Tata Aria is a multi purpose vehicle, which is available in three variants, which are Pure LX, Pleasure and Pride. All these trims are incorporated with a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel engine, that can generate a maximum power of 147.94bhp, while yielding a peak torque output of 320Nm. It is mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its two or four wheels, depending on the variants. The braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient and it keeps the vehicle well balanced even on the uneven road conditions. Apart from the Pure LX variant, other trims are equipped with anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from wheel locking and skidding in case sudden braking. Its cabin is designed in two tone color scheme that is further complimented by brushed metallic inserts. There are well cushioned seats, dashboard is neatly designed, houses an instrument cluster, center console and a three spoke steering wheel, which is mounted with various control buttons. The key aspects in the Pride trim include an advanced music system designed by HARMAN and the NAVTEQ satellite navigation system and a stylish set of 17-inch alloy wheels. While the mid range trim is bestowed with a 2-DIN music system that features a CD player and has six speakers as well. In terms of safety, the top end trim is loaded with various aspects like airbags for driver passenger as well as front co-passenger and traction control system. One of the key aspects is its hydroform chassis frame and reinforced body construction, which provides maximum protection to the occupants in case of any accidents. Apart from these, it also has a high mounted stop lamp, a centrally located fuel tank, seat belts for all passengers, integrated head restraints and so on. This series also comes with a captivating outer appearance, which can lure numerous car enthusiasts. Its robust body structure is fitted with many notable aspects and makes it look striking on the roads. These include an aggressive radiator grille, a body colored bumper with wide air intake section, outside rear view mirrors and many other such aspects. The sides have chrome waistline molding, while the rear end has a well designed tail light cluster. It is currently offered with a standard warranty of three years or 100000 kilometers, whichever is earlier. This can be further extended to one or two years at an extra cost paid to authorized dealers.
The front fascia has a radiator grille that is quite large and is fitted with three chrome horizontal slats with a prominent insignia embossed in the center and is flanked by stylish headlight cluster on either sides. The Pure LX and Pleasure variants has dual barrel headlamps with projector beam while Pride trim has a black bezel headlight cluster. The bumper is painted in body color and includes a wide air intake section. It is further flanked by a couple of fog lamps, which are not available in the base level trim. The windscreen is quite large and made up of toughened laminated glass which is integrated with a pair of rain sensing wipers. Outside rear view mirrors and door handles are in body color, while the window sill and side molding are treated with chrome. The look of its side profile is enhanced by neatly crafted wheel arches, which are fitted with a pair of 17-inch alloy wheels. However, the base and mid range trims are equipped with a conventional set of 16 inch steel wheels that have full wheel covers. Coming to the rear end, it has a redesigned clear lens tail light cluster, which is powered by halogen based lamps and side turn indicator. It has a wide windshield that is accompanied by high mount third brake light. It also has a wiper and a defogger with timer. The large boot lid comes with a chrome strip and includes the company's emblem on it. The bumper is in body color and integrated with a couple of fog lamps that adds to the visibility. It is also accompanied by a cladding, which prevents the vehicle from any minor damages. Its rear profile also includes a pair of exhaust pipes that are treated with chrome.
It has an overall length of 4780mm and a total width of 1895mm including external rear view mirrors. It stands at a height of 1780mm making it appear tall enough. A minimum ground clearance of 200mm is offered which is good. The wheelbase of 2850mm is quite large which determines ample leg room inside. It has a large fuel tank which is capable of holding around 60 litres of diesel in it and it is good enough for planning longer journeys.
Its cabin compartment is beautifully designed using premium quality materials. Cabin is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are integrated with adjustable head restraints. The seats of Pride variant are covered with black and plum colored leather upholstery while the other trims have beige fabric seat covers. The high end trim has black and plum color scheme that gives a pleasant feel to its passengers. The cabin is quite roomy and provides seating for at least seven persons. The dashboard is neatly designed and is integrated with a central console that has brushed metallic inserts. There is a three spoke steering wheel, a large glove box and AC vents. An instrument cluster that is equipped with several notifications comprise of a digital tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, an outside temperature display, door ajar and driver seat belt warning notifications and many other such aspects for keeping the driver updated. The second row seat is foldable, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. The inside door handles are treated with chrome which further gives a classy look to its interiors. Apart from these, it is equipped with a number of utility based aspects, which includes an advanced driver information system, roof storage bins, goggle cases, cup holders, a glove box that has cooling effect, front seat back pockets and many other such aspects. The top end trim is blessed with satellite navigation system and its steering wheel is equipped with audio as well as phone controls.
