Tata Winger Review
Tata Winger – India’s First Maxi-vanMonday, May 13, 2013
Overview of Tata Winger
Winger is a Multi-Purpose Maxi Van from Tata which aims to become the most comfortable and luxurious van in the commercial sector. In this article, we try to figure out more about this van in detail.
Tata Winger Exterior
Tata has tried its level best to make this van look as stylish as possible. It features a wide windscreen at it front which complements the slanted front look of Winger. The broad front grille comes with a Tata logo at its centre and a chrome bar placed just above this front grille. The square shaped clear lens headlights further enhance the look of Winger. The top variant of Winger comes with round shaped fog lights housed in its long bumper. The air-inlets also complement the look of fog lights. Move to the side of this van and you will notice three large side windows placed just above its body panels. Tata has placed decals on its side doors which looks sporty with the side footsteps. Winger features rear sliding doors with body colored door handles. The top variant also features wheel covers which add premium touch to this van although we wish if it had bigger tyres and wheel arches. This van looks extremely tall when seen from the back. The tall boot gates give it bland looks while you will also notice stylish tail lights at the back.
Tata Winger Interior
The van comes with plush interiors which makes it look premium. The leather wrapped two-spoke steering wheel and gear knob further enhance its visual charm. Tata has used high quality of fabrics in its seat covers. The top variant comes with bucket seats which give you optimum under thigh and back support. The stretched wheelbase ensures proper leg room for all passengers. Winger is available with different seating arrangements depending upon your preference. It comes with seating capacity of 7, 9, 12 and 13 people.
Comfort and Convenience
Apart from its comfortable bucket seats, Winger comes with power steering, dual AC with rear vents and controls, three- way adjustable driver seat, ORVMs on both side, individual arm rests and large doors for easy entry/exit.
Dashboard and Storage
Tata Winger has a modern dashboard with usage of high quality of plastics. The instrument console of Winger is also placed on this dashboard which looks quite futuristic with blue backlit. The car features circular dials for its analogue tachometer, speedometer, fuel and temperature gauge. Apart from a spacious glove box in this dashboard, it also comes with an integrated utility tray. There are many cup, bottle holders and magazine pockets in Winger. There is enough amount storage room at the back and it also features two lockable utility compartments to keep important documents.
Music System of Tata Winger
The top variant of Winger comes with an integrated 2-DIN music system with four in-built speakers. This audio system comes with USB and AUX-in ports for direct connectivity of your musical gadgets.
Engine and Gearbox
Winger is powered by a 4-cylinder 1948cc diesel engine. This engine churns out a maximum power of 90 bhp at 4300 rpm. The torque output of this SOHC engine is of 190 Nm which ranges from 2000-3000 rpm. This engine is mated with a five speed manual gearbox which supplies power to its front wheels only.
Acceleration and Performance
The engine responses quite impressively at low rpms and that’s the biggest USP of this engine. With full load and AC, the car faces only minor turbo lag which goes away gradually. The short gear ratios allow you to properly use the power of this van. The instant half throttle responses make it easy for you to drive Winger in city traffic .The NVH levels have been kept low which makes it less disturbing on highways. It can easily reach the speed of 120km/hr. The rubbery gearbox is not that convenient though but with instant throttle reactions, you don’t have to use it frequently.
Tata Winger Mileage and Safety Features
The fuel efficiency of Winger ranges from 10-12km/ltr. Winger features seat belts on all seats for your safety and also comes side impact beams, headlamp levelling device, high mounted stop lamps and rear door child lock.
Suspension and Braking System
Tata Winger is equipped with McPherson Struts at its front and double parabolic leaf springs at the back. Winger features disc brakes with twin pot calliper at its front and drum brakes at the back with LSPV technology which assesses the load on the all wheels and accordingly applies the brakes.
Tata Winger Ride and Handling
The long wheelbase of 2780mm and ground clearance of 165mm makes sure that Winger stays stable at high speeds. The advanced suspension system also gives you comfortable journeys and digests most of the potholes easily. Winger features anti roll bar which tries to make it stable around corners but its small tyres fail to hold this van properly and there is noticeable body roll. The power steering of Winger has a minimum turning radius of 5.65m which makes a big different to ride and handling of this van. Winger can easily be handled in city traffic and feels quite confident at high speeds. The braking system also effectively stops this heavy machine whenever required.
Shades, Variants and Warranty
Winger is available in four different variants and in three different shades. It’s also available as a school, cargo van and ambulance. You can get it customized also as per you need. For minimal maintenance cost, Winger comes with a warranty of 150000 kilometres or 18 months.
This maxi van has already become quite famous in our Indian market. It serves different purposes and gives you incredible amount of comfort and space. The premium features and easy ride ability of Winger differentiates it from regular vans and currently, there is no other van available in our Indian market which is as economical and powerful as Winger. We certainly feel it’s a complete value for money van which will become even popular in the upcoming time.