Tata Indigo Manza Elan review

Posted: March 30, 2011 in Car reviews
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From being the maker of the age old Indica to the proud owner of JLR, Tata has seen it all and seems to leave no stone unturned when it comes to new products or improvements in existing ones. Starting from Nano to Pixel to Aria and Jags, it has one of the most diverse product lineups in Indian market. Be it regarding the facelifts or limited editions, Tata has always got something new to offer the customers.
Its latest offerings, Indica ev2 and Indigo Manza Elan were no exceptions. One has set the new benchmark in fuel efficiency by reintroducing the common rail engine and the other takes occupant comfort to the next higher level.
The new Manza Elan looks no different from the current Manza save the Tyrian wine color and occasional touch ups of chrome, apart from the Elan badge. The new dual tone alloys also add a bit of much missing attitude to the otherwise bland exterior. All these change have to tried to bring about a more premium feel within its styling limitations and have actually succeeded in it to quite an extent.

Its inside the car that you would feel the bulk of the changes have been done. Though the basic layout of the interiors remains the same, the new burgundy and beige interior color combination gives it a more upmarket feel unlike the old Manza, and also reducing the amount of glare from the dashboard during daytime. The most improved bit in the interior has been the seats. The slightly perforated seat fabric gives a luxurious feel to touch and feels awesomely royal. The golden color also adds to the premium image and gels with the interiors quite well. At the rear too, cup holders are added in the centre armrest and with the loads of space on offer, is all set to rewrite the benchmarks.

There are a couple of new feature additions over the old Manza, namely the follow me home headlamps which help the driver find his way in darkness and also delayed operation of power windows, a boon to people like me who quite often forget to close the windows before removing the keys.
In terms of performance too, the car is quite similar to the previous Manza, with the proven petrol and diesel engines going about their job pretty well. But Tata seems to have done nothing new when it comes to the ride comfort and handling performance. The vehicle though quite capable on rough roads, seems to pitch a bit even on good roads and the steering is still dangerously responsive. Coupled with its uneven proportions, handling the car at highway speeds can be quite tricky.
Overall, the car has improved quite a bit over its predecessor, but a bit more in terms of the terribly small steering mounted controls and interior door handle quality (seems a bit shaky) and handling performance would have been welcome. But something is always better than nothing, huh?

  1. Tata Indigo says:

    I would love to see all pics of this Tata Indigo model, it looks luxurious and has great quality and performance with nice exterior and interior.

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