Tata is about to enter the hotly-contested Compact SUV space with the Nexon. Upon its launch, the Nexon will have to go up against some tough competition. One of its chief rivals will be the Ford EcoSport, which started this segment. Ford has been updating the EcoSport with new features, the latest addition being a touchscreen infotainment system to the car. So, how will the two cars stack up once the Nexon is launched too? Here’s our Tata Nexon vs Ford EcoSport comparison to help you in this regard. So check out how these compare against each other.
Tata Nexon vs Ford EcoSport – Price Comparison
|Tata Nexon Price (estimated)*||₹ 6.50 lakh – 10.50 lakh|
|Ford EcoSport Price*||₹ 7.10 lakh – 10.71 lakh|
*all prices ex-showroom Delhi
In terms of pricing, we expect the Nexon’s prices to start lower than EcoSport’s. After all, this way, Tata will be able to edge out the Ford’s car in this crucial department. However, the prices of the top trims of both cars are expected to be quite closely priced.
Tata Nexon vs Ford EcoSport – Specifications Comparison
|Specifications||Tata Nexon||Ford EcoSport|
|Engine||1.5-litre RevoTorq turbo diesel||1.5-litre TDCI turbo diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual||5-speed Manual|
Reports suggest the Tata Nexon will come equipped with a diesel engine initially. Hence, we compare the two cars’ diesel specifications first. Neither car offers an automatic gearbox with its diesel engine for now. The Nexon’s 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine makes more power and torque than EcoSport’s 1.5-litre turbo diesel unit
|Specifications||Tata Nexon||Ford EcoSport|
|Engine||1.2-litre turbo petrol||1.5-litre petrol/1.0-litre turbo petrol|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual||5-speed Manual/6-speed PowerShift dual-clutch (1.5 petrol only)|
In this area, the EcoSport has a distinct advantage over its rivals as it is the only car to offer a dual-clutch transmission option. The Nexon offers a 6-speed manual gearbox only (for now). Its petrol engine, a 1.2-litre RevoTron turbo petrolhas lower piower outputs than both petrol engines of the EcoSport. However, its torque output matches that of the more powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol’s output.
Tata Nexon vs Ford EcoSport – Mileage Comparison
|Car||Mileage (petrol)||Mileage (diesel)|
|Tata Nexon||19 KMPL (estimated)||24 KMPL (estimated)|
|Ford EcoSport*||15.85 KMPL (1.5-litre petrol)/18.88 KMPL (1.0-litre turbo petrol)||22.27 KMPL|
*ARAI-certified mileage figures
The Tata Nexon can have an advantage over the EcoSport here. Tata equips both its engines with drive modes, which are likely to help the Nexon deliver better mileage than EcoSport’s ARAI-certified mileage. Coming to the EcoSport, its mileage figures are decent for this category of cars.
Tata Nexon vs Ford EcoSport – Dimensions
|Dimensions||Tata Nexon||Ford EcoSport|
The Nexon was revealed worldwide at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Hence, we do know its dimensions. Lengthwise, the Nexon is just 4mm shorter than EcoSport but curiously, it is 22mm shorter in wheelbase than its Ford rival. However, it more than makes up for it in terms of width. At 1,811mm, the Nexon is 46mm wider than the EcoSport. Lastly, the EcoSport offers 101mm more headroom than Nexon, the Nexon is likely to be more sporty to drive, as a result.
Tata Nexon vs Ford EcoSport – Features Comparison
|Tata Nexon||Ford EcoSport|
|Touchscreen infotainment with navigation||Halogen headlamps with LED DRLs|
|Auto A/c||4-speaker audio system|
|Projector headlamps with LED DRLs||Touchscreen infotainment with navigation|
|LED taillamps||Auto A/c|
|Dual airbags + ABS and EBD||Up to 6 airbags|
|8-speaker audio system||Rear Parking Camera|
Few details are known about the Tata Nexon’s feature list at this time. After all, its India launch is still a bit away. However, if the international model is anything to go by, expect the car to come packing with features such as projector headlamps with LED DRLs, touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, an 8-speaker audio system by Harman Kardon and dual airbags+ABS and EBD as standard safety features.
The EcoSport, with its recent feature update, is now more competitive than before. It has touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation, a reverse parking camera and up to 6 airbags on offer.
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Tata Nexon vs Ford EcoSport – Conclusion
Price – The Nexon and EcoSport are expected to be be priced closely. True, the Nexon’s price will start lower than that of EcoSport. However, when it comes to the top trims, the gap in the pricing of the two cars is expected to come down quite a bit.
Specifications – The Nexon comes with a 1.2-litre RevoTron turbo petrol and 1.5-litre RevoTorq turbo diesel engine. The EcoSport comes with three engine options – two petrol and one diesel – which means more options for the buyers. Also, Ford offers a dual-clutch transmission on EcoSport, which none of its rivals do. This is one significant advantage Ford has in this segment.
Mileage – The Nexon is expected to offer better mileage than Ford. This is because Tata offers both engines with driving modes to not just aid with driveability but with fuel efficiency too. The EcoSport’s fuel efficiency isn’t shabby but the Nexon will likely hand the EcoSport a defeat here.
Dimensions – Both cars offer their own advantages here. However, while Ford offers more legroom and headroom (more wheelbase and taller car), the Nexon offers more elbow room (wider car). As far as the headroom aspect is concerned, the Nexon may have a disadvantage here, but is likely to offer a sportier drive.
Features – Expect the Nexon to come packed with all the latest features you expect in a car from this segment. After all, the EcoSport is quite old now and while it has a good feature list, the Nexon is the newer car here. So, it will likely have an advantage in this department.
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