Hyundai Eon Petrol MT Vs Tata Nano Petrol MT

21st May 2013 IST by

Boasting of the same Fluidic Construction, Hyundai launched the Verna in India making it an exciting looking car the company launched the Eon too with the same styling. This entry level car was supposed to give more options to consumers seeking a basic car with added features. Hyundai with the Eon proved it that a basic car need not look ugly and dated. The Hyundai Eon is available in 8 variants which include petrol and LPG options at a price range of Rs. 2.99 - Rs. 4.06 lakhs

The Tata Nano is a product of Mr.Ratan Tata’s commitment of bringing an affordable car for masses. The Nano has brought India on a global map. It was commendable how Tata Motors packed in all the benefits of a car at such a low price point and launched the Nano which also was a safe way of travelling compared to motorcycles. The Nano is available in three variants. It is available at a price range of Rs. 1.54 - Rs. 2.16 lakhs.

Hyundai Eon Vs Tata Nano Exteriors

In the new Nano, the only changes that have been brought in the exterior are the tip-tap ORVMs. The new ORVMS now give a big car feel and look as it can be adjusted from the inner housing of the ORVM unlike previously, which had a bike mirror type adjustment.


Hyundai Eon Vs Tata Nano
Hyundai Eon Vs Tata Nano

The co-passenger side ORVM, which otherwise is an accessory and one needs to splurge extra for is a part of standard fitment.One more change that has been brought in the exteriors is the addition of a number of new and vibrant color shades which include Pearl White, Rouge Red, Aqua Blue, Neon Rush, Serene White, Meteor Silver, Mojito Green, Papaya Orange, Sunshine Yellow, and Champagne Gold.

In the Eon, Detailing done in the headlight as well as the hexagonal front grille looks very dynamic and perhaps puts its Japanese rival to shame. The fog lamps are very aesthetically placed on the front bumper. Even the bonnet has a swaying line flowing from the face to the A pillars of the vehicle.

The side profile looks in motion with the window line flowing from the headlights towards the C-Pillar and the roof line falling towards the rear spoiler. Interestingly, none of the lines on the Eon look out of place even the flares on the wheels or the profiled contours on the lower profile of the doors.

Hyundai Eon Vs Tata Nano Interiors

Inside the Eon, The instrumental cluster is done in a simple fashion. Also, there is an ideal gear position indicator which tells the driver to shift up or down depending on the rpm and the speed at which the vehicle is raveling.

Build quality of the interiors is fantastic and has a plush feel around it. If only the EON would have had little more space than the present, it would have felt roomier inside because at present the EON feels a little tight on space. The front row legroom and headroom is decent, however the one in rear is average. The second row would seat 2 comfortably against 3.

The basic standard version of Tata Nano has medium graphite interiors, the middle line CX variant has rich black and the top end LX variant has barley beige colored interiors.The new revamped door trims now feature vinyls in dual tone for standard, combination of black fabric and vinyls for CX and a beige fabric-black vinyl job for the LX variant.

Hyundai Eon Vs Tata Nano Performance

The Hyundai EON is powered by a 3 cylinder SOHC 814cc engine which produces a max power of 56 Ps at 5500 rpm and a torque of 7.6 Kgm at 4000 rpm. It comes with a 5 speed manual gearbox.


Hyundai Eon Vs Tata Nano.
Hyundai Eon Vs Tata Nano.

This section is the most important as the 2012 Tata Nano boasts of engine tweaks too along with other changes. The 2012 Tata Nano has the same 2 cylinder, 624cc MPFI engine. The new power figures range from 38 PS at 5500 rpm and an improved torque of 51Nm at 4000 rpm. The new figures see a change from a power of 35 PS and a torque of 48Nm respectively.

The Tata Nano feels a lot refined in performance. Even at higher gears and lower speeds, the vehicle won’t deter away from its smooth feel.

Booster assisted brakes have been introduced in the standard variant which was available only on the CX and LX variants. The booster assisted brakes do a fantastic job of bringing the vehicle to a complete halt to the extent the tyres would screech and tear your ears to bring the car to a standstill.

Hyundai Eon Vs Tata Nano Conclusion

So the new Tata Nano has more color shades, promises of a better mileage, the performance have been tweaked and some more changes. The good news is that Tata Motors has not changed the price and has maintained it as it was. The overall package is impressive.

Even though, the EON is loaded with features and feels like a pricey car without costing much, the EON could not attract lots of eyeballs when launched perhaps cause of the lack of hype around it. Also, the micro-small car segment has been predominantly led by Maruti Suzuki for a very long period and thus accepting a new player in this segment with such ultra modern looks needed time.

Hyundai EON started gaining pace slowly which was also be seen with the company’s increase in market share from 17% to 23.8% between April to October 2012. So if the EON looks fluidic, has premium quality interiors and promises a decent mileage, it’s definitely a strong recommend.