Long Termer

Tata Aria (Third report)

30,000km report Our Aria continues to rake up the kilometres on the highway and, we’ve realised, it’s quite comfy in the city too.

DETAILS
4
photos

Since our last report, our Aria has been to the arid lands of Kutch playing support car to a distant relative, the Jaguar XKR (July 2012 issue). It did an admirable job of ferrying four men, their luggage and the TV camera gear on the 2000km round trip. Then, with the onset of the monsoons, our photographers seized an opportunity to drive the Aria to the scenic Bhandardara on an ‘official’ getaway, to return with great praise for the Tata’s long-distance comfort. Clearly, we haven’t really treated this Tata with kids’ gloves. So it’s quite remarkable that our Aria has held up quite well. All mechanicals are in good running order and we’ve had no problems with reliability either, though the cabin is beginning to show some signs of wear. The silver finish on the gear knob, for instance, has faded a bit. 

Unlike my country-trotting colleagues, I’ve been using the Aria within town only. Accustomed to the convenience of driving a hatchback or midsize saloon, I initially found the hulking Tata a bit daunting to drive in Mumbai’s traffic. I’d also be hesitant to venture out into the city’s suburbs, where finding parking space is an art in its own. Over time, though, I’ve developed faith in the Aria’s accurate rear-parking sensors. So if you see the MH 01 AX 6076 parked skilfully somewhere, you should know it’s been technology to the rescue. 
 
But what’s really helped the man-machine bonding here is the Aria’s fantastic low speed ride – its supple suspension has seriously got the better of this season’s round of potholes. I’m also greatly impressed by the Aria’s overall refinement. There is little suspension noise and even the engine remains quiet enough. As for the engine, it feels sufficiently powerful for most occasions though some more grunt low-down in the rev range wouldn’t hurt. I also hope Tata can redesign the footwell whenever the facelifted Aria is due – it’s simply too narrow and desperately needs a dead pedal. And while at it, they could also reposition the steering audio controls lower down to a more ergonomic position.
 
This apart, I’m quite happy with the Aria. Even the fuel efficiency has been a pleasant surprise and is quite good for a two-tonner. We’ve managed a best figure of 10kpl in the city and 13.9kpl out on the highway. With so many positives, it’s a real shame the Aria doesn’t sell more. I hear many Tata dealers are selling the Aria 4x2 with discounts of upto Rs 1 lakh, which makes this well-rounded MPV seriously worth considering.
 
NIKHIL BHATIA
 
Odometer 30,067km
Price 15.82 lakh  (on-road, Mumbai)
Test economy 11.9kpl (overall)
Faults Gear knob losing its sheen 
See more about:  tata, aria

Tata Aria (Third report)

notSet

The big wheels and soft suspension shield you from the worst of bumps. Fading silver finish on gear knob is the first of the quality niggles. Quite accurate and a boon 
when parking the massive Aria.
We’ve driven Honda’s new Jazz, Fiat’s new 500 Abarth, Maruti’s new Alto K10 and a whole load of other new cars in this month’s issue of Autocar India.
What's in this issue?

Most Read
Find a car review

Latest Car Reviews

Mercedes-Benz B-class facelift review, test drive

Mercedes-Benz B-class facelift review, test drive

9 hours ago
A number of small but effective changes, outside and in, add a little more...
2014 Chevrolet Sail review, test drive

2014 Chevrolet Sail review, test drive

3 days ago
The updated Chevrolet Sail gets dual-tone interiors and a bit more kit? But...
New Maruti Alto K10 review, test drive

New Maruti Alto K10 review, test drive

Oct 22, 2014
New Alto K10 is brand new inside-out, is more fuel efficient and gets an...
Hyundai Elite i20 review, road test

Hyundai Elite i20 review, road test

Oct 17, 2014
The quintessential Indian premium hatchback moves a generation ahead. Here's...
Mercedes-Benz S-class S 350 CDI L review, road test

Mercedes-Benz S-class S 350 CDI L review, road test

Oct 11, 2014
The all-important diesel variant of Mercedes’ incredible flagship.
Latest News
Maruti to cut waiting period for its AMT models
For this, Maruti Suzuki will get its supplier to ramp up production, start...
1 hour ago   1 picture
Mercedes-AMG and MV Agusta join hands
Performance carmaker Mercedes-AMG signs corporation agreement with...
10 hours ago   1 picture
New Audi Q7 headed to Detroit motor show
The new generation of Audi’s Q7 is based on a modified version of...
13 hours ago   1 picture
TVS announces TVS TRU4 Synthetic 10W 30 engine oil
The fully synthetic engine oil promises better protection and low...
14 hours ago   1 picture
Next-gen Ford Figo hatchback shown at Sao Paulo Motor show
Next-gen Ford Figo hatchback is expected to launch in India after the Figo...
17 hours ago   2 pictures

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 183 | AUTOCAR INDIA – NOVEMBER 2014

We’ve driven Honda’s new Jazz, Fiat’s new 500 Abarth, Maruti’s new Alto K10 and a whole load of other new cars in this month’s issue of Autocar India.
Autocar Magazine
Latest Poll
Which one of these luxury small SUVs would you buy?



or View results
Audi Q3
  40%
 
Mercedes-Benz GLA
  47%
 
BMW X1
  13%
TOTAL VOTES: 1380

Vote now
View previous Polls »