Tata Hexa Hatchback First Look Review


Tata Hexa Overview

The 2019 Tata Hexa facelift is among the most rugged SUVs in the Indian automobile industry given the fact. The All-New Hexa is offered with a 2.2-litre Varicor engine in different states of tuning i.e 150PS and 156PS. The former generates a max torque of 320Nm, whereas the latter produces an impressive 400Nm of max torque. It is available with a 7 variants choice namely XE, XM, XM+, XT, XMA, XTA and XT 4×4. The Hexa seems really sturdy yet ravishing and also comes loaded with comfort, convenience and safety feature, starting from the base variant.

Tata Hexa Exteriors

Let’s start with the design though. The Hexa is the second car after the Tiago that gets what Tata Motors calls the ‘Impact’ design language. And if impact is what the Tata design team was going for, I think they have pretty much nailed it. The sheer stance and road presence of the Hexa is immense – far greater than what the Safari Storme pulls off.

The large gloss black front grille gets two distinct border slats, the bottom in chrome and the top in black that connects the two swept back projector headlamps. The lower half of the bumper gets a large central grille that has a wraparound accent painted in shade of matte grey. The fog lamp and daytime running lights on the bumper too get their own little grilles and on the whole I think that although there is just a hint of crossover-ness that the Hexa has, this is about as butch as a crossover can ever get.Check for Tata Hexa price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

A plastic cladding dominates the lower portions of the Hexa and combined with the wider wheel arches and the door trims, it makes the car look a lot more aggressive than it would have otherwise. The side profile is also dominated by the sloping roofline that travels up right at the very end. There’s also the chrome accent piece that carries the Hexa badge right behind the C-pillar. The rear end of the car has two large horizontally placed LED tail lamps with a really cool lighting and a large chrome accent piece that runs across the tail gate. Similar to the front, the rear too gets a matte grey scuff plate and two trapezoidal exhaust tips.

And then we come to my favourite part of the design – the 19-inch wheels! I am so glad that Tata has decided to choose something classic and simple like these 5-spoke wheels in a two-tone black and polished shade instead of choosing something unnecessarily ultra-modern and ruining the design package. Not only do they look great standing still but the polished wheels look even better in motion.

Tata Hexa Interiors

Following the new design philosophy of Tata , the Hexa’s interior too features a combination of subtle and pleasing components. The centre console houses a 5-inch colour screen, which is paired to a JBL 10-speaker audio system from Harman. The system, once connected to a smartphone, can stream navigation data onto the infotainment screen, enhancing the safety and convenience factor for the driver. Sound quality from the system is impressive and would prove to be an audiophile’s joy.The black interior theme goes well with the dynamic positioning of the Hexa. The minimalistic button layout gives a neat look to the dashboard, thereby enhancing its premium appeal. Material quality is expectedly better than other Tata vehicles and at par with the segment standards.

One of the key changes in the Hexa is that it has been developed by a global network of suppliers. While this isn’t a new fact, the extent of supplier globalisation on the Hexa has been the most by Tata Motors ever. As a result, the seats are draped in impressive leather supplied by Benecke-Kaliko, a European supplier. The seats themselves are aptly sized for people of various sizes and offer good side and back support. The arm rest has been designed well and it doesn’t interfere with gear shifting on the manual version.

Captain seats at the rear are comfortable and offer generous leg room and head room. The seats can be pushed back to liberate additional space and the backrest too can be reclined to a significant extent. Headroom won’t be an issue for taller passengers in the first two rows and up to six feet tall people to won’t have their heads bridging against the roof even in the third row. The third row is ok for adults for short durations and the large glass area helps curb claustrophobia. That said, the lack of under thigh support can be an issue over long journeys.

Tata Hexa Performance

Mechanically, the Tata Hexa is very similar to the Safari Storme. For example, it gets the same 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel Varicor engine that makes 156bhp of max power and 400 Nm of mighty torque. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The manual gets the option of both a rear-wheel-drive and an all-wheel-drive driveline whereas the automatic is only available in a rear-wheel-drive configuration.

The Hexa with the manual gearbox gets the driving mode options that changes the amount of power and torque the engine makes. For example, in comfort mode, the engine makes 150 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque while in the sport mode, the engine makes the full 156 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. Now while this might not be immediately apparent to the average consumer, there is a noticeable difference on how driver friendly the Hexa gets especially around the mid-range. The modes also change the ESP efficiency and traction control settings on the Hexa which means a little more leeway for spirited driving in the sport mode.

There is also a ‘rough mode’ that is essentially an off-road mode that gives you better power at lower revs and a less intrusive ESP setting that gives you a lot more leeway when one (or more) of your wheels lack traction. Power delivery isn’t what we would call hectic and the clutch could have certainly been better in terms of both its overall feedback and free play. The Hexa is not what we would call fast though as with 2280kg of kerb weight to move around, it does take some time to get up to speed. But, its isn’t painfully slow either and once you do get it going, mid range performance, especially on a highway is impressive.To know more information on Tata Hexa check Bigintmedia

The automatic gearbox is the one we would choose as the Hexa is the kind of large car that truly comes in its element with an autobox as it just takes a lot less effort to drive. Yes, it is slower than the manual but then the Hexa is not meant to be a sportscar either. The gearbox is surprisingly smooth and there are no jerks in between shifts (while upshifting or downshifting). The actual gear level in the automatic does require a little more effort than usual to operate – something Tata should look into and improve immediately.

The automatic does not get the driving modes like the manual but does get a ‘sport’ option on the gear shifter that makes it rev higher and downshifter faster than in the standard ‘drive’ mode. There is also a tip-tronic setting where one can manually shift gears but with an SUV like the Hexa, you will rarely use it. The automatic also lacks the ESP and traction control options and that is something we think Tata Motors should not have skimped on. The automatic also does not get an all-wheel-drive option which we think is fine since the Hexa with both an autobox and AWD would just become too expensive (and heavier) and would not have any takers.

Tata Hexa Driving

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 Safety

Tata has made no compromise here and safety aspect has also been well taken care of and that too with a very close attention. Both versions have ABS (Anti-locking Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution). Interestingly, there was another system to inspire confidence while panic braking. The Hexa would understand how quickly the right foot is shifted from the accelerator pedal, sensing imminent panic braking.

The EBP or Electronic Brake Pre-fill then would force brake fluid through the brake lines, that would enhance braking efficiency . A test in the off-road experience was about hard braking where this system worked perfectly. Apart from this, the Hexa also has dual front SRS airbags, side and curtain airbags to cocoon its occupants in utmost safety. As safety is now becoming a paramount deciding factor, Tata should consider to keep the safety systems standard across its variant range.

Tata Hexa Cost in Pune

Tata Hexa On Road Price is 15,93,171/- and Ex-showroom Price is 12,99,000/- in Pune. 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 Conclusion

The Tata Hexa is unlike any other Tata vehicle and has equipment found usually in luxury SUVs. It has brilliant NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) levels and an impressive automatic gearbox, which is a quantum leap for the carmaker. However, pricing will be critical to the Hexa’s success and it should undercut the Toyota Innova Crysta AT by a considerable. For the manual, it should be priced below the XUV5OO’s top-end trim. Things such as only one touch down on the driver window and lower plastic quality for the rear HVAC control panel are some shortcomings. That said, the Hexa is a big indicator of change for Tata Motors and hopefully production models and upcoming models maintain consistency.

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