Tata Indica Xeta Review
Xeta - A real Cheetah
When I planned of buying a car a couple of year back, I searched for a good comparison of cars in my budget, but hardly found some impartial reviews and comparison. As I took a risk of buying a freshly designed car, I was not that confident to write a review on the thing at that time. Since I am using Xeta GLS for the past 2 years, I am more than 100% confident to write a review.
Class of the Car:
To start it all with let me first define the class of car. I would like to say that when the price of the machine is considered, Xeta will fit in the class of a small car like an Alto. If we consider the engine and performance it fit in the class of Wagon R and Santro and far better than an alto.
As per my knowledge Xeta has got 4 variants, GLE, GLS, GLG and GLX of which only GLX will come with a 1.4L engine and all others are 1.2L engines. Other than 200 CC engine scaling, all other variants can be easily upgraded to GLX class with reasonable cost. Power windows fitted outside are better than company fitted ones in all the vehicles in this class.
Comparison with counterparts:
First I would like to say is that, there is no need of a comparison between Alto and Xeta, because both are in different classes in its performance, or riding comfort or space provided. So Alto in my view advisable if you are a daily traveler of more than 50-60 km, ie for some office people who wants a less cost per km car.
Comparing to Wagon R or santro or an i10 I would like to say that, Xeta is almost delivering more than these cars. The things more you will get is independent suspension, a better a/c and last but not the least a lot more space than both Wagon R and Santro. Those who like to go beyond a 100 kmph, Wagon R becomes a bit difficult to control on curves, while both Santro and Xeta can be easily controlled even at above 100 km/hr. Thanks to the heavy body of these cars. . Power steering is a bit more smooth in a wagon r, since it is an electronic power steering, but at the risk of response time. Going for the full option with all power windows is not that advisable, since a high quality power window system can be fitted from outside with a price tag of around 10,000 rupees. For lady drivers who are looking for a small car, I would like to say that Xeta won't fit them. The only thing is that due to the bigger size of Xeta, a wagon r or an alto may be easily manageable for ladies. Comparing with i10, I'd say i10's top end has an edge over Xeta's top end model, but the price of i10 is still questionable.
Regarding the ECU, Xeta has a better thing since it is using 32-bit processor, you will get better tolerance and response than santro and wagon r. In a nutshell comparing to wagon R and santro you will get the following things more with almost 50k less.
1) Better pick up 2) Nice a/c 3) 32-bit Microprocessor controlled ECU 4) Integrated antenna (Only available in SX4 from Maruti, other than Xeta) 5) Better control and more space.
I know anybody who is viewing this review may be eagerly waiting for the mileage review. I can say that I have consistently got the mileage TATAs have promised me, that is around 14kmpl. It doesn't matter in what all speeds you are driving provided you accelerate the thing in a decent manner and your shifts are perfect. With 100% time a/c you can expect a maximum dip of around 0.75 km in mileage. With an average sped of more than 80 kmph while driving a 75 km country route in kerala I got a mileage of 14.5 with 70% time a/c on.
The performance is above average. Even if Xeta is having a 70PS power with above 100 Nm torque, the weight is playing an ugly game. Acceleration is not as expected from a 1.4L engine, but for sure will compete with Santro, and WagonR or Alto may cry behind. I have achieved a top speed of 155km/hr, but cases were reported were Xeta has gone above 165km/hr. Gear changes will not be a nightmare from now on, the high end torque which even beats Swift will let you gaze through the city on the 3rd gear. What more needed for a city drive ?
I think since I am using Xeta for the past 2 years, a review of it will not be complete without a maintenance review. My experience with my car's maintenance was not at all like what I've heard when I bought it. At that time there was a rumor that as a TATA car, it'll be more likely to have high maintenance. But my experience was different. For the past 2 years, I haven't spent a penny to change any engine parts or body parts other than the left side fog lamp, which my cousin had broken. May be the high maintenance rumor may be right for the Indica diesel version, as diesel engines are more vulnerable to maintenance.
After sales support and service:
Regarding the dealer, am not happy with the Tata dealers, since they just treat you like a taxi driver. My experience with my first two service centers was horrible. Now I am with my third service person, and I am getting a more than decent service. I am not mentioning the name here since you may think I am partial.
Indica Xeta is completely convertible to LPG with govt. approval. I am confident to say this because I have converted my car to LPG. But the only thing is that you must go for a high end gas conversion system since Xeta is a Euro - III (BS-III) engine. Otherwise you may lack performance and mileage. A more detailed review on LPG conversion will be added soon, since that is a big topic itself. I got almost the same or tightly saying around 85% of the mileage that I get on petrol and the pick up is a slight lesser than petrol.
1) Alloy wheels for smoother ride and better control - around 15-20,000 Rs..
2) Electronic power windows ( for those who are looking for GLE or GLS models)
To end up with, my final verdict is like Xeta is a sure bet for those who want luxury and performance in low budget. Now the decision is yours, is it advisable. Feel free to contact me for specific doubts.
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