Tata Manza Car Review

Tata Manza Club Class is among the cheapest mid-size sedan options available in India. The company wanted to provide a big car as a great value-for-money proposition to its customers, which Manza just about delivers so. This model is pitched against the compact sedan segment contenders like Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze and Chevrolet Sail in terms of pricing. Tata used its Manza model to portray itself as a car maker for the younger Indian audience, and to some point has succeeded in doing just that. However, I feel that Tata engineers still need to do work on certain aspects in order to make this mid-size saloon a success in the Indian market.
I haven’t driven Manza much, but only on a few occasions and this car seemed decent and had several things working for it. For instance, Manza Club Class is extremely stable and has a solid grip on the tarmac. Looks wise it may not seem as compelling as the Honda Amaze, but at this price point Manza serves several great purposes. This model has all the basic features that its competition boasts of and provides better space and gadgets as well.

Tata Manza Club Class looks tough and has a solid build. It is easily one of the cars with the strongest physical build quality in its segment. The design has evolved and the new Club Class is longer and seems more refined than its previous model. The headlamps are more sharp and modish, while the bonnet has been redesigned. A fair bit of chrome finishing has been done on the bonnet grille, front bumper and the side profile, which seem like cosmetic make-up to give the car a more premium look and feel. In all fairness, this new generation Manza Club Class looks more mature and I would recommend it highly. The car may not seem as inviting as Amaze, but it possesses great build quality and acres of space as its main selling points.

Tata engineers wanted to present Indian buyers a big car (sedan) that looked stylish, was easier on pockets and capable of delivering some meaty performance on road as well. This was the thought process that must have been nurtured while the Club Class was being designed at the Tata facilities. The car is powered by a reliable engine and is available as both petrol and diesel variants. The power-torque equations are decent as well and driving Manza is actually kind of smooth and relaxing. The diesel engine felt a little shy in response and I should rather call it sluggish for routine city traffic driving. I really liked this mid-size saloon’s suspension set-up, since it negotiated problematic speed breakers and bumpy roads quite effectively.

Tata Manza Club Class has been a revelation of sorts in terms of comfort and interior design character. It has perhaps the best interior setting in the segment, with no other model offering the rich premium experience and a nice gamut of useful gadgets. Further, the black leather seats in the top-end trim felt plush, while extensive chrome garnishing on instrument and door panels implied luxury and quality design. It’s heartening to see Tata giving so much in the Manza package and yet, failing to scorch the sales charts. The satellite navigation system is the best-in-class feature and so is the automatic climate control system.

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