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Tata Aria (2010-2014) Reviews (15)

Good seating capacity

Overall rating: 5 Reviewed By: Nanda on 04 July 2014
The Tata Aria's planning may be a never-before from Tata with its wide and aggressive higher front grille and slightly Tata Indica visual percept and Manza sort appearance. The front flip indicators are placed at mechanically adjustable ORVMs . Tata Aria comes with subtle headlamps and bonnet creases...  Read More »

Sporty Looks

Overall rating: 5 Reviewed By: Shri on 09 July 2014
Tata Motors offers Tata Aria in 2 variants viz. Tata Aria 4x4 and Tata Aria 4x2. every of those variants is obtainable in 3 trims. Tata Aria 4x4 has 3 trims particularly Tata Aria Pride, Tata Aria status and Tata Aria Pleasure; all the variants of Tata Aria 4x4 area unit full of 4x4 Adapterra Torque-on-Demand...  Read More »

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Tata Aria (2010-2014) Overview

Tata launched the Aria in October 2010 with much expectations.

Tata Aria (2010-2014) Exterior

The Tata Aria is an imposing brute on the road. The road presence is huge and people do get out of your way faster! At 4650mm in length and 1918mm in width, the Aria is a large car. It has a ground clearance of 200mm.
The huge double barrel headlamps (top end models get low light sensing lights) are now becoming familiar in the TATA family with the Manza being the latest product to sport the same theme. The hood and the frontal stance give the car a very muscular look thanks to the flared wheel arches and chunky 235mm section tyres on 17-inch alloy wheels. The rear of the Aria is neatly done with the tall vertical tail lamps and twin exhausts lending it a sporty look. While the Pure and Pleasure variants get 16 inch steel wheels, the higher variants get 17 inch alloys wrapped in 235/65 R17 rubber.

Tata Aria (2010-2014) Interior

Interiors are a big step up from Tata and the quality of plastics have been vastly improved. There is a lot of space inside and the seats feel nice and supportive.
The big steering wheel is tilt adjustable and has controls for the music system as well as the cruise control. However, ergonomics are an issue and these can be easily pressed while driving, which can be irritating. There are other ergonomic glitches too. There is no space to keep your phone securely while charging and keeps slipping under hard acceleration from the space provided next to the charger. The Pure and Pleasure versions come with black and beige interiors with wood inserts, the Presitge and Pride versions come with Black and Plum interiors with brush metal inserts. The seats on the Pure and Prestige models get beige fabric while the Prestige and Pride get leather upholstery. The interiors of the Tata Aria come with wide range of choice and standard eye-catching inserts. It is available in fabric and full leather upholstery with three types of interior shades that include Black and Plum, Black and Black and Black and Beige. Black and Beige interiors sports wood inserts at door panels and at dashboard. The door handles in all the variants are in chrome finish that add glitter to the gold. The second and third row seats are foldable to fully flat position but this is not the case with third row. And hence the problem arises for the passengers of the third row. The top version of the Tata Aria comes with an in-built navigation system that works well. The audio system comes with Bluetooh technology and looks nice but isn't the best sounding one out there. The car gets a fully automatic climate control with vents for all the seven passengers has no problems in keeping the car absolutely chilled. There is ample storage space up front. The numerous roof mounted utility bins is a great feature to have. The speedometer console has a couple of dials and looks simple. It houses all the essential information including multi-information display for fuel consumption. In all, the Tata Aria features a high-tech multimedia LCD with Sat-Nav and a 2 DIN stereo audio system, dual air conditioning with automatic climate control, cruise control, roof-fitted mini glove boxes, bottle holder in door pockets. Glove box chiller that allows you to keep your drinks and chocolates pretty cool, further the automatic glove box light switches on when you open the box. door mounted magazine holder, cup holder, tilt adjustable power steering with mounted audio and phone controls, rain sensing auto wipers, puddle lamp, electronically adjustable and foldable ORVMs , bonnet auto lift, luggage lighting and charging point in the boot space, auto climate control, sunvisor extenders , etc. The system also displays things like inside/outside temperatures, the distance traveled, fuel remaining, instant and average fuel consumption, and other alerts related to performance and control of the car. Interior Comfort Tata Aria is a very comfortable crossover with ample room for 7 passengers seating arrangement. However, the third row has less leg room but it's not a big concern as it is a common problem in MPVs. The second and third row seats can be folded fully flat, also aircon separate for all three rows is made available in this particular cross-over. Tata Aria also boasts a good storage compartment which is provided right behind the third row. Legroom and headroom is good enough for driver and front passenger. Tata Aria comes with a sun-roof allowing natural light to enter. It is also covered with impressive cover. The driver seat of the Tata Aria is 6 way adjustable including height adjustment and head restraints; middle seat can be slided, handrest is also adjustable, lumbar support adjustment can be done for comfortable seating. Seat belts are also height adjustable that add extra comfort. As mentioned above, the comfortable seats with the 60:40 split and foldable second seat row can be slid back and forth to create extra leg space for the rear passenger. This premium car by Tata, has been blessed with a reverse guide system that works through an in-built reverse guide camera. This system helps you to park your vehicle by providing the view of rear vehicles or obstacles. The crossover comes equipped with GPS Navigation system that helps you to reach your destination through pre-loaded maps. The system also searches for restaurants, hospitals banks, etc on your way. The infotainment system consists of 2 DIN integrated music system with 6 speakers which plays CDs and MP3. It has a USB port, an AUX input and bluetooth as connectivity. The music system is calibrated to sense the speed of the vehicle and hence adjust the volume accordingly depending upon the outside noise level.

