Tata Hexa Overview
First introduced in 2010, Tata tasted limited success with the Aria. Although it came well equipped and was very spacious, it was a little rough around the edges and far to expensive to ever really stand a chance in our market. Four years later, they introduced a minor facelift and slashed prices as well, but the change came too late to fill the scars left by the pre-facelift model. It was then that Tata decided to go back to the drawing board and start all over again for another assault on the UV space. So, in January next year, you can say hello to the new Tata Hexa. View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Tata Hexa Look
Though Tata has applied utmost effort in giving Hexa a distinctive image than that of its predecessor Aria, but the fact is it is a ‘heavily’ revised Aria. The company says every panel on the car has been re-sculpted. The design is highly appreciable with the front profile having high-set clamshell bonnet, large hexagonal grille and swept back headlamps. There is large air dam below the bumper while the LED DRLs and the fog lamps beneath lend a handsome look to the car.
While lines and creases on the sides and the overall proportion of the car do show traits of a crossover, the company has tried to add butch looks as much as possible. The lower plastic cladding, flared wheel arches, 19-inch two-spoke alloy wheels, and roof rails, all add some strength to the profile while the blackened pillars create a floating roof effect. The ORVMs are huge and they come integrated with LED turn indicators. Then there is prominent Hexa branding in the form of chrome strip on the large third-row window which is certainly a nice touch. The use of chrome strips is also on the door handles adding a little more panache, increasing the sense of richness.
At the rear, the opinions can be polarized but most would agree that the best view of Hexa is when it is viewed from the rear quarter. The car looks modern, contemporary and eye catchy with each element contributing to the looks. The stylish wraparound horizontal tail lights with integrated LED lighting technology, looks captivating to the senses. The tail lamps are connected via thick chrome strip with the company logo in the middle standing like a boss. Other elements such as meaty tail pipes and the small spoiler at the top also enhance the more upright stance of the car.
Tata Hexa Comfort
The interiors of the Tata Hexa are truly welcoming; thanks to the all-black cabin with superb finishing that gives the feel of a premium vehicle. The car features piano-back inserts and brushed grey plastic and the effort seems to be towards making the dashboard look cool. However, by utilizing several materials and plastics, it looks like the design is lacking classiness. The steering wheel reminds us of the newer generation cars coming out of Tata’s stable. There are mounted controls for audio, telephony and cruise on the large 4-spoke tilt adjustable steering. Sadly, the steering is only rake adjustable not reach and this is certainly a down considering the price this car falls in.
Tata has really upped the game in terms of advanced features. The Hexa features instrument cluster with two large analogue dials along with a 3.5-inch advanced driver information display resting in between. The driver information display (DIS) give loads of information and one can switch through the information by using stalks on the right hand side of the steering. Coming to the centre console, it has been gracefully divided with the top portion featuring ac vents and chrome accents and below there is a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit.
The ConnectNext infotainment with chrome surrounds looks pretty and in fact similar in size fitted in other Tata cars such as Bolt and Zest. But it does the required job as it is loaded with plenty of tech such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The unit also supports plenty of apps including Juke App through which a song playlist can be automatically created to playback desired songs of all the passengers. The ConnectNext app suite also includes NaviMaps for navigation and Tata Smart Remote App for controlling lighting, audio and media screen. The decibels are provided by JBL with 10-speaker setup which is unexpectedly low on output.
The car features climate control the setup of which sits right below the infotainment. With individual ac vents on the floor-mounted console, the cabin takes no time in cooling. Though the HVAC unit give access to control all the blowers across the cabin, the speed can also be controlled independently via roof-mounted console. Just below the climate controls, there you get 12V charging point, USB/Aux-In connectivity as well as rotary selector for ‘Super Drive Modes’.
The door lock and unlock buttons are placed on the centre console instead of usual driver side door pad so some might feel a bit confusing initially but these things get accustomed with time. Moreover, in case you need to open the individual doors from inside, the only option are the pull-type locks which need some effort. The leather covering with white contrast stitching on the seats lends a nice look and feel. The seats are nicely cushioned and are well bolstered as well. Hop on to the driver’s seat and you will find that it can be adjustable in 8 different ways and also comes with lumbar support. However, the footwell is a bit tight since the central tunnel takes some space invading the room available for the left foot.
