Tata Xenon 3L 4×4 and the Nissan NP300

21 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Tata Xenon 3L 4×4 and the Nissan NP300
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Tata Xenon Compared to The Nissan Hardbody

The Nissan Hardbody (now known as the NP300) has long been a favourite of South African audiences. The Nissan brand is well established in South Africa and it is going to be difficult to supplant the levels of loyalty engendered by the brand with a relatively newcomer in the market like Tata. In India, the Tata brand is well established and popular, and the Nissan branch network and support infrastructure is well established, giving Tata the edge when it comes to after sales service and support.

In South Africa, these aspects are of lesser importance, with a well established infrastructure on both fronts. What South Africans would look for when they select a bakkie, is basically:

Performance Petrol/Diesel Consumption Interior space and comfort Price

We can take a look at comparing Tata Xenon with the Nissan Hardbody on these aspects. What must be kept in mind is that it is sometimes difficult to compare models due to the fact that there are various model ranges available in both brands, and one cannot really compare a 4×2 single cab with a 4×4 double cab. For the purpose of this comparison I am therefore going to compare the Xenon 3L Double Cab 4×4 Diesel with the Hi Rider Double Cab 4×4.

Let’s take a look at Performance.

The Nissan NP300 has a 2.4 L engine with 105 kw @ 5600 RPM. According to the Nissan site’s specifications, the Nissan NP300 Hi-Rider seemingly only comes in Petrol these days, although it used to be available in Diesel.

Tata Xenon has a 3L diesel engine and has a slightly lower power output, with 85 Kw @ 3000 RPM. Both vehicles have 5 forward gears and one reverse gear. Tata has a load capacity of 1000 kg while Nissan has a payload of 995 Kg.

Loadbox length of the Nissan NP300 is 1425 meters while Tata Xenon has a similar type of loadbox length of 1430 meters.

Fuel Consumption

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Tata Xenon has a very low fuel consumption for its class, being able to give about 10.4 kilometers per litre in City traffic, and about 13.5 kilometers per litre on highways. The Nissan NP300 fuel consumption is claimed to be about the same, however, one needs to keep in mind that fuel consumption can be influenced a lot by how the vehicle is used, for example, using the aircon can add considerably to fuel being consumed. TATA South Africa took part in the TOTAL Economy run and came out on tops for fuel consumption you can read more about it here http://www.tatasa.co.za/tata_xenontops.html

Nissan has quite a high CO2 Emission of 274 which will add to its emission tax although you also pay about R10 000 on emission tax for the Tata Xenon

Interior space and comfort

The Tata is very comfortable inside with cloth bucket seats and a full bench seat at the rear. There is ample leg room for the back passengers. Apart from that the Tata is fitted with tilt adjustable power steering, air conditioner, power windows, rear window demister and radio/cd/mp3 player.

The Nissan offers similar comfort levels although the interior of the Nissan is slightly more dated with the Nissan being so long in production. It is a comfortable ride, though not exciting in the looks department.

It is in the price department that the Tata Xenon 3l really shines, since for a double cab 4×4 you will pay only R192 495.00 while the Nissan retails at R368 200.

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