Heya! I got to take the new Tata Hexa on a 170km drive in Hyderabad last weekend, along with 60 other bloggers from India, shortlisted for this mega event by Indiblogger. We took the Automatic Tata Hexa on a drive from our place of stay, the Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel, till the Hills and Valley Resort and switched to a Manual Hexa and drove back to Novotel. It was 85km one way and comprised of different terrains like the beautiful airport roads, five-lane Outer Ring Road, city outskirts and hill-side terrain in Vikarabad. Read on to know about my Hexa experience from a general customer’s standpoint. 😉
The Hexa is a bold new statement by Tata targeting the SUV segment. It has a mighty road-presence with large mesh front-grille, projector headlamps with DRLs and Tata’s new Impact-design! On first glance, it is not uncommon to think of it as a facelifted Aria, but the Hexa is definitely much more than that. The fog lamp and day-time running lights even have their own grille and present a much more dominating look adding to the impact theme going on.
One common feature which everyone was going crazy about, was the 19-inch alloy wheels! The five-spoke wheels sport MRF Wanderer tyres specifically made for Hexa with a polished and black dual-tone. It definitely grabs your attention while standing and even more when the car is in motion.
The Hexa interior is all-black with generous leather accents running through the dash. The central touch infotainment system can be synced with your smartphone and is inbuilt with navigation and an array of apps including service apps, digital manual and settings to change the ambient lighting in the car (that offers eight colours choices). Did I mention about the cooled glove-box? Yes. The steering wheel gets cruise control with audio and telephone controls, and of course the height is adjustable. One of my most loved feature would be the sound system – the Tata Hexa packs 10 JBL speakers and the sound quality is impressive. We decided to specifically play around with the bass and treble and it was top notch!
Both the passengers in the middle row get designated air-vents. The Hexa comes in six and seven seater variants; the leg-room in the last row might be cramped for adults, but it is ample space for children. And now, watch me as I go over some stuff that usually just goes over my head, but I paid real attention this time. Hexa houses a Varicor400 engine with a 400 Nm torque! I had a buddy Vikranth compare the torques of different cars in this segment and I’m sure the number is impressive. I haven’t had a hands-on on other SUVs to compare, so I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves. I pushed a 130 without any effort at all (which is my all-tme highest yet *tap tap*), in the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road and also saw it handle a 160-170kmph with grace.
And yes, coming to the different transmissions, I got to try both the Automatic and Manual variant. I’ve been a manual-girl last three years and tried an i10 Grand AT just once. And take it from me, the Automatic Hexa drive was a cake-walk. I was a little apprehensive at first because of the sheer size of this vehicle, having driven an Innova once (that was a task, but yeah doable). But I covered about 60 km in Hexa AT and didn’t even realize! It has a Sport mode, when you want the vehicle to rev higher. There is also an option to shift manually with the tiptronic feature, which you will rarely use in a vehicle like Hexa Auto. The Manual variant has four driving modes – Comfort, Rough, Sport and Auto to tackle the different driving experiences in various terrains with different ESPs (Electronic Stability Programme) for driving stability and traction. I tried the manual for about 25km and I find it comfortable too! But with a car this size, I’d personally go for automatic for ease of maneuvering around the city!
We even had a chance to experience off-roading in Hexa 4×4 Manual and was massively awed. The power-packed features like Hill Hold Control (HHC) automatically activates when we take the car up on slopes; because with an SUV in the family, we are bound to go for hill-stations often! And the Hill Descent Control (HDC) is a gem while descending on slopes! The Electronic Brake-force Distribution scores really well even whilst braking in panic situations. The automatic variant is currently only offered in 4×2, but that is alright considering the features already packed, as long as the prices are considerable.
With Hexa, Tata has sure packed a punch!! Official launch is in January 2017, bookings start November 2016!!