Tata Hexa: First Drive Review
- Oct 21, 2016
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Tata has revealed the prices for the Hexa, and they range from Rs 11.99 lakh to Rs 17.49 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Its closest competitors are the Mahindra XUV500 and the Toyota Innova Crysta. While they are both tough cookies to crack, here are five things that stand out on the Tata Hexa.
The Tata Hexa measures 4788mm long and 1903mm wide. That’s wider than the XUV by 13mm and longer than the Crysta by 53mm while still being almost as tall. The wheelbase of 2850mm is also the longest here and by a margin. For comparison, the Innova Crysta’s wheelbase measures 2750mm while the XUV’s is 2700mm long. These dimensions result in a spacious cabin, and with the optional captain seats in the top trim, being in the second row feels like you’re in a bungalow on wheels.The Hexa’s manoeuvrability does suffer because of its dimensions, though, and at 5.75m, its turning radius is bigger than the XUV500 (5.6m) and the Crysta (5.4m). You pay for a spacious cabin by occasionally making three-point turns.
The 2.2-litre VARICOR 400 engine packs the biggest punch among the three. At 156PS, the power is 6PS more than the Crysta and 16PS more than the XUV. Its 400Nm of torque is head and shoulders above the other two. Engines in the XUV and the Crysta produce 330Nm and 343Nm of torque respectively. Its 6-speed transmission and a meaty peak torque make highway cruising a relaxed affair for you and the Hexa’s engine.
The Innova Crysta has a body-on-frame, but it’s stuck with a 2WD drivetrain. The XUV500 has the all-wheel drive advantage, but its monocoque architecture limits its potential if you decide to take it off road. The Hexa combines the best of both worlds and offers 4WD with a rugged body-on-frame chassis.
Then there’s the terrain management system, which we see in cars that are much more pricey. There are four modes to choose from: Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. With the twist of a knob, the Hexa’s engine behaviour can be altered to suit the surface you’re driving on.
The infotainment system packs a rather small, 5-inch touchscreen, but the audio output is channelled via JBL’s 10-speaker system. An amplifier routes audio to four mid-range drivers and four tweeters housed in each door, a centre speaker mounted in the dash and a sub-woofer in the boot so you can lose yourself in the tunes. Whatever you play through the unit will be loud and clear to jam wherever you like. The Innova Crysta and the XUV500 make do with garden-variety 6-speaker audio system.
Almost every car comes with a front and rear windshield. Heated wing mirrors, however, are still unheard of in this segment, or even a few segments above. The Hexa’s outside mirrors come with heating elements to warm it up when travelling in cold weather conditions. These mirrors will do a better job of giving you a clear view of the action behind your vehicle on your trip to Leh and Ladakh.Recommended Variant : Hexa XM
Tata Hexa: First Drive Review
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