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Old 5th February 2019, 17:58   #4606
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It unfolds only when you switch on the ignition and not when you unlock.
If you do want it to unfold when you unlock, that option can be enabled as well. But many prefer not to set it that way!
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If you do want it to unfold when you unlock, that option can be enabled as well. But many prefer not to set it that way!
How to enable/disable that option? As of now it unfolds as I unlock, ideally it should when the ignition is turned on.
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How to enable/disable that option? As of now it unfolds as I unlock, ideally it should when the ignition is turned on.
One workaround is to keep the electrical mirror adjustment switch in the "fold" position. This should manually overried the "unfold the mirror" upon unlocking feature. Downside is you have to turn the switch back to its normal position after you turn the ignition on.

This manual override can be used while shopping or times when you know you will be constantly locking/unlocking the car without actually driving it.
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How to enable/disable that option? As of now it unfolds as I unlock, ideally it should when the ignition is turned on.
There are different options in the software that does the BCM update. If you do not want mirrors to open on remote unlock but want it on ignition, you can enable that particular option in the software.
Would suggest you to be present when these settings are being updated!

If you cannot oversee the process, better ask the SA to enable all the options. This means, the 'enable unfold on ignition' will over ride 'enable unfold on remote unlock'.

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One workaround is to keep the electrical mirror adjustment switch in the "fold" position. This should manually overried the "unfold the mirror" upon unlocking feature. Downside is you have to turn the switch back to its normal position after you turn the ignition on.

This manual override can be used while shopping or times when you know you will be constantly locking/unlocking the car without actually driving it.
Tried it, but it doesn't work that way, but works the exact opposite way. When the switch is in fold position, mirror is already folded and nothing happens when the car is locked. When it is unlocked, mirror unfolds and when the ignition is on, mirror locks itself since the switch is in fold position :-(

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There are different options in the software that does the BCM update. If you do not want mirrors to open on remote unlock but want it on ignition, you can enable that particular option in the software.
Would suggest you to be present when these settings are being updated!

If you cannot oversee the process, better ask the SA to enable all the options. This means, the 'enable unfold on ignition' will over ride 'enable unfold on remote unlock'.
Thanks, went and made the change. Now it unlocks when the ignition is turned on.

Had some time to spend the service centre and met another XT owner. He has done 80,000 km in 2 years and changed tyres at 64000kms. He is quite happy and learnt that he had previously owned Aria and did 2.25Lakh kms with it. He has sold his Rapid and booked Nexon Automatic.

To answer query regarding Service Centre visit, it was more like visiting a neighborhood garage than a professional service centre as by now I know few of their faces and everyone was friendly & courteous.
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Thanks, went and made the change. Now it unlocks when the ignition is turned on.

Had some time to spend the service centre and met another XT owner. He has done 80,000 km in 2 years and changed tyres at 64000kms. He is quite happy and learnt that he had previously owned Aria and did 2.25Lakh kms with it. He has sold his Rapid and booked Nexon Automatic.
Glad you got the mirrors to operate the way you wanted.

Coming to service center experience, its really a pity when i see folks appreciate the car and yet stay away from the brand.
My experience with the service center too has been very pleasant and the kind of attention your car gets is really good.

Its reassuring whenever i look at folks who clock such high distances in a short span and the car makes them proud!
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Tried it, but it doesn't work that way, but works the exact opposite way. When the switch is in fold position, mirror is already folded and nothing happens when the car is locked. When it is unlocked, mirror unfolds and when the ignition is on, mirror locks itself since the switch is in fold position :-(
That is quite counter intuitive!

Nevertheless since you got what you wanted, All is well. Happy and safe miles.
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Coming to service center experience, its really a pity when i see folks appreciate the car and yet stay away from the brand.
My experience with the service center too has been very pleasant and the kind of attention your car gets is really good.
My experience has been good over last one year. The service centres are not glitzy but functional. SAs were different each time and each was genuine enough to get things sorted without any glib talk.
One observation was they literally plead you to give good feedback when called from "Pune" - so there is enough push from the top for better service experience.

