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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Exclusive Review: New Ford Endeavour - Great Ford Endeavour Drive, Hyderabad 2017


The Ford Motor Company (or "Ford") is an American multinational car maker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. It is one of the most iconic American Automobile brand. Ford started its India operations India in 1998 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, with its Ford Escort model, which was later replaced by the locally produced Ford Ikon in 2001. It has since added the Fusion, Fiesta, Mondeo, Figo, Ecosport and Endeavour models to its product line. 

Also Read: All exclusive review of Tata Hexa

Ford Endeavour is the only SUV from the American automaker which is sold in India. It is a mid-sized to semi-full sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by Ford. ReviewsToday team was invited specially for a day-long event to test drive (off-roading) this beast in toughest terrains of Hyderabad – The Great Ford Endeavour Drive. Checkout our detailed review below...

Getting to Know About All New Ford Endeavour 2016:

Ford Endeavour directly competes with Toyota Fortuner in India. The former generation Endeavour did really well for Ford in India, until Fortuner came in. The all new Endeavour is an improved SUV from house of Ford in every possible manner thus making it more appealing. The pricing for the SUV is also quite competitive – INR 26,63,000, which is pretty less compared to Toyota Fortuner.

Also Read: Quick review of Isuzu MU-X SUV (India Edition 2017)

Build & Quality:

Let’s quickly get into its hood to see what Ford Endeavour had to offer. We must say – this SUV is really a beast.

Exteriors - Endeavour is truly an American SUV –it has no chiseled edges but the muscular posture is quite distinctive. It sports a big front grille, flared wheel curves, silver skid plate and tall attitude thus commands a lot of road presence.  

Interiors- The SUV really sways with its luxurious, well-appointed interiors. The dashboard is a nice mix of beige and grey, while its top is swathed in leather that provides a premium feel. The feel is heightened with the well-laid out centre console, quality of plastics, and switches. It also sports single glovebox, sans the cooling. Cabin is definitely more spacious when behind the wheel thanks to the bigger windscreen and lower set dash. The major USP of Ford Endeavour is panoramic sunroof which gives SUV an airy feel.

Features- SUV comes loaded with semi-auto parallel park assist and front parking sensors, along with SYNC3 - Endeavour’s infotainment system which allows you to pair your smartphones via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The SUV’s audio system offers a crunchier sound quality and gets 10 speakers. SUV also boasts of featuring dual zone climate control and temperature control for the second row. 

Also Read: 2017 Best CNG Cars at Entry Level

Space- With a near 5 metre length there’s ample legroom for front and rear seat making it one of the most spacious SUV in its segment. Seats on Endeavour are very comfortable. However the third row is little cramped and is best suitable for kids or adults with small height. In terms of Luggage space, SUV’s third row seats are powered, and you can flip the seats down at the press of a button which adds to the convenience.

Engines and Performance-  Engine is heart of any car, and Ford Endeavour is no different - SUV packs in a five-cylinder, 3.2-litre engine producing 200PS and 470Nm of torque, and could race upto 100kmph in 10.86 seconds. Endeavour weighs heavier at about 2394kg, but six-speed automatic transmission deserves acclaim, as it is the quicker of the two gearboxes to shift gears and adds to the performance. There are two engine variants on offer on the Endy - the 3.2 and 2.2 litre Duratorq. The 2.2 TDCi is available in Trend 2WD/4WD manual or 2WD automatic and Titanium 2WD automatic. The 3.2 TDCi is only available in 4WD automatic in Trend or Titanium avatars. The 225mm ground clearance serves you well, especially when you put the car off the road.

Ride Quality & Off-Road Experience:

The SUV performs extremely well in city traffic with its lighter and more responsive steering. It feels lot sportier and yet very easy to drive in bad traffic too. The 4WD is similar to Land Rover, with a dial that allows you to switch the car's personality to respond to varying surfaces. This Terrain Management System has Rock, Snow/Mud and Sand modes, and works with ease. The Endeavour also gets a rear differential lock. When climbing uphill/rocks the Endeavour’s front parking sensors are great help, which lets one know how close the front end is to obstructions. Really cool feature. For our experience a custom made track was prepared at Area 56 motorsports in Keesara, Hyderabad. We tested 3.2L variant (4WD).  Our off-roading included steep climbs, severe turns, hill descent, water-wading, tilted driving at a 30-degree etc. truly meant for adrenaline junkie like us.

Overall Verdict:

The Great Ford Endeavour Drive had been an outstanding event for our team. This was our first high end SUV off-roading experience. We were simply blown away by the fact what a fully loaded SUV can achieve. The prices of SUV are affordable, offers better specs compared to rivals and comes with brilliant features. From city roads to off-roads, from water to snow – this is a true companion for all roads. 

Truly enchanting & mystic experience – Thanks Ford Endeavour. 

