Published On: Wed, Jul 26th, 2017

Tata Hexa rich premiumness and macho looks takes SUV segment to a new dimension

We were planning to buy a 7 seater, a bigger vehicle in precise since long and the search was also the same. We went through many test drives. In the 7 seater segment we had a few options and Mahendra XUV 500 was on the top gear for sure Hondo BRV, Toyota Innova Crysta, Tata Hexa and some where Maruti Ertiga followed. I decided to take a test drive and Tata Hexa was the first to respond.

 

Wow….believe me a vehicle which was nowhere among our priority took us by surprise. The dynamic style with the stretched out macho look,  flat bonnet, a large mesh-type front grille, the curved LED tail lights, projector headlamps with DRLs, 19 inch alloy wheels the Hexa inarguably looked impressive and taller than its competitors. The ride give you a feeling that this is a car that’s much above the expected level and gives the owner a reason to be proud of.

 

Hexa has a rich list of features some really appreciable like the Rear Window Roller Curtain Sunshade, a very spacious cabin when compared to its rivals in the segmet and a good mix of powertrain options making it the strongest contender in its price segment and I liked the vehicle on most parameters when i took the test drive for the first time.

 

The first impression of Tata Hexa fully communicates the temperament of the designing team while incorporating the features in the vehicle. Tata has focussed largely to give Hexa a premium look with balanced curves, exterior design that gives it an extra ordinary design.The musculine view of Hexa gives a pre-notion of the power and strength that the SUV has. The hexagonal black grille and emphasized chrome humanity line makes the design more aggressive and desirable. The dual-colour bumper makes it look more appealing. The LED at the brake lights, and its premium reflectors adds every bit to make it a stylish SUV.

A lot of Chrome inserts from front to sides and rear adds to the premiumness of the vehicle. The mammoth SUV with a ground clearance of 200 mm, 4,788 mm length and 1,791 mm height when compared with its rivals is the winner.

Dimensions
Tata Hexa Mahindra XUV500 Toyota Innova Crysta
Length(mm) 4788 4585 4735
Width 1903 1890 1830
Height 1791 1785 1795
Wheelbase 2850 2700 2750
Wheel-size 235/55 R19 235/65 R17 215/55 R17

Engine:

The next thing to focus on Hexa was its engine and gearbox. It gets a 2.2-litre common-rail diesel unit borrowed from the Safari Varicor 400. It is rear wheel drive which is quite helpful when you are riding on rough roads with pits and holes.

 

With a 2,179cc engine, the Hexa gave me access to 154 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque, which I felt enough through all conditions to push the heavy two-tonne weight of the vehicle. After much research i got to know that the Hexa gets Tata’s 2.2-litre diesel engine in two types. There’s a Varicor 320 in the base ‘XE’ variant which has 150hp and 320Nm of torque and comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, while all other variants get the Varicor 400 motor which is rated at 156hp and 400Nm of torque. The gears were also quick the moment you kick down the throttle. Cruising at speeds above 100 km/h was effortless and quite with ease which I never expected.

 

In fact, from the test drive in muddy roads to highways but in all parameters Hexa was no doubt an emerging winner and the Hexa test drive feel was much better, smoother, and quicker when compared to its arch rivals.

Interiors:

The interiors were also as impressive as the exteriors. Cabin of the Hexa was quite spacious. The seats were also quite comfortable, the middle row seats had enough space. The carmaker has two-options to offer at the middle row – bench and captain chair and the adjustable seats turned out to be supremely comfortable for the occupants. The third row has a decent leg space and adequate headroom for third-row passengers. Rear AC vents with controls turned out to be very effective in the noon heat. The premium dashboard and the all-black interiors do a good job of elevating the richness of the cabin. The steering wheel with mounted audio, phone and cruise function controls feels premium and offers a good feel as well.

 

The cabin turned out to function well. Storage space has been carved out at multiple places inside the cabin and most of these are well-thought so you aren’t going to have any problems stuffing various eateries and essentials even for a long journey.

 

Hexa is equipped with four drive modes that can be selected via a rotary controller at the base of the centre console. The modes, namely Comfort, Dynamic, Rough and Auto have different settings for the engine. And these drive modes are extremely useful when you are driving the car yourselves and on an undulating road.

 

Infotainment:

The infotainment system too is largely impressive with a colour 5” inch touch screen paired to a JBL 10-speaker audio system from Harman. The sound quality is truly impressive, layout and controls for the infotainment system are easy to use and well within the reach of driver.

 

I’ve always doubted if Hexa could make it to the final list but now after my test drives  of XUV 500, Toyota Innova crysta  I felt hexa was far more superior to all its near and globally accalaimed cometitors. And definetly owning a Tata Hexa will make one feel the worth of money spend and more.

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