The battle in the entry level hatchback segment is only going to get more fierce with the Renault announcing its contender - Kwid that would be launched in the festive season this year. At present, among the competitors, we have the Eon, Nano and Alto battling for the top position.
The sales numbers of the Nano have so far been disappointing for various reasons. But the Tata decided to give Nano a last shot and launched Tata Nano GenX. The car comes with significant improvements and changes to take on the competition.
We compare the Nano GenX with the Hyundai Eon and find out which is the better car.
The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Tata Nano GenX XTA AMT with the Hyundai Eon iRDE Sportz. Compare full features of the cars by clicking here.
Design and Exteriors
The price point at which the car sells does makes a significant difference to the looks of the car. The Hyundai Eon and Tata Nano are indeed two such cars that do not look cheap. Both the cars do their best and please the eye.
The exteriors of Eon has tremendous play of surfaces and edges which shows the effort that has been put in making the car look attractive. The car looks attractive and is by no means bland but the styling may seem somewhat overdone to some and may not find it to their taste.
The Nano on the other hand has an extremely curvy body and uses big headlamps at the front that make a lasting impression. The new smiley shaped infinity grille at the front and rear is all new. The car comes across as very urbane and smart. The bubble design of the car works extremely well and does not hide the fact that it’s a small car. The car’s compact dimensions make it easy to manoeuvre the car in city traffic.
The Nano has large ground clearance (180mm) which makes it perfect for driving on Indian roads. The Eon had no limitations since the beginning. Whereas the Nano which used to have a non-opening hatch now comes with a functional hatch that opens up to give access to the boot.
The Eon uses a black and beige theme for interiors. The interior design is conventional and puts the instrument console directly in view of the driver. The Nano too uses a black and beige theme for interiors but departs in placing the instrument console. Nano has an equally functional instrument control and provides all the relevant information to the driver.
The Nano uses a centrally located instrument console which looks somewhat unconventional and would take some time getting used to. The Nano GenX uses a three spoke, chunky steering wheel borrowed from the Zest.
The Eon has an extremely spacious boot (215 litres) considering the size of the car it is. The boot space of the Nano automatic is 94 litres only.
The 2DIN music system on both cars offers USB and Aux-in compatibility. The music system on Nano offers Bluetooth connectivity too. The Eon offers internally adjustable rear view mirrors, and tilt adjustable steering column which Nano does not offer even in the top variants.
Nano uses thin seats which releases lots of internal space for the passengers and makes the cabin noticeably better in terms of space, when compared to the Eon.
Engine and gearbox
Eon uses a three cylinder 814cc motor that produces about 55bhp of peak power at 5500rpm. The torque output of the car is 75Nm at 4000rpm. Whereas, the Nano employs a two cylinder 624cc motor to do the job. The power output is adequate (38bhp @ 5400rpm) and produces 51Nm of torque at 4200rpm.
The Nano is 50kgs lighter and it helps deliver better fuel efficiency figures too. The Eon uses a five speed transmission that drives the front wheels and there’s no option of automatic. The Nano on the other hand offers an option of 5-speed automatic gearbox. The automatic gearbox is of significant advantage when it comes to city driving.
Nano uses a 4-speed manual gearbox on the lower variants (XE, XM and XT) which proves to be extremely fuel efficient.
Nano GenX with the manual gearbox manages to deliver an impressive mileage figure of 25.4kmpl. While the Nano with automatic gearbox promises to deliver 21.9kmpl. The Eon is equally impressive and promises to deliver 21.1kmpl
The cars offer bare minimum safety equipments like seat belts for all passengers, child safety lock, central locking, inside rear view mirror etc.
The Hyundai Eon offers driver side airbag too which the Nano does not offer even on the top variant.
Go for the Tata Nano if you want to drive hassle free in the city traffic. Its practical, spacious and absolutely fun to drive. The Nano is a perfect city car that also affords to give you an automatic gearbox at unbeatable price.