Tata Hexa Facelift Review & First Drive
Tata Hexa Overview
The Hexa has tremendous road presence, helped in no small measure by its large size. You’ll like what you see on the inside, too. The cabin is neatly styled, the windows are large, the seats are very comfortable and the leather trimmings on the high-end versions lend the space an upmarket look. There’s even reasonable room in the third row. However, the big step up into the cabin is inconvenient and access to the third row is poor.
The 2.2-litre diesel motor in its higher-spec 156hp guise is refined and responsive but the cumbersome-to-use 6-speed manual transmission spoils the experience. Quite the opposite is the Hexa’s 6-speed torque converter automatic, which is a smooth operator. The Hexa is a big and heavy vehicle and feels as such from behind the wheel, especially when parking. However, ride quality is very good with the Hexa feeling its best when cruising out on the highway. All-wheel drive (offered only with the manual gearbox) adds some off-road ability but the Hexa’s size is the limiting factor in the rough.
Tata Hexa Exteriors
Even though it replaces an MPV, the Hexa doesn’t look like one. Tata has given it a muscular and aggressive styling. The bonnet is heavily sculpted, there are smoked out projector headlamps, the grille is wide & highlighted with chrome and the bumper integrates LED daytime running lights. You will notice flared wheel arches on the side profile along with the neat looking 19-inch alloy wheels. These are the biggest wheels available in this segment. The black cladding adds to the rugged appeal of the Hexa.
The side profile might remind you of the Aria with its silhouette but Tata has cleverly reworked some details to cover the MPV proportions. The rear profile gets a heavy dose of chrome on the tail gate with LED tail lights while the bumper gets a skid plate and dual exhaust setup. The tail section might look a tad simple compared to the rest of the styling but it will grow on you with time.
Tata Hexa Interiors
The interiors are as subtle as the exterior. They are classy, neat and well put together. The interiors are the best you could found on a Tata and the all black theme compliments it as well, to increase the premium quotient. A neat dashboard with a leather wrapped steering wheel, the Tata Hexa gets a touchscreen system with 10 Harman and JBL speakers. Features include cruise control, reverse parking camera, projector headlamps and leather upholstery. In terms of safety, there is ESP, ABS with EBD, six airbags, hill assist on the top-of-the-line XT variant.
Tata Hexa is offered with six and seven seating options. In terms of space, the first two rows are extremely comfortable. The second row of seating has recline option too. The third row on the Tata Hexa has recline and the space is decent enough. For tall people, head room will be tight, else it should be fine for an average Indian built. The boot is small when all the three rows are raised.
Tata Hexa Transmission
The Tata Hexa is powered by the 2.2-litre Varicor 400 diesel engine that we have seen recently with the Safari Storme. However, the Hexa’s engine has been tuned to produce the same amount of torque at lower RPMs which offers better drivability. The oil burner churns out 156 PS at 4000 RPM and 400 Nm at 1700-2700 RPM. There is a mild turbo lag under 2000 RPM but it picks up good pace in the mid-range, which is an ocean full of torque. Despite being heavier than the Storme, the Hexa feels responsive with this engine. The NVH of this engine has been improved and it isn’t noisy when driven sedately but it gets loud near the redline.
The Hexa is being offered with both 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The manual feels quite notchy specially while shifting to the 5th gear. However, the clutch is light and the ratios are well stacked for both city and highway drivability. The manual version comes with Super Drive modes – Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. The Auto senses the driving style and adjusts the throttle and AWD system accordingly while the Comfort caps the power and torque delivery for optimum efficiency. Dynamic provides better throttle response while Rough Road is used for off-roading with full time AWD.
The 6-speed automatic transmission is a pleasant surprise from Tata. The auto box offers smooth shifts and is clever enough to respond quickly to your throttle inputs. Push the throttle a bit hard and it immediately downshifts a gear or two sensing the amount of throttle applied. There are no jerks as well between the shifts, which was very pleasing while driving in city. Switch it to the S mode and the gears are held longer for better acceleration. In this mode there is a Race Car functionality that maintains the RPM between 3000 – 4000 mark for situations like overtaking or climbing up the ghats. And if you want to control the cogs yourself, you can do so by flicking the gearknob up and down to shift when you want. We expect Hexa to deliver a real world fuel efficiency of around 12 km/l. To know more details on Tata Hexa check Tony-allen
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 Motors haven’t compromised on safety this time and the Hexa is loaded with safety equipment. It comes with 6 airbags including dual front, curtain and side airbags. There is a 4 channel, 4 sensor ABS offered as standard along with Cornering Stability Control function. Other safety features include Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control and Hill Descent Control. The Hexa’s long term durability and cost of ownership is yet to be seen and Tata Motors needs to ensure stress-free ownership of the Hexa considering the unreliable nature of the Safari faced by some owners in the past.
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 .Check for Hexa price in Pune at Tryaldrive.
Tata Hexa Final Thought
Tata Motors have left no stone unturned with the Hexa as they have worked well on almost all the aspects of this new MPV turned SUV. The Indian audience might accept the Hexa well in the market considering the amount of features on offer and the practical nature of the car along with the convenience of a great auto box. However, to compete aggressively with the Mahindra XUV500, they need to market and price the Hexa well to make it a desirable SUV to own. The Hexa will be launched in January 2017 and it might be the next big hit by Tata Motors.