Pros and cons of the Tata Manza sedan

The Tata Manza sedan is available 4 diesel and 4 petrol variants priced at Rs.6.06 lakh and Rs.8.03 lakh. The Manza is a spacious and well equipped sedan with decent features. Here we take a look at the positives and negatives of this sedan.

The Manza comes with a 1,248 cc, 4-cylinder diesel motor mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. This motor makes 89 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750-3,000 rpm. The Petrol Manza is powered by a 1,368 cc4-cylinder motor that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and makes 89 bhp of power at 6,000 rpm and 116 Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm.

The Manza looks like a grown up Vista and may not appeal to everyone but it does have its set of fans. It comes with a a sharply sloped front bonnet with a long, ellipsoidal headlamp unit that almost stretch up the fenders. The rear of the Manza is rectangular and does not go with the frontal design. It does sometimes look as if two different cars were welded together.

Pros and cons of the Tata Manza sedan

Tata Manza pros

The Manza’s USP is space; it is one of the most spacious sedans at its price and offers enough space for 5 passengers to travel in reasonable comfort. It is known for its great rear-seat comfort and its frugal diesel engine which also returns good fuel efficiency figures. Even the Petrol Manza is good in terms of mileage and the low running costs of both the petrol and diesel variants make the Manza a good buy for its price.

Tata Manza cons

There are however several negatives of the Manza as well. It isn’t fun to drive and feels uninspiring; it feels best ambling around in city traffic but out on the highway you are left wishing for more. Then there is the typical Tata issue of inconsistent build quality which just makes it feel a little less sophisticated than the competition. Also read: Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Tata Manza: Diesel variant comparison

It has beige interiors and leather upholstery, along with features like steering mounted audio controls etc but the quality of plastics and the crude nature of certain panels make it a little less desirable.

Buying advice

If you are looking for a car to be chauffeur driven in then the Manza delivers. It is a good car to be chauffeur-driven in and its low running costs are like icing on the cake. If you need a sedan to drive yourself and are an enthusiastic driver then the Manza may not be the best option for you. Also read: Tata Manza Elan Quadrajet road test and review