Tata Motors is a well famed passenger car manufacturer that produces vehicles of superior standard. It is always on the lookout to provide the right kind of vehicle at an affordable price range, which can be said to be the most attractive feature of this company. The Tata Indica eV2 hatch series is offered in both diesel and CNG variants. The comfort features that have been included in this vehicle include an advanced music unit that has a capacity to support USB, an MP3 player, Aux-in and also has a Bluetooth connectivity available. An air-conditioning unit along with heating function, power steering and power windows to all the doors are some of the convenience offering features of this hatchback. The cabin contains seats that are well cushioned and a dashboard that is very appealing. The storage space comprises of a parcel shelf, console and pockets with bottle holders. The boot space too is quite impressive with a capacity to accommodate about 220 litres. This will certainly make this hatchback suitable for undertaking long journeys. The mileage of its CNG version is impressive and the diesel variants too possess a decent fuel economy. The chrome grille, motorized headlamps, body colored bumpers and door handles plus chrome garnishing at the rear make it an appealing car to own. Its exterior dimensions too help it to look big for a hatchback and thus enhances the appearance. Being offered with most of the necessary safety features such as a central locking system with remote control facility, seat belts for the protection of the occupants, an engine immobilizer to safeguard the car from thefts along with child lock safety, which is integrated to its rear doors that helps in making it a family friendly vehicle. Moreover, there is a collapsible steering column that avoids the driver from getting fatally injured during any head-on collision. With features that offer a complete package of comfort, protection and yet makes it an economical car to maintain, this hatch series is sure to lure the customers. This model series is made available in four decent shades to choose from. The company has provided a warranty of about two years or 75,000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier and this can be further extended at an additional cost for up to two more years. They have a wide network of service centers, which are in all the major cities for the country.
This hatchback is decorated with many elements that make it good looking. The frontage has a grille that is vast and has three stripes, which has chrome paint to it. It has a headlight cluster which have clear lens motorized headlamps as well as clear lens side indicators too. The front windscreen is wide and is fitted with seven speed intermittent wipers. There are outside rear view mirrors attached on both sides in the high end variant and these can be electronically adjustable. Furthermore, these external mirrors have been mounted with side indicators. But in the lower trim the driver side external mirror is manually adjustable. The outside door handles are also in the body color. The bumpers on both the sides are in body color, which will give a uniform effect to the overall image. There is chrome garnishing offered at the rear end in order to enhance the look.
It can accommodate about five occupants and its dimensions are designed to align with such capacity. It has an overall length of about 3675mm and a total width of around 1665mm. It stands at a good height of 1485mm, which is decent for a hatchback. This car possesses a wheelbase of 2400mm and a ground clearance of 170mm. It has a minimum turning radius of 4.5 meters as well.
Ed's Take: The Indica has been one of the most spacious hatchbacks and as the eV2 is the same body, it retains all the space and comfort. The new instrument cluster does look stylish.
The insides of this hatchback are well furbished with features that serve as decoration along with providing convenience to the occupants. A total of five persons can fit into this cabin with ease and there will be no friction whatsoever anytime. The dashboard is made of ebony black theme and looks in tune with the design of it. Whereas, the central console is garnished with silver metallic finishing and adds to the styling. The seats that are fitted are quite comfortable and have fabric partially. There is a steering wheel which is in ebony black and has four spokes to it. There are magazine and bottle holders in the door trims. There is a gear knob that has a silver finishing to it at the tip. There are cabin lights at the front and map lights available too, which serves as a great convenience. There is a tachometer available in this vehicle which displays the shaft readings.
A lot of features are imbibed into this vehicle that serve to be of great comfort not only to the driver, but to all the passengers. The foremost benefit that the driver can acquire is the power steering facility. For the regulation of the cabin temperature, an air conditioning unit is integrated, which has its vents well placed. The higher end variant additionally has a heater function too to it. Additionally, these trims have power windows to all the doors. This is of great convenience to all the occupants. There is a power outlet that is fitted in the compartment. This feature will be useful in charging any small electronic devices sitting at the comfort of the vehicle. All the seats have a lumbar support, which would allow no discomfort in the seating of the occupants. The headrests that are fitted to the front seats are two way adjustable. The rear seat has flip flop folding facility, which is of huge benefit. The parcel shelf is big enough to take in quite an amount of stuff in it. For the sake of entertainment, there is a music system in the high end variant that is very advanced and can comfort multiple players. It has an MP3 as well as a CD player available. This audio unit has two speakers that compliment it, which have superior sound quality. It also has a radio tuner with AM and FM facility. There is Bluetooth connectivity that is available to this unit, which is of great advantage. There are ports provided for USB and Auxiliary inputs. All these can be regulated with the comfort of a remote control. This unit also has a digital clock display within it.
