument Cluster

Hill Start Assist

Dead Pedal

 

R16 Steel Wheels

Puncture Repair Kit

   

Wheel Covers

     

Roof Rails

The Nexon XM diesel seems reasonably loaded for a base variant but also quite expensive for a base variant. It doesn't get features like steering-mounted controls, rear defogger, rear washer wiper, touchscreen infotainment, and armrests. We expect these from a car this expensive. If you don’t want to stretch your budget any further and want to pick a car under Rs. 10.0 lakh (ex-showroom), then it’s alright to buy the XM variant. Otherwise, for better value-for-money, stretching your budget a little bit definitely makes sense.

Tata Nexon Diesel XM vs XM (S) Variant

The XM (S) variant of the Nexon diesel is also available with a manual and automatic transmission. It costs Rs. 10.15 lakh with the manual and 10.8 lakh with the automatic transmission. The Nexon XM (S) diesel is Rs. 45,000 more expensive than the XM diesel. The XM (S) variant of the Nexon diesel gets the following notable features:

  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Auto headlamps
  • Auto wipers
  • Sunroof

TATA NEXON  | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XM

DIFFERENCE

XM (S)

MANUAL

Rs. 9,69,900

Rs. 45,000

Rs. 10,14,900

DIFFERENCE

-

 

Rs. 65,000

AUTOMATIC

-

-

Rs. 10,79,900

Except for the steering-mounted controls, everything else in this list is a good-to-have feature. What’s good here is that the XM (S) variant of the Nexon is a fairly affordable car with a sunroof. For style conscious buyers, the Nexon XM (S) is a great option as you can just add alloy wheels and your Nexon will look like a top variant from the outside. Budget buyers who can afford to stretch the budget a little bit can consider the XM (S) variant.

Although it doesn’t get several must-have features like a touchscreen, front and rear armrests and height-adjustable driver seat, it’s an undeniably better value for money option than the lower XM variant. So, for diesel-manual and automatic buyers, this variant is worth buying, at least from a value standpoint.

TATA NEXON XM (S) | FEATURES OVER XM

Rs. 10.15 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Rs. 10.80 Lakh (1.5L Diesel AMT)

Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Entertainment 

Functional

Style

Steering Mounted Controls

Auto Headlamps

Sunroof

 

Auto Wipers

 

Tata Nexon Diesel XM (S) vs XZ Plus Variant

The XZ Plus variant of the Nexon diesel costs Rs. 11.4 lakh with the manual and Rs. 12.05 lakh with the automatic. It carries an incremental price of Rs. 1.25 lakh over the XM (S) trim. It adds the following important features to the car:

  • Rear camera
  • 4 tweeters
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto
  • Apple Carplay
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Front fog lamps
  • Rear AC vents
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Piano black finish on outside mirrors
  • Rear defogger
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Auto AC
  • 60-40 split rear seatback
  • Rear armrest
  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • 16-inch machined alloy wheels
  • Adjustable rear headrests

TATA NEXON  | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XM (S)

DIFFERENCE

XZ Plus

MANUAL

Rs. 10,14,900

Rs. 1,25,000

Rs. 11,39,900

DIFFERENCE

Rs. 65,000

 

Rs. 65,000

AUTOMATIC

Rs. 10,79,900

Rs. 1,25,000

Rs. 12,04,900

The XZ Plus variant adds more usable features than the XM (S). The Nexon XZ Plus doesn’t get a sunroof, auto wipers and auto headlamps. For buyers interested in a more functional cabin, the XZ Plus is a better option than the XM (S) even though the XM (S) is a better value for money. It also offers a balanced feature set at the cost of slightly lower value for money. Still, the XZ Plus variant is our top recommendation for Nexon diesel buyers.

TATA NEXON XZ PLUS | FEATURES OVER XM (S)

Rs. 11.40 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Rs. 12.05 Lakh (1.5L Diesel AMT)

Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety & Entertainment 

 

Functional

Style

7-inch Harman Touchscreen Infotainment

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Cooled Glovebox

Tri-Arrow Pattern w/ White Finish on Dashboard

Front Fog Lamps

Auto AC

USB Charger

Chrome Finish on Air Vents

Day/Night IRVM

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Adjustable Front Seatbelts

Shark Fin Antenna

Rear Defogger

Auto-down Driver Power Window

Rear AC Vents

Piano-black ORVMs

Rear Wiper & Washer

Centre Console w/ Sliding Armrest

Voice Alerts - Low Fuel, Door Open, etc.

