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Tata Indica V2 OverviewIndica, the first passenger car by Tata Motors (known as Telco then) started it all for the leading automotive manufacturers in the country. Availability of a frugal diesel engine made the vehicle reach great heights, but thanks to the same reason, it's more likely that you see an Indica being used as a cab than a personal mode of transport.
Although there might have not been drastic changes to the car or so may appear, but the model being sold is miles ahead of the original Indica. It's not just more refined, it feels and drives better too. 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 V2 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 recent updates have upped the drivability standards and it can very well be a personal 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.
There are two trim levels available on both the eV2 and V2, namely LS and LX. The car can seat five, and boasts good space both inside the cabin and in the boot.
Tata Indica V2 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.
At present, the vehicle is offered with clear-lens headlamps, an unmistakable smiling grille, and a neat looking bumper on the front. Moving to the sides, the car no longer comes with the added over-fenders that it once sported, and appears to be a clean on the sides. The rear too now gets clear-lens tail lamps while the Christmas tree lights still adorn the rear end of the Indica. Use of chrome, like on the radiator grille and on the hatchback door look nice without being too loud. Sadly that's all about the design.
Both LS and LX variants get body coloured bumpers, but there still are things where the LX (being the higher spec variant) gets exclusive stuff. The wheel size on both the V2 and eV2 is 13-inch while the eV2 LX (the most expensive and loaded version of Indica) can be had with 14-inch wheels.
Talking about wheels, the wheel caps look just about okay and Tata doesn't offer alloy wheels on any of the variants. What the company does offer is things like electrically adjustable OVRMs with side blinkers, body coloured door handles, front fog lamps on the LX variant.
Tata Indica V2 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 LX 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 Engine & TransmissionThe car is available in two engine options (both diesel): a 1.4-litre BS4 ready CR4 unit that puts out 70PS of power and 140Nm of torque, and a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated BS3-compliant engine, good enough for 49PS of power and 85Nm of torque. While the former is sold as Indica eV2, the latter still uses the name Tata introduced a long time back, the Indica V2. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed gearbox, which Tata has improved, resulting in the car being more drivable than before. Although the engines are dependent on the market (you don't want to risk running a BS3 engine in a metro!), it's the BS4-ready CR4 unit that's more advanced and better performing of the two.
Tata Indica V2 MileageThe car has been the choice of fleet operators, do you know why? Because it's frugal. Yes, the Indica returns good value for money not just on the space front, but also when it comes to fuel economy. For the BSIII-market Indica V2, expect somewhere close to 14.5kmpl in city driving and around 17.5kmpl on highways, while the eV2 returns upwards of 20kmpl in both the city and on highway. It must be noted that driving conditions and habits influence the drinking habits of the car, but if driven sensibly, the Indica rewards, especially the eV2.
Tata Indica V2 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 LX variant gets remote-locking, engine immobilizer, and keyless entry.
Tata Indica V2 Performance and HandlingThis car is made for outright performance or spirited driving but thanks to the easy availability of torque (on the eV2), it is drivable both in cities and out on the highway. And if you plan to take it on a long-journey, the stability won't disappoint either. The suspension is tuned for comfort, so while it will keep your passengers (and yourself) happy as it glides over bad surfaces, tackling corners in this car won't be the best thing to do. The LX variant on the eV2 gets Tata's Duo-Float suspension and 14-inch wheels (with broader tyres) as compared to the the 13-inchers on other variants.
What do we think about Tata Indica V2?If you are looking for a car that brings diesel economy, spacious interiors, splendid ride comfort, and a wide sales and service network to back it all up, Indica can very well be the choice. But given its age and lack of quality, it would make a lot more sense in checking out the Indica Vista instead, which not only does everything in a better way, it looks and feels new too.
Tata Indica V2 CompetitorsThis is arguably the hottest segment in the Indian car market, therefore the competition is hotter too! The popular competitors include the diesel versions of Maruti Suzuki Ritz, Chevrolet Beat, and Ford Figo. Indica is the least expensive among the ones mentioned here, and offers more space and comfort. It is interesting to see that even after such a long time since its launch, the car still proves to be threat to its competition, albeit a small one.
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