Tata Manza Review Part 1

The 1st generation Indigo platform sold nearly 3.0 lakh cars and counting. Tata Motors is coming of age, with the Manza being a huge step ahead. Owners report that build quality is typically Tata (abuse-friendly) and solid enough. The paint job and exterior fit & finish are superb, even the panel gaps are mostly consistent (though the odd irregularity is present). Even if the Manza is not going to win any beauty contests, its looks are par for the segment.

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Front end design is dominated by the contemporary quad-focal headlamps on either side of the trademarked “smiling” radiator grille wholesale hotel furniture . The side profile is clean, with the boot looking better integrated than on the Indica-Indigo or Swift-Dzire siblings. Opinions are split on the squarish (Cadillac-style) rear end and the thin tall lights; some owners like it, some simply don’t. Indians are fond of chrome and the Manza wears dollops of it! The sedan sits on a 15 inch wheel size throughout the range. Owners couldn’t stop raving about the interiors that have the space of cars costing twice as much. Dual-tone colours along with a generous greenhouse lend an airy feeling to the insides.

Part quality is just about acceptable in some areas (e.g. soft-touch paneling on the dashboard, tactile air-con controls) and poor in others (e.g. door lock controls, door beading). Some rough edges and the odd poorly fitted / quality part are conspicuous. Room at the front is generous and the seats can easily accommodate larger-built Indians too. That said, it is rear seat comfort that is the Manza’s USP. Unmatched space, a perfectly reclined backrest and a supportive seat make this car the best option for chauffeur-driven owners, this side of 15 lakh rupees.

Tata has gotten the ergonomics mostly correct, making it easy for most of our reviewers to find a comfortable driving position. The steering is on the larger side and has integrated controls for the stereo & mobile phone. The main glove box is deep and there’s a nifty drawer right under the passenger seat. But there isn’t a center glove box, the door pockets are rather small and the seat back pockets narrow. No bottle holders on the doors either. The air-conditioner was rated well for its effectiveness, including in typically hot Indian summers.

9. Now for the real heavy hitter: air conditioners. ACs can really be lifesavers on a hot summer day, but improper use will see your energy costs go through the roof. If you learn to use them correctly, however, you won’t even have to take out a second mortgage to pay for your electric bill!

  • If you’re buying a new AC, make sure it carries the Energy Star label.
  • Set the thermostat two or three degrees higher than you normally do: instead of 72-74 degrees, try setting the thermostat to 75-77 degrees. Every degree you set the thermostat higher saves you 2-3% in your energy costs.
  • Make sure all your doors and windows are sealed shut when the AC is on, otherwise the AC’s efficiency will be markedly reduced (and, consequently, its electricity consumption will increase as it works harder to try to cool the surroundings).
  • Close your curtains/blinds during the heat of the day, as the sun coming through a window will warm up the room, forcing the AC to work harder to keep it cool.
  • When you’re not in the house, turn off your AC, or at least set the thermostat several degrees higher. If you keep the AC on at night, also program the thermostat higher when you’re asleep.
  • If you’re installing air conditioning in your house, rather than getting a central AC for the entire house, get a few smaller ACs to cool smaller areas of the house, and only cool the areas you’re in. If you’re sitting in the living room for the better part of the day, do you really need to be cooling all of the bedrooms as well? And does your living room need to be cooled at night when you’re fast asleep in the bedroom? Just make sure to keep the doors of the areas you’re not cooling closed…

10. Shop around for a cheaper electricity provider, if you live in a deregulated state. In Texas for example (the largest consumer of electricity in the US, and in the top ten worldwide), there can be a price difference of 2-3 times (!) between the rate plans of various Retail Electricity Providers (REPs). An important tool available to Texas energy consumers in the battle against the high price of electricity are services provided by various websites, such as BestPowerDeal.com, which allow residents to compare all of the REPs in their area and choose and switch to the provider with the lowest rates. Residents of Texas and all other deregulated states are urged to take full advantage of these free services in order to save on their monthly electricity bills.

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