Tata Hexa Facelift Review & Test Drive

Tata Hexa Test Drive in Bangalore

Tata Hexa Overview

The Hexa has tremendous road presence, helped in no small measure by its large size. You’ll like what you see on the inside, too. The cabin is neatly styled, the windows are large, the seats are very comfortable and the leather trimmings on the high-end versions lend the space an upmarket look. There’s even reasonable room in the third row. However, the big step up into the cabin is inconvenient and access to the third row is poor.

The 2.2-litre diesel motor in its higher-spec 156hp guise is refined and responsive but the cumbersome-to-use 6-speed manual transmission spoils the experience. Quite the opposite is the Hexa’s 6-speed torque converter automatic, which is a smooth operator. The Hexa is a big and heavy vehicle and feels as such from behind the wheel, especially when parking. However, ride quality is very good with the Hexa feeling its best when cruising out on the highway. All-wheel drive (offered only with the manual gearbox) adds some off-road ability but the Hexa’s size is the limiting factor in the rough.

Tata Hexa Exterior & Look

From front and centre, the Hexa strikes the right note. Having seen the other test-drive Hexas coming up in the mirrors during our drive, I knew it had the “get out of my way” quotient down pat. Tata say that every panel on the Hexa has been redesigned, so nothing is shared with the Aria. It clearly feels that way. Up close you can see that the aggression is crafted with class. There is a bull-horn like chrome strip sitting along the bottom of the grille. Gently rounded hexagonal forms texture the grille, giving a sense of keen attention. The clamshell bonnet with its masculine lines and the gaping air vents below give the Hexa’s claim to being an SUV quite a boost. The double-barrel headlamps are the only familiar bits here.

Switch around to the other end and you will see that there is a distinct squareness to the design. The small spoiler also accentuates a more upright stance. The slim D-pillar-mounted tail lamps have been done away with; instead there are chunky angular lamps that wrap around onto the tail gate. There’s enough chrome on the tailgate to please most Indians. The only awkward bit at the rear are the hockey-stick shaped lights that sit on the bumper.

Viewed from the side, the connection to the Aria is all too obvious. But, the rugged cladding and the 19-inch wheels help the Hexa strike a strong pose. The drop down elements from the roof towards the D-pillar and the fin on the shoulder give it a distinctive look. This is where you realise the Hexa is massive – it is longer and wider than the Mahindra XUV500, and the Innova Crysta. Its 2850mm wheelbase is also the longest, albeit identical to the Aria. There are clear benefits of these dimensions as we can see on the inside.View offers on Tata Hexa in Chennai at Autozhop.

Tata Hexa Interior & Comfort

The Hexa sees an even bigger upgrade inside, with a new and premium-looking dashboard that makes generous use of piano black and chrome. Another JLR-inspired theme comes in the faux stitching in the soft touch material that runs across the centre of the dash. Mimicking the stitching in a leather-wrapped dash, the moulding is neatly executed and it doesn’t look tacky or out of place. At the centre is a touchscreen system that isn’t very high-res but the sound system makes up for it in spades. The JBL system has 10 speakers, and over 1,000 hours were spent in development to perfect the acoustics in this application. The result is a system that isn’t simply heavy on the bass, but produces pleasingly clean and crisp sound with balanced sound levels around the cabin. To my ears, this is the best sound system on any sub-Rs 20 lakh vehicle.

There are comprehensive smartphone connectivity options and a number of purpose-built apps that can be used with the system. These include navigation, a digital vehicle manual and even a dedicated service app that allows you to view service costs, vehicle status at the workshop and more. The new instrument cluster has a smart-looking colour multi-information display, and the top model features auto headlamps and wipers. Occupants can choose from eight ambient light colours with customisable intensity, also customisable through an app. There’s a cooled glovebox and the rear doors have retractable window blinds.

The seats in the Hexa are new and covered in a faux leather upholstery. They’re now firmer but far more supportive than the Aria’s. The new Tata Hexa offers buyers a choice of two captain seats in the middle row or a 60:40 split folding bench in the middle row. Both options have a sliding adjustment to liberate room for third-row passengers. The third row is also quite comfortable, and even six-foot-tall passengers won’t be uncomfortably cramped for knee room. Despite headroom being an issue for said tall passengers, this is still one of the better third rows at the price point. With the third row up, boot space is minimal but the seats fold nearly flat in a 50:50 split to offer ample loading space. If you opt for models with the middle-row bench, a tumble feature allows further expanded boot space. Strangely, the middle row can’t tumble fully forward as it fouls with the newly designed rear console that houses air vents, two flip down cupholders and charging outlets.To know more information on Tata Hexa  check Basna

Tata has paid special attention to connectivity. There are three 12V power sockets and two USB charging ports, with the middle-row port offering a smart charge function that offers optimal charging based on the device connected. The middle row has been designed with separate focus on both passengers. Each gets a reading lamp and has two dedicated air vents. With the Hexa, Tata worked on offering a premium feel through subtle and classy touches instead of gimmicks (the roof-mounted row of stowage spaces is gone).

