Tata Indica

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₹ 5.69 Lakhs

On-Road Price, Mumbai

Overview of the car

Hatchback

Manual

Diesel

9.6 Mileage

37 Litres

N/A

5 Seater

2 Years / 75,000 kms

Performance Metrics
0

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Top Speed
15.93

seconds

0-100 kph
9.8

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
1396 cc
Max Power
69 bhp
Torque
14.2 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
4

Dimensions

Wheel Base
2400 mm
Ground Clearance
165 mm
Bootspace
220 ltrs
Turning Circle
9.8 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
Mc Pherson Strut Type
Rear Suspension
Independent, Semi-Trailing Arm with Coil Springs
Steering Type
Rack and Pinion with Collapsible Steering Column
Tyres
Front: 155/80 R13
Rear: 155/80 R13
Front Brakes
Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes
Drum
Reviews and Video
NARAIN IMG

Narain Says

The diesel sets new standards for efficiency, while the petrol motor packs a strong enough punch to appease enthusiasts too.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

The all-new, feature-packed interiors and shockingly spacious back seat havent just raised the bar, they have catapulted it out of reach of its competition.

TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Affordable Motoring, Space and Comfort

What you won’t like?

Fit and Finish

TorqueX Says

Hanging in there as a Value-For-Money Car

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Tata Indica Review, Road Test

Tata Indica

Tata Motor’s ‘more car per car’ saga with the Indica continues and clearly the company hasn’t given up on its 13-year-old hatchback. Tata has just launched the eV2 variant and says it’s the most fuel efficient car on sale. Tall claim? According to the official Indian Driving Cycle (IDC), the eV2 gives an unbeatable 25kpl but how does it fare outside the laboratory and in the real world?

Let’s first take a look at the engine. It’s essentially the same 1.4-litre common-rail, direct-injection motor  but the ECU has been remapped for better efficiency. There are some subtle changes to the body as well which Tata claims has lowered drag and helped efficiency too.

What gets your attention immediately is how responsive the engine feels at low revs. It pulls forward strongly from 1400rpm and really gets into its stride once past 2000rpm, with minimal turbo-lag. The responsive engine adds a new dimension to the Indica’s performance and it feels fleet-footed in most situations. It’s reasonably quick for a budget diesel hatchback and 100kph from a standstill is crossed in under 16 seconds.

This added performance is a boon since you don’t have to use the rubbery, imprecise gearshift too much. The engine is pretty free-revving too, which is useful on the highway, and most owners will find its performance adequate for their needs. The engine is slightly smoother than before but it’s still a long way behind the levels of refinement we have come to expect from a modern diesel motor. At high revs, the 1.4 Dicor is noisy and there’s a fair amount of vibration coming through the floorboard and pedals.

The dynamics too fall short. The suspension remains unchanged, so there’s not much difference in the ride and handling. The low-speed ride is absorbent enough but the eV2 still jiggles over road undulations. The suspension is quite clunky too, and at higher speeds, the car gets quite unsettled. The steering is non-linear and vague, especially around the straight-ahead position; this adds to the floaty feeling the eV2 has at speed.

Slip past the incredibly wide opening doors and slide into the Indica’s driver’s seat and you will be reacquainted with the Indica’s time-honoured glitches. The high-set steering wheel, tall dashboard and awkwardly placed pedals mean that a few long stints behind the wheel will have your back hunched up and leave you with aching feet. More evidence of the poor ergonomics can be seen with the power window switches placed low and ahead of the gear lever, making you stretch to reach them.

Other than the engine and some cosmetic changes, there are no other changes to the eV2 which looks and feels the same as the regular Indica. The only difference on the outside is the eV2 badge on the hatch. Over its 13-year lifespan, we have complained of panel gaps, early rattles and quality issues. Though these problems have been addressed, none of them are properly fixed. Panel gaps remain uneven and the rubber beading still looks cheap.

However, all this is forgiven when it’s time to tank up. The eV2 is genuinely fuel efficient, returning an amazing 15.3kpl in the city, which betters the old Dicor engine by 1.5kpl. The eV2 even beats fuel-efficiency champs like the Swift and Figo diesels which return 14.4kpl and 14.1kpl respectively and that’s saying something. On the highway the eV2 is very impressive too, cruising along efficiently to clock 19.3km for every litre of diesel. What truly helps the Indica’s efficiency is the terrific drivability of the 1.4 Dicor. You can stay in a higher gear in city traffic and don’t need to downshift frequently. The way the Indica pulls from a crawl even in third gear is genuinely impressive. 

For someone on a tight budget whose only concern is running costs, the eV2 makes a decent case for itself.  Priced at Rs 4.77 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), there is no car that can match the economics this ubiquitous Tata hatch offers. The spacious cabin makes it very practical too. However, if you can up your budget, there are better choices out there.

 

 

Fact File

 

Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price (Delhi) 4.77 (ex-showroom Delhi)

Engine

Fuel Diesel
Installation Front, Tranansverse
Power 70bhp at 4000rpm
Torque 14.5kgm at 1800-3000rpm

Transmission

Gearbox 5-speed manual

Dimensions

Length 3690
Width 1665
Height 1485
Ground clearance 165mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 1080kg
Tyres 165/65R14
Spare Full Size

Brakes

Front Ventilated discs
Rear drums

Economy

City 15.3kpl
Highway 19.3kpl
Tank size 37 litres
 
 
 
 

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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