Unfortunately all the pics of my tested and trusted indica got inadvertently deleted. Only one night time side shot is there.
Now I'll discuss how my new car felt as compared to my old car.
Looks: Though Eon is praised by most for modern and fluidic looks, we are still in love with the old-fashioned and ubiquitous design of indica. My wife particularly dislikes the 'frog like' facade. However its side profile is quiet good but for the suddenly tapering back seat window which looks weird. However from back, it looks like a very upmarket car. As of color, I chose satin glow, a variant of purple, which was a rare color for Indica. But for Eon I chose mushroom, most common choice, because it hides the dirt and scratches nicely.
Interior: Here I have a mixed feeling. I miss the large amount of space indica used to offer with large glass windows. My son could sleep in back seat straight. Alas, such luxury is no longer available. However in terms of interior colour, feel and plastic quality, I feel I have got an upgrade. It's much better than Indica with consistent panel gaps, soft feel, and no metal parts visible
Built and stability: Here the tata car wins hands down. I had a side to side accident with a 10 wheeled heavy truck in highway at a speed of 80 kmph. We did not feel anything except a loud thud and only damage to the car was dented doors. On the other hand, the eon had its side scraped by a light pick-up truck at near zero speed. As a result the whole of body component behind rear door caved in and had be replaced . Though I never go beyond 90 kmph my chauffeur took the indica upto 140. But it always felt firmly planted on ground. Though the Eon is most comfortable in highway cruising speed but taking a turn in high speed does appear scary due to its light weight. However, brakes are superb in eon, bringing the car to standstill in a very short distance.
Drivability: As I learned driving in indica with its large paddles, the small and unevenly and very closely placed paddles of Eon required some practise in getting used to. Though the gear shift is well delineated in eon as compared to vague shifting pattern of indica, what is irritating in eon is vibrating gear shaft, specially at low rpm. Though it has a higher power:weight ratio as compared to indica, lack of low range torque requires more frequent gear change in city traffic conditions. So a vibrating gear is quiet uncomfortable in such situation. The electronic power steering provided in my dlite+ trim of eon is more sensitive as compared to the hydrolic one of indica dls, but that is certainly not a boon while driving high speed in expressway. Overall view is good in eon for tall drivers like me (I am 175 cm ) but for shorter drivers like my wife, indica gave a better view due to its high driver seat compared to eon. I also miss the tachometer in eon as the gear shift indicator given as replacement is often not considerate of driving condition.
Ride & comfort: After getting used to the soft, boat like movement of indica, the ride of eon feels a little hard. Front seats are thin but quite comfortable, with a long range of movement to accommodate tall persons. However, rear seats were much more comfortable in indica, with lots of leg space and good neck support. Naturally noise and vibration levels in eon are less than diesel powered indica, however its not as good as my friend's i10. AC is really good and cools within minutes in summer. The heating element is a welcome addition in eon which was not there in our indica dls. Thermal insulation is also better in eon with on air leaking through door lock like indica. That led to better winter experience in car this year.
Performance and fuel efficiency: Though having much better power to weight ratio, the petrol engine is able to surpass indica only during highway sprints. High torque of the naturally aspirated indirect injection engine of indica did a better job in bumper to bumper city traffic (with lots of unruly pedestrian, bikes,cycle rickshaw, animals etc) with little requirement of accelerator paddle. As per fuel efficiency is concerned, the indica used to give 17-18
km per litre of diesel with ac mostly on. The mileage of eon has been variable, with as high as 19 kmpl with ac to as low as 15 kmpl without ac. Our driving includes 60% city traffic and 40% highway. I have compared two vehicles i have owned and driven in this post.
This should not be considerered to be a ownership review of either of the car as i have not driven any other car to have an objective assessment.
Now I am attaching the pics.