Tata Hexa Hatchback First Drive

Tata Hexa Overview

The Hexa is a crossover offered by Tata Motors in India in a diesel engine option with two states of tune, a VARICOR320 and a VARICOR400. It is available in six as well as seven seater versions and features individual AC vents for each row, captain seats (six seater variants only), dual headlamp unit with projector beams, an infotainment system with various speaker configurations on all variants. While the lower versions are offered with a 16 inch steel rim, the higher trims, XT, XTA and XT 4X4 is available with a 19 inch alloy wheel. The engines are mated to a 6 speed automatic and a 6 speed manual transmission for the VARICOR400 variants and a 5 speed manual transmission on the VARICOR320 trims. All variants of the Tata Hexa are offered with ABS (Anti lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and dual front airbags. The higher versions also feature side airbags, curtain airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Hill hold and Hill Descent Control and Super Driving Modes, Auto, Comfort, Rough Road and Dynamic.View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop


Tata Hexa Exterior

Hexa looks salient, elegant and sporty, to say the least. The new IMPACT design philosophy of Tata Motors has worked well with the SUV. It has been designed with inputs from design studios of the company in India, England and Italy. The front fascia of the Hexa exterior flaunts smoked projector headlamps with Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), ‘Humanity’ chrome grille and fog lamps.

The SUV rides on 19-inch machine-cut alloy wheels, while the rear profile comprises of wraparound LED tail lamps, integrated spoiler and tailgate applique.What has made the Hexa even more tempting and desirable is the extensive chrome treatment on a couple of elements, such as door handles and rear luggage step plate. Also, the presence of roof rails adds sportiness to the SUV. The colours include Arizona Blue, Tungsten Silver, Pearl White, Platinum Silver and Sky Grey.

Tata Hexa Interior

The interiors of the Tata Hexa are truly welcoming; thanks to the all-black cabin with superb finishing that gives the feel of a premium vehicle. The car features piano-back inserts and brushed grey plastic and the effort seems to be towards making the dashboard look cool. However, by utilizing several materials and plastics, it looks like the design is lacking classiness. The steering wheel reminds us of the newer generation cars coming out of Tata’s stable. There are mounted controls for audio, telephony and cruise on the large 4-spoke tilt adjustable steering. Sadly, the steering is only rake adjustable not reach and this is certainly a down considering the price this car falls in.

Tata has really upped the game in terms of advanced features. The Hexa features instrument cluster with two large analogue dials along with a 3.5-inch advanced driver information display resting in between. The driver information display (DIS) give loads of information and one can switch through the information by using stalks on the right hand side of the steering. Coming to the centre console, it has been gracefully divided with the top portion featuring ac vents and chrome accents and below there is a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment unit.

The ConnectNext infotainment with chrome surrounds looks pretty and in fact similar in size fitted in other Tata cars such as Bolt and Zest. But it does the required job as it is loaded with plenty of tech such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The unit also supports plenty of apps including Juke App through which a song playlist can be automatically created to playback desired songs of all the passengers. The ConnectNext app suite also includes NaviMaps for navigation and Tata Smart Remote App for controlling lighting, audio and media screen. The decibels are provided by JBL with 10-speaker setup which is unexpectedly low on output.

The car features climate control the setup of which sits right below the infotainment. With individual ac vents on the floor-mounted console, the cabin takes no time in cooling. Though the HVAC unit give access to control all the blowers across the cabin, the speed can also be controlled independently via roof-mounted console. Just below the climate controls, there you get 12V charging point, USB/Aux-In connectivity as well as rotary selector for ‘Super Drive Modes’.

