Tata Indica For Sale in the Philippines
Tata Indica 2016 Review in the Philippines
According to sources, Tata Motors intends to replace the Tata Indica with the Tata Zica in 2016. This means the 2015 Tata Indica will be the last year model for the vehicle line.
Tata Indica Review
The Tata Indica is a lot of firsts for its young manufacturer—first passenger car, first to reach 100,000 in sales, hitting that number in its first year of production, and also the first Indian car to come equipped with power windows and air conditioning—two features that were only available on the other expensive vehicles imported into the country.
The vehicle’s slogan is “More car per car,” a statement that proudly proclaims the Indica’s roomy interior and affordability. In a span of two years, the Indica managed to become the number one car in its segment in its home country, a feat that the Indian car maker hopes to replicate in the Philippines.
Tata Indica History
The Indica is a supermini car produced by Tata Motors since 1998. It is the first passenger car in the Indian manufacturer’s vehicle lineup, and is widely considered to be the first indigenously produced passenger car in its home country. Annual sales of the vehicle have been exceeding the 100,000 mark since 2006. The car is also being exported to various markets including Europe, Africa and Asia.
The outer body styling was crafted in partnership with the Italian design house I.DE.A Institute. The engine however, was designed exclusively in India, and is derived from the engine used by Tata Motors in their early line of pickups and SUVs.
In 2003, the Indica was badge engineered and sold in the U.K. as the Rover CityRover. The vehicle’s first generation lasted from 1998 to 2007, while the second generation ran from 2008 to 2015. Two of the models most popular trims include the Tata Indica Vista and the Tata Indica eV2. Other trims include the Tata Indica V2, Tata Indica eLS, Tata Indica eLX, Tata Indica DLS and Tata Indica DLX.
Though the Indica has been a huge success, the Indian car brand intends to revamp its low cost range, and will be replacing the Indica with a new model called the Tata Zica sometime in 2016.
Tata Indica Specs and Performance
Under the hood of the Indica is a 1.4-liter 475 TCIC 4 inline TCIC diesel engine that delivers 69 hp and 135 Nm maximum torque. The Tata Indica engine is mated to a 5+1 speed manual gearbox. As for the Tata Indica suspension, an independent lower wishbone MacPherson strut type system cushions the front while an independent semi-trailing arm with coil spring mounted hydraulic shock absorbers take care of the rear. Other Tata Indica specs are as follows:
Tata Indica Dimensions
Tata Indica length (mm)
Tata Indica width (mm)
Tata Indica height (mm)
Tata Indica weight (kg)
Tata Indica Ground Clearance (mm)
Tata Indica Wheelbase (mm)
Tata Indica Fuel Consumption
Below is a list of some popular Tata Indica years and their fuel consumption rates. Figures are in miles per gallon (MPG) format. Since the Indica has been using the same engine ever since, fuel consumption has remained practically the same across all year models.
For new Tata Indica models such as:
- Tata Indica 2016: To be announced
- Tata Indica 2015: 23.5 city, 39.2 highway
- Tata Indica 2014: 23.5 city, 39.2 highway
For older Tata Indica models such as:
- Tata Indica 2007: 23.5 city, 39.2 highway
- Tata Indica 2006: 23.5 city, 39.2 highway
- Tata Indica 2005: 23.5 city, 39.2 highway
Tata Indica Design
The Indica is designed to carry five occupants comfortably. Despite its diminutive exterior, you’ll be surprised to find out that the vehicle provides ample legroom and headroom even at full capacity. Take a look at what the Indica’s less-is-more styling approach has to offer:
Tata Indica Exterior
The Indica has many exterior elements that make it look good. First, there’s the fascia that boasts of a vast grille made distinguishable by its three-striped chrome layout. There’s also the headlight cluster that comes with clear lens. The front windshield is wide and the instrument cluster is low, allowing for good road visibility at all times. The outer door handles come in body color, which lends the vehicle a premium feel. A well-designed chrome garnishing at the rear raises the vehicle’s overall refinement.
