Tata Motors Indigo e-CS
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Customer Rating
: 3/5
Expert Rating
: 8/10
: 2 Yrs / 75,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
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5.11 Lakhs-6.28 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Outstanding mileage
  • Excellent space and room
  • Magnificent value for money
  • Comfortable ride quality 
  • Communicative steering wheel 

Weak Areas

  • Handling could be better
  • Poor reliability track record
  • Overall quality virtue is poor
  • Tight high positioned foot well
  • Engine-transmission lacks finesse
Tata Motors Indigo e-CS

Tata Indigo e-CS Expert Review

Tata has improved its eCS compact Saloon. But, by how much Lots of improvement, but still not up to the mark.



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I Could go on about how the Indigo eCS pioneered the sub-four-metre saloon segment, but I’m not going to. In our competitive market, even if you were the pioneer, the trick to selling more is to stay constantly updated. The better the value proposition, the greater the sales. Tata motors, which has been receiving flak of late, recently launched eight refreshed products at its Horizon Next event to win back some attention. One of the cars it launched is the updated Indigo eCS you see here.
Tata’s brochure for the improved Indigo eCS states four things in bold – new power train, new Feather-shift gearbox, new duo float suspension and a new cabin.
Let’s start with the positives first. The ‘Feather-shift’ gearbox, which as the name suggests, should be as light as a feather to engage. This is one of the lightest-shifting gearboxes in a city car and is a significant improvement over the old unit.
Gearshifts are really easy to engage, but they lack the precision of the Dzire’s box.
The 1.4-lite diesel engine has also been tweaked to improve its tractability. And it’s a step up from the old car, which had quite a tractable engine to start with. Turbo lag is not as noticeable as in the Dzire, and although in the city it feels up to the mark, out on the highway, it does feel out of breath. Tata claims that the eCS is India’s most fuel-efficient saloon, but according to our tests, it returned 15.3kpl in the city and 19.6kpl on the highway, which makes it less frugal than the Honda Amaze. Another mechanical bit that has been improved is the ride – the tweaked suspension soaks up road undulation well.
On the outside, there’s a new diamond-shaped grille, chrome-ringed fog lamps and smoked headlamps as well. The bumper gets minor tweaks and the alloys on the higher trim are also new. The rest is mostly unchanged. On the inside, the new dual-tone interiors lift the ambience in the cabin quite well, and that old T-shaped steering has made way for a nicer looking, more conventional four-spoke wheel.
Tata has also worked on improving the NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels in the cabin, and it is quieter than before, and road noise is kept out decently.
Now, here are the bad bits. Like the brochure states, Tata has reworked the cabin entirely. The new dual-tone scheme looks far more upmarket than the old car’s taxi-like interiors. But the problem is, if you spend about five minutes in the cabin, the cost saving is clearly noticeable. The all-black dash plastics feel quite cheap, the switches don’t feel very robust, and the indicator stalks feel almost twig-like the driving position is also uncomfortable – the pedals are still not well placed and the steering is not adjustable.
Tata has made an effort to improve a lot of key areas in the Indigo eCS, but the fact remains that this is just an attempt to freshen up an old car. The ex-showroom price of the car is Rs. 4.99 lakh, but look closer and you’ll realise that it’s price of the BS III version that’s sold in Ahmed nagar. For us folks in the metros, it costs Rs. 5.29 lakh for the BS IV version Although more affordable when compared to the Honda Amaze or the Maruti Dzire, the fact is that the competition is far ahead and offers far more value at a slightly higher price. As of right now, Tata Motors really has some catching up to do.

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