At the end, all you want is not repeat your ride back to the service centre until next service with nothing nagging you in between.
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Pedestrian safety requires the front bonnet and bumper to be designed to absorb the impact and crumble such that the pedestrian is saved.

I earlier believed that Hexa met these norms, but ACI seems to feel otherwise. Also they seem to doubt the 2.2 Varicor 400 being BSVI capable.

I tend to not agree with the article though. The Storme too is expected to meet the same fate as per them.
Unless ACI has valid data, they seem to speculate out of their hat. A square bonnet is pedestrian unfriendly, a rounded slope is friendly,bit doesn't work that way. Infact a low bumper and bonnet helps put the pedistrian directly onto the windshield which is undesirable.
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Finally after a pretty long period of waiting, interspersed with lots of research, I bought the Hexa 4x4 XT on 26 Dec 18. So here goes my initial ownership review.

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I owned a Mahindra Scorpio SLE from 2009 to 2016. It performed pretty well for all those years, without ever giving any troubles. Sold it off in 2016, as I used to go on a lot of long drives, and felt that Scorpio SLE, without any airbags and a dubious crash test rating, wasn’t safe enough for the family.

Bought a used Nissan Sunny (Diesel) as an interim measure, and to experiment with a sedan for a while. However, the experiment really didn’t pay off, as the Sunny with its low ground clearance managed to literally “land” in trouble on most roads in the Himalayas, where I frequently took it to from Delhi. Hence, the need for a SUV with proper ground clearance and go anywhere ability resurfaced.

While I started the search somewhere in 2017, I could only manage to buy the Hexa now. The primary reason being that I had to move out of Delhi for work reasons. With family staying put in Delhi, it didn’t make too much sense to buy the new car. As things have now improved on this front, it was time to go ahead with the purchase.

Requirements

The requirements were pretty clear. SUV with good ground clearance and go anywhere ability. I would not be doing any off roading the way Anshuman and Co. do it. However, I do drive to all corners of the HP/ UK, and prefer to stay in quaint places, where more often than not the last mile or so is always a tricky affair. Such roads/ trails leading up to cottages/ homestays in the hills are usually not tarred, and have turns/ gradients that make them difficult to tackle, especially during the rains. To add to it, I have bought a land for myself some 30 kms off Shimla, where the last 100 mtrs or so are exactly as just described. So, whilst an SUV with low range gearing would have been good to have/ desirable to handle such roads, even SUVs having electronics based AWD systems would suffice.

Another critical requirement was that the SUV had to be a seven seater. A “proper” seven seater. Ours is a large family. My parents and brother stay with me, and self/wife/kiddo take the figure to 6. There have been multiple occassions when we have gone on long distance tours with 2 cars, owing to the lack of a seven seater. So an SUV with seven comfortable seats was a must.

Options Considered

As for the budget, I would have loved to keep the expenditure under 20 lakhs. I could have stretched it to 30+ as well, without too much discomfort. However, I had the moolah to buy an under 20 L SUV with cash payment. Stretching beyond 20 would have resulted in loan/ EMIs. Still, it was not too much of an issue, decided to keep all options open at the outset.

The SUVs considered were as follows.

XUV 500 – XUV even in its refreshed avatar, with upgraded interiors, failed to impress me. I personally never liked its design language, as well as the quality of interiors. Took a few test drives though, both automatic as well as manual. The ride quality was so so. But overall, failed to strike any cord.

Mitsubishi Pajero – Briefly considered it, in its 4x4 guise. But since Mitsubishi itself is not interested in this SUV, or even on maintaining a reasonable presence in India, it made absolutely no sense at all.

