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 connectivity, USB and aux-in ports. In addition, the VX comes with a height-adjustable driver seat, rear armrest, rear-seat pockets, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, parking sensors, alloy wheels, keyless entry and ABS.
The Verito Vibe prices start at R5.68 lakh for the D2 variant that gets power steering roof rails, a parcel shelf and tachometer. We’d suggest you extend your budget to R5.95 lakh for the D4 variant that gets internally adjustable mirrors, power windows, central locking, full wheel covers, body-coloured door handles, adjustable front seatbelts and a trip computer. Our pick of the range is the fully-loaded D6 model, which is priced at R6.54 lakh. It comes with electric mirrors, a 2-DIN music system, rear defogger, keyless entry, body-coloured mirrors and a cellphone and bottle holder. It also comes with important safety features like ABS with EBD and a driver’s airbag. With both manufacturers’ expansive service network and affordable spare parts,