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2005 Tata Indica 1.4 LSI Review

2005 Tata Indica 1.4 LSI Review

Recently, I worked for a friend who fixes yachts, cars and pretty much anything mechanical and electrical. He drives a 2005 Tata Indica 1.4 LSI equipped with an engine producing 55kW and 110Nm.  There are no bells and whistles with regards to styling or features to speak of here but there happens to be one little thing that possibly triumphs all, practicality.

For most people cars are a means of transport from getting from one point to the other while for others it is symbol of status. In this case we will focus on good value proposition and throw the status issue out the window.

One of the major priorities when choosing which car to buy is always practicality. Usually with high performance there is always a compromise of some sort. If it’s not the range of the car being too short (see our article on Ferrari’s F12 Berlinetta fuel consumption) it’s probably lack of space or lack of everyday usability.

The interior of the Tata Indica is rather bare and uninteresting. The dash board in comparison to a similarly sized German manufactured vehicle is beyond horrible, okay perhaps i’m exaggerating a bit. There isn’t a digital display for a clock on the dashboard but rather an interesting indent where one should be, a continuous reminder that you are driving a bare boned vehicle with absolutely no pretentiousness for glam. The hazard button also isn’t indicated you have to assume it is the red round button above the stereo system. Of course however with the launch of their new line of Indica’s there have been major improvements, a digital clock comes as standard on the Lsi and Lxi models. Hurray!

But then again, that’s not the whole point of owning a TATA Indica especially for my dear friend who happens to use it more as a transit van to haul his equipment around. The whole point is practicality. The TATA Indica has quite a bit of room with the 60:40 split rear seats folded down. So much in fact we were able to fit a genset (some type of generator for yachts) plus two cases of power tools and an additional case of tools.

Then, the issue of maintenance costs. Because the TATA Indica is a cheap car it is a cheap car to repair. We were able to get two sets of shocks plus springs (2nd hand) for under R300. We provided the labour so that is about half an hour’s work to remove the old shocks and install the new ones. This is an ideal enthusiast’s start up car simply because everything on it can be fixed at home. No complex programming skills needed just a handy tool box and good connections with the right people in the trade for spare parts.

The ride quality isn’t very good as well. You can feel every bump and irregularity on the surface of the road through your seat. The seats are fabric of course at this level one doesn’t expect much more.

The little TATA is however inspite all of its small little faults a very good car for its price (A smudge under R100,000). The level of abuse that this one had taken is phenomenal but still it keeps on pushing at 150,000 kms+. In fact the owner reckons with a full service it will probably push another 150,000 kms. If this were some other car say a Hyundai Atos one wonders if it would have lasted as long.

At the end of the day I have to admit I am deeply in love with the simplicity of the Tata Indica 1.4 LSI and the practicality. It will zip around town with ease and on a hot sunny day it will still carry you to the beach after carrying about heavy loads.

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