Isuzu MUX – The first version launched in 2017 was a disappointment. Primarily because of the fact that Isuzu had decided to offer an outdated product in the Indian market. The upgraded version launched in 2018, with the full safety kit, was an improvement. Took a few test drives. The 3.0 ltr engine, though old and no scorcher by any means, is pretty reasonable for relaxed driving. The steering though was “heavy”. Comfort levels in all three rows of seats were good, with good leg room as well as under thigh support. However, at 28 lakhs ex showroom, the 4x4 variant didn’t make too much sense, being priced so close to the big boys – Fortuner and Endeavour. Also, Isuzu service network being wafer thin, was a big concern.

Toyota Fortuner – Whilst expensive, the 4x4 AT had nothing that could be held against it. Ride quality was reasonable, and seat comfort in all three rows good. Coupled with strong Toyota after sales support and tremendous resale, it made a compelling case.

Ford Endeavour – Endeavour was a really strong contender. 3.2 4wd variant had everything and more. Luxurious first class interiors and a sun roof to die for. Good ride quality. Very strong engine coupled with a good automatic gearbox. A small issue was the back rest angle of the third row. It was very upright, with no provisions for tilting. Third row passengers, important factor in my case, would not like being there on long drives. Also the middle row was a little low in height from the floor. This coupled with not so generous under thigh support.


The Final Choice

Hexa has always fascinated me ever since its launch. It has always managed to turn my head whenever I have spotted in on road anywhere. I think Tata has done a great job with the Hexa’s design. Whilst some may find the side profile to resemble that of an MPV, I think the overall look is very well balanced and imposing. The interiors are fantastic, with great quality all around.

The driver gets a commanding view of the road ahead. All three row of seats cocoon you in great comfort. The middle bench row was the best amongst all the options considered, with best under thigh support and height from the floor. I strongly believe that these factors, along with good suspension of course, are critical for comfort in those really long drives.

The last row again was best amongst the competition. This was the only last row where my wife, who is 5’6”, also managed to sit in a comfortable position. I am sure that adults of this height would be comfortable in these seats even over long journeys, unlike in other SUVs where last row is generally only suitable for kids.

Suspension/ ride quality was of course an area where Hexa always stood out. The ride quality of Hexa was far far better than any of its competition. I remember the first test drive I took soon after it was launched. It was an amazing feeling to sit in the middle row and enjoy that beautiful ride.

Hexa’s lack of low range gearing and not so great approach/ departure angles mean that it’s no hard core off roader. However, I believe that the Borg Warner AWD system is pretty capable. Since I am not going to do the kind of stuff that Anshuman and Co. are into, Hexa 4x4 would be quite capable of meeting my requirements, i.e. taking me through that difficult last mile in the mountains.

Hexa’s 2.2 Varicor engine has been around for quite some time. Hexa has been in the market for over 2 years now and its owners seem to be a pretty satisfied bunch. I have followed up long term reviews on various forums/ chat groups, and have not come across any issues on the engine/ gearbox front. So, 2 years from its launch, I think it would be fair to say that Hexa has proven to be quite reliable and niggle free.

So, with all these things going in its favour, it was very hard to write Hexa off. On more than one occasion, I was tempted to go for the Endeavour, primarily for the badge/ brand value. Like I have mentioned, even finance was also not really an issue. However, Hexa always seemed to tug at the heart strings. And thinking logically/ rationally as well, it made a hell of a case for itself. At almost half the price, it was offering a phenomenal lot. In fact, there were none of my requirements that were not being met by Hexa. On the other hand, most of the competition, the big players like Fortuner and Endeavour included, were lagging behind as far as outright comfort for seven passengers on long distance trips was concerned.


In the end, it was not a very difficult decision to make. I had always liked the Hexa. It was giving me everything that I needed. And it was also making a lot of financial sense. And so, the Hexa it was.


Variant/ Colour Choice

I never had any doubts about which variant of Hexa to go for. With my requirements being very clear, which necessitated an AWD/ 4x4, it had to be the XT 4x4. I took a few test drives of the Automatic XTA variant also. As many have already brought out, the automatic gear box is really good. But for me, it was always going to be XT 4x4 manual only. Further, vital electronics aids like ESP, TCS and roll over mitigation, which I feel could be life savers, are all present in this variant.

