Indica 1.4 LXi
dates : 20th March 2005
24th March 2005
The Tata Indica has a pleasing
exterior without being groundbreaking in any way. This is the
top-of-the range LXi model, running on steel wheels with
rather dull hubcaps that spoil the overall effect, but
attractive vertical rear taillights and quite a crisp profile.
The LXi model has a fair level of equipment, such as driver
and passenger airbags, a CD player, air conditioning and power
windows, while still retaining cloth upholstery in a very
dated velour cloth.
But itís in the details that the Indica fails to come to the
global party. The plastics used on the dash and other trim
areas look cheap, and the panel fit is sub-standard.
The seats are lumpy, seeming to provide support in the wrong
places, apart from being mounted too high.
And although there is some 610 litres of luggage space when
the rear seats are folded up, the trim materials exposed under
the seat say a lot about the Tataís finishing standards.
It seems only a few years ago that Korean companies like
Hyundai were being criticized for exactly the same reasons,
but they have come a long way in ten years.
The Tata powerplant is a 1,4 litre unit rated at 62 kiloWatts
and 115 Newton metres of torque. The four-cylinder motor uses
single throttle fuel injection, and drives through a
With a smallish engine and a fair compliment of equipment the
Tata is not going to win any drag races.
The Tata wonít win any gymkhana slaloms either, with
moderate 175-60 tyres on 14-inch rims, and an indifferent
chassis set-up. It needs some solid re-engineering to sharpen
Are we being too harsh on the Tata? This is a basic city car,
after all, with no race-track aspirations. But itís up
against some really good performers and road-holders in this
market. Dynamically even dated offerings like the Citi Golf,
Tazz and Corsa outgun it in all departments.
We do feel that adding all
the luxury features to the Tata has not improved its chances
Tata Indica LXi
Four-cylinder petrol, 1 405 cc
- Power: 62 kW@ 5
- Torque: 115 Nm @ 3
Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 13,2
- Top speed: 160 km/h
- Fuel consumption:
9,1 litres/100 km (Car Magazine estimate)
- Price: R87 500
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