Tata Hexa Overview
Replacing the Aria crossover in Tata’s line-up, Hexa has ventured into the hot segment with a starting price of Rs. 11.99 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The Hexa is going to take on the rivals Mahindra XUV500 and Toyota Innova Crysta. With most of the right boxes ticked, Hexa has the potential to be the flag bearer in Tata’s clan. Tata Motors has paid attention to every detail by getting the right mix of features and engine set up capable of returning stellar performance. That said it shares mechanicals with Safari Storme and gets the same 2.2 litre VARICOR oil burner putting out 156bhp. Power is transmitted by a six-speed auto or manual unit directing power to rear wheels and the all-wheel drivetrain is available on the XMA and XTA variants. Book a test drive for Hexa in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive
Tata Hexa Design & Style
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.
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 Cabin & Comfort
When you are inside the Hexa, it manages to cut you off from the rest of the world easily. Tata claims that the Hexa’s NVH levels are 15 per cent better compared to its rivals, but more on that later. When they launched the Tiago, Tata said they’ve done away with beige for good, and it’s good to see they’ve stuck to their word. As a result, the cabin is wrapped in different shades of black with different textures. There’s a muscular theme going on on the insides as well, which is made evident by the bulky looking centre console. It looks good and houses the 5-inch screen neatly.In terms of cabin storage there’s a central armrest that can swallow the wallet, keys and cellphone without complaining. There’s more storage in the doors, and two gloveboxes too, one of which can keep your drinks cool. There’s a grand total of 29 utility spaces inside the cabin if you go about counting, including the hideaway cupholders for the third-row occupants. With all three rows in place, there’s 128 litres of luggage space, which is enough for four to five backpacks.
The Hexa can be had with either a 6-seat layout or as a seven seater. No matter what you pick, the seats get a ‘leather-feel’ upholstery, made specifically for the Hexa by the folks at Benecke-Kaliko. The quality is excellent, and the seats are accommodating across rows for the average Indian build. However, people with wider frames, like me, might find the front seats slightly narrow, could do with more cushioning around the shoulder. Also, the central armrest should’ve been the sliding variety, as I found my elbow resting a notch farther away than I’d have liked.But, getting into a comfortable driving position was easy thanks to the eight-way adjustable driver’s seat (that’s not electric adjust, by the way) and the tilt adjust steering. The seating position is very SUV-like, where you tower over most vehicles on the road, and get a superb view out of the front windscreen. It is among the few cars that I can sit comfortably in, in all three rows. The third row space has been improved over the Aria and is genuinely usable now. Of course you still sit with your knees pointed towards the roof and headroom won’t be great for the taller passengers. But, then, there’s always the second row.
The Hexa looks like a nice proposition if you plan on being chauffeur driven. In fact, the name Hexa was chosen because of the six-seat configuration, which was considered to be most important for the customers in this segment. The seats are just as well bolstered as the front ones and can be reclined too. The only issue here is access to the third row – since the captain seats only slide forward – which can get slightly tricky. The one with the bench seat fares much better in this aspect, as the bench folds down and tumbles forward too.Air-conditioning, like most Tatas, doesn’t let you sweat. However, we have a few grouses. For instance, the blowers are effective and have good throw, but they are simply quite loud even on the lower settings. It would have been nice to see ventilated seats on the menu, especially since the all-black cabin heats up rather quickly when left under the sun, and there’s no sunroof to let hot air escape. Passengers in the second row get vents mounted on the B-pillar and floor console, while the third row also has dedicated vents with three-stage fan speed.
Other than the all-row AC and seats shod with leather, you also get a stellar JBL powered 10-speaker audio system. Tata claim to have put the whole setup (that includes a 320W amp and a subwoofer in the hatch door) through 1000 hours of testing. It also runs proprietary audio algorithms by JBL. Now, what does that translate into? Stellar sound quality! The sound staging is perfect, and I didn’t bother fiddling setting the system up because it sounded just right from the get go. The highs are crisp, and the lows clean.The 5-inch touchscreen is handy and doubles up as the display for the reverse camera and gets adaptive guidelines too. Then, there are the apps that let you do a little bit extra. For instance, you can use the Juke Car App to setup a playlist over WiFi, or use the NaviMaps app (made by MapMyIndia) for the navigation. Other apps include one for the user manual and another one that lets you book and track servicing of your car. Neat!
Tata Hexa Engine & Gearbox
The Tata Hexa has a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine. This comes with two options – a 148bhp engine and 154bhp. The first one comes with a five-speed manual and the more powerful one has two options: six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The NVH levels on the engine are fairly low. The torque of this engine is more than sufficient for daily driving. One doesn’t require too many gear shifts in the city or highway driving.
The six-speed manual feels a bit notchy. It does take some getting used too. The manual comes with four driving modes in the 4×4. These are Auto, Rough Road, Comfort and Dynamic. The Auto and Rough Road are 4×4, while the other two work on 4×2. On the other hand, the automatic transmission is fabulous. The shifts are smooth even downshifts. Put it in the Sport mode and you shall be amazed in the manner it performs. There is also the tiptronic mode that responds well.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Tata Hexa scores 10 km/l with the automatic in city and about 14 km/l on the highway. The manual version of the Tata Hexa will return an efficiency of 11 km/l in city and about 14.5 km/l on the highway. We haven’t driven the five-speed manual engine but the range will be between the six-speed manual and automatic.
Tata Hexa Driving Dynamics
Tata vehicles have always had good ride, the Tata Hexa sets a new benchmark, not just for Tata, but for the segment as a whole. Despite the 19-inch wheels, we loved the way this UV rides. Tata Hexa has set a new benchmark in this segment for ride and handling. With such good road visibility, limited blind spots and such a responsive chassis. This feels like a nimble car that is being driven. It doesn’t feel huge at any point. The other important aspect that makes the Tata Hexa exciting is despite its high ground clearance of 208mm, it has limited body roll. The steering wheel is responsive too. The leather wrapped one is great to grip. This is surely, the new face of Tata products.
Tata Hexa Safety & Security
Hexa features disc brakes on all four wheels as standard with a couple of secondary braking systems in the form of Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) at the helm as well.In addition, there is an array of premium safety features offered with the Hexa in the form of six airbags, Corner Stability Control (CSC), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Roll-over Mitigation, Traction Control System, Hill Hold Control (HHC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hydraulic Brake Assist, etc., to name a few.
Tata Hexa Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 11,76,798/- (Hexa XE) to 17,11,065/- (Hexa XT 4X4). Get best offers for Tata Hexa from Tata Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Hexa price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Tata Hexa Verdict
Is the Hexa more than a repackaged Aria? Clearly, yes! The Hexa has been arrived at after thoroughly revamping it from nose to tail, inside and out. It has been reworked on all fronts engine, suspension, chassis, interiors, design and features too. As a result this Tata feels sufficiently modern, appealing and capable. It’s spacious cabin make it a genuine six or seven seater, ideal for Indian families. Yes, Tata does need to get a few minor quality issues ironed out here and there, but on the whole the package is possibly as good as they can make it. In terms of pricing the Mahindra XUV 500 – and not the Innova Crysta – is expected to be in the Tata Hexa’s crosshairs when it is launched in January 2017.