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Tata Manza

Rs. 6.11 - Rs. 8.49 lakhs
Ex-showroom Price (Mumbai)
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The Tata Manza is a proper mid-sized saloon. The sedan shares its platform with the Indica, but its aerodynamic design and stretched dimensions distinguish its class. The four-component headlamp design along with the radiator grille with four thin chrome slats and embossed badge of the company, fog lamps, large air dam with two slats, bumper and large headlamp cluster enhance its front fascia. The large front wind screen offers better visibility.

The side profile looks very simple with pull-type door handles, power adjustable external rear view mirrors, prominent wheel arches and side creases. The Manza is equipped with a pair of 15-inches, 8 spoke alloy wheels with 185/60 R15 tubeless radial tyres, which are undersized. The rear end is managed by the bumper with integrated radiant fog lamps, large rear windscreen and license plate with chrome garnish. The build quality is better than before, but isn’t impressive. The panel gaps are significant.

The Manza gets a well-equipped interior with spacious and comfortable cabin. There is ample legroom, especially for the rear passengers. The material, fit and finish quality is superb. The Manza offers a plenty of comfort and convenience features such as a built-in music system with USB, Bluetooth and Aux connectivity, instrument cluster, 12V power supply, leather wrapped gear shift lever and hand brake, internal day and night anti glare rear view mirror, satellite navigation system, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) unit and more. It offers a boot space of 460-litres.

The Tata Manza is offered in two engine options: a 1.3-litre petrol engine and a 1.4-litre Safire engine. The 1.3-litre, 1248cc, 4-cylinder, diesel engine sports a common rail injection based fuel supply system, and delivers a peak power output of 88.8bhp @ 4000rpm with 200Nm of torque @ 1750-3000rpm. It complaints the latest Bharat Stage IV norms, and emits less carbon-di-oxide. Combined with a C549 – 5+1 speed manual transmission, the Manza diesel offers an impressive fuel efficiency of 18.6kmpl in city and 21.02kmpl on highways. This diesel engine is competent to mark 100kmph just in 18 seconds with a top speed of 165kmph – 170kmph.

The 1.4-litre MPFI (Multi point fuel injection) supply system based Safire petrol engine develops a maximum power output of 88.8bhp @ 6000rpm, and a peak torque of 116Nm @ 4750rpm. It offers a displacement of 1368cc. A five speed manual transmission is the only available option. The Manza petrol sucks more fuel than its diesel version.

In terms of acceleration and pick-up, its petrol unit is faster than the diesel motor that can achieve 100kmph from standstill within 17-18 seconds with a top speed of 170-175kmph. The handling is acceptable, but it fails to mark an impression in terms of performance. The ride quality isn’t impressive. The insulation is good. The brakes are confidence-inspiring.

Exterior

Despite sharing the platform with the Indica, the Manza manages to look completely a new product with an aerodynamic design and stretched dimensions. The front fascia appeals with a contemporary four-component headlamp design along with the basic styling elements such as radiator grille with four thin chrome slats and embossed badge of the company, fog lamps, large air dam with two slats, bumper, large front wind screen and large headlamp cluster. From sides, the car looks very simple. Having pull-type door handles, power adjustable external rear view mirrors, prominent wheel arches and side creases, there is nothing to flaunt.

The Manza has been assembled with 15-inches, 8 spoke alloy wheels with 185/60 R15 tubeless radial tyres. The rear bumper with integrated radiant fog lamps, large rear windscreen and license plate with chrome garnish enhance its rear appearance. The build quality is much improved now, but isn’t up-to the mark. The panel gaps are consistent. It measures around 4413mm (length), 1730mm (width) and 1550mm (height) with a wheelbase of 2520mm.

Interior

Having a wheelbase of 2520mm, the Manza is very spacious from inside. The seats are comfortable, especially the rear bench. There is ample legroom and headroom. The fit and finish is excellent. The Manza is one of the most feature-rich cars in its segment, which comes equipped with a built-in music system with USB, Bluetooth and Aux connectivity, instrument cluster, 12V power supply, leather wrapped gear shift lever and hand brake, internal day and night anti glare rear view mirror, satellite navigation system, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) unit and various other comfort features. The boot space (460-litres) is generous.

Engine and Transmission

The Tata Manza is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.3-litre, 1248cc, 4-cylinder, diesel engine churns out a peak power output of 88.8bhp @ 4000rpm with 200Nm of torque @ 1750-3000rpm. It features a common rail injection based fuel supply system. This power-unit is mated with a C549 – 5+1 speed manual transmission, which helps to deliver an impressive fuel economy of 18.6kmpl on urban roads and 21.02kmpl on highways. It meets the latest Bharat Stage IV norms, and emits less carbon-di-oxide. The Manza diesel can achieve 0-100kmph within 18 seconds with a top speed of 165kmph – 170kmph.

