Tata Aria Variants
15.05 kmpl2179 cc` 10.42 Lakh
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15.05 kmpl2179 cc` 12.56 Lakh
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15.05 kmpl2179 cc` 15.43 Lakh
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Editorial Test Drive Review of Tata Aria
Tata Aria Interiors
Step inside and it would be hard to tell this is a Tata product. The quality of plastics, the design theme and list of standard features that can put to shame a 20odd lakh rupee SUV amazes you. There are acres of room inside for hefty, well-built adults and the seats feel nice and supportive. The steering wheel feels chunky and has controls for the music system as well as the cruise control – again a first in the price band this vehicle will be positioned in. However, while driving, the positioning of the buttons is such that it easily touches your hand / palm by mistake. The speedometer console looks simple though houses all the essential information including multi-information display for fuel consumption.
We tested the top of the line version that comes with all the bells and whistles including an in-built navigation system that seemed to work pretty fine. The audio system comes with Bluetooh technology and looks nice but doesn't really sound very well to justify the price tag that the Arai carries. The fully automatic climate control with vents for all the seven passengers chilled us down in no time though I would have appreciated the fan to be a little silent.There is ample storage space up front though I soon found out a small ergonomic problem – keeping two glasses in the space provided in front of the gear lever interferes while operating the air-con. Secondly, if you charge your mobile phone through the connection provided, there is no space to keep your phone securely – it keeps dropping out from the little space provided next to the charger during hard acceleration. The roof mounted utility bins (were they six or seven!) is a very handy feature and is sure to be used a lot during weekend drives. While the lower Pure and Pleasure versions come with black and beige interiors with wood inserts, the Prestige and Pride versions come with Black and Plum interiors with brush metal inserts. The seats on the Pure and Prestige models get beige fabric while the Prestige and Pride get leather upholstery.
Tata Aria Exteriors
We have driven both the top end 4x4 and the bottom end 4x2 versions of the Aria and all this time, one thing that stuck us more than often was the sheer road presence of this vehicle. At 4650mm in length and 1918mm in width, the Aria is just 45mm shorter than say the Toyota Fortuner though is almost 80mm wider! This should give you a clear indication of how the Aria stands out among the usual crop of vehicles on the road. The Aria has oodles of ‘in your face’ attitude when seen upfront. No wonders, we often saw oncoming traffic on narrow two-laned highways giving us way pretty easily. The huge double barrel headlamps (top end models get low light sensing lights) are now becoming familiar in the TATA family with the Manza being the latest product to sport the same theme.
The hood is quite raised and helps give the front three quarter a lot of muscle. Infact this, combined with the flared wheel arches and chunky 235mm section tyres on huge 17-inch alloy wheels (Pure and Pleasure get 16-inch steel wheels) lends the Aria a muscular and beefy look. Isn’t this the vehicle you have always dreamt of driving to scare away all those puny looks sedans and so called SUVs? The rear of the Aria is pretty well crafted too. Tall vertical tail lamps (similar to the Indica) are positioned at the extreme ends which the twin exhausts with a chrome finish hint at the vehicles capabilities – but more on that later.
Tata Aria Engine & Performance
The Aria comes powered by a 2.2-litre direct injection common rail engine with variable turbine technology that manages to churn out 150PS of peak power at 4000rpm. Most importantly it has a healthy torque of 320Nm which is generated between 1500 to 3000rpm. TATA has worked very hard on the NVH levels and the diesel clatter is well under control once the windows are rolled up. Infact, while general driving and cruising, I was more than impressed with the overall smoothness of the engine. Features like a dual mass flywheel which helps isolates torsional vibrations from the powertrain and thereby eliminating body boom and annoying driveline rattles helps a lot. Gear shift action isn’t really the best of the Rs 14 – 20 lakh SUVs, but didn’t give us a reason to complain even while full throttle upshifts during our performance runs.
The gear ratios are well spread and it’s easy to drive the Aria in traffic at low speeds while chugging along in a higher gear. As the Aria is a heavy vehicle and runs on wide 235mm section tyres, expecting the Aria to deliver tyre shredding performance wouldn’t be fair. Hence, we were pleasantly surprised when the cross-over managed a sub 15-second timing for our 0-100km/h dash! Infact, we cross-checked the reading more than a couple of times on our test laptop for verification and each time, the 0-100km/h sprint came out to be between 14.9 to 15.2 seconds! A limited test course didn’t allow for the actual top speeds though the car managed an indicated 140km/h pretty easily with probably another twenty odd to come. Apart from the terrific performance, the Aria also scores pretty well in terms of its ballistic mid-range punch. The turbo kicks in at around 1500rpm with an intoxicating whistle and shoves the car ahead with a great force. Closing in on gaps in traffic doesn’t really call for mathematical calculations and until unless you will be driving the vehicle with a full load of seven people, the 2.2-litre motor won’t really give you a reason to complain. We repeatedly drove the Aria in both 4x2 as well as 4x4 mode and found its drivability to be on par with our expectations.
Tata Aria Mileage and Running Costs
The Aria is powered by a diesel engine only. The Aria comes powered by a 2.2-litre direct injection common rail engine with variable turbine technology that manages to churn out 150PS and an ARAI certified fuel economy of 15.05 km/l
Tata Aria Mileage View full detail
|Tata Aria Diesel Variants|
|Tata Aria Pure LX 4X2||15.05 kmpl|
|Tata Aria Pleasure 4X2||15.05 kmpl|
|Tata Aria Pride 4X4||15.05 kmpl|
Tata Aria Handling Braking & Safety
High speeds stability is top notch and the electronic work in perfect tandem to get the heavy vehicle to a standstill from crazy speeds without any drama whatsoever. Steering is on the heavier side for parking speeds though feels much better once on the move. One irritating part is the positioning of the controls for the music system which easily fumble with your hand while turning the wheel. Another feather in the Aria’s cap comes in the form of the “4x4 torque on demand” system - available as option on all except the Pure version.
This system supplies the torque in varying proportions between the two axles depending upon the terrain. It also helps in off-road driving as well as stability on winding roads. We got ample opportunities to test this system (as seen from the locations in the pictures). There is no driver intervention required though one can switch to 4x2 for saving fuel by the press of a button. Tata has gone a long way in making the Aria one of the safest set of wheels in its segment. It comes equipped with disc brakes all around, ABS with EBD, ESP and TCS and six air-bags on the top end variant!
Tata Aria Comfort & Suspension
The suspension of the Aria is another area where this vehicle excels. The double wishbone front and the five link rear with coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers go a long way in making its occupants feel comfortable. Drive the Aria over roads that don’t exist and it seems to swallow in everything. The recent monsoons have left quite a few patches which means traffic often crawls at a snail’s pace at many places. In the Aria, one can literally fly past them while remaining composed and poised over deep pot-holes at triple digit speeds. Further with the assurance of all-wheel drive, ABS and TCS in the back of our mind, pushing the Aria on broken roads on curvy roads wasn’t an issue. Infact, it inspired confidence to further explore the cross-over’s limits – something that owners would seldom indulge in.
Tata Aria Specifications
Wheels & Tyres
|Tyres||235/60 R 16|
|Wheel Size||16 inch|
Tata Aria Price
The ex showroom price of Tata Aria ranges from Rs 10.42 Lakh to Rs 15.43 Lakh. Tata Aria is available in 3 variants. To find the on road price of Tata Aria you need to click on the check on road price.
Tata Aria has 3 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Tata Aria Pure LX 4X2 which has a Diesel engine, and starts at Rs 10.42 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Tata Aria Pride 4X4 which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 15.43 Lakh .
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