(-) Sunroof

Reverse Parking Camera

60:40 Split Rear Seat w/ Armrest

(-) Auto Headlamps

16-inch Machined Alloy Wheels

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Rear Power Outlet

(-) Rain Sensing Wipers

Theatre Dimming Interior Lights

Voice Command Recognition

Adjustable Rear Headrests

 

Wearable Key (Automatic Only)

Navigation (what3words)

   

More Warnings on Digital Cluster

4 Tweeters

   

Body-coloured door handles

Tata Nexon Diesel XZ Plus vs XZ Plus (S) Variant

The XZ Plus (S) variant of the Nexon diesel costs Rs. 12.10 lakh with the manual transmission. It’s Rs. 70,000 more expensive than the XZ Plus variant and is not available with an automatic transmission. It adds the following notable features over the lower XZ Plus variant:

  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Auto headlamps
  • Auto wipers
  • Cruise control
  • Sunroof

TATA NEXON | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XZ Plus

DIFFERENCE

XZ Plus (S)

MANUAL

Rs. 11,39,900

₹ 70,000

Rs. 12,09,900

 

Rs. 65,000

 

-

AUTOMATIC

Rs. 12,04,900

-

-

The cruise control and sunroof are the big-ticket items on the list. If you don’t mind buying the Nexon without these features, then the XZ Plus will be better for you. TPMS is a must-have feature in this list but it’s also something you can easily install later. Otherwise, from a value perspective, this variant is worth upgrading to.

TATA NEXON XZ PLUS (S) | FEATURES OVER XZ PLUS

Rs. 12.10 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

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

 

Tata Nexon Diesel XZ Plus (S) vs XZ Plus (O) Variant

We’re finally with the top-spec XZ Plus (O) variant of the Nexon diesel, which costs Rs. 12.40 lakh with the manual and Rs. 13.05 lakh with the automatic transmission. These prices are Rs. 30,000 more than the lower Nexon XZ Plus (S) diesel variant. It adds the following additional features to the mix:

  • Telematics (connected car technology)
  • Live vehicle diagnosis
  • Remove vehicle control through smartphone app
  • Vehicle live location and geo fencing

TATA NEXON  | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XZ Plus (S)

DIFFERENCE

XZ Plus (O)

MANUAL

Rs. 12,09,900

Rs. 30,000

Rs. 12,39,900

DIFFERENCE

-

 

Rs. 65,000

AUTOMATIC

-

-

Rs. 13,04,900

We don’t find the variant lucratively priced. But if you prefer these features and find the Rs. 30,000 price acceptable, then you can consider this.

TATA NEXON XZ PLUS (O) | FEATURES OVER XZ PLUS (S)

Rs. 12.40 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Rs. 13.05 Lakh (1.5L Diesel AMT)

Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Functional

Connected Car Tech

Remote Vehicle Control Through Smartphone

Live Vehicle Diagnosis

Vehicle Live Location & Geo-Fencing

Tata Nexon Diesel XZ Plus Dark & XZ Plus (O) Dark Variants

The XZ Plus and XZ Plus (O) variants are also available in exterior black colours for an additional price of Rs. 30,000. This price is acceptable, considering that the Nexon Dark doesn’t just get black paint but also dark alloy wheels along with black cabin and upholstery. For the unique styling, this price seems reasonable. But, these are strictly cosmetic upgrades. So, we’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to upgrade to the Nexon Dark Edition.

Which Variant Of The Tata Nexon Diesel Should You Buy?

The Nexon diesel-manual’s base XM variant lacks several must-have features to offer a decent ownership experience. So, we can’t recommend this variant to most Nexon buyers. If you absolutely want to buy a car under Rs. 10.0 lakh (ex-showroom), only then you should buy the XM variant. The other advantage is safety and the Nexon’s imposing body style, which is a reason in itself to choose the Nexon over other sub-4m SUVs.

If you can spend a little more then, you should buy the XM (S) variant. It also doesn’t get many must-have features but the inclusion of sunroof helps this variant better justify the asking price. So, even for budget buyers, the XM (S) is the minimum variant we can safely recommend.

From there, the Nexon diesel jumps straight to the XZ Plus variant for a substantial price jump. However, the XZ Plus variant offers a better balance of functional and style features for a better ownership experience even though it offers a lower value-for-money than the lower XM (S) variant. So, the XZ Plus variant of the Tata Nexon diesel is our top recommendation.

The XZ Plus (S) variant is a value-for-money upgrade over the XZ Plus variant and worth considering if you have a bigger budget. The top XZ Plus (O) variant only gets telematics related features. So, you can consider this variant too if you want these features in your car.

The upgrade Dark Edition, or black Nexon is a totally cosmetic upgrade for Rs. 30,000 and it’s up to you to decide if you want it. It does seem reasonably priced.