Tata Aria (2010-2014) Engine & Transmission

The Aria comes powered by a 2.2-litre direct injection common rail engine with variable turbine technology that manages to churn out 140PS of peak power at 4000rpm. Most importantly it has a healthy torque of 320Nm which is generated between 1700 to 2700rpm.
All versions are powered by the familiar 2.2-litre direct injection common rail diesel engine with variable turbine technology that manages to churn out 140PS of peak power at 4000rpm. Most importantly it has a healthy torque of 320Nm which is generated between 1700 to 2700rpm.

Tata Aria (2010-2014) Mileage

The Aria is propelled by the 2.2-litre direct injection common rail diesel engine with variable turbine technology. The car manages a fuel economy of 13.7 kmpl with the 4x2 set-up. The 4x4 versions on the other hand fare a bit less with a claimed fuel economy of 13.5kmpl (All figures ARAI)

Tata Aria (2010-2014) Braking and Safety

High speeds stability is top notch and the electronics work in perfect tandem to get the heavy vehicle to a standstill from crazy speeds without any drama whatsoever. Steering is on the heavier side for parking speeds though feels much better once on the move. One irritating part is the positioning of the controls for the music system which easily fumble with your hand while turning the wheel. Another feather in the Aria’s cap comes in the form of the “4x4 torque on demand” system - available as option on all except the Pure version.
This system supplies the torque in varying proportions between the two axles depending upon the terrain. It also helps in off-road driving as well as stability on winding roads. We got ample opportunities to test this system (as seen from the locations in the pictures). There is no driver intervention required though one can switch to 4x2 for saving fuel by the press of a button. TATA has gone a long way in making the Aria one of the safest set of wheels in its segment. It comes equipped with disc brakes all around, ABS with EBD, ESP and TCS and six air-bags on the top end variant!

Tata Aria (2010-2014) Performance and Handling

TATA has worked very hard on the NVH levels and the diesel clatter is well under control once the windows are rolled up. The engine is very smooth thanks to features like a dual mass flywheel which helps isolate torsional vibrations from the powertrain and thereby eliminates body boom and driveline rattles. The gear shift action may not be the best out there, however it is never troublesome and slots into the right gear even at peak rpms.
The gear ratios are well spread and it’s easy to drive the Aria in traffic at low speeds while chugging along in a higher gear. As the Aria is a heavy vehicle and runs on wide 235mm section tyres, expecting the Aria to deliver tyre shredding performance wouldn’t be fair. Hence, we were pleasantly surprised when the cross-over managed a sub 15-second timing for our 0-100km/h dash! Infact, we cross-checked the reading more than a couple of times on our test laptop for verification and each time, the 0-100km/h sprint came out to be between 14.9 to 15.2 seconds! A limited test course didn’t allow for the actual top speeds though the car managed an indicated 140km/h pretty easily with probably another twenty odd to come. Apart from the terrific performance, the Aria also scores pretty well in terms of its ballistic mid-range punch. The turbo kicks in at around 1750rpm with an intoxicating whistle and shoves the car ahead with a great force. Closing in on gaps in traffic doesn’t really call for mathematical calculations and until unless you will be driving the vehicle with a full load of seven people, the 2.2-litre motor won’t really give you a reason to complain. We repeatedly drove the Aria in both 4x2 as well as 4x4 mode and found its drivability to be on par with our expectations. The suspension of the Aria is another area where this vehicle excels. The double wishbone front and the five link rear with coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers go a long way in making its occupants feel comfortable. Drive the Aria over roads that don’t exist and it seems to swallow in everything. The recent monsoons have left quite a few patches which means traffic often crawls at a snail’s pace at many places. In the Aria, one can literally fly past them while remaining composed and poised over deep pot-holes at triple digit speeds. Further with the assurance of all-wheel drive, ABS and TCS in the back of our mind, pushing the Aria on broken roads on curvy roads wasn’t an issue. Infact, it inspired confidence to further explore the cross-over’s limits – something that owners would seldom indulge in. TATA has worked very hard on the NVH levels and the diesel clatter is well under control once the windows are rolled up. The suspension of the Aria is another area where this vehicle excels. The double wishbone front and the five link rear with coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers go a long way in making its occupants feel comfortable. Drive the Aria over roads that don’t exist and it seems to swallow in everything. Steering is slightly on the heavier side at parking speeds but lightens up as you pick up speed. The 4x4 torque on demand system is available as an option on all variants except the Pure version. This system supplies the torque in varying proportions between the two axles depending upon the terrain. The 4x2 range starts at Rs 11.4 lakh while the 4x4 range starts at Rs 13.25 lakh.

What do we think about Tata Aria (2010-2014)?

The Aria is a good value product and certainly the best Tata.
It's a lot more bang for the buck ain't it? the most sorted Tata vehicle so far

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