Tata Indica Interior
The Indica cabin is characterized by a spacious, dual-toned interior. Though not luxurious, the inside is well-furbished with dual-purpose features that serve as decoration while providing convenience at the same time. Comfort features that come with the vehicle include:
- Foldable rear seats (60/40 split)
- Adjustable head restraints for front seats
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
- Independent front and rear suspension for enhanced ride comfort
Tata Indica Color Options
Car buyers interested in the Tata Indica have three colors to choose from:
- Burgundy Royal
- Porcelain White
- Jet Silver
Tata Indica Safety Features
The Tata Indica does come with more than just the safety basics, which is a huge plus. The Indica’s list of safety and protection features include:
- Dual front airbags
- Anti-lock braking system
- Remote control central locking
- Rear door child safety lock
- Front fog lamps
- Immobilizer/fuel cut-off
- Front, rear and side crumple zones
- Collapsible steering
Tata Indica Safety Ratings
No safety-rating body has conducted crash and safety tests on the 2015 Indica yet.
Tata Indica Features: The Highlights
“Sparse” and “Spartanesque” are the keywords for the Tata Indica, so if you’re someone who’s okay with just the basics, then the Indica passes muster. That said, the Indica does come with a few features that’s difficult to find in a car in this price range including:
- Power windows
- Remote tailgate latch release
- Electrical demisting unit for rear window
- Power socket for mobile charging
- High mounted stop lamp
- Internally adjustable outside rearview mirrors
Tata Indica Accessories
One great thing about being basic is that it’s often synonymous with being easily customizable. If you want to spruce up your Indica, you can easily do so. For instance, in terms of baggage convenience, you can easily install a roof carrier of your choice on top. Floor mats and carpets can help the interior flooring clean, and mudguards can help the car stay neat on the outside. Feel free to choose which of these great accessory selections you would like your Tata Indica to have:
- Full chrome bumper protector
- Full chrome side beading
- Clear fog lamps
- Door visor
- HID replacement headlights
- LED brake light
- Car door guard/protector
- Floor mats
- Mud guards
Tata Indica Compared to Other Supermini Cars in the Philippines
Affordability is the Indica’s main selling point. Unfortunately for the Indian car model, it is also its only selling point. In its segment, the vehicle competes with marques such as the Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai i10. If not for the price of Tata Indica, the car would have nothing to offer over its competitors. Consider the advantages that these vehicles have over the Indica:
- Tata Indica vs Suzuki Swift- the Swift is capable of fuel economy ratings that’s twice that of the Indica.
- Tata Indica vs Volkswagen Polo- the Polo has achieved a five-star safety rating since 2010, while the Indica is yet to be tested.
- Tata Indica vs Hyundai i10- the i10 comes with a five-year warranty, while Tata Motors only offers two-year warranties for its vehicles.
Best Reasons to Buy a Tata Indica
The Indica is for the driver who frequent crowded parts of the city and whose office is only a short distance away from home. For the price, owners don’t have to bother even if it gets dented or scratched 10 times over. Easy to be serviced and low on maintenance, many buyers of the Indica will enjoy the fact that they get a vehicle that delivers:
- Good fuel economy
- Compact size that can easily weave through traffic
- Stylish exterior
- Responsive steering
The rock bottom price does have its trade-offs, as the vehicle comes with no infotainment system, and the interior is made of substandard materials.
Where Can I Buy a Tata Indica Car in the Philippines?
Find a Tata Indica near you:
New Tata Indica Price in the Philippines
If you want a truly affordable mini car, you can’t get any cheaper than the Tata Indica. Just think—for just a little over half a million pesos, you can have a serviceable compact car that succeeds at its functions.
- Tata Indica 2016 price in the Philippines: n/a
- Tata Indica 2015 price in the Philippines: P545,000
Second Hand Tata Indica Price List at Carmudi Philippines
Breaking into the country in the second half of 2014, Tata Motors is a fairly new entry in the Philippine market. Since most of the Tata Indica cars in the country are barely a year old, used Tata Indica cars are still a rarity. There are no Tata Indica used models in Carmudi’s inventory as of this writing.
Tata Indica latest offers in the Philippines