I have been looking at buying a premium (well, almost) SUV for some time. I needed a seven seater in the sub-20 lakh category, so the Mahindra XUV 500 came across as a natural choice to be. However, when a few friends of mine told me about the Hexa, I decided to wait. Now, based on various reviews I have read, following are the positives and negatives that I have been able to put together. I would really appreciate if people here could enlighten me more about the pros and cons so that I can choose better. It would also be great if you could help me with any other alternatives, if available. Here’s my list of positives and negatives for the Hexa. Please correct me if I am wrong as I am no expert.
- Heavily reworked version of the Tata Aria, so it’s a relatively new product and features the company’s IMPACT design philosophy.
- Smoked projector headlamps, LED DRLs, floating roof design, LED tail lamps, commanding road presence.
- Premium interior with all-black theme with a few soft touch plastic inserts that mimic leather.
- Option of 6 seat or 7 seats
- The Varicor 400 engine with 156 PS and 400 Nm of torque.
- I have heard that the 6 speed automatic transmission is pretty good. There is also an option of the 6 speed manual
- Rich in equipment with 5 inch Harman sourced touchscreen infotainment system, 10 speaker JBL music system. Perforated leather seats with white contrast stitching, mood lighting, dedicated AC vents for the third row and an eight way adjustable driver seat.
- I am also intrigued by the new ‘Super Drive modes’ including Auto, Dynamic, Comfort and Rough Road. Do they work? Please let me know
- Pricing seems very good, ranging from INR 11.99 lakh for the base XE variant to INR 17.49 lakh for the top-end XT (4X4) variant [all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi].
- Reports suggest that the manual gearbox feels a bit notchy and needs some of your time before you get used to it. The gearbox is not the slickest of the lot or in general either, although it does get the job done.
- Build quality is apparently not the best.
- The driver seat of the Hexa is the only seat that can be adjusted in eight different ways. What seems to be missing though is the fact that the adjustments are not electronic and hence have to be manually adjusted according to the need.
- The steering is said to be heavy at lower speeds. Had the steering been lighter, it would have been more fun to drive.
- The Varicor400 diesel motor of the Tata Hexa tends to be a bit noisy, especially at higher rev bands. The diesel clatter can be heard even at low speeds. Noise Insulation has been improved over the years, but the Hexa could have done with some more.
You suggestions and thoughts please. Thanks in advance 🙂
Well, here are our reviews of the Hexa AT and Hexa MT 4×2
And the Hexa MT 4×4
Do let us know if it helps.
As a whole, you seem right in your assessment about the car. However, it’s horses for courses. The XUV500 is more car-like, feels lighter and is more suited to the road. The Hexa is more of a brute, with a plush ride and a more muscular look.
The Hexa is probably the best built Tata vehicle ever made. Fit-finish and general quality is better than the XUV and similar vehicles. Also, high speed handling and vehicle dynamics are much better in the hexa. Cabin insulation, comfort feels great…I wish that gearbox shift quality is improved soon…!
Good thing is ,both are MADE IN INDIA 🙂
but i like XUV <3 <3
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