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

India-spec Isuzu MU-X SUV Unveiled: 10 Quick Facts To Know

Isuzu is known in India mostly for its sturdy pick-up cross overs. However it is very soon going to launch their premium SUV, the MU-X in India. Potentially, Isuzu SUV will compete directly with Toyota Fortuner, Tata Hexa, Toyota Innova and the Ford Endeavour in the Indian market. Let us quickly reveal quick 10 facts about this upcoming SUV:

10 Key Things To Know About Isuzu MU-X

1)  MU-X borrows  much of its designs from its cousin the D-Max V-Cross pick-up with a front fascia that's near cloned. 

2) The SUV looks extended and sports a third row of seats and added comforts.

3 The rear styling is revamped and comes with split horizontal tail-lamps and new bumper.

Also Read: Complete End to End Review of Tata Hexa 

4) The SUV’s interiors resembles to that of the V-Cross' and the Chevrolet Trailblazer - The new beige interior theme with revised dashboard with wood trim and new seat upholstery add a premium touch to its appearance.

5) The SUV is loaded with bunch of features like a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, a silver accented steering wheel, roof-mounted 10-inch DVD monitor, 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat, split and fold 2nd and 3rd row seats, climate control, 12 cup holders and 19 cubby holes.

6)  Isuzu will be launching multiple variants of the MU-X viz.  4X4 MT and AT initially with the 4X2 models joining later. 

7) The SUV comes loaded with 3.0-litre engine initially, with 150hp 1.9-litre engine in works as well for later launch.

Also Read: 10 Key Things to know about Honda WR-V - Mini SUV 

8) Isuzu MU-X will be assembled locally at Isuzu's Sri City plant in Andhra Pradesh.

9) Isuzu’s new 7-seater SUV might come as a cheaper option for buyers looking for 7-seater family car and can be priced at Rs 23 lakh – Rs 27 lakh.

10) The SUV will be launched tentatively on May 11, 2017.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Honda WR-V: Decoded in 60 Seconds | Price | Verdict

Honda WR-V is a newest compact crossover in India that is scheduled to launch on 16th of March. It is built on the Jazz platform, but comes with new fashioning, features, ground clearance etc. This car from Honda will compete directly with likes of Hyundai i20 elite, Ford Ecosport, Mahindra KUV, Fiat Avventura and Suzuki S-cross. Prices starts from 7.75 lakhs upto 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). But the major question, should you buy it. Check out our quick analysis…

Also Read: Honda Jazz Decoded in 10 Points


Key 10 Things to Know About Honda WRV

1. WRV is the new crossover from Honda which will be priced INR 65,000 more than the Jazz and will offers better ground clearance, body cladding and even roof rails and comes with six colour options i.e. Premium Amber, White Orchid, Golden Brown, Carmelian Red, Alabaster Silver and Modern Steel.

2. WRV sports a muscular looks and hence it resembles more like an SUV than a crossover.


3. The interiors of WRV is plush and showcases the dashboard which is similar to the Jazz and is sporty. It comes with two colour options: a) black and silver b) bluish grey.

Also Read: Complete Review of Honda - Mobilio

4. Instrument cluster features three dials, one for speedometer, tachometer and driver information system along with keyless entry, push start and stop, touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, dual airbags and even ABS.

5. The cruise control and push start and stop features will be available only on the diesel top-end model, VX.

6. The infotainment system comes loaded with HDMI, MirrorLink, 2 USB and SD card slots.

7. In term of spacing, WRV will not disappoint you – ample boot space of 360 litres and amazing knee room and head room for the rear passengers.

8. However only down side – it does not have rear AC vent, which can be an issue in summer.

9. The WRV comes in two engine variants - 1.2-litre petrol/ 1.5-litre diesel offering 87bhp/100bhp and 115Nm/200Nm respectively by 5-speed/6-speed manual gearbox which suits both city and highway drives. Also note diesel engine even gets a lambda sensor – that checks emission.

10. The mileage of WRV Petrol is 13 KMPL in city / 17 KMPL on highways while Diesel variant will offer 18 KMPL in city and 25 KMPL on highways.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Gen Maruti Suzuki Swift (2018 Launch) - 10 Key Things To Know

The next generation Suzuki Swift has finally made its global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The 2017 Swift brags a completely new charm taking the sporty and younger design. The new-generation Suzuki Swift is established on the all-new HEARTECT platform, which is lighter and more rigid than the current platforms.

10 Key Things About New Maruti Suzuki Swift

a) The new Suzuki Swift is lighter and agile.
b) The new HEARTECT platform has no similarities to the platforms used by the Baleno or Ignis and thus making them safer than the current models, thereby complying with global and also proposed Indian safety norms.
c) With new styling the A-pillar accentuates the Swift's trademark styling, while the new sweptback headlamp looks lustrous and incorporates LED DRLs.

Also Read: Complete Review of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT - World cheapest gearless car

d) There is no visible change to the side profile but now hatch gets a floating roof.
e) The carved out boot-lid with united spoiler and new diamond cut alloy wheels provides the classy look.
f) Interiors of the car is lot sportier – and comes with a race-inspired twin-pod instrument cluster and infotainment unit.

g) A touchscreen display elegances the central console and it may come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
h) Dual airbags and ABS may also be standard on the new Swift.

