Indigo eCS LX TDI BS III Review
One of the very few companies in the country, which is prevalent from the pre-independence era is the highly reputed Tata Motors Group. This is one company that has managed to create a universe around its products in the country and across the globe as well. Their cars can be seen in almost every segment which exists in the lucrative Indian car market. There will always be a car on the streets of the various cities that can be classified as either a SUV, a hatchback, a sedan or from any other segment from this erstwhile automobile manufacturer. For this company innovation is evolution, which continuously occurs thereby creating products that reflect not just the legacy of a Tata vehicle but also the contemporary technology that defines them. Among the successful cars of Tata Motors, the Tata Indica was a ground breaking success, which was followed by the Tata Indigo sedan. While the Tata Indica is essentially a hatchback, the sedan looks of the Tata Indigo makes the vehicle highly desirable and it also depicts exceptional classiness. Among the entire range, the Tata Indigo eCS LX trim offers a really beautiful set of features and design aesthetics. The exteriors of the vehicle are an example of sheer class, while the interiors offer pure elegance. With the interiors of the vehicle, the Tata Indigo eCS LX variant breaks new grounds in terms of interior luxury. The vehicle offers nothing less than top end luxury aspects and comes with spacious, comfortable and rich interiors. The exteriors, specifically the frontage of this compact sedan however offers a very striking resemblance to the iconic Tata Indica hatchback. This stylish Tata Indigo compact sedan series comes in quite a few variants with fuel options of diesel and petrol for the customers to choose from. This compact sedan is being offered in two options of diesel engine, one of which is the TDI (turbo charged direct injection) and the other is the powerful CR4 diesel engine. Out of these the top end trim in the TDI models, the Tata Indigo eCS LX TDI BS III is the top end trim and is loaded with some interesting comfort aspects along with other significant safety functions as well.
The Tata Indigo eCS LX TDI BS III variant comes with a remarkable set of exteriors, which makes the vehicle look captivating. The front fascia of the vehicle comes with an uncanny resemblance to the Tata Indica hatchback, even though the exteriors are further modified. The exterior build comes in subtle curves and smooth edges and corners. The car has everything that an economical compact sedan needs. With decent aerodynamic rendering on the bonnet and the front fender lines, the car represents the sophistication and style of Tata Motors. The front houses an evenly placed headlamp cluster, front grille and air intake valves that help in cooling the engine quickly. The front bumper is also offered in the body color making the vehicle more appealing visually. The side profile of the car is reminiscent of basic sedan design. The rear boot extends but not excessively thereby keeping intact the overall length of the car. The overall length of Tata Indigo eCS LX TDI BS III is 3988mm, while the total width of this compact sedan is 1620mm. The overall height of this sedan is about 1540mm and it has a remarkable ground clearance of close to 165mm, which is quite good.
The interiors of this Tata Indigo eCS LX TDI BS III trim depicts sheer elegance. The first thing noticeable in the interiors is its build quality. It is nothing less than a high end sedan. With a richly built dashboard, plush seats and classy interior accessories, this compact sedan also features a responsive steering wheel that has been embedded with the Tata emblem on it. The leg room offered in the vehicle is exceptional and deserves an applaud. Though the dashboard and its compartments are spacious, the seating space is not compromised to achieve them. The front dashboard comes with a symmetric design, however the controls and other buttons are kept closer to the driver. The leg room is also sufficient in the rear seat rows as well. The seating arrangement is comfortable with enough thigh support. With an air conditioner, heater, tachometer, glove compartment and a digital clock, the car’s interiors are stuffed with features which depict luxury. The fabric upholstery takes the interior experience to a completely new level.
Engine and Performance:
This top end Tata Indigo eCS LX TDI BS III has been equipped with a 1.4-litre turbocharged diesel with inter cooler based engine, which has been further equipped with four cylinders. The vehicle comes with an impressive performance as it manages to create a maximum output of about 69bhp at 4000rpm, while the maximum torque produced reaches a peak yield of 135Nm at 2500rpm. The company has succeeded in creating a powerful machine along with being fuel efficient as well. The vehicle offers a promising mileage, which is very enticing. The mileage offered in city is about 16 Kmpl, while on the highways and bigger roads this engine generates about 19 Kmpl, which is quite good. With a fuel tank capacity of 42 litres, it does ensure a pleasurable ride. This turbocharged direct injection fuel supply system based diesel engine is skilfully mated with a five speed manual gear box transmission, which offers smoother gear shifts at any time. This engine is compliant with all the norms of Bharat Stage III, which means that this engine gives lesser emission.
Braking and Handling:
This Tata Indigo eCS LX TDI BS III variant comes with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The car also has independent McPherson Strut with coil spring front suspension and independent 3-link McPherson Strut with anti roll bar suspension in the rear.
The company has equipped this compact sedan trim with extremely spacious interiors offering superior comfort. Along with the spacing, the car also has power steering, power windows in front and rear, remote fuel lid opener, low fuel warning light, accessory power outlet, vanity mirror, seat lumbar support. In terms of entertainment, being a base variant, the car manages to offer some truly impressive features. It has CD player with front and rear speakers and a radio FM as well.
This Tata Indigo eCS LX TDI BS III trim comes with basic safety parameters such as child safety locks, central locking, halogen headlamps, rear seat belts, seat belt warning, door ajar warning, side and front impact beams, adjustable seats and centrally mounted fuel tank. This compact sedan also has a strong build, which helps it resist some of the minor collision impacts. For the price it is offered, it does provide some promising features on the whole.
Pros: Affordable price, decent mileage, good build quality, spacious interiors.
Cons: Many more features can be added, engine NVH can be reduced.