>>This little bright orange car is the 2012
Tata Nano LX – the top-end variant. Priced at 1.96 lakh rupees, this is one of the most
affordable forms of four-wheeled city transport that you can ask for. Don’t be fooled by
the Nano’s compact dimensions – it’s actually a pretty spacious car and can put
some larger hatchbacks to shame. The Nano could easily have been a cult car,
because of its unique styling. It’s also quite nimble to handle in city traffic. The
large glass area, upright seating and compact size allow it to easily dart in and out of
traffic. Top speed is limited to 105 kilometers per hour, but the Nano is not comfortable
doing those speeds and is best kept in the green zone on the speedometer.
Another thing with the Nano is the ease of parking this car
in tight spots….
PTC: Roshun However, the
the smallest turning radius of all cars in
India… at just 4 meters. There are some quirks that the Nano has – the
fuel filler for the 15 litre petrol tank and spare wheel can be found under
The 2012 Nano is powered by
a 624 cc engine… 37.4 bhp of power and 51 Nm of torque… located between the axle.
Access is difficult The Nano’s compact engine is mated to a
4-speed transmission. The gearing and light weight of the car are well suited to quick
pick up in
Where the Nano really makes a case for itself is in
use of interior space…
Overall, if you were looking for an entry-level car, especially if you live in a congested
city where space is a premium and traffic jams are the norm, the Nano is a decent bet.
While the Nano may not appeal to all car buyers, it is definitely more value than buying a
bike – as it can seat four in comfort, has good pick up, decent mileage and can easily
do those short trips to the school or local market.