Also Read: Best Entry-Level CNG Cars In India of 2017-18

i) The new gen swift may be powered by 1.0 litre turbocharged BoosterJet petrol, updated 1.2 litre K-Series petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engine along with SHVS - or Suzuki's mild hybrid option in few upper variants.

j) Transmission options will include the 5-speed manual and automatic units as usual.
k) The India launch of this Swift, has been pushed ahead and is now scheduled around March 2018.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

2017 Best Entry-Level CNG Cars In India

For an entry level car buyer in India, fuel economy is the most important consideration while making a choice to buy a car. While other features such as luxury and performance cannot be undermined however for most the fuel efficiency is still a major defining factor. While diesel cars are preferred over petrol but high maintenance and car pricing makes it an expensive affair at an entry-level. This spot is now conquered by  CNG-powered cars.

Also Read: Detailed review of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT - World cheapest gearless car

CNG Cars are powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), making them the most fuel-efficient models in country. There has been a huge surge for CNG-powered cars among Indian buyers now since few carmakers have started offering company fitted CNG cars. Unfortunately there are only three brands which offers CNG cars at an entry level – Tata, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. Let’s find those models out.

1. Tata Nano eMax  [Price: ₹ 2.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]

The cheapest of all CNG cars is  the TATA Nano eMax which comes at a price of  ₹ 2.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).  Tata Nano eMax is showcases same 624 cc, 2-cylinder petrol engine as the regular Nano, but this one comes combined with a CNG kit. While running on CNG, the engine generates 32.5 bhp and 45 Nm of peak torque. The motor comes with a 4-speed manual gearbox as standard. The Nano eMax is based on the XM variant and provides a whooping fuel efficiency of 36 km/kg.

2. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 CNG [Price: ₹ 3.67 lakh to ₹ 3.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]

Maruti Suzuki Alto is entry level hatch loved by everybody in India. Now Alto is also available in CNG variant and comes with 799 cc, three-cylinder petrol engine that generates 30.1 bhp and 60 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. Alto offers the CNG option only with the LXI variant, which also gets optional driver side airbag. This car provides a fuel efficiency of 33.44 km/kg.

3. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 CNG [Price: ₹ 4.06 lakh to ₹ 4.16 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]

One of the most popular models of  Marti Suzuki, the Alto K10 also comes with a CNG option. Alto CNG features a 1.0-litre K-Series engine paired with the CNG kit that generates out 58.5 bhp and 78 Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard and comes only in the LXI variant. The CNG-powered Alto K10 returns a mileage of 32.26 km/kg.

4. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R CNG [Price: 4.65 lakh to ₹ 4.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]

One of the top selling CNG hatchbacks in the country is the CNG variant of the Maruti Suzuki Wagon because of surging demand in the fleet (Uber, Ola, Meru etc.) segment. Wagon R provides tall boy physique and spacious cabin thus making it so popular with buyers. The WagonR comes loaded with 1.0-litre K-Series petrol engine paired with the CNG kit that churns 58 bhp and develops 77 Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard and is offered with the LXI variants only offering a fuel efficiency of 26.6 km/kg.

5. Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG [Price: ₹ 5.0 lakh to ₹ 5.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Green, is the most expensive CNG-powered in the list. Celerio Green comes in the VXI model showcasing 1.0-litre K10B engine which churns 58 bhp and 78 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard and offers notable fuel efficiency of 31.79 km/kg.

6. Tata Indica emax CNG [Price: Rs 4.04 lakh  to 4.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]

Tata’s very popular model in fleet segment is the petrol Indica eV2 which comes with a factory-fitted CNG kit, known as Indica emax. The emax is available in two variants priced at Rs 4.04 lakh and Rs 4.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and comes powered by a 1.2-litre engine. For the price the Indica offers a spacious interior, although quality is not up to standard.

7. Hyundai Grand i10 CNG [‎ Rs 4.62 lakh onwards plus Rs 68,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)]

The Grand i10 can be had with a factory-fitted CNG kit for Rs 68,000 over the base ex-showroom price of the Asta trim level. The addition of the kit now keeps the warranty of the car intact unlike earlier models. Hatch is powered by the 1.2-litre Kappa 2 petrol engine seen on the standard car.

8. Hyundai Xcent CNG [ Rs 5.42 onwards plus Rs 68,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)]

Hyundai also offers the Xcent compact sedan with a CNG option at an additional cost of Rs 68,000 over the ex-showroom price. The car is again powered by 1.2-litre Kappa 2 petrol motor as its hatchback cousin.

9. Maruti Eeco Green CNG [ Rs 3.83 lakh and Rs 4.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)]

The modified version of old Maruti Van – OMNI now christened as the Eeco, also comes in CNG variant. Eco Green is available with five or seven seats options and is priced at Rs 3.83 lakh and Rs 4.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. It is very popular as school vans and delivery vehicle.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hyundai Tucson - Decoded in 10 Points

India’s SUV segment has witnessed remarkable upward trend in recent years. Every car brand has been launching SUV to capture this market. SUV is no longer choice of just high income group population, it is catching a lot of attention of young Indians who are new gen entrepreneurs or have decent jobs. Now a days SUVs comes in all sizes & shapes, from full-size 7-seaters to sporty crossovers, sub-4 metre compacts, and even in hatchback sizes. Hyundai after its successful launch of compact SUV - Creta, it has launched all new Tucson – starting INR 18.99 Lacs. But a big question, with several SUVs available in this price range should you buy Tucson? Let’s decode this SUV in 10 key points.

