Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:58:05 GMT

Tata Indigo Manza Vs. rivals

It is big, comfortable and cheap. But can the Tata Manza overshadow the competition where it matters the most? We have the answer.

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Tata Indigo Manza Vs. rivals


As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, a car's sticker price plays a very important role in this segment. Of course so does the status and the feel good factor of the car as well as, to an extent, the list of standard features. The cheapest car here is the Ford Ikon which retails for Rs 5.42 lakh (ex-Pune). There is only one variant to choose from and it comes equipped with a decent list of goodies, if not all. You do miss out on a lot of basic things as mentioned above and the car itself has started to feel dated, being engineered ages ago as compared to the competition. It does come with a very good diesel engine that not only performs very well in the city but on the highway as well. However, with no safety features like ABS or airbags even as options, a well-educated buyer might turn his back towards the car. That said, the Ikon at this price translates into a terrific value for money proposition.

The Logan is a great car by itself. It drives well, rides even better and is quite spacious on the inside. The top end version, the DLS variant with ABS sells for Rs 6.75 lakh (ex-Pune). The Play edition, the one featured here, retails for Rs 6.79 lakh and is well equipped. We really can't find any fault with the car other than its unusual ergonomics on the inside. For those who want to make a decision immediately, the company is even offering a sixty grand cash-back scheme till the end of this month which probably makes it the best buy here.
When launched, Maruti's DZire went on to become the leader of the segment in a matter of weeks. It still is and there are reasons enough for it. When a middle class family puts down their hard earned money for this car, what they get in return seems to justify the amount spent. It feels the best from the inside and has that feel good factor that its rivals seem to lack. Maruti's legendary reliability and service network too work in its favour. At Rs 6.75 lakh (ex-Pune) for the top end variant, it's not a bad deal either as you get goodies like alloy wheels, safety features like ABS and airbags in addition to a fully automatic climate control system, steering wheel mounted controls, etc.

The Manza rewrote the rules of a value for money entry-level sedan when it was launched. The top end model with all the bells and whistles sells for Rs 6.7 lakh (ex-Pune), more or less same as the Maruti with similar equipment levels too. None of the two cars are perfect however. As a buyer, you will have to make a compromise somewhere. The Manza for instance boasts of a Bluetooth enabled music system, but misses out on alloy wheels. It is more spacious than the DZire, but its interior quality leaves a lot to be desired. The Manza is more powerful though and also has the biggest boot in its class but Marutis generally seem to hold a better resale value years down the line. This comparison seems to be heading for a close fist fight between the DZire and the Manza. In the end, the car you would want to be seen in after spending Rs 7 lakh (all inclusive) becomes the final deciding factor. I am sure you have the answer in your head right away.

Source: Car India

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