As regards the colour, the Hexa looks best in blue to me. It may be relatively a bit difficult to maintain, but blue just looks smashing. So decided to go ahead with blue.


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Buying Experience

Since I am currently at Vizag, I bought the Hexa from Siva Sankar Motors Vizag. The showroom staff, led by Mr. Khan, were courteous from day one. The overall buying experience was good and I have no complaints whatsoever.

Initial Impressions

Gearbox – This is one area of Hexa manual variants, where people generally have a lot of concerns. Most of the reviewers have brought out that the manual gear box is notchy/ rubbery and generally not very good to use. However, my experience with this gear box has been quite good. I have taken multiple test drives of this variant over the last year or so. All the test drive cars (of different showrooms) had gear boxes that were pretty good to operate. Never felt them notchy or difficult to slot. Even my queries with owners who have been using their Hexas for some time revealed that the gear box becomes quite smooth to operate after a few thousand kms of driving. Even in my new Hexa, which I have driven only for 200 odd kms so far, I have no complaints with the gear box. Yes, the gear shift from 2nd to 1st needs a slightly heavier hand as compared to the rest of gear shifts. However, the gear throws are not excessively long. Frankly speaking, for a vehicle of this size weighing over 2 tonnes, I feel this is a very reasonable gear box.

Engine - Its still early days for me to comment with my limited driving so far. However, the engine really has different moods depending what mode has been selected. Only in the “Comfort” mode, there is a bit of turbo lag below 1500 rpm. Beyond this rpm in the “Comfort” mode, the engine moves the bulk of the vehicle in a very relaxed manner, performance being very adequate, but not too brisk.

Equation changes in the “Dynamic” mode, where the vehicle just springs to life and feels so much more lively. Turbo lag is much less pronounced and the throttle response becomes just wonderful. Beyond 1500 rpm, the turbo kicks in sharply and you feel the vehicle just springing to life.

However, every time you start the Hexa, it starts in “Auto” mode by default. I feel this is the best mode to stay in for everyday driving. For one, somehow the Turbo lag is felt the least in this mode. Infact, I have hardly been able to feel any turbo lag at all in this mode. I am really not sure for the reason behind this though.

Will have to drive much more to get a better understanding of the various modes. Have not yet had the requirement/ opportunity to drive in “Rough Road” mode at all.

A quick word on the Turbo lag, for those who are worried that this might be an issue. I can say with reasonable assurance that this is not a concern in everyday driving. Its only in the comfort mode, which really is the mode for frugal/ fuel efficient driving, that this lag is felt. Change the mode to “Dynamic” or “Auto”, and drive becomes so much more enjoyable.

As most reviewers have already mentioned, Hexa’s engine does not feel as eager or peppy as that of an XUV at lower speeds/ rpms. However, post 1500 rpm, performance is very very nice and you will love the engine on those long highway drives. Overall, the Hexa’s engine does not disappoint and the performance is more than adequate under all conditions.

Steering – I have seen quite a few reviewers call the Hexa’s steering heavy, especially at city speeds. However, I would differ here. I feel the steering is just the way it should be. I had been driving a hatchback for the last one year, and still do not feel the steering to be heavy at all. Done quite a few U turns in city roads, and didn’t face any issues with the steering.

Ride quality – As expected, the ride quality is top notch. This is despite the fact that the recommended pressure for 19” tyre is 35-36 psi.

Driving Ergonomics – I had read about the constrained passenger foot well space in the manual variants. Being 6’3”, this was bit of a worry. However, the experience so far has been good and I haven’t faced any issues on this front. It was also not difficult to quickly find a good driving position. Love the commanding position and view that the driver’s seat offers.