Read More: Tata Hexa - India's most versatile & affordable All-Terrain SUV

10 Key Things To Know About Hyundai Tucson

1) Tucson sports Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design like other members of its Family.

2) SUV comes with a very detailed signature hexagonal grille complemented by swept-back headlights which are dual-barrel LED units thus making it resemble to its big brother - Santa Fe.

3) Tucson resides on 18" 225/55 tyres and has a ground clearance of 172 mm.

4) Interior of Tucson resembles that of Creta and comes with two-tone black and beige dash with a distinctive separation between entertainment unit and dual zone HVAC (loaded with two power sockets and one USB slot).

5) 8-inch touchscreen entertainment unit sports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

6) Multi-function steering wheel, seats, armrests and transmission knob all are leather-wrapped gives a plush feeling.

7) There is ample leg room at the rear however it is quite low thus window line is higher as a result outside view is slightly reduced. Tucson's boot is of whopping 513 litres.

8) Tucson is available in petrol and diesel variants; both can be paired with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission:
2.0 Lts petrol engine delivers 155hp at 6200 rpm and 192Nm of torque
R2.0 L diesel engine delivers 185hp at 4000rpm and 400Nm of torque

Also Read: Skoda Kodiaq - SUV of Future

9) Diesel engine is performs much better than Petrol engine as it offers torque right from the lower rev range and the transmission is super smooth thus making ride much peppy and comfortable.

10) Verdict - Tucson is a mostly city-roader with five seats with 2WD driving capabilities but definitely not an off-roader. In fact we reviewed Tata Hexa which is launching in less than 30 days – which provides 4WD All Terrain drive under INR 19 Lac for top end model.

Hence if you like Hyundai brand, and keen on city driving, Tucson fits the bill. However if you want little more adventure or an off-roading – Try Tata Hexa

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tata Nexon - 10 Key Things To Know About This Compact SUV

Tata has been quite aggressive with Hatchback & SUV Car segment in recent times and riding high due to its success in form of Tiago, Bolt, Zest and upcoming Hexa (yet to be launched). However Tata is also eyeing Sub Compact-SUV zone with its upcoming car – Tata Nexon which is going under some serious testing across the country.

Also Read – Detailed Review of TATA Hexa; A Power-packed SUV

10 Key Things To Know About Tata Nexon

1) Tata Nexon was first unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo.
2) Nexon's design inspiration has been taken from the Range Rover Evoque.
3) The spy images of the car divulge new production tail lamps which come with U-shaped LED lights along with a rear bumper (plastic cladded) and LED lights for the number plate housing.

4) Nexon is a sub-4 metre compact SUV, and measures about 3995 mm in length and has a ground clearance of 200 mm.
5) Nexon is extremely stylish and the interiors is enthused from the Tata Zest and will come with Tata's signature three-spoke steering wheel along with entirely new dashboard.
6) Nexon will also feature new horizontally-profiled AC vents, stylish instrument cluster and rotary controls for the HVAC system.

7) Nexon is most likely to be powered by 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel motor.
8) Transmission options of Nexon may sport a 5-speed manual and F-Tronic AMT on the diesel version.
9) Nexon is likely to be priced between ₹ 6 lakh to ₹ 10 lakh (ex-showroom).
10) Nexon will compete with Ford Ecosport, Mahindra TUV, Honda Jazz, and Suzuki Vitara etc, let’s check it out.

Also Read: First Skoda SUV in India - Kodiq | Key Highlights

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

10 Key Things To Know About Renault Kwid AMT (Automatic)

The Renault Kwid was launched almost a year back and has been a best-selling hatch since then. ReviewsToday team were amongst first few who reviewed manual variant of Kwid last year. The earlier variant ripped Maruti Suzuki Alto by its killer mini SUV looks and styling. Renault has now launched the Automatic variant of the Kwid which comes with company's New Easy-R AMT System.

Also Read: Complete Review of Renault Kwid (Manual Variant) 

10 Keys Things to Know About Renault Kwid AMT

1) AMT variant has been designed in-house, though hardware has come from Bosch and the software from FEV.
2) The AMT Variant of Renault Kwid is called Easy-R.
3) The major USP on this car is that Renault has introduced rotary dial instead of a gearstick for AMT capabilities– first in class at this segment.

4) The Rotary dial resides on the central console and has three positions - R (reverse), N (neutral), and D (drive).
5) The car does not move in D mode unless you apply pressure on accelerator this implies that you don't have to keep your foot on the brake at say a red light or to stop vehicle from gaining acceleration in this mode.

Also Read: Complete Review of Suzuki Alto AMT (Automatic)

6) There is a bit of delay in the 1st to 2nd gear change, but the remaining gear changes are extremely suave. Downshifts are even smoother.
7) AMT will come in 1.0 Lts Engine generating 67 bhp and a solid 91 Nm of peak torque.

