2011 Indica EV2: Review

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    2011 Indica EV2: Review

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    Tata Motor’s ‘more car per car’ saga with the Indica continues and clearly the company hasn’t given up on its 13-year-old hatchback. Tata has just launched the eV2 variant and says it’s the most fuel efficient car on sale. Tall claim? According to the official Indian Driving Cycle (IDC), the eV2 gives an unbeatable 25kpl but how does it fare outside the laboratory and in the real world?

    Let’s first take a look at the engine. It’s essentially the same 1.4-litre common-rail, direct-injection motor but the ECU has been remapped for better efficiency. There are some subtle changes to the body as well which Tata claims has lowered drag and helped efficiency too.

    What gets your attention immediately is how responsive the engine feels at low revs. It pulls forward strongly from 1400rpm and really gets into its stride once past 2000rpm, with minimal turbo-lag. The responsive engine adds a new dimension to the Indica’s performance and it feels fleet-footed in most situations. It’s reasonably quick for a budget diesel hatchback and 100kph from a standstill is crossed in under 16 seconds.

    This added performance is a boon since you don’t have to use the rubbery, imprecise gearshift too much. The engine is pretty free-revving too, which is useful on the highway, and most owners will find its performance adequate for their needs. The engine is slightly smoother than before but it’s still a long way behind the levels of refinement we have come to expect from a modern diesel motor. At high revs, the 1.4 Dicor is noisy and there’s a fair amount of vibration coming through the floorboard and pedals.

    The dynamics too fall short. The suspension remains unchanged, so there’s not much difference in the ride and handling. The low-speed ride is absorbent enough but the eV2 still jiggles over road undulations. The suspension is quite clunky too, and at higher speeds, the car gets quite unsettled. The steering is non-linear and vague, especially around the straight-ahead position; this adds to the floaty feeling the eV2 has at speed.

    Video:YouTube - ‪TATA INDICA EV2 TEST‬‏
     

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