Tata Manza Ignis review

WHILE HATCHBACKS CONTINUE to dominate the small car market there is still plenty of opportunity for competitive four-doors and Tata has just added to the options with the release of its flagship saloon, the Manza. With its Imperial Group/Accordian Investments backing, Tata is steadily increasing its presence and reputation in this country and is busy with an innovative plan to improve and add to its dealership network, particularly in rural areas.

At the Manza’s Cape Town launch, the company made available the range-topping Ignis model for brief evaluation. The car is notably spacious, easily accommodating my 1.86-metre frame with another adult seated behind. The boot is massive, too. Features abound, including a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity, air-con, remote central locking, ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and ISOFIX anchorages.

Manza  On an 80-kilometre test drive the Manza showed up well, particularly over one notorious lengthy stretch of rough asphalt where the suspension easily soaked up the topography. The drivetrain is sourced from Fiat and the