8) AMT will come in top-end model RXT which will come with the driver-side airbag and touchscreen navigation. Rest of the specification is identical to Kwid Manual Variant.
9) Kwid AMT variant is going to perform well in cities due to crazy traffic and has been designed keep that in mind.

10) Renault Kwid AMT is priced at INR 4.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and which is INR 30,000 more expensive then the top-end RXT trim on the Kwid 1.0.

Also Read: Complete Review of the next gen. SUV from TATA #TataHexa

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Exclusive Review: Tata Hexa – Extreme Road Test #HexaExperience


Tata Motors is India’s first indigenous international motor conglomerate, a subsidiary of the Tata Group which makes vehicles in 4-wheeler segment includes passenger cars, trucks, vans, coaches, buses, construction equipment and military vehicles. It is the world's 5th-largest motor vehicle manufacturing company, fourth-largest truck manufacturer, and second-largest bus manufacturer by volume. Tata launched the Indica in 1998, the first fully indigenous Indian passenger car and since then there is no looking back. In 2008, Tata Motors acquired the English car maker Jaguar Land Rover, manufacturer of the Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Company. So far Tata Cars have done extremely well in commercial taxi segment however failed to capture attention of private car users especially in compact SUV/ SUV segment. While Tata Safari was launched several years ago, followed by Tata Aria – however poor styling, lack of modern features targeting youth and comfort factor was completely missing. However Tata Motors has been riding high on the success of the Tiago which got big thumbs-up from the market, mainly due to the new design which is a major USP.

This lead to birth of TATA HEXA - which starts from INR 11.99 Lakhs upto INR 17.40 Lakhs (Delhi). 

Pricing sheet

A Quick Video on #HexaExperience Event Held in Hyderabad by Tata Motors & IndiBloggers

Getting to know about new Tata Hexa SUV  

In 2013, Tata engineers were tasked to build a powerful SUV from the scratch. Post JLR acquisition by Tata, for the first time design teams from UK, Italy, India and Korea were clubbed and Hexa was conceptualised and code named as Eagle. In fact a lot of ques were taken from JLR (Land Rover) Engineers to build the framework, drive modes and interiors of this SUV. This new SUV is based on entirely new concept called IMPACT.

Concept Sketches - Tata Motors
#HexaExperience Event at Novotel, Hyderabad

Impact framework covers the following aspects of the SUV – it should be Exciting, Expressive, Extraordinary, Inviting, Intelligent and Intouch. 

Machine should speak louder than words and rhetoric – Tata Motors in alliance with Indiblogger organized #HexaExperience event in city of Nizams "Hyderabad" which included 2 days of extensive self driving road test to top 60 bloggers from India. No precondition apart from valid 4 wheel driving license was needed. The message the loud and clear – the moto-bloggers will drive this SUV upto 160 Kms (to-and-fro) from Hyderabad to Vikarabad in all terrains followed by some extreme road testing and would share our unbiased feedback about this SUV.

Chirag Jain | Founder - ReviewsToday - First Selfie with Tata Hexa

TATA HEXA Variants

Tata Hexa XE (MT Only)

  • Varicor 320 engine (150hp)
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Dual front airbags
  • Power folding wing mirrors
  • Remote central locking
  • Projector headlamps
  • Steering-mounted audio controls
  • 6-speaker infotainment system
  • Cooled Glovebox
  • Tilt steering

Tata Hexa XM (MT and AT)

  • Varicor 400 engine (156hp)
  • 6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Heated wing mirrors
  • Rear wiper with defogger
  •  3 Super Drive Modes
  • Customizable interior lighting
  • 8 speaker Infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB, AUX &iPod connectivity
  • USB & SD card video playback & image viewer
  • Voice command recognition
  • Body colored ORVMs & door handles

Tata Hexa XT(4X2 AT and 4x4 MT)

  • Varicor 400 engine (156hp)
  • 6-speed MT/ 6-speed AT
  • Side and curtain airbags
  • ESP with roll-over mitigation
  • Traction control
  • Hill-hold & Hill descent control
  • Hydraulic brake assist
  • Reverse parking camera
  • Cruise control
  • 10 speaker Infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB, AUX &iPod connectivity
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Climate control
  • Leather seats
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • 19-inch Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights (DRLs)

Build & Quality

Let’s get into the basics of car like the exteriors, interiors and engine to understand the overall build and quality.


Hexa is a completely new SUV, refreshing and sturdy – it is powered by its ‘Impact’ styling.

Hexa - Front

1) Dual colored bumper with Tata Signature Grille accentuated with chrome humanity line is quite appealing.
2) The striking Ice cube patterned DRLs seamlessly integrates with stylised fog lamps making SUV looks truly bold.

Hexa - Rear

3) Smoked projector headlamps complement the assertive front fascia of this adrenaline machine. 
4) Hexa also unveiled muscular wheel arch cladding which nests best-in-class 19-inch alloy wheels seen usually in high end SUV like Land Rover, Range Rover, Audi etc.

