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The Hexa is basically an improved, heavily reworked Aria. While the Aria fell flat on its face & had many reliability issues, the Hexa received a better response in the market. As the product was mature, almost all of the serious niggles were ironed out too. Talk to Hexa owners and you will usually find a happy lot. The Hexa is also more SUV’ish than the Aria’s & Innova’s MPV bodies. A lovely AT is available on the 4×2, but the AWD only came with an MT. How we wish Tata had offered the magic “AT AWD” for touring champions. Imagine the Team-BHP travelogues!
Our suggestion is to go for the Automatic variant; it’s superbly mated to the 2.2L diesel. You’ll enjoy the drive as well as the Hexa’s class-leading ride quality.
• As competent as the Innova, without the high residual value
• Matured product means way better reliability than you’d expect from a Tata (see this sample post)
• Handsome styling & substantial presence. Solid build & paint quality too
• Spacious, high quality and comfortable interiors. Even 3rd row is rather useable
• 6-speed AT is smooth & competent. Perfectly mated to the 2.2L diesel
• Excellent ride quality. Comfortable over any kind of road
• Features such as selectable driving modes, auto headlamps & wipers, ORVM demister…
• Awesome 10-speaker JBL audio system. Sound quality is fantastic!
• Topnotch safety kit includes 6 airbags, ESP, TC, EBD, hill hold / descent control etc.
• AWD with electronic wizardry & 200 mm of ground clearance
• Automatic variant unavailable with AWD, ESP & super drive modes
• Missing essentials (steering reach adjustment, smartkey entry & go, auto-dimming IRVM…)
• MT variant has awful ergonomics for tall people. A deal breaker (read this post)
• Access to the 3rd row is flawed in the captain seat (6-seater) version
• Heavy steering (low speeds), long travel MT shifter, big size & wide turning radius are annoying in the city
• Fat 2,280 kg kerb weight blunts performance & efficiency. Competition is 400 kilos lighter!
• While reliability is better than the Aria, it is still not blemish-free. Expect niggles
• Tata’s after-sales service remains a hit or miss. Some dealers don’t understand the Hexa’s electronics
• Official Review
• Mild offroading with the Tata Hexa
• Cochin to Wagah in a Tata Hexa – 8500 km!
• abhi7013’s Tata Hexa XT 4×2
• A.G.’s Tungsten Silver Hexa XTA
• Bangalore to Bhutan in a Hexa
• Varun_HexaGuy’s Arizona Blue Hexa XTA
• Engine head replacement on my Tata Hexa
• Brand new Hexa won’t start
Not much, but be sure get yourself nice tyres to further enjoy that amazing suspension. A roof carrier is also an option if you intend to tour with a full house.
Average. It didn’t set the sales charts on fire & our unscientific analysis has shown that MPV owners usually hold their vehicles for longer. The Hexa is also relatively newer, so not many examples are on sale in the used car market.
Here are some – 2017 55,000 km 4×2 MT, 2017 32,000 km 4×2 AT, 2017 25,000 km 4×4 MT, 2018 35,000 km 4×4 MT.
Attached are the pictures of the 2017, 25,000 km done Hexa 4×4 with an asking price of Rs. 12.75 lakh. Bargain it down and you’ll get a LOT of car for the money.
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