The occupants are provided with enough leg room and shoulder space. There are foldable second and third row seats, which are accompanied by pillar mounted air vents. The driver's seat comes with six way adjustable function and has lumbar support as well. Besides these, it has height adjustable seat belts that adds to the safety standards. The ultrasonic reverse guide system in its mid range trim provides good assistance to the driver, while parking the vehicle., which will further enhance the convenience. The GPS Navigation system assists in choosing right direction with the help of pre-loaded maps. It is bestowed with an advanced 2-DIN integrated audio unit that keeps its passengers entertained all through their journey. It features a CD, MP3 player and supports USB port, AUX-In as well as Bluetooth connectivity. This multi purpose vehicle also has a remote key access, embedded radio antenna, combi-switches, headlamp adjustment-on reminder, coolant level indicator, all four power windows with driver side auto down function and a multi information display. There a manual air conditioning unit with independent controls for all rows. The Pride variant being the top end, is blessed with an in-built reverse guide camera, a 360 Watt JBL music system by HARMAN that features 8-channel amplifier and ten speakers, a 12V power outlet in center console for charging electronic devices. Furthermore, it has door mounted magazine holder, electronically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, luggage lighting, sun visor and a few other aspects.
About seven passengers can be accommodated in this vehicle with ease. It offers head space of 970mm along with the second row leg room of 770mm and third row head room is 970mm. The fuel tank capacity is about 60 litres, which is reasonably good for planning longer drives.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's take : The acceleration of the 4x2 is better than the 4x4 thanks to the lighter weight. The acceleration of the 4x4 is decent.
A five speed manual transmission gearbox is mated to its engine which can cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph within 13 to 14 seconds. It can accelerate to a top speed of 180 to 185 Kmph.
Engine and Performance
The 2.2-litre, VARICOR diesel engine has a displacement capacity of 2179cc. There are four cylinders and sixteen valves using a double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. It runs on a common rail direct injection system that helps in giving a maximum mileage of 15.05 Kmpl on highways. Skilfully paired with a five speed manual transmission gearbox, its torque is distributed to front wheels. The high end variant features torque on demand 4x4 system that transmits torque output to all four wheels. This mill is capable of producing a maximum power of 147.94bhp at 4000rpm and yields a peak torque output of 320Nm in the range of 1500 and 3000rpm.
Editor's take : Being about 200kgs lighter than the 4x4 version of the Aria, the fuel efficiency of the Aria is better.
It is incorporated with a 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel motor and runs on a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. It is capable of delivering a mileage of 15.05 Kmpl on the highways whereas, it gives about 12.8 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions.
Power of Tata Aria
Editor's take : The power ratings of the Aria is similar to the 2.2-litre used on the older Safari, but the refinement and power delivery is more linear than the older engine. The VariCOR has improved drivability and better refinement too.
An advanced 4-cylinder diesel mill generates more power. It has the ability of generating a maximum power of 147.94bhp at 4000rpm and churns a peak torque output of 320Nm at 1500 to 3000rpm range.
Stereo & Accessories
Editor's take : The Aria gets in-dash music system, satellite navigation, cruise control and bluetooth connectivity. It even has reverse parking camera and what not.
This model series is incorporated with a 2 DIN stereo audio system with a CD/MP3 player and has speakers as well, which gives better sound experience. Additionally, it has Blue 5 connect function in the high end trim, which allows pairing up of five phones for hands free operation. It also has USB and AUX port on the central console, which enables it to connect portable audio devices as well. The key aspect in its Pride variant is a 360 Watt JBL audio system that is designed by HARMAN. It comes with ten speakers and has the audio controls mounted on its steering wheel. This vehicle is blessed with a NAVTEQ satellite navigation system that assists the driver in choosing right direction. Apart from these, the customers can also customize the vehicle with various exterior and interior accessories that include stylish body decals, roof rails, sporty rear spoiler, side step, outside rear view mirrors with turn indicator, nudge guard, chrome grille and so on.
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Braking & Handling
Its front wheels have sturdy ventilated disc brakes along with twin pot calipers and solid disc brakes are used for the rear ones. It is further coupled with an anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution system. Furthermore, it has an electronic stability program along with traction control that improves its stability. Its front axle consists of an independent double wish bone and affixed a five link suspension on the rear one. These axles are further loaded with coil springs. It is incorporated with a power assisted steering system that has tilt adjustment function. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.6 meters.
Safety & Security
It is equipped with anti lock braking system along with EBD, electronic stability program as well as traction control programs. Its engine immobilizer comes with perimetric alarm system and this helps in preventing the vehicle from theft and any unauthorized entry. It has seat belts for all occupants along with driver seat belt reminder notification. There is a reverse guide system, a centrally located high mounted third brake light, a pair of front fog lamps, rear door with child safety lock along with central locking system and so on. This vehicle comes with a reinforced body construction, which has hydroform chassis frame that enhances the safety inside the cabin in case of any accidents. It offers a total of six airbags (driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags) that is useful in case of collision.
The top end trim is blessed with a stylish set of 17 inch alloy wheels and are further equipped with 235/70 R17 sized radial tyres. The wheel arches of it entry and mid level variants are equipped with a set of 16 inch steel wheels that have full wheel covers. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 235/70 R16. A full size spare wheel is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre as a standard feature across all the trims.
1. Impressive power and torque output.
2. Exteriors are quite appealing.
3. Plenty of comfort aspects are present.
4. Cabin compartment is elegant.
5. Seating and luggage accommodation capacity.
1. Can be offered in few more shades.
2. Price tag is not reasonable.
3. A music system can be incorporated in base variants.
4. The engine noise and harshness can be reduced.
5. Disappointing fuel economy.
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