First let me admit that I never have driven an Aria or a XUV because I don’t like to take a mere test drive those cars which I don’t intend to buy. I was very much deterrent from the looks of Aria but XUV looked better IMO
. But what really amazed me from the data provided by tdcarlover about the sales figure comparison of XUV vs Aria, it is 15 : 1, Wow! Just at a mere glance of a spec ****, any one can understand technically Aria is much more capable vehicle in Indian condition than XUV ( RWD & Stiffer BOF Chassis ), unless something had gone very wrong with Aria’s reputation ( which haven’t). As I haven’t driven both, can’t say how much the XUV is better handler being monocoque, but the sales figure really don’t do any justice with Aria. That puzzles me very much. That’s why I am going to relate it with my early days of driving experience of Scorpio Mhawk & Safari Dicor.
At that time I was low on driving confidence, was given both cars in city confinements for Testdrives & found The Mhawk is much more powerful & agile than the 20 BHP up Dicor. Later I realized that the it is the unique tuning of Mhawk, along with closely tacked gear & final drive ratio, which had won the hearts many novices like me. But the low end torque is not the every thing of a car. Lots of other things also come in the equation like driving ergonomics, highspeed manners, steering response etc. I gradually came to realize the TATA cars are in generaly better engineered than the Mahindras. Although Mahindra had an advantage of using it’s old jeep platforms which are inheretly stout & well balance-designed for RWD cars and obviously they have maneged it well to use it upto Scorpio. As Safari faulters its’ inherently faulty weight distribution of keeping the engine at too front, i.e. almost in the nose, thus suffers from front suspension problems. On the contrary look at the Bolero, how they had placed the engine far back, thus suffers minimal problems. Scorpio lies in between...... Still I am convinced, Tatas are better engineered.
Now back to original topic, Aria is so far the best from Tata, engineering wise. And now they are providing us a better powered, probably better engineered product as HEXA, that is also good looking too. Then why on earth people go for ther cars if Tata can play the price card properly & in little southside. Stil I am not sure about it’s success as many of our TAI
friends are also more concerned about the screen sizes of infotainment systems, Sound quality of Harmans, etc, leave those who don’t understand the engine capacity even.
Hopefully I have made my point & never meant to hurt any one. And thanks for bearing me so long.