Hexa - Side Rear

5) Dynamic floating roof and wraparound chrome feature line with Hexa embossing gives the contemporary silhouette to the SUV. 
6) Wraparound stylised horizontal tail lamps with first-in-India patented flexible LED technology connected by a refined chrome applique is another usp of this SUV.

Hexa - Projector Lamps

7) The side profile does look similar to the Aria but this SUV gets ample cladding all around with sharper lines and chrome, making SUV look quite macho.

Hexa - DRLs


Let’s divert our attention to vital stats of the car. The first thing as you enter the car is the styling – extremely plush and high end. 
Hexa - CockPit

1) During our discussions with test-driver, he did confess that all the styling within Hexa is inspired by Land Rover and we bet it is true. 
2) One would observe that there are multiple shades like polished chrome, piano black, silver accents and matte black. The design is clean and quality of material is of high quality with superb finishes and soft touch materials, textures and grains.

Hexa Cruising at 140 KMPH at ORR, Hyderabad

3) In fact we were told by Tata Motors that they had asked their suppliers to re-design the seat from the scratch - right from the quality of foam to ergonomics of the seat.
4) Premium Benecke-Kaliko™ upholstery with contrast stitch and accentuated bolsters makes the SUV super captivating from inside.

Hexa - Ambient Mood Lighting

5) The SUV comes with Touchscreen Infotainment System which renders multiple intelligent features for enriched convenience such as on-screen SMS display, SMS readout and rear view camera display on infotainment screen.
6) On board Smart USB charging ports modulates charging, based on the connected device was a very pleasing experience.

Hexa - Plush Seats

7) Hexa is loaded with Entertainment tools, InTouch system is powered by Harman music system with 10 JBL speakers of 320 W amplifiers. The sound quality is pretty high end and we loved the bass. 
8) The SUV gets its navigation from NaviMap which is an App on InTouch system. There are also other common features such as bluetooth, reverse parking camera etc.

Hexa - Sun Blinds

9) The SUV also introduces Ambient Mood Lighting – which offers choice of 8 colours for in-cabin lighting with illumination control and customization.
10) There are multiple AC vents for all rows including side wall vents for excellent cooling.
11) Surprisingly noise cancellation ratio is quite good. One would not hear diesel engine’s or outside noise at all making the cabin quite soundproof. 
12) The steering wheel is very very smooth and adaptive. It is so easy to steer the SUV with finger tips. Steering wheel comes with mounted controls as well. 


This is one of the most important feature of any car. Hexa does not disappoint you here at all.

Hexa - 80 KMs Pit Stop at Anantgiri (Hill Resort)

1) The SUV comes with leather seats which are well bolstered and offer good support.
2) Since this is a family SUV, it flaunts a lot of cubby holes and other practical bits. 
3) Hexa has a central arm rest in the front row, which doubles as a storage box. 
4) It also carries a dual glovebox, where the upper compartment is a cooling box. 
5) The second row, of six-seater variant have captain seats which easily slide and even recline.
6) SUV offers excellent knee room in the first two rows however the third row is little cramped but suitable for people with low height and the kids.  
7) The boot space is quite small especially if you need to carry luggage for 6-7 travellers. However you can go for rooftop luggage accessories that should fix this problem. 


This is a heart of SUV which differentiates her from the competitors. Let's take a looks whats inside the hood... 

Hexa - 2.2 L Varicor 400 Engine

1) Hexa which we test rided came with a refined and smooth 2.2-litre Varicor 400 engine, producing 156 PS of power and 400 Nm of torque.
2) SUV comes in six-speed manual and automatic transmissions offering 4x4 WD and 4x2 WD capabilities.
3) Manual Variants comes with 4x4 WD capabilities and offers driving modes based on the nature of road and comfort you seek. The 6 speed manual transmission offers first-in-segment Super Drive Modes (Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Rough Road):

Hexa - Manual Variant : Driving Modes

a) Comfort Mode - targeted for city driving to deliver better fuel efficiency.
b) Dynamic Mode- we loved this mode as it provide sporty feel by providing extreme thrust capabilities.
c) Rough Road Mode – It switches the car to 4x4 mode for better off-road capabilities. The advance traction features kicks in this mode.
d) Auto Mode – Its automatically switches between other 3 modes based on road and acceleration condition.

4) Apart from these, manual variant also highlights Hill Descent, Hill Control and Water wadding (upto 450 mm) features which we really liked.

5) The manual gearshift is very smooth and effortless.

6) Automatic Variants offers two driving capabilities – Sports and Auto Sensing Race Car.

Hexa - Automatic Mode

a) Sports Mode – provides gearshifts at higher RPMs thus giving sporty feel
b) Auto-sensing Race Car – provides performance, with manual shift option (first in class)
c) Manual-Auto Gear Switching - The manual gear options in automatic variant was so welcoming and we felt driving like a joy stick in hand with single shift up gear – such features are only available in high SUV from BMW, Merc and Audi.

HEXA Road Test Review

We first drove about 85 Kms from RGIA, Hyderabad to Vikarabad that included ORR (high speed track), State Highway 4 which was single lane with traffic followed by off-road – gravel/muddy trail of about 10 Kms to a Hill resort based in Anantgiri Hills.