It is designed to carry five occupants comfortably without any friction between them. The minimum leg room is 915mm and the maximum is around 1080mm. Whereas, the knee room at the rear side would measure about 750mm maximum and 640mm minimum. Its headroom is close to 960mm in the front and 940mm at the rear, which will be an advantage to tall persons. The shoulder room of about 1335mm is an add on.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
All the variants are mated to a five-speed manual transmission gear box. This 1.4-litre mill can breach the 100 Kmph mark within 18 seconds approximately and can reach a top speed of 137 Kmph. The 1.3-litre diesel engine has a potential to breach the 100 Kmph mark within 15-17 seconds and has a top speed of 145 Kmph. On the other hand, the CNG version has a top speed of 137 Kmph and can reach 100 Kmph in about 20 seconds approximately. While, the petrol version can reach a top speed of 140 Kmph and can breach the 100 Kmph mark within 16-17 seconds.
Engine and Performance
Ed's Take: The 1.4-litre engine on the Indica eV2 is good, and the 1.2-litre Xeta has decent performance. The diesel is definitely the pick of the lot, as it isn’t just quick but also fuel-efficient.
This hatchback is being offered in three engine options ( 2 – Diesel and 1 – Petrol/CNG) for the buyers to choose from. The first one is a turbocharger based CR4 mill, which has the capacity to churn out 1396cc. It is based on a common rail direct injection supply system and also has four cylinders, which are further incorporated with 16 valves in them. This motor has the ability to give out 69bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a peak torque of 140Nm between 1800 to 3000rpm. This engine is compliant with all the norms of Bharat Stage IV. The next diesel version is a TDi (turbocharged direct injection) based powertrain, which has the ability to generate 1405cc and is certified as a BS-III version. It is also fitted with the same 4-cylinder, 16-valve configuration along with a dual overhead camshaft as well. This 1.4-litre drivetrain can yield a maximum power of 48.23bhp at 5000rpm along with 85Nm of torque at 2500rpm. Both these engines are skilfully coupled with a proficient 5-speed manual transmission gear box. Apart from these, the other mill is a bifuel version, which uses a combination of petrol as well as CNG to function. This 1.2-litre motor has the capacity to give out 1193cc and is equipped with a multi point fuel injection based supply system. While in the CNG mode, it can make about 55.23bhp at 5200rpm of power and a torque value of 90Nm at 2650rpm. The mileage generated is about 19.3 Km/Kg within the city and close to 23.70 Km/Kg on the highways. Whereas, when switched on to the petrol mode, it can give away 64.11bhp at 5000rpm along with a 100Nm at 2700rpm. This engine is mated to a F-shift based 5-speed manual transmission gear box that has a cable shift type of a mechanism.
Ed's Take: The Indica eV2 is one of the most fuel-efficient hatchbacks and the company had even run a campaign on 25kmpl. The hatchback is fuel-efficient and that has always been one of the USPs of the Indica. Now, it even comes with CNG option.
The 1.4-litre engine is based on a common rail direct injection based fuel supply system and has a fuel economy of 21.3 Kmpl in the city and about 25 Kmpl on highways. While on the other hand, the 1.3-litre motor is based on a direct injection fuel supply system and has a mileage of 13.6 Kmpl in cities and 17.2 Kmpl on freeways. The 1.2-litre engine is based on an MPFI, while in CNG mode can squeeze out a mileage of about 19.3 Km/Kg under city conditions and can manage up to 23.70 Km/Kg on highways. In the petrol mode, it gives out a mileage of about 13 to 15 Kmpl under standard driving conditions.