Tata Hexa Engine & Gearbox

While the Hexa’s engine has been derived from the 2.2-litre unit seen in the Aria, in its Varicor 400 guise it has been extensively revamped. Girish Wagh, Sr Vice President, Product Planning at Tata Motors, explained that the block, head, intake and turbo systems have been revamped to deliver higher power and torque density and greater levels of refinement. The four-cylinder engine makes 156hp and 400Nm of torque which is channelised through a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Upon start up, the engine feels reasonably quiet; although, getting going smoothly from standstill requires some getting used to as the light clutch has a very sudden bite. Also, considerable effort is required to change gears and slotting into fifth required plenty of guess work, too.

Easy drivability is a strength of this engine, with the turbo spooling up nice and early, letting you amble along in one gear. On the move you can haul the rev needle to the 4600rpm limiter if need be. The performance through that rev range is adequate, not exciting; no doubt, weighed down by the Hexa’s considerable 2280kg kerb weight. On the move the engine remains reasonably quiet till around 3200rpm.

Using Bosch’s ESP 9.0, the Hexa packs traction control, hill hold control and hill descent control. This combined with engine modes and on-demand all-wheel drive has allowed Tata Motors to offer drive modes – Auto, Dynamic, Comfort and Off-Road. For instance in Comfort, the sudden spike in torque is softened for a smoother drive experience, and the gentle responses are also used to help improve fuel efficiency. In Dynamic mode, the performance of the engine is unhindered and the ESP intervention is also delayed. While in other modes the all-wheel drive mode is engaged only when required with as much as 45 per cent of the torque being sent to the front wheels, in Off-road mode all four wheels get drive consistently. The ESP is also recalibrated in this mode to suit loose surfaces.Check car loan for Tata Hexa .

The combination that really impressed on our first drive was the one equipped with the automatic. The 6-speed gearbox, originally a GM design, makes the best of the engine character, shifting before the 3000rpm mark to make the experience all the more easy going. The shifts from the ‘box aren’t lightning quick, but in normal driving conditions it always seems to know what you want and hence feels natural to drive. In Sport mode the gearbox shifts down aggressively to keep the engine rpm in the 3-4000rpm range for maximum punch. You could even control the gear shifts by tapping the gear lever forward or back.

Tata Hexa Ride & Handling

When it comes to performance figures, the All-New Tata Hexa 2019 cruises from a standstill to 100kmph within a matter of 12.3 seconds. The ride quality of the car is very much up to the mark. The big wheels which come wrapped in chunky rubber tackles all the off roads hasslefree. The ride stays calm post crossing 100 kmph mark and there is no evident sign of vertical bobbing. There’s a fair bit of body roll too, that will force you to back off when the roads get twisty. The body roll in the car is quick to stop given the all-wheel disc brakes which brake it down from 100kmph to a standstill within 42.39 metres.

Tata Hexa Braking & Safety

Absolutely. We can’t speak for how well the entry models will be specced just yet, but the top models have a comprehensive safety net. ABS with EBD is standard and the brakes also have a prefill feature – lift off the accelerator suddenly and the hydraulic pressure in the brake lines will be increased to provide stronger braking performance if the driver depresses the brake. This provides harder braking in emergency situations with less pedal effort. Six airbags, ESP with traction control, hill hold and height adjustable seat belts round off the safety package.

Tata Hexa Price in Chennai

Tata Hexa On Road Price is 15,92,085/- and Ex-showroom Price is 12,99,000/- in Chennai. Tata Hexa comes in 5 colours, namely Arizone Blue,Platinum Silver,Pearl White,Tungsten Silver,Sky Grey. Tata Hexa comes with RWD with 2179 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 148 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 320 Nm@1700-2700 rpm DRIVE TRAIN RWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Hexa comes with Manual Transmission with RWD .

Tata Hexa Verdict

The Aria’s quite a capable machine and Tata has done well to build on its strengths while making up for its shortcomings. The Hexa’s spacious cabin with three rows of seats, its ability to shrug off bad roads, commanding driving position and easy driving manners make for a great machine to cover long distances in. Yes, it will be a bit cumbersome to steer in the city and fit-finish of the interiors could be better. Nonetheless Tata look to tackle the Mahindra XUV500 head on with the Hexa and if priced right, the Hexa has not just the manners, but the look and the appeal to make it happen this time around. Quite simply, the Hexa is SUV enough, rich enough and fresh enough to deliver an overall experience that feels quite welcome for those looking for a rugged three-row SUV.

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