Now comes the TD of TATA ARIA PRIDE 4X4
Disclaimer:Again a quite long review,and if you don't like long reports then also you will have to read it if you feel like reading it
,secondly this review is based on the views of I,my father and chauffy,so no offence to anyone.
As per the promised time my phone rang,Alas!It was a Tata SE who called to ask if we are coming or not and since we were on our way so I told him that we will be there within 5 minutes.We reached the dealership and as soon as I opened the door of my car there was a smart looking soft spoken boy who came running to us and greeted us.
I:You are Mr....
He:Yes Sir,so should we proceed.
Now came out my father and chauffy and we entered the dealership,now here starts the whole drama(all three of us were in a mood of pulling the legs of the guy in a really humorous mood),but a fact to mention is the intello SE,he replied each and every query of us with a smile and not by reading anything on the brochure.
After we entered the dealership:-
Chauffy:Dekh lo truck(look at the trucks)!!
SE:Smiling,yes sir luxury trucks.
Chauffy:Gaadi dikhaao bhai(bro,show the car)..
I:Have we talked on phone?
SE:Yes sir,I mean only Aria or new Safari too.
I:Where is new Safari?
SE:We have its details,you can book one for you.
Father(Smiling):Wow,a new Safari is launched!!
SE(Overjoyed):Yes sir,even better.
Father:Then show us the ARIA,let the better people buy the better Safari.
SE became nervous,lost his smile and said "Sir,here it is".pointing towards the vehicle.
When he picked up the brochure,I calmly took it from him and started reading it and asked him to explain now..and whoaa!!The guy smiled and explained all and everything so correctly that I was surprised,he knew everything power,torque,length,breadth,features etc etc.
Chauffy:Checking car(TD car) kahaan hai?Mangwao bhai.(Where is checking car?call it)
He pointed towards a red colored Aria Pride 4X4 parked outside handing over the keys to chauffy,I was really surprised to see a top end Aria for TD else before it both times I had TDed a mid range model.(Pride was only shown both the times).
We came outside and again same chauffy driving,I on front seat and SE and my father on rear seat:
Father after entering the car said:Tata gaadi banani seekh gaya(tata has learnt how to make cars)..
SE smiled and said:Sir,for you only.
Father gave him an angry look and again he was silent,again we all were laughing in the car very next moment,this relaxed the SE.
Car first moved towards the main city and chauffy was quite happy sitting in a commanding position and honking the hell out of others and sometimes even making the engine roar to scare away the two wheelers and rickshaws.
Overall we all were happy with the interiors and my father was really enjoying the calmness inside,there was really very low noise filtering inside the cabin and everything felt very well put together too.
Then I started checking out the vehicle,no doubt some cheap bits were there,SE was explaining the features,but he himself didn't knew to whom as none of us was hearing him but just asking him again and again to tell about a thing or two.This car had just 3.2k kms on odo.
No signs of abuse inside,so you can say it was a well maintained TD vehicle,first time I saw for a Tata.
So now came a quite bad patch of road and chauffy simply accelerated the car to 70 kph in the city itself,and WOW! we didn't even came to know where the bad patch has gone,mt father said "Bacha ke nikaal li kya(you saved from passing over the bad patch)"
Chauffy smiled and said "Nahi,yeh toh soccer(not 'shocker') ka kamaal hai(this is the effect of shockers)"
Now we came out on NH 58 again and car started flying 100-120-140kph.
Chauffy:Badi jam ke chal rahi hai(very planted).
With darkness increasing headlights came to life and we were really surprised seeing how good the headlights were,I mean they were really good.But not at par with..
.A laura,or a Corolla.
Came the tollbooth in front,chauffy stopped the car now my turn but to my surprise,father said "Carry on,ahead the highway is open,this car is good in city now let's see how it is on highways"..
So we paid Rs 95 at tollbooth and now Aria started really flying,150-160-165-brakes..
First trap on SE:ABS
and airbags are useless,life and death is in God's hands.
SE:You are right sir,but if God has given life then why to meet accidents,for that is ABS
,if accident has to happen then it happens but it can be less disastrous if ABS
is there,same way if injury has to happen then it happens but it will be less if airbags are there.
We were really impressed by his answer.
At last after testing Aria on all the scales we returned back after a really long TD of 56 kms and my father said "put a tick mark on this car".
At last Aria's observations were:-
1):Comfy,well built UV with utility of light 4X4 for slight off-roading and water/mud logged ways.
2):Great ride quality.
3):Comfy middle row and lot of safety features to keep you safe as well as confident.
4):Cumbersome and body roll.
5):Bumpy if speed is low and road is broken.
6):Acceleration could have been better.
Second trap for SE,is about price which will come later as this post has grown too long.
TO BE CONTINUED..