It will be quite fair to assume that Tata Motors is in the top of its game. With the recent launch of the world's cheapest car the 'Nano' and the acquisition of that revered British institution of Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR), Tata Motors is red hot at the moment. And guess what; things have just got hotter at the Tata camp with the launch of the Indigo CS, which many feel is one of the best cars ever to roll out of their factory.

CS stands for compact saloon, a genre of cars whose birth mother is the now defunct Maruti Esteem. The Indigo CS can be described either as a stretched Indica or a sawed off Indigo, but with no frills attached. According to our laws, a car with a petrol and diesel engine of under 1200cc and 1500cc respectively, and a maximum length of 4 metres is entitled to a 12% excise cut. The CS measuring 3988metres in length and fitted with a 1198cc petrol and 1405cc diesel engine therefore qualified beautifully for this fringe benefit.

On the looks front, the CS has similar features like those of the Indica but, barring the boot, which falls 50litres short of that of the Indigo, most of its original characteristic have been retained. What strikes one about the CS most is the excellent paint finish, which is at par with that of any premium sedan. The interior even though sparse as far as features and goodies are concerned is a big improvement over other models, with better plastic quality, comfortable and better-positioned seats, better finishing and use of softer materials. The extra cushioning has been given to the front seats as a result of Tata's interaction with its customers, who would like to view the edge of the bonnet. The interior remains roomy, but there is a dearth of knee room and the thin-ribbed steering wheel feels a tad uncomfortable to grip.

The CS has borrowed the petrol 1,198cc engine from the Xeta and the 1,405cc inter-cooled diesel from the Indica V2 and the DiCOR diesel from the Indica DiCOR. Its drive quality and ride quality is pleasant and especially in the case of the diesel variants, which provide generous pick-up. It is pleasing to see that the diesel engine clatter, though prominent outside, is not intrusive inside, giving the passengers a better driving ambience. Fuel economy for both petrol and diesel variants remains more-or-less similar to that of the Indica, which spells wonderful news for prospective buyers.

Being priced in between Rupees 3.79 Lakhs for the base petrol version and Rupees 4.54 Lakhs for the top-end diesel TDI, the CS is cheaper than most hatchbacks sold in the country. Tata Motors surely seems to have developed a knack of hitting the jackpot over and over again.

Source: Full Throttle
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