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Tata Indica V2 Xeta OverviewWhile the diesel variant of the Tata Indica has been the more interesting (and efficient, of course) prospect of the two, the car that has always been overlooked was the Indica Xeta.
And although it misses out on the frugality of the diesel engine, all other traits (both good and bad ones) are present in the Xeta, from the much talked about ride quality to the boring (and sub-par at places) yet comfortable and spacious interior.
Tata, who had no prior experience in making cars like the Indica did a commendable job with the product. But once you take the car out of isolation and introduce the competition, that's where the Indica starts to look out of place. It is old and even someone who neither has an interest nor knowledge about automobiles won't think twice before saying that.
Beyond the old looks and a slightly tarnished image lies a practical and hugely spacious car.
The suspension setup, tuned to keep the occupants happy even on bad roads, is impressive. But while that provides optimum comfort, it makes the Indica not the most suitable option for those who are looking at driving pleasure from the car.
Tata Indica V2 Xeta ExteriorThe Indica was designed by Italian i.D.E.A institute. Back in the year 1998, when it was launched, it made a mark of its own. It didn't look bad back then, and while now the basic design remains the same, thanks to frequent nips and tucks, the vehicle still manages to soldier on. But it's an old design, and doesn't stand a chance when compared to the more modern looking rivals.
The now discontinued Xeta was last offered with clear-lens headlamps, an unmistakable smiling grille, and a neat looking bumper on the front. On the sides, it still sports the same silhouette that the original Indica did, back in the day. The rear too now gets clear-lens tail lamps while the Christmas tree lights still adorn the rear end of the Indica.
Both GLS and GLX variants get body coloured bumpers, but there still are things where the GLX (being the higher spec variant) gets exclusive stuff. While certain elements like the chrome garnish on the grille were available across all variants, the GLX, being the top-spec, was offered with alloy wheels and body coloured treatment for plastics bits.
Tata Indica V2 Xeta InteriorStep inside the car and its age becomes evident all the more. The dashboard layout is basic and still needs quality improvements, the ergonomics are just about okay, and the overall fit and finish can make you consider the Vista, especially if you are planning to buy the Indica for personal use. The dual tone interior scheme does promise to liven things up a bit, but what's appreciable here is the presence of space.If a car in this segment is described as humongous on the inside, it has to be the Indica. It's comfortable for both tall and short, and 220 litres of boot space can hold a good amount of luggage too!
What the Indica lacks in quality, it makes up in terms of space. If you plan to settle for the GLX variant, then you would get a 2-speaker music system, ready with Bluetooth, USB, Aux-input, CD and Radio playback. It comes with a remote too. Also, since Indica's dashboard design remains very much the same as it was when launched, the little digital clock still finds its way on the dashboard.
Tata Indica V2 Xeta Engine & TransmissionThe Indica Xeta was available with a 1.2-litre MPFI petrol engine. Apart from the regular petrol version, there was an LPG variant available too, which offered the choice of running the vehicle either on petrol or on LPG, the latter being the more economical option. Currently, the Indica range has the emax CNG version available, which basically has the same engine in it, but can be run on CNG as well.
As for the Xeta, it got 65PS of power and 100Nm of torque from the 1.2-litre mill. While the figures (and the engine characteristics) won't set hearts racing, there was acceptable levels of performance available from the engine.
Tata Indica V2 Xeta MileageThere is a strong reason why the diesel version of the Indica became such a popular car. It was fuel efficient, and offered more practicality than its rivals. The Xeta, on the other hand, lacks that. Fuel economy figures are nothing to write home about, and unless you go for the LPG/CNG versions, it won't be anywhere close to the diesel variant's figures.
Tata Indica V2 Xeta Braking and SafetyBraking on the Tata Indica is taken care of by ventilated disc brakes up front and drum brakes at the rear. The setup does its job but Tata could have offered ABS as an option at least. Talking about safety, the vehicle relies on its structure (and impact beams) alone for safety. The steering is collapsible and you do get 3-point seat belts, but much like ABS, airbags are absent from the options list too. On the security front, the top-spec GLX variant got remote-locking.
Tata Indica V2 Xeta Performance and HandlingIt's not outright performance but the overall ride quality that sets the Indica apart. The stability is good enough to give you confidence on long journeys, and it handles bad roads with unmatched ease.
The engine boasts decent roll on times, but aren't exactly peppy, thanks in large part to the large size (and weight) of the car. The 13-inch wheels are a bit small but have been chosen to offer a more comfortable setup, which it successfully does.
What do we think about Tata Indica V2 Xeta?A comfortable and spacious petrol powered car, the Indica Xeta is. It's neither a performance oriented fun little car nor a very frugal vehicle like its diesel sibling. What works in favour of the car is a wide sales and service network, almost big car like space, and low asking price in the used car market.
It needs to mentioned that given the Xeta's age and lack of quality, it would make a lot more sense in checking out the Indica Vista instead, if you are looking for something upmarket from the Indica range.
Tata Indica V2 Xeta CompetitorsAlternatives are a plenty. Now since it's out of production, the only place you could buy it is the used car market. Also, because its market value is lower than the diesel version, a great deal could be made. But before you finalise, the market also offers a good number of more refined cars from rivals like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai among others.
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