AC – The AC is a chiller and cools the cabin in no time at all. Whilst the blowers do make noise at higher speed settings, on most occasions you would not need to run them at such speeds for too long a time, as the AC will quickly cool the cabin, allowing you to then switch to lower blower settings. Absolute thumbs up for the AC.

Infotainment system – Less than 10 days into the ownership, I am not in a position to comment on various features of the infotainment system, as I really haven’t had the time to go through it in great detail. However, I can vouch for the sound quality from the Harman system, which is just wonderful. You really can’t ask for more from an OE music system. Another thing that I have noticed is that the Bluetooth connectivity is easy and seamless. I paired my phone once, and now everytime it just connects without any issues at all.

NVH – The NVH levels inside the Hexa’s cabin are very well controlled. Tata has done a great job of cocooning the passengers, and very less noise from the outside filters through into the cabin. Coupled with the very comfortable seats, great ride quality, a very efficient AC, I am sure the Hexa’s cabin is going to be a very nice place for enjoying those really long drives.

Summary

I know that this is not a very comprehensive review. But then I have spent just a few days and only 200 odd kms with the Hexa so far. So these are just the initial impressions and there is a lot more that needs to be covered in the review. I will try and update this thread a few days down the line, by which time I would have known a lot more the Hexa.

To sum it up, this few days of ownership has been fantastic. The Hexa so far has absolutely lived up to what I had expected out of it. Great looks, first class interiors, amazing seats, wonderful ride quality, a nice engine and a very capable AWD system – the Hexa has offered all this, without pinching a hole in my pocket. I just couldn’t have been happier. 

The pics of course. These have been clicked with a mobile camera, and please excuse me for the not so good quality.

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Boot space with all three rows up.

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Boot with a duffle bag

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Last row folded

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Last and middle row folded

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The spacious middle row bench

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Middle row, with one section reclined

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Middle row arm rest

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Generous under thigh support, and good height from the floor for the middle row

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AC vents and cup holders for the middle row

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The front row

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Very comfortable first row seat

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The dashboard and central panel

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Armrest, which I have found very useful.

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Varicor 400 badging

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4x4 badging

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The rear

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Summary

The Good Things

1. Ride Quality - This has to be the highlight. Just love the way it smothers all that our roads have to offer

2. Space and comfort - The space and comfort offered to all seven passengers is just about perfect.

3. Great interiors - The interiors are done up beautifully. Never fail to give you that sense of luxury.

4. Music system - Audio quality from the stock Harman Kardon system is great. Though I am not an audiophile, but love the sound quality on offer.

5. The ‘take me anywhere’ ability which the very capable AWD system offers, coupled with generous ground clearance. The reassurance of not being left stranded, when the going gets tough, is a big plus.

6. I have been interacting with a lot of other owners on various Hexa chat groups. There are hardly any major issues faced by owners, and even two years down the line, they are all a very happy and satisfied lot. The fact that the Hexa has proved to be pretty niggle free, is again quite reassuring.

7. Good warranty/ AMC coverage. Although I haven’t opted for the AMC package, but for those with the requirement/ running, Tata’s got your back with good silver/ gold AMC packages. The 5 year extended warranty offers peace of mind, at a very reasonable price.

8. Amazing bang for buck. The whole package is an awesome deal really.

The Not So Good Things

1. Android Auto - Whilst this is not really a deal breaker, for me at atleast, AA/ ACP could have made life a bit easier.

2. Auto Folding (on Switching Off the car) Rear View Mirros - Almost every time I get out of the car, I have to get inside again to fold the rear view mirrors. Not happy with this omission at all.

3. Airbags for third row - Would have loved it if the side/ curtain airbags covered the third row as well.



Update after driving around for one month/ 1000 kms

Usage Pattern

I have driven the Hexa for around 1000 kms till now. Mostly in city (80%) for travelling to/ from office, and a few relatively short highway drives.

