There are several players in the entry level hatch market. But a car that leads upfront in terms of fuel economy along with a spacious cabin is Tata’s Indica. After the most recent facelift it became known as Indica eV2 and is still available in a number of petrol and diesel variants.
The eV2 BS 4 LX is the top end model powered by 1396 cc 4 cylinder diesel engine mated to 5 speed manual gearbox. Its specs include 69 bhp and 14.2 kgm torque. A fuel economy range of 15.3 to 19.6 km/litre makes it endearing to hatchback buyers.
Here’s an account of design attributes and equipment loaded in the car:
Post the facelift, Indica eV2 looks more striking with its small bonnet subtly angled against the windscreen. The chrome grille with horizontal slats is stretched on the chin and Tata logo sits in between. Twin coloured elongated headlamps seem tad more stylish on this new model. The air dam spans across the length of body coloured bumper and has round fog lamps on its ends. Detailing on door panels is in the form of a crease line running in the centre. Standard tyre size for LX variant is 165/65 R14. Body coloured ORVMs have side turn indicator strips and the door handles are also painted in matching body colour.
Chrome garnish adorns the rear look of Indica eV2 LX trim. Vertically positioned elongated tail lamps are distinct elements that give the hatch its individuality. Fog laps are fitted on the rear bumper too. Viewed as a whole, the design is simple but gives the hatch a compact and sober structure. There are vibrant colours such as Spanish Tan, Sea Blue, Jet Silver and Mint White to choose from.
Stepping inside the two tone cabin, you will be pleased by its roominess and airy feel. The Ebony black dashboard contrasts nicely against the centre console with silver metallic finish. The gear knob stick is wrapped in black leather and its tip has touch of silver. Being the higher end variant, LX comes with company fitted music system that has CD and MP3 players. What’s more, it does have slots for USB and Aux input devices. Bluetooth connectivity is offered as standard and an Infra Red remote control also features in the equipment list. There are 2 speakers for sound output. An internal antenna is provided.
A digital clock in the centre of the dashboard is another additional feature with this trim. Front cabin lights with spotlights makes for fine cabin illumination. Other elements are common with the base variant.
Indica eV2 LX has few more comfort features than its younger sibling LS. Along with standard air conditioner, a heater is also provided for comfortable ride in winters. Windows on all four doors are powered. There is 220 litres of boot space. At the rear, the seats have a flip flop ratio of 60:40 so if you have additional luggage to be placed in the car, seat reconfiguration is possible.
Driver’s seat and the steering wheel cannot be adjusted for an individually comfortable driving position. You can however set the ORVMs electronically for a better rear view. Other features are shared with the base trim.
Tata Motors has equipped Indica eV2 LX with a few additional safety features. This version of the diesel hatch has remote central locking facility and keyless entry. There is an engine immobilizer that allows ignition system to operate only with the correct key. With fog lamps at both front and rear driving in hazy weather conditions becomes safer.
Features such as child proof safety locks on rear doors, high mounted stop lamp, collapsible steering wheel column and 3 point ELR seatbelts for driver & front passenger are common with base variant. Like the LS, the LX trim has driver seat belt reminder, door ajar reminder and anti theft alarm.
The price tag on this top end segment is Rs 4.88 lakh (ex showroom price Delhi). Low running costs and spacious cabin are still the USPs of this more than a decade old hatch.