The Tata Indigo eCS from Tata Motors was among the initial vehicles that triggered the compact sedan segment in India, and at the time of its release, it was credited as the sedan with the lowest length in the world. It was originally launched in 2002, and has since then, grown to become one of the most widely used vehicles in the Indian market. It comes with a design that was originally based on another of the company's car models, the Indica. Although the two vehicles share a greatly resemblant design, the Indigo was made with a higher wheelbase and with a massive trunk storage capacity. Since its launch, it has been employed greatly in various fields of the market, and a notable usage of the car is in the Taxi industry.
Following the positive response that came in the years after its release, the company gave the car its first makeover in 2006. Initially built with a simple taste, it now received distinguishing features, such as more upmarket double-barrel headlamps, front fog-lamps, more plush interiors with fabric upholstery, etc. It got an engine upgrade in 2010, after which the name of the car was changed from just Indigo to Indigo eCS. The latest generation of the vehicle comes with numerous new features. Having received its latest upgrade just recently in 2013, the vehicle is available with a couple of additional features like Anti lock braking system.
The car is made available in a range of variants with three different engine options out of which, two are diesel and one is a petrol trim. The first is a diesel CR4 engine that can displace 1396cc. The second is a diesel TDi engine, which has a displacement value of 1405cc. The last is a petrol MPFi engine, and this has a displacement capacity of 1193cc. This vehicle comes with an all new duo float based suspension system. As for its exteriors, the vehicle has many impressive design elements such as a chrome grille, smoked headlamps, a sporty dual tone bumper, chrome ringed front fog lamps, body coloured rubrails with chrome inserts and rear chrome garnish. The vehicle's cabin comes with a good level of comfort and has a seating capacity of four. The cabin provides a charging socket, a vanity mirror for the driver, a bottle holder on the front seat, a cabin light, an armrest for the rear seat, magazine pockets on the front doors and many other features to enhance drive pleasure. The company is offering the vehicle with a warranty package of two years or 75000km, depending on whichever is reached earlier. In addition to this, there is an option to avail an extended warranty of two years.
It comes with an attractive diamond grille at the front, with the company emblem on top of it. On either side of this are double barrel headlamps. The company has also given it all new smoked headlamps, and there is a chrome strip on the hood. The dual tone bumper also looks attractive and it houses fog lamps with chrome rings. Between these, there is a wide vent to supply air to the engine. By the side, it has body coloured rubrails with chrome inserts. The door handles are body coloured and they blend into the vehicle's look. The outside rear view mirrors are also body coloured and are given with turn indicators. At the rear, there is a chrome strip placed just above the license plate. The emblem of the company is positioned at the centre of the boot door. The taillight cluster looks pretty simple featuring turn indicators and courtesy lights along with brake lamps.
This vehicle is built with a length of 3988cc, along with a width of 1620mm. It rises to a height of 1540mm, and has a wheelbase of 2540mm. The vehicle has a modest ground clearance of 165mm, which can be better.
Ed's take: The interior of the eCS doesn’t feel old anymore and it has seen an upgrade. Also, the fact that Tata is targeting first-time sedan owner, hence the features are basic. The quality of materials used has been improved.
The cabin comes with a premium dual tone interiors. There are metallic accents on the doors, instrument cluster, steering wheel and gear console. At the front, there is a four spoke steering wheel, which is wrapped in leather. The company's marque is present at the centre of the wheel. The speedometer is illuminated for better visibility. In addition to this, there is also a tachometer. The octa instrument cluster is of an all new design. The cabin also comes with a theatre dimming interior light, along with an anti acoustic chamber. There is a vanity mirror for the driver, along with an anti glare interior rear view mirror. There is a good musical unit equipped with a host of features, along with storage compartments for various things such as cups, pens and magazines. The gear lever and the emergency lever are both within the driver's reach.
The seats inside are quite comfortable, as they are covered with premium fabric and has reclining function. There is a power outlet at the front, which allows for charging phones and devices. There is an air conditioning unit with vents spread about for good circulation. A glove box is present with cooling function, and there are holders for coins and pens in the glove box. The steering wheel is made of suitable material and wrapped in leather, ensuring a firm hold. It comes with a power steering function, giving added comfort to the driver. A vanity mirror, along with an IRVM is present at the front. There is a theatre dimming cabin light, and a boot lamp as well. Both of the front seats come with headrests, with the driver's headrest also having a height adjustment feature. There are power windows at the front and rear for added convenience. The driver side window has one touch auto down function. There are bottle holders on the front door, and magazine pockets on the rear seats. Further, there is a remote boot and fuel lid opener function. For the variant with CR4 diesel mill, there is an auto driver assist function. There is an instrument cluster featuring several functions essential to keep the driver informed. Storage space is present at the bottom of the instrument cluster, and there is a compartment to hold spare parts at the bottom of the front rack.
The cabin is moderately spacious that provides enough room for five adults. In addition to this, it has ample leg space at at both front and rear section. The passengers can comfortably place themselves with enough space for the knees and the shoulders as well. This vehicle also has a truck volume of 380-litres, which is good enough for individuals.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The vehicle has the capacity to accelerate from naught to 100kmph within 15 seconds. Also, it can reach 120kmph within 25 seconds. Furthermore, it can climb to a top speed of 145kmph, which is good considering the segment it comes under.
Engine and Performance
Ed's take: The 1.4-litre CR4 engine that Tata is offering is more economical than the 1.3-litre quadrajet that it is using on its Vista and Manza. While the performance on both of them, is sort of similar. The CR4 engine has done wonders for the Indigo eCS and the Indica eV2. Even the CNG is a good engine to have.