Tata Hexa Performance

Powering the Tata Hexa is a 2.2 litre diesel engine in two states of tune, a VARICOR320 and VARICOR400. The VARICOR320 generates 148 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm to 2,700 rpm. The VARICOR400 tune produces 154 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm to 2,700 rpm. This are the same engine tunes that also power the Tata Safari Storme.There are three transmission options available for the Tata Hexa’s diesel engine which is offered in two states of tune, VARICOR320 and VARICOR400. In the VARICOR320, the only available gearbox is a 5 speed manual unit, however the VARICOR400 is offered with a 6 speed manual transmission and 6 speed automatic transmission. The top end XT 4X4 also has an all wheel drive system for off road capabilities.

The Tata Hexa has a claimed fuel efficiency of 14.4 kmpl for all variants which is reasonable for its segment. The crossover is available in two states of tune, VARICOR320 and VARICOR400 and comes only with a 2.2 litre diesel engine.Though the car packs the same engine working in Safari Storme, the fuel efficiency has been improved by variety of means such as in the comfort mode when there is sudden increase in torque it is softened to get smoother drive experience and the gentle responses coming from helps in gaining more fuel economy. While the ARAI certified mileage stands at 17.6kmpl, still the real world mileage figures clearly shows that Hexa is a better highway buddy returning around 15kmpl. On the other hand, the car can easily deliver around 10kmpl in city driving conditions.

Tata Hexa Driving

Hexa is a revelation in itself with a pretty smooth and swift drive experience. The steering wheel is a delight to hold and it responds well to the driver’s finger tips. The cabin has very less noise with perfectly-tuned NVH levels.There isn’t any doubt that the earlier Aria was fully capable of handling bad roads. And the traits can be seen in the successor as well. The 19-inch wheels which are largest in its class are coupled with variable rate dampers offering excellent ride quality. Moreover, the way recalibrated suspension setup dismisses the potholes and other road imperfections is truly commendable. And more rigidity in chassis has helped in fine tuning of the suspension further.

But at the rear, the suspension is much stiffer, this approach is to make the vehicle sportier. And this can be experienced at highways where the car feels totally composed as the suspension work as a cover up for the massive size of the vehicle. However, propelling it hard will increase the body roll. The hydraulic steering is light and vague at high speeds and this is a disadvantage. There is overmuch loose at the centre of steering and as you turn into the corners, it appears to be disconnected. But despite of all the odds, the Hexa is unquestionably the best in terms of ride quality in its class.

Tata Hexa Safety

Despite the car having all-disc brake setup, it does not inspire confidence and there is always a feeling that the heavy weight will overpower the braking mechanism. However, from high-speeds of about 80kmph, the car comes to halt without any drama. The safety kit includes a total of 6 airbags with 2 airbags, ABS with EBD and corner stability control forms the part of standard equipment. Other features include electronic stability program with roll-over mitigation, traction control, hill hold control, hill descent control, reverse parking sensors with camera and front and rear fog lamps.

Tata Hexa Price in Mumbai

Tata Hexa Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 11,65,412/- (Hexa XE) to 16,99,260/- (Hexa XT 4X4). Get best offers for Tata Hexa from Tata Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Hexa price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Tata Hexa Round Up

Hexa is a sure-shot winner, courtesy the exorbitant exterior appearance, impeccable interior cabin and power-packed performance. On top of all these factors, its price has given it an edge above its rivals. It would slay the SUV segment and is here to stay, and rule, perhTata Hexa currently is available in six different trims such as XE, XM, XT, XMA, XTA and XT 4X4. The pricing for the Hexa starts from Rs. 12.57 lakh and goes up to Rs. 17.97 lakh. Its base model XE is available at the price tag of Rs. 12.57 lakh. The mid-range trim XM and automatic variant XMA are offered at the price tag of Rs. 14.19 lakh and Rs. 15.43 lakh respectively. The Hexa’s top selling variant XT is tagged at Rs. 16.64 lakh while the automatic version XTA is tagged at Rs. 17.8 lakh. The top of the line XT 4X4 is offered at the price tag of Rs. 17.97 lakh, ex-showroom. The mean machine with ticks on all the right boxes is up against the likes of Toyota Innova Crysta, Mahindra XUV 500 and Mahindra Marazzo in the segment.

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