Tata Hexa Hatchback Test Drive & Gearbox

Tata Hexa Overview

Tata Motors is currently on a spree to revise its entire portfolio, in order to stop the exponential decline in sales that the Indian automaker is currently experiencing. With the Tiago hatchback already accumulating huge praises from customers and critics, Tata has turned its attention to other upcoming products in its lineup. The Indian origin automaker has been making gradual improvement in their design language, and they are bringing bold and fresh products to the Indian market without hesitation. And the next big thing coming our way is a premium SUV Crossover, christened as the Tata Hexa. What do we know about this Tata crossover? Well, read-on to find out.

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Earlier, when Tata Motors showcased the Tata Hexa concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, we all knew it would be a replacement of their Tata Aria MPV which didn’t do well in terms of sales in the Indian market. But, at the recently concluded 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, Tata Motors showcased the production version of Tata Hexa, and it took everyone by surprise. The Hexa really impressed us. Rather than being a restyled Aria it came with an individual identity, which made it look a lot different to its stable siblings. The car looks like an MPV in terms of size, but it is actually a stylish and tough looking crossover equipped with the latest off-roading technologies. View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

The all new Tata Hexa looks sporty and muscular, yet stylish. Not only at the exterior, but the interior too get plenty of attractive features which are luxurious and provide a new-age character to this upcoming Tata Crossover.

Tata Hexa Look

The Tata Hexa might be based on the Aria platform and possibly have similar lines but it’s a completely new vehicle. Where the Aria was curvy and a bit round, the Hexa is muscular, and in-your-face. It achieves this thanks to the chrome laced grille and gold coloured bumper. Complementing this is a modern looking lighting package comprising big headlamps and LED DRLs. The side reveals the MPV silhouette of the vehicle. However, it does get sharply raked A-pillars and really nice looking 19 inch wheels which increase the sporty quotient. The rear, despite having so many elements, looks too square but this is not such a bad thing as the boxy rear-end has been a defining trait of Tata’s SUVs over the ages.

Tata Hexa Comfort

The Indian automaker has spent a lot of time in making the cabin of the Hexa comfortable, convenient, premium and appealing. You need to climb into the cabin since it has a healthy 208 mm of ground clearance. Surprisingly the interiors feel very plush in this Tata. The instrument cluster gets a big multi-information display. The height adjustable and leather wrapped steering wheel integrates controls for the infotainment system and cruise control system. It doesn’t offer push button start/stop feature but there are automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. The overall quality, fit and finish feels great and there is good attention to detail inside the cabin.

The centre console comes with a neatly integrated ConnectNext infotainment system which is designed by Harman. It offers a 10-speaker JBL audio system including a sub-woofer and power amplifier. The sound quality is super rich and unrealistic for this segment. There is a 5-inch touch screen display that offers good touch quality but is a tad small in size. It comes with extensive smartphone integration with ConnectNext Apps. These apps let you access navigation, create a mobile hotspot for sharing music, change the mood lighting of the car with 8 colour options and access the digital manual of the car. However, these apps are only available for Android devices for now. Other features of the infotainment include USB, AUX, Bluetooth connectivity along with voice recognition, navigation, on-screen SMS display, SMS readout and rear view camera display with parking guidelines.

The Tata Hexa comes with automatic climate control and dual air conditioning for the front and rear passengers. For quick cooling in all three rows, it gets rear AC vents on the floor console and on the B and C pillars. The seats are very comfortable and supportive having ideal cushioning for your back and under-thigh support. There is an option of captain and bench seats for the second row. The legroom and headroom is excellent even for the tall passengers. You get window blinds in the second row that adds to the comfort in bright sunlight. The third row of seats are practical as well but on long drives it might get a bit tight for adults. You get power sockets for all three rows. There is ample amount of storage spaces in the car to keep the cabin neat and tidy. All three rows get bottle holders while the last row gets an additional cooled compartment. The seats are very flexible so you can fold down the third and second row of seats to enhance the luggage space.