The 1.4-litre MPFI (Multi point fuel injection) supply system based Safire petrol engine is relatively more prompt than the diesel engine. It can reach 0-100kmph within 17-18 seconds with a top speed of 170-175kmph. It makes a maximum power output of 88.8bhp @ 6000rpm with 116Nm of torque @ 4750rpm. The displacement is 1368cc. The Manza petrol is coupled with a five speed manual transmission, and offers a fuel efficiency of 10.89kmpl in city and 13.07kmpl on highways.

Performance and Handling

The handling is flawless, but performance doesn’t meet the expectation levels. It performs well at high speed but, turbo lag is an issue. The ride quality is same as the Indigo i.e. awful. The clutch is light. The steering is prompt, and easily engaged in driving. The firm suspension adversely affects its ride quality. The driving dynamics are good. The brakes are powerful. Most interestingly, the refinement levels of the petrol engine are much better than its diesel engine.

Braking system

The brakes of Manza are confidence inspired, and braking performance is excellent. The sedan comes equipped with a vacuum assisted independent dual circuit, which diagonally split with hydraulic brakes through a tandem master cylinder. The advanced ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) withEBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) along with the front disc and rear drum brakes are efficient enough to handle the panic braking situations.

Mileage

Available in two (petrol and diesel) engine options, the Manza proves to be very promising on fuel efficiency front. The 1.3-litre, 1248cc, 4-cylinder, diesel engine with a common rail injection based fuel supply system is combined with a C549 – 5+1 speed manual transmission, and delivers a mileage of 18.6kmpl in city and 21.02kmpl on highways. This powertrain satisfies the latest Bharat Stage IV norms, and emits less carbon. The 1.4-litre MPFI (Multi point fuel injection) supply system based Safire petrol engine is mated with a five-speed manual transmission, and offers a decent fuel efficiency of 10.89kmpl on urban roads and 13.07kmpl on highways.

Safety features

Tata Manza comes loaded with a numbers of safety features such as ABS with EBD, dual front SRS airbags for front passengers, front seat belts with retractors, pre-tensioners and load limiters, mounted LED stop lamps, a remote controlled keyless entry with central locking, collapsible power assisted rack, immobilize steering, child locks, an engine immobilizer, a warning buzzer for the driver door and many more.

Verdict

Tata Manza is a well-equipped, spacious, comfortable and frugal entry-level sedan. Its simple design looks attractive. The quality, fit and finish are much improved than before. The seats are comfortable, and there is ample legroom for the rear passengers. Both the engines are frugal, but lacks with power performance. The ride quality isn’t impressive, but handling is decent. Affordable pricing is the other factor that goes in its favour.

Competition

Tata Manza Vs Honda Amaze

The design of Manza is simple and neat, but doesn’t address the younger buyers. The Manza is taller, wider and longer than the Amaze. The Honda Amaze is based on the Brio platform, and appears very stylish, sporty and outgoing.

The Manza is one of the well-equipped sedans that enhance its comfort and convenience level. The plastic quality, fit and finish are flawless. The seats are comfortable, and there is a plenty of legroom for both front and rear passengers. In comparison to the Manza, the Amaze fails to mark an impression. The Amaze has less to offer, and isn’t that spacious.

In terms of power and torque performance, the Amaze’s i-DTEC engine is more powerful than the Manza’s Q-Jet with Variable Geometry Turbochager engine. On the fuel efficiency front too, the Amaze is the most fuel efficient car of its league with an ARAI certified mileage of 25.8kmpl. While the Manza returns 18.6kmpl in city, and 21.02kmpl on highways. Honda cars are known for their exceptional handling and drivability, and the Amaze isn’t an exception here. Its ride quality is excellent. The Amaze performs so well on busy urban roads as well as on highways. On the other side, the Manza doesn’t impress with its ride quality. The Amaze is certainly a better pick than the Manza, which is priced between 5.20 lakh - Rs. 7.73 lakh , while the Manza is available within price range of Rs. 5.86 lakh. - Rs. 8.08 lakh.

Pros & Cons

Pros

· Neat and simple design

· Well-equipped and spacious cabin

· Rear seat comfort

· Good fit and finish

· Frugal engine

· Efficient gearbox

· Braking performance

· Acceptable handling

Cons

· Build quality

· Engine performance

· Undersized tyres

· Just average ride quality

· After sales network

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