At the front, the centre armrest comes handy while the large door pads offer enough space to dump one large bottle along with small knick knacks. Coming to the second row bench seats, they are comfortable as they have fore and aft adjustment and also reclining functionality so that you can sit with your leg crossed. Further, the second row can be split folded in 60:40 ratio while the occupants will also like the side shades which are manually deployable. And just like most 7-seater vehicles, the third row passengers will be least comfortable. The last row can be accessed by tumble folding the second-row seats. Though it has low under-thigh support, adult can sit there for short highway journeys. Another noticeable flaw is that the curtain airbags only extends to the c-pillar that means the passengers at the third row aren’t protected by them.
However, the passengers at the third row do get individual headrests, 3-point seatbelts as well as convenient storage space. The headroom and legroom is just adequate and best for shorter distances as mentioned earlier. With the second and third row seats up, the boot space is 128L which is quite good as compared to cars such as XUV500 which practically gives nothing. Fold the third row seats and it frees up more space while the maximum capacity of luggage is 671L with both second and third row seats folded. Overall, Tata has done a commendable job in terms of providing comfort and practicality in this car.
Tata Hexa Gearbox
The Hexa comes with Tata’s 2.2-litre Varicor 400 diesel engine that churns out 154bhp and 400Nm. This is same engine that also does duty on the Safari Storme. The engine is more refined than before, but tends to get noisy as the revs climb up. Despite the increase in power from the Aria, it feels a bit sluggish bearing the over two-tonne weight of the car. That being said, it’s easy to maintain three-digit speeds on the highway – and it feels fairly planted while cruising. This engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual as well as an automatic transmission. We drove the manual first and found it to be quite disappointing. The transmission is very rubbery and doesn’t slot into the desired gear with ease. Clutch action, though, is light – which should make it comfortable to drive in traffic. The 6-speed automatic transmission, on the other hand, came as quite a surprise. It shifts smoothly – whether in D, S or manual. In D, the car up-shifts quickly to stay in a lower gear in a bid to save fuel. The downside of this is evident when you’re going uphill – at which point you have to shift to Sport or Manual to drop a gear and extract more from the engine. Tata also has what it calls ‘Race mode,’ which can be activated by keeping the accelerator pedal pinned for a few seconds while in S. This allows the car to stay between 3,000-4,000rpm and somewhat negate the turbo lag.
Tata Hexa Rideing
Last but not the least, it will be apt to mention here that the Hexa offers a good blend of ride and handling. The steering though a bit heavy at standstill, offers decent feedback on the go. The ride quality too is top class and this means that rough roads don’t bother the Hexa muRide quality is brilliant – it makes a joke out of potholes and undulations of all sizes. Even at the back, you don’t get tossed around nor do you feel the undulations. The large A-pillar hampers visibility on the driver’s side though, and one has to be really careful while negotiating right handlers. Being tall and bulky, the Hexa doesn’t handle as well as you’d like. The high centre of gravity, body roll and the vague steering doesn’t help its cause either. But, then again, it isn’t supposed to be a vehicle to go corner carving in. We didn’t quite get to take the Hexa off road, but Tata claims that the Super Drive Modes will help in tackling different road conditions and surfaces.
Tata Hexa Safety
Despite the car having all-disc brake setup, it does not inspire confidence and there is always a feeling that the heavy weight will overpower the braking mechanism. However, from high-speeds of about 80kmph, the car comes to halt without any drama.The safety kit includes a total of 6 airbags with 2 airbags, ABS with EBD and corner stability control forms the part of standard equipment. Other features include electronic stability program with roll-over mitigation, traction control, hill hold control, hill descent control, reverse parking sensors with camera and front and rear fog lamps.
Tata Hexa Price in Hyderabad
Tata Hexa Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 11,76,798/- (Hexa XE) to 17,11,065/- (Hexa XT 4X4). Get best offers for Tata Hexa from Tata Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Hexa price in Hyderabad at Carzprice
Tata Hexa Bottomline
Overall then the Hexa is vast improvement over the Aria and priced correctly it should find many takers in India and around the world. While the Tiago was a step forward from Tata in terms of quality, the Hexa takes the game further. It ticks all the right boxes in terms of space, comfort, features and safety. The engine, although more refined than before, could do with a bit more punch. And the manual gearbox could have been smoother too. That apart, Tata has tried to address all the drawbacks of the Aria in order to make the Hexa a much more wholesome and desirable package. What remains to be seen is the price, and we hope that Tata gets it right this time around when they launch the Hexa in January 2017.