Both the engines (Auto and Manual) are very responsive and doesn’t make you feel that it’s a diesel car. It is so silent. We drove in Manual Variant initially and it completely nailed it. We tested all the driving options and we loved Dynamic mode in particular as it provided much need for speed at a high throttle. For off-roading, we used Rough Road mode and the SUV just sailed through every muddy pothole or pits with ease. The shocker management is amazing, despite of rough bumpy roads and speed-breakers – people at the back did not feel jerks or bumpy ride. Thanks to its incredible ground clearance of 200 mm. A big thumbs up. 

Hexa - Extreme Off Road - Tata Hexa - ESP and Torque on Demand Test (Cross Axle State) Feature 

While returning back, Tata Motors switched us to Automatic Variant – 2 WD.  Automatic variant is extremely easy to drive. It provides regular automatic features- P (Parking), N (Neutral), D (Drive) and R (Reverse). The Automatic variant can be switched to Manual Mode as well with a simple gearshift. The gearshift simply turns into a joy stick and you can switch to upper gears by a simple up-shift giving the driver a video game feeling. However it does take one to get acquainted with Automatic process as it has no clutch. Our SUVs worked very well at low speeds too, and provided amazing torque on high bends at top speeds. 


In Automatic variant, when the brake were applied it reduces the speed and the gears downshift automatically until the car comes to a stop. Then you need to shift the lever to the ‘N’ mode and then to ‘P’ mode—which indicates ‘parking’ and you can free your legs. The brakes are very receptive and saw live how the ABS, EBS and Tractions kicks in when you suddenly have to apply brakes in emergency. 

Hexa - Mud Hole Testing

Extreme Off-Road Experience (Manual Variant only) - By Trained Land Rover Test Drivers and ReviewsToday Team

This was the USP of the #HexaExperience event. Hexa was tested by Land Rover Test Drivers who gave us the demo on Land Rover Test Track near Novotel, Hyderabad. 

ESP and Torque on Demand Test (Cross Axle State) 

Allows your SUV to perform on two wheels. The SUV rightly balances on two diagonal wheels – while other two wheels are in air. This is a feature which is present in Land Rover and is now transitioned to this SUV. For layman, in standard SUVs, 60% of power is transmitted to the front two wheels while remaining 40% is transmitted to rear wheels. Now if two diagonal wheels (1 front and 1 rear in diagonal) are in air, standard SUV will have half (30 + 20 = 50% ) power to use and while 50% of power will go for waste. However in Hexa, the 50% of power which is being wasted can be diverted to two wheels  (diagonal) which have traction and Cross Axle situation can be mitigated with lot of ease.

ESP and Torque on Demand Test Video | © 2013-16, ReviewsToday

Limited Slip Differential (LSD) 

Now this is a feature which comes handy if you are travelling to the snow clad mountains filled with snow or areas which are prone to landslides. These conditions were proto-typed for us for the demo. The ice cubes were placed on an incline. Usually tyres does not get traction and grip on ice – however in this case the Hexa out performed other SUVs – The tyres which did not receive traction, the LSD (limited slip differential) would again shift all the power to two wheels (front and rear) which have traction resulting the SUV to move ahead without any difficulties or sliding back. 

Limited Slip Differential (LSD) Video | © 2013-16, ReviewsToday

450mm of Water Wadding Feature

Hexa comes with 450 mm of water wadding feature which is about 200 mm less than Land Rover and about 150 mm more than Tata Safari. This feature is critical for India as during monsoon, many high end SUV fail to perform in these depths thus making repairs and servicing very expensive. For Hexa, these depths are just another milestones that are easily conquered and one is rest assured that water won’t seep into the engine and ruin it. 

 450mm of Water Wadding Feature Video | © 2013-16, ReviewsToday

Hill Descent Control (HDC)

This feature comes very handy especially when you are driving in hills which have steep slopes or descents. Once HDC is activated, it does not allow your vehicle to move faster than 8 KMPH and thus you need not apply brakes at all – this feature will take care of the braking. Usually the intelligent car system will apply brakes in alternate wheels ( does not put braking on all wheels in one go) one by one and thus your car will not slip or skid. 

Hill Hold Control (HHC)

This feature is again for hilly terrain ride. If you are on a steep ascent and had to apply brakes – it will hold your vehicle from moving backwards. This is a useful feature in cities aswell where you have traffic jams on flyovers and the driver constantly have to use braking, clutch and acceleration to prevent vehicle to move backwards, in Hexa it is taken care by HHC. 

Electronic Brake Prefill

The EBP is an extremely important feature that Hexa provides. These are inbuilt sensors that gauges the panic and activates brakes application automatically. If you are driving at very high speed and remove your legs from accelerator abruptly, the EBP sensors kicks in and will gauge something is wrong and will prepare breaking even before you apply brakes manually. The moment you press the breaks (when EBP is on), the braking is applied to full power enabling much faster stopping thus avoiding fatal collision in real life situation. 


Hexa offers some great tilting features upto 22 degrees. ESP with rollover mitigation despenses much needed stability to the SUV. However we do not see too much use of this feature on day to day Indian roads, however in few situations like landslides etc, this will come quite handy.