Tata Hexa Gearbox

Tata Hexa is powered by a powerful 2.2 litre Varicor diesel engine which also delivers power to the latest Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400. This powertrain, mated to a 6 speed manual transmission, pumps out 154 bhp of peak power and 400 Nm peak torque. This engine also gets a 6 speed automatic transmission as well. The top end trim gets 4X4 driving option which is offered only with the manual transmission.The other engine variant which is on offer is the 2.2 Litre VARICOR 320 which packs about 150 ps of peak power at 4000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque in between 1700-2700 rpm. The variant is exclusively available with the base XE trim. This engine is paired only to the 5 speed manual transmission which sends power to the front wheels. Check for Tata Hexa in iiitdm.in

The Hexa is being offered with both 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The manual feels quite notchy specially while shifting to the 5th gear. However, the clutch is light and the ratios are well stacked for both city and highway drivability. The manual version comes with Super Drive modes – Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. The Auto senses the driving style and adjusts the throttle and AWD system accordingly while the Comfort caps the power and torque delivery for optimum efficiency. Dynamic provides better throttle response while Rough Road is used for off-roading with full time AWD.

The 6-speed automatic transmission is a pleasant surprise from Tata. The auto box offers smooth shifts and is clever enough to respond quickly to your throttle inputs. Push the throttle a bit hard and it immediately downshifts a gear or two sensing the amount of throttle applied. There are no jerks as well between the shifts, which was very pleasing while driving in city. Switch it to the S mode and the gears are held longer for better acceleration. In this mode there is a Race Car functionality that maintains the RPM between 3000 – 4000 mark for situations like overtaking or climbing up the ghats. And if you want to control the cogs yourself, you can do so by flicking the gearknob up and down to shift when you want. We expect Hexa to deliver a real world fuel efficiency of around 12 km/l.

Tata Hexa Rideing

Tata Motors is known to offer fantastic ride quality right from the Tiago hatchback up to the Safari Storme. Same is the case with the Hexa, it just glides over the bumps and potholes. Be it low speeds or highway speeds, the cabin gets minimal vertical movement and thanks to the excellent damping, the thuds are not loud and clunky. The Hexa is a heavy car and it has some body roll when you push it around the curves but the roll is not as pronounced as the Safari because it isn’t as top heavy. The steering is lighter than the Storme and feels predictive. The Hexa is a capable off-roader too, comes with AWD torque on demand system that offers great traction on slippery conditions and the 208 mm ground clearance further helps it clear the obstacles easily. There is Hill Hold Assist and Hill Descent Control to take care of the rest. The Hexa comes with all-wheel discs along with ABS as standard that offers fantastic stopping power with tactile pedal bite.

Tata Hexa Safety

The Tata Hexa gets plenty of safety features to begin with it gets 6 airbags, in total which includes duel front as well as side and curtain airbags. It further also gets Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Roll-over Mitigation, traction control system, Hill Hold Control (HHC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control etc.

Tata Hexa Price in Hyderabad

Tata Hexa On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 13,97,687 to 20,33,123 for variants Hexa XE and Hexa XT 4X4 respectively. Tata Hexa is available in 7 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Tata Hexa variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Hexa price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Tata Hexa Bottomline

Has Tata done enough with the Hexa to let it succeed? We think so as this car has everything expected from a vehicle in the segment. It lacks things like keyless start, proper front storage spaces and is quite massive in terms of length- an issue that will pop up for parking space starved city dwellers. But on the positive side the feature list is comprehensive; it is quite spacious, has solid road presence and will let you go to most places without thinking twice. For the Hexa to now completely succeed Tata must price it in such a way that it undercuts its main rival- the Mahindra XUV500 variant-for-variant. Given the price range that we believe it will exist in, the Hexa is also a competitor for the range of D-segment sedans.

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