TATA NEXON DIESEL MANUAL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

XM

Rank 5

Rs. 9,69,900

Lacks many basic features. Not recommended.

XM (S)

Rank 1

Rs. 10,14,900

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

XZ Plus

Rank 3

Rs. 11,39,900

Top recommended

XZ Plus Dark

-

Rs. 11,69,900

Up to buyers

XZ Plus (S)

Rank 2

Rs. 12,09,900

Value-for-money upgrade

XZ Plus (O)

Rank 4

Rs. 12,39,900

Buyers’ choice

XZ Plus (O) Dark

-

Rs. 12,69,900

Up to buyers

For the Nexon diesel-automatic buyers also, the XM (S) looks like a decent entry-level variant. Although, if you can stretch your budget a bit, then the XZ Plus is an excellent choice, even though the XZ Plus (O) offers a better value for money.

TATA NEXON DIESEL AUTOMATIC

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

XM (S)

Rank 1

Rs. 10,79,900

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

XZ Plus

Rank 3

Rs. 12,04,900

Top recommended.

XZ Plus Dark

-

Rs. 12,34,900

Up to buyers

XZ Plus (O)

Rank 2

Rs. 13,04,900

Value-for-money upgrade

XZ Plus (O) Dark

-

Rs. 13,34,900

Up to buyers

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Tata Nexon Diesel ?

The Nexon gets a 1.5L turbo diesel engine, which is standard for this class of cars. It has good power and torque figures, which are also on par with the rivals. The Nexon diesel’s torque output is not too high like the XUV300 nor too low like the WR-V. However, its heavy weight may give it a slight disadvantage in terms of torque-to-weight ratio, thus affecting its drivability. It also has a decent fuel-efficiency figure of 22.44kmpl with manual as well as automatic transmission.

TATA NEXON DIESEL Vs RIVALS

TURBO DIESEL ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Nexon

Sonet

WR-V

XUV300

Venue

Displacement

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1497cc

1493 cc

1493 cc

1498cc

1497cc

1493cc

Maximum Power

110PS @ 4000rpm

100PS @ 4000rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

100PS @ 3600rpm

116PS @ 3750rpm

100PS @ 4000rpm

Peak Torque

260Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

200Nm @ 1750rpm

300Nm @ 1500 - 2500rpm

240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Manual

6MT

6MT

-

6MT

6MT

6MT

Manual FE

22.44kmpl

24.1kmpl

-

23.7kmpl

20.1kmpl

22.7kmpl

Automatic

6AMT

-

6TC

-

6AMT

-

Auto FE

22.44kmpl

-

19kmpl

-

19.7kmpl

-

*Estimated

What Are The Dimensions Of The Tata Nexon?

In terms of dimensions, the Nexon is amongst the widest cars in its class and it also has the best-in-class ground clearance of 209mm. Its 350-litre boot space is also good-enough for a sub-4m SUV. It offers 16-inch wheels as standard on all variants but higher variants get alloys with a slightly wider contact patch.

TATA NEXON VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Nexon

Venue

WR-V

Sonet

XUV300

Length

3993mm

3995mm

3999mm

3995mm

3995mm

Width

1811mm

1770mm

1734mm

1790mm

1821mm

Height

1606mm

1605mm

1601mm

1642mm

1627mm

Wheelbase

2498mm

2500mm

2555mm

2500mm

2600mm

Boot Space

350L

350L

363L

392L

257L

Ground Clearance

209mm

190mm

188mm

205mm

180mm

Fuel Tank

44L

45L

40l

45L

42L

Tyre Size (Base)

195/60 R16

195/65 R15

195/60 R16

195/65 R15

205/65 R16

Tyre Size (Top)

215/60 R16

215/60 R16

195/60 R16

215/60 R16

215/55 R17

Find out how you can get the best mileage or fuel efficiency from your car:

10 Tips To Get Better Mileage From Your Diesel, Diesel Or CNG Car

What Are The Colour Options Of The Tata Nexon Diesel?

The 2022 Nexon diesel is available in the following 5 colours:

  • Red
  • White
  • Green
  • Grey
  • Black (Dark edition)

Please note that the black colour is only available in the XZ Plus and XZ Plus (O) variants of the Nexon for an additional Rs. 30,000. It also gets black alloys, black cabin and black upholstery.

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

 

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception - New City, Carens Slavia,

Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

1 Comments

  1. P Pradyut Dutta says:
    May 16 2022 20:45:19

    "The 6-month service interval is too short. A 10,000km per year interval is the industry standard." The above statement is wrong, 6 month after service or after new buy is for inspection only, even nexon service is scheduled for 1 year or 15000 kms. which ever comes earlier.

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