The vehicle has three engines. The first is a common rail CR4 diesel engine. It has 4-cylinders and 16-valves based on DOHC configuration. This drivetrain has a displacement capacity of 1396cc that allows it to produce a power of 69hp along with a torque of 140Nm. The second engine is a TDi diesel mill with turbocharger and an intercooler. This drivetrain has a displacement of 1405c. It can produce a peak power of 69hp, and a peak torque of 135Nm. The last is an MPFi petrol engine, that is equipped with a 32-bit microprocessor. This trim has a displacement value of1193cc. This mill can unleash a power of 64hp along with a torque of 100Nm. All of the engine mills are paired with an all new F-shift five speed gearbox. On an average, the vehicle can reach a top speed of around 145kmph, and can reach the 100kmph mark within 15 seconds.
Ed's take: The fuel efficiency of the Indigo eCS is something that Tata Motors has been boasting about. As per the ARAI cycle, they get a fuel economy of 25kmpl. In the real world it will be lesser, but more than most of the competition. The upgraded eCS still has that. And now you even have the cost effective CNG variant too.
The CR4 diesel engine delivers a mileage of 22kmpl on city roads and 25kmpl on highways. As for the TDi diesel engine, a mileage of 13.6kmpl on city roads is achieved, with 18.3kmpl for highways. As for the petrol variant, the MPFi engine delivers a mileage of 15kmpl for city limits, and 18kmpl for highways.
Power of Tata Indigo eCS
The vehicle comes with three engine variants, of which two are diesel and one is petrol. The first diesel trim is a common rail CR4 engine. This mill produces a maximum power of 69hp along with a peak torque of 140Nm. The second diesel trim is a 1405cc TDi engine that can churn out 69hp of power and 135Nm of torque. The petrol version houses a 1.2-litre mill that generates a power of 64hp in combination with a peak torque of 100Nm.
Stereo & Accessories
Ed's take: The eCS comes with music system that supports Bluetooth connectivity and also gets power windows.
The cabin is given a good musical experience. It comes with an advanced multifunction music system. There are four speakers and two tweeters in all, giving optimum sound quality. The stereo system comes along with a USB port and an auxiliary in, so that external devices such as MP3 players and iPods can be hosted in it. Further, there is an inbuilt radio, which receives signal through an antena on the roof. There is a CD player function as well. Bluetooth connectivity is present, allowing for musical streaming within the car.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's take: The eCS having a short wheelbase enhances its handling capabilities. This is one sedan that can go well around bends.
It has a vacuum assisted, independent dual circuit diagonal split hydraulic brakes through taundem master cylinder. The front brakes are fitted with ventilated discs, while the rear brakes have drums. The suspension system is also of good standard. The front axle of the chassis is equipped with independent McPherson strut with coil spring. The rear axle has an independent 3-link McPherson strut with anti roll bar. In addition to this, the handling is also made smoother with the aid of an anti lock braking system. The steering is a rack and pinion based system with collapsible steering column.
Safety & Security
Ed's take: The safety features on the Indigo eCS include airbags and ABS.
The vehicle provides tight seatbelts for its passengers. In addition to this, it has double barrel headlamps that provide optimum visibility. There are also fog lights and smoked headlamps at front, while the rear gets brake lights and courtesy lamps. There is an outside rear view mirror with with turn indicators. In addition, the cabin has an inside rear view mirror with an anti glare function. There is a central locking system along with a keyless entry system for convenience and safety. The collapsible steering is also an added safety feature. The rear doors have a child safety lock. There are warning notifications for door ajar and for unbuckled seatbelts. The company has also provided it an LED, high mounted stop lamp. The windshield has a washer and wiper for visibility in times of rain. Lastly, this latest version is gifted with an anti lock braking system, which provides additional safety in terms of improved handling.
This vehicle is available with an option to choose between steel wheels and multi-spoke alloy wheels of size 14-inch. These are adorned with size 14 175/65 radials, ensuring a good handling as well.
1. Very good fuel efficiency.
2. There are many features within the cabin for added comfort.
3. A massive trunk space of 380-litres is a bonus.
4. It has ample leg, knee and shoulder room within the cabin for its passengers.
5. There are many variants to choose from.
1. Its performance is weak.
2. The body structure could use improvements.
3. Its safety features could be enhanced.
4. The petrol variants deliver a poor mileage.
5. The cabin could use additional luxury in terms of look.
Tata Indigo eCS price
|LS (TDI) BS III |
|5,58,127 ||5,75,569 ||5,62,128 ||5,69,804 ||5,77,129 ||5,85,129 ||6,06,152
|6,01,579 ||6,05,195 ||6,19,652 ||6,01,193 ||6,06,567 ||6,14,755 ||6,36,071
|LX TDI BS III |
|5,90,324 ||5,98,301 ||5,93,981 ||5,94,163 ||6,09,690 ||6,17,899 ||6,39,246
|6,20,377 ||6,24,327 ||6,39,169 ||6,18,562 ||6,25,576 ||6,33,888 ||6,55,386
|6,24,569 ||6,33,790 ||6,45,625 ||6,29,680 ||6,32,251 ||6,45,492 ||6,66,577
|5,00,209 ||5,07,412 ||5,04,569 ||5,08,062 ||5,00,381 ||5,05,357 ||5,25,690
|Emax CNG GLS |
|5,05,509 ||5,12,864 ||5,05,983 ||5,13,414 ||5,02,148 ||5,10,819 ||5,30,585