Banking (Tilting) Feature Video | © 2013-16, ReviewsToday


Hexa offers some best in class safety features:

1) ESP (ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAMME) with roll-over mitigation to monitor driving stability and traction.
2) ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution to optimize braking distance and to ensure vehicle stability.
3) TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM which acts as a control system to prevent excessive wheel slip.
4) REVERSE GUIDING SYSTEM with rear-view camera and ultrasonic sensors, with display on the infotainment screen.
5) 6 AIRBAGS (Front, side and curtain airbags) inside the cabin which takes cares of end to end safety.
6) POWER GRIP TYRES  has specially been designed by MRF which are meant specifically for the Hexa in order to offer better performance and grip. 

Other Exclusive Hexa Features

Hexa comes with other amazing features such as:

1) 8-WAY ADJUSTABLE DRIVER’S SEAT for a Comfortable driving position using horizontal, vertical, angular recline and Lumbar controls.
2) AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL WITH DUAL HVAC which automatically maintains cabin temperature with personalized air flow and speed control through AC vents in each row.
3) FLEXI SEAT CONFIGURATION allowing 2nd row to be available with Captain’s or Bench seat. 2nd & 3rd row available with multiple folding configurations releasing a maximum 671 L space.
4) AUTOMATIC HEADLAMPS that switches-on automatically on sensing exterior conditions.
5) RAIN SENSING WIPERS are intelligent automatic wipers with 7 speed modes for varying rain intensity.
6) POWER ADJUSTABLE ORVM are electrically adjustable and Foldable Outer Rear View Mirrors (ORVM) with demister.
7) CRUISE CONTROL is available at touch of a button. 
8) SUNBLIND are retractable blinds for 2nd row windows.

Areas of Improvements

No car/ SUV is perfect. There is always a scope for improvement. Here are some: 

1) No Neon DRLs – While Mahindra XUV has a very strong and good looking neon front DRLs, the Hexa fails to impress with the DRLs just like Hyundai Creta. We would have expected neon DRLs which are now available even in hatchbacks like Suzuki Baleno etc. 
2) Sun-Roof Missing – We would expect a SUV of the Hexa's calibre to feature sun-roof atleast in top end variant.
3) Limited Drive Options in Automatic Variant - The Automatic variant comes only in two drive options – we would expect 4 drive options like in the Manual Variant to be present in the Automatic variant too. 
4) Lack of Back Space - Third row and boot definitely needs improvement – it lacks space there.
5) Poor Navigation Tool -  SUV's Navigation relies on the GPS of your phone. We would expect inbuilt GPS in the SUV.
7) GPS based Anti Theft Feature Missing-  The SUV does not come with an inbuilt Car Theft GPS system - a must have safety feature due to increased car thefts in India.


Seating Capacity XE, XM - 7 Seater
Front , RearDisc , Disc
·        XT - 6 / 7 seater

 TypeXE - 2.2 LTR. VARICOR 320
 FrontDouble Wishbone type with Coil Springs
XM, XT - 2.2 LTR. VARICOR 400
RearCoil spring type 5 link rigid axle suspension
Fuel, Emission normDiesel, BS IV

 Capacity, cylinders2179 cc, 4 cylinders
Max power: PS@RPMXE - 150PS@4000
SizeXE, XM - 16" steel
XM, XT - 156PS@4000
XT - 19" alloys
Max torque: Nm@RPMXE - 320Nm@1700-2700
TypeXE, XM - 235/70 R16
XM, XT - 400Nm@1700-2700
XT - 235/55 R19

TypeXE - 5 Speed manual
Capacity (litres)60
XM, XT - 6 Speed manual / 6 Speed Automatic

AWDOptional (XT 4x4)

Turning Circle Radius (m)5.75m

Length x Width x Height (mm)4788x1903x1791

 Wheelbase (mm)2850

Ground Clearance (mm)200

General Observation & Verdict

Tata Hexa is no doubt a wonderful SUV. It has full potential & punch to beat Mahindra Scorpio, XUV, Honda BRV and Toyota Innova Crysta. Hexa has clearly imported quite a lot of features from Land Rover which makes it a clever SUV compared to others. We would personally recommend Hexa Manual Variants as it comes with 4 amazing driving options, gives great off road capabilities along with 4x4 WD options. But for those who love city driving and highways – Hexa Automatic can be a good alternative. 

The Automatic variant gave us a mileage of about 11 KMPL while Manual variant gave us the decent 13-14 KMPL. Tata officials did confirm that they will have Express Service in their exclusive service centres – hence the customers will get customised fast servicing for their Hexa SUVs.  

From pricing and launch perspective, this SUV is priced at lower price range to that of XUV & Innova  i.e. around INR 12.30 Lac for base model while top end model may go up to INR 18 Lacs.

The SUV’s official pricing and launch will happen on 17 Jan 2017.

We would strongly bet our money on Tata Hexa for features, safety and comfort it offers.

Indiblogger Gang - #HexaExperience 2016

ReviewsToday Team rates the SUV 4.7 out of 5

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