Tata Hexa Overview
The Tata Hexa was one of the biggest showstoppers of the 2016 Auto Expo. The attractive looks and the amount of features Tata Motors promised in the new SUV lured the audience at the biennial event. The Indian automaker is all set to launch their new flagship SUV in January which will be replacing the Aria in their lineup. The Hexa will compete directly with the Mahindra XUV500 and we went to Hyderabad to test the Cheetah’s new rival. Book a test drive for Hexa in Tryaldrive
Tata Hexa Design & Style
Tata themselves credit the design team for the success of the Tiago and have relied heavily on them yet again for the Hexa. While the old Aria was positioned as crossover, it was distinctly MPV-ish in its design and outlook. The hydroformed X2 platform has been used here as well, but as is evident the sheet metal is all new.The front has been cleverly redesigned. For instance, the bonnet gets a lot of muscular creases, and the shut line sits higher, right above the new grille. Little geometric details on the grille and the bumpers set the theme for the design, and the horizontal daytime running lamp setup looks swell too. It looks purposeful, and naturally, commands respect, just like the Safari.
At the rear Tata has done away with the vertically stacked tail lamps for a nice looking pair of wraparounds which feature a strip of fused LEDs on the top. A heavy chrome garnish connect the lamps. Viewed from the side the Hexa looks sizeable with the lip smacking 19-inch alloys giving it a menacing stance. For your reference, the Innova Crysta uses 17” rims. There’s also a neat -looking shark fin detailing on the window line near the D-pillar, with Hexa embossed on it. Chrome is kept at a minimum too. Classy. The bulk and the brawn of the Hexa is amplified in a dark shade such as the ‘Arizona Blue’. And might we add, the all-black Hexa ‘Tuff Edition’ that was showcased at the Auto Expo looked absolutely sinister, and we hope Tata puts that on sale as well.
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 Engine & Gearbox
The Tata Hexa has a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine. This comes with two options – a 148bhp engine and 154bhp. The first one comes with a five-speed manual and the more powerful one has two options: six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The NVH levels on the engine are fairly low. The torque of this engine is more than sufficient for daily driving. One doesn’t require too many gear shifts in the city or highway driving.The six-speed manual feels a bit notchy. It does take some getting used too. The manual comes with four driving modes in the 4×4. These are Auto, Rough Road, Comfort and Dynamic. The Auto and Rough Road are 4×4, while the other two work on 4×2. On the other hand, the automatic transmission is fabulous. The shifts are smooth even downshifts. Put it in the Sport mode and you shall be amazed in the manner it performs. There is also the tiptronic mode that responds well.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Tata Hexa scores 10 km/l with the automatic in city and about 14 km/l on the highway. The manual version of the Tata Hexa will return an efficiency of 11 km/l in city and about 14.5 km/l on the highway. We haven’t driven the five-speed manual engine but the range will be between the six-speed manual and automatic.
Tata Hexa Ride & Handling
Tata vehicles have always had good ride, the Tata Hexa sets a new benchmark, not just for Tata, but for the segment as a whole. Despite the 19-inch wheels, we loved the way this UV rides. Tata Hexa has set a new benchmark in this segment for ride and handling. With such good road visibility, limited blind spots and such a responsive chassis. This feels like a nimble car that is being driven. It doesn’t feel huge at any point. The other important aspect that makes the Tata Hexa exciting is despite its high ground clearance of 208mm, it has limited body roll. The steering wheel is responsive too. The leather wrapped one is great to grip. This is surely, the new face of Tata products.
Tata Hexa Safety & Security
Tata Motors haven’t compromised on safety this time and the Hexa is loaded with safety equipment. It comes with 6 airbags including dual front, curtain and side airbags. There is a 4 channel, 4 sensor ABS offered as standard along with Cornering Stability Control function. Other safety features include Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control. The Hexa’s long term durability and cost of ownership is yet to be seen and Tata Motors needs to ensure stress-free ownership of the Hexa considering the unreliable nature of the Safari faced by some owners in the past.
Tata Hexa Price in Bangalore
Tata Hexa Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 11,85,984/- (Hexa XE) to 17,31,985/- (Hexa XT 4X4). Get best offers for Tata Hexa from Tata Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Hexa price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Tata Hexa Bottomline
Is the Hexa more than a repackaged Aria? Clearly, yes! The Hexa has been arrived at after thoroughly revamping it from nose to tail, inside and out. It has been reworked on all fronts engine, suspension, chassis, interiors, design and features too. As a result this Tata feels sufficiently modern, appealing and capable. It’s spacious cabin make it a genuine six or seven seater, ideal for Indian families. Yes, Tata does need to get a few minor quality issues ironed out here and there, but on the whole the package is possibly as good as they can make it.