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My Tata Altroz DCA: Observations after 1 month & 700 km of driving

We have come to love the stress free nature of the drive in this car. No clutch means that your left hand, left leg and your right brain are idle to fiddle around the controls!

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So, we completed 700+kms in the first month. Tomorrow, the car completes one month in our home. A few practical observations so far:

  • The DCA gearbox is a bliss in traffic. It really makes the driving fatigue free. Since we both come from a manual transmission background, the auto gears are working wonders for us. We have come to love the stress free nature of the drive in this car. No clutch means that your left hand, left leg and your right brain are idle to fiddle around the controls!
  • Coming to controls - I am happy that there are quite a few physical buttons (though not everything gets a physical button). All the buttons have a good tactile feedback even though they are soft to press.
  • Chilled glove box is like a mini freezer. We have managed to successfully transport two half kg boxes of sweets in the cold environment inside the glove box successfully, without spoiling the flavor and the taste of those. Having said that, one more observation is that the glove box is deep. It can swallow up a lot of "miscellaneous" things inside it.
  • The ISOFIX mounts on the rear seat have an outer cladding of plastic. The one on the right hand side has come slightly undone (we will get it fixed in the first service).
  • The area above the dashboard is very wide and long. The carbon fiber look and feel is premium but... it's also a big reflection magnet. Just see the pictures below and you will realize what I am saying. When the sunlight is front of you (i.e. you are traveling in the eastern or south eastern direction) the reflections become a big problem. See the reflection of the idol here in the picture and also of the defogger openings.

  • Similarly see the dashboard in front of the driver. That's very reflective. I don't know if it's some polish that was applied or if the plastic is that way. On a side note - in the city the fuel efficiency that we are currently getting is 9.6 - 9.8 kmpl depending on the traffic conditions. I am expecting it to improve after the first service and after the 2K-2.5K km mark is done.

  • First free service coming up soon. I will share my experience here once it is done. They have said that we can avail it anytime between month 1 and month 2, but we haven't booked the appointment yet.

If anyone of you has a suggestion for resolving the reflection problem, do let me know.

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