the levels of functionality aren’t high either. The Vibe’s interiors are a step up from the days of the old Logan. The cabin plastics look plusher and feel more tactile. The grain on the dashboard and the improved fit and finish go some way in delivering the feel-good factor that had pretty much eluded the Logan. The instrument cluster, borrowed from the Verito, is clear, easy to read and looks quite good. But the cheap power window switches, the control stalks and sharp edges around the small door pockets are of iffy quality.
The interiors of the Indigo eCS have a bit of more flair, but still feel old; they basically come from the 14-year-old Indica. And while Tata has improved the quality of the interiors, there are still plenty of hard plastics around. Even worse are the flawed ergonomics. The steering wheel is too close to the driver, the pedals a touch too high and the front seats, which are the least comfortable of the two, lack under-thigh support. The cabin is not the most practical either. There are very few storage spaces and there are not many cubbyholes to keep your phone and other small knick-knacks.
Move to the rear and you’ll find space at the Indigo’s backseat is slightly tighter than the Vibe. Legroom is sufficient though and headroom is generous too. Not surprisingly, it’s the Vibe that has the most spacious rear seats. The broad cabin makes it the easy to sit three abreast and the high-set seat is very comfortable. Its boot, at 330 litres, is slightly smaller than the Indigo’s but the odd boot opening is small and makes loading large bags next-to-impossible.
Equipment & safety
The Indigo eCS is available in three variants and prices start at a very tempting R5.29 lakh for the base LS model. Power steering, front power windows, rear fog lamps and central locking are standard here. R5.49 lakh will get you the LX variant which, in addition to the features on the LS, comes with rear power windows, an anti-glare rear-view mirror, power mirrors, body-coloured mirrors and a CD/MP3 player with Bluetooth