Highway Driveability

The Hexa really shines on the open highways. That surge of torque after 1500 rpm gets the best out of it on the highways. The engine never feels strained. Overtaking is easy, a quick dab on the throttle is all it takes. Ofcourse, all this is in auto/ dynamic modes. Haven’t tried the comfort mode on the highways, and don’t really intend to as well. The silent and comfortable cabin/ seats add to the driving pleasure, and long drives are bound to be fun.

City Driveability

Although Vizag is not really a very crowded city The Hexa in its manual avatar has proved to be pretty easy drive in the city. As I have mentioned, the turbo lag is hardly felt in Auto/ dynamic modes, even at city speeds. I have hardly felt the need to come down below the 2nd gear. Infact on most occasions, the third gear is good enough for pottering around in the city, spare for those really tall humps/ speed breakers. Although I must bring out here that the traffic situation in Vizag is not all that grim and progress is pretty reasonable at most places. The very light clutch makes the task of changing gears easy. However, as mentioned, the shift from 2nd to first gear does need a heavy hand.


Comfort

I can’t say this enough. The comfort levels inside the Hexa are top notch, be it the front row or the last. I had 2 kids for a short highway drive, in the last row. They just loved it. The ladies in the middle row were also very appreciative of the “nice interiors”. I have not been in any seat other the driver’s so far. And after 1k kms of driving under my belt, I can say that its one comfortable place to be. The “tight” footwell area is not an issue at all. I can’t speak for others, but I haven’t felt any discomfort of any sort in this regard, and I am > 6’ tall.

Offroad Performance

I was very eager to test the AWD system. Finally this weekend I did manage it, on an upslope unpaved stretch of road of around 100 mtrs, with big potholes/ pits. I was very pleased with how the AWD system performed. I was able to take the Hexa up this stretch, at a very relaxed speed. At no point did I feel it loosing grip or composure, and it went across very comfortably. I am sure the AWD system is capable of handling a lot more. Would be looking out for more such test runs.

Fuel Efficiency

On the FE front, one tankful (tank top to tank top) gave me 10.8 kmpl. This was with 80/ 20 city/ highway split, and AC on most of the times (switched off on occasions due to the very pleasant Jan weather). Pretty decent figure for me. Based on my experience of 1 lakh plus kms on the 2.2 M Hawk Scorpio, I am sure that highway FE would easily be 14-15 kmpl, driven with a reasonably light foot.

To briefly sum it all up, it's been a wonderful one month ownership experience so far. The Hexa has truly lived up to my expectations and has offered all that I was looking for and much more. It's a smashing value proposition, offering good looks (subjective of course), great space/ comfort, go anywhere ability and frugal running costs. I couldn't have asked for more, and I am one happy customer.

To many more years/ kms of happy ownership. Cheers. :-)

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Congratulations on the lovely ride and wishing you lots of happy miles on it.

I have a question though, if you don't mind, why did you buy the car in Vizag if you plan on moving back to Delhi? Do you plan on paying the road tax when you move? If not, won't the different state registration always been a pain for you?

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Congrats for owning a beast of an SUV! It sure does present itself well on the road and the shade is absolutely brilliant. I like the white Hexa but Blue looks premium. Tata has indeed done a good job at making this product better from all grounds. However, have they deleted any features that you’ve noticed in the XT variant?

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Asked the SA to update software for auto folding of OVRM. It is now enabled, but would like know if there's an option to switch off the auto fold option? One strange thing i heard was, service centre has been advised to enable the feature only to those who request for it and not proactively for all cars. don't know why.
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2. Auto Folding (on Switching Off the car) Rear View Mirros - Almost every time I get out of the car, I have to get inside again to fold the rear view mirrors. Not happy with this omission at all.
I think you missed this. Auto folding of ORVMs should have been made standard on a vehicle of this size. Good news is that you can get it done at the Service Center.

Congrats on owning one of the best 7 seater in India.

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Congratulations buddy. Before saying anything else let me ask you a question “Why did not you create a new ownership thread and instead preferred to update here?”. You have good amount of contents for an ownership thread here itself. Still why you didn’t?
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