Power of Tata Indica eV2
The turbocharger based CR4 motor has four cylinders and sixteen valves and it can displace about 1396cc. It has the capacity to produce a maximum power of around 69bhp at 4000rpm and a peak torque of about 140Nm in between 1800rpm to 3000rpm. On the other hand, the 1.4-litre TDi engine has a displacement capacity of 1405cc. It has four cylinders and sixteen valves based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration. It can generate a power of 48.23bhp at 5000rpm and a torque output of 85Nm at 2500rpm. The 1.2-litre bifuel engine can displace around 1193cc. In the petrol mode, it can produce 64.11bhp at 5000rpm and a torque of about 100Nm at 2700rpm. While in the CNG mode, around 55.23bhp at 5200rpm of maximum power and of about 90Nm at 2650rpm of a peak torque output can be generated.
Stereo & Accessories
Ed's Take: The eV2’s range topping model gets front power windows, music system with Bluetooth connectivity.
The top end variant is bestowed with a music system that is advanced and can support multiple players. It has a radio tuner with FM and AM. There is a CD and MP3 player along with two speakers to support the audio unit. An infra-red remote control is offered in order to control this stereo unit. The low end trim can be fitted with a music system. All the variants have been integrated with an air-conditioning unit. A spoiler and a pair of roof rails can be affixed onto the car for enhancing the appeal. For the sake of convenience of baggage, roof carriers can be fixed on the car top. Accessories such as floor mats and carpets would help keep the inside of the cabin clean, while mud flaps will make the car stay neat on the outside. Nudge guard will avoid any damage to the engine by external impact. All these accessories can be availed at an extra cost from authorized dealers.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's Take: The handling characteristics of the Indica eV2 are good, the steering wheel does feel a bit vague and there is some amount of body roll. But that’s about it.
The braking mechanism of this car constitute of a vacuum assisted, independent-dual circuit, which are of diagonal split hydraulic brakes through tandem master cylinder. The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, whereas the rear ones are fixed with the standard drum brakes. The suspension of this hatchback comprises of independent, lower wishbone, McPherson strut type. While the rear axle is fitted with independent, semi-trailing arm with coil-spring mounted on hydraulic shock absorbers. It has rack and pinion steering type, which has a collapsible steering column and has a 4.9 meters of turning radius.
Safety & Security
Ed's Take: The eV2’s top of the line version now comes with ABS. Airbags are still missing.
The safety of a vehicle is very crucial and this hatchback is very well equipped with all the safety equipment necessary. There is keyless entry and central locking feature enables the driver to have control over the access to the vehicle. There is a child safety lock that is available to the rear doors, which will avoid any unauthorized exit by the children. This restriction of exit does make this hatchback a family friendly vehicle. A high mount stop lamp is fitted to the windscreen at the rear, which will acknowledge the other vehicles about this car's presence from very far off distances too. The top end variants have been fitted with a pair of fog lamps at the front as well as at the rear. These lamps help in providing a better visibility to the driver. The collapsible steering wheel will avoid any injuries to the driver in case of a crash as it avoids getting hit to it. The front seat passengers are offered with three point seat belts that would avoid getting jerked out of the seats and hit to the dashboard or the steering wheel. The high end trim is integrated with an engine immobilizer. The function of this equipment is to freeze the engine when it detects of any tampering with the vehicle for access.
The old Tata Indica is equipped with 13 inch wheel and radial tyres while the new Tata Indica Turbomax is packed with 14 inch steel wheels which are fully covered by puncture resistant radial tyres that offer great off-roading capability. The tyre size of Tata Indica Turbomax is 165/65 R14 while old one has 165/65 R13.
1. Price range is quite reasonable.
2. Comfort features are well equipped.
3. Cabin is very roomy and cozy as well.
4. Appearance is stylish and appealing.
5. Packed with essential safety features.
1. More options can be offered in the car colors.
2. Airbags are absent even in the top end variant.
3. Lower end trim lacks an audio unit.
4. Mileage is not economical.
5. Ground clearance is not up to the mark.
Tata Indica eV2 price
|LS BSIII |
|4,74,730 ||4,82,549 ||4,89,333 ||4,93,892 ||4,73,869 ||4,42,380 ||5,05,002
|5,00,983 ||5,04,699 ||5,12,954 ||5,16,042 ||4,95,877 ||4,70,069 ||5,28,380
|DLX BSIII |
|5,12,462 ||5,20,952 ||5,28,518 ||5,32,294 ||5,12,026 ||4,78,556 ||5,43,774
|5,49,243 ||5,53,818 ||5,63,084 ||5,65,160 ||5,44,681 ||5,13,867 ||5,77,974