If you were looking for a diesel sedan that is refined, comfortable and frugal, but didn't want to go for the SX4 diesel or Volkswagen Vento, what are your options? It seems that Tata Motors may have the answer with the Indigo Manza, now badged the Manza Elan. Tata wants to position the Elan as a more premium Manza, and the company itself wants to somehow detach the Manza from its Indigo positioning, which probably something they should have done back in 2009. Nevertheless, the Manza is quite a package. It isn’t necessarily the best handling car, nor something that will leave you all chuffed. It’s a nice, comfortable cruiser that is even more rewarding as a chauffeur-driven car.
With the Elan, Tata Motors has just added a few more features like power windows that can be rolled up by up to 30 seconds after the ignition is turned off, follow me home headlamps and smoked alloy wheels that could have been avoided. On the inside, there is a new two-tone treatment like the one on the Aria, which provides some respite from the overdose of beige, while some more chrome strips on the outside and a new wine exterior coat option sum up the package. Powered by the same engine as on the SX4, performance is more than adequate.
The Manza diesel is good enough for sub 16-seconds to 100 kph and a genuine 165 kph top speed. Importantly, the interior is quite spacious and the NVH levels are well suppressed, going to prove that the Multijet is still the benchmark in refinement. Ride quality is still one of the better bits of the car, making it ideal for people who like to spend a lot of time in the back seat, while equipment levels can only be termed as generous. Overall quality levels are decent, of course you kind of get what you pay for. At Rs 7.59 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai it’s the kind of value buy that makes the Elan worth a second look.