Is the new Nano Twist, the Nano to buy? We find out.
What is it?
This is the new Tata Nano Twist and after constantly updating the Nano in recent times, the Tata Motors has now given its Nano the much needed power steering feature. The Nano Twist features an Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system having brushless motor technology and Active Return feature.
It also gets a new Damson Purple colour with beige interiors and some chrome accents. Inside there is a new rear parcel shelf with speakers. The Nano Twist also features a new look instrument cluster having a trip computer and a new driver information systems (distance to empty (DTE), average fuel efficiency (AFE) readouts, an LED fuel gauge and a coolant temperature gauge), with a daytime and night-time Amber display and digital clock.
Is it now easier to drive?
You bet. The EPAS steering has completely changed the car and its personality, having made the experience of driving one just so easy. Earlier you had to wrestle with the steering and parking in tight spots was not easy, now all that is past with the Nano Twist.
It feels so light and in the short drive we had, driving the new Nano Twist or even parking is effortless. During the drive the Nano Twist EPAS steering did not feel overly light and at high speeds, it is just about right, giving decent feedback. So now you can fully use the car's turning circle radius of 4 metres.
The talking point here is the ‘Active Return’ feature - which returns the steering wheel back to its straight-ahead position, as soon as the wheel is released. This is done by providing a calibrated return torque through the system. We have tried it and it works well.
The Nano Twist continues to have the 624cc 2 cylinder petrol with a 4-speed manual transmission. The ARAI mileage is 25.4 kmpl. The engine power is adequate for the car and for city use it does the job perfectly, try to dial up big speeds and obviously it runs out of breath. The other attributes remain the same which includes its spacious interior. The headroom, legroom shames other cars in its class and it feels airy inside.
Is it value for money?
The Tata Nano Twist is priced at Rs 2.36 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi. It is available in the in the XT version, which replaces the previous top of the line LX version of the Nano range. All XT versions come with Beige interior with the exception of Dazzle Blue, which comes with black interiors.
It is very well equipped with features like remote keyless entry, twin glove boxes, and a four-speaker music system with Bluetooth, USB and aux. We think it really is value for money. The interiors now seem more premium and quality has somewhat improved.
The Tata Nano Twist is easily the best version yet of this small car. Tata Motors have ironed out all the flaws and now with power steering it is a much more appealing car than before. It is spacious, efficient and with power steering it feels a much better car to drive. We would have liked the power steering feature been given for all variants as its something that is really needed in the Nano. Nevertheless for those looking for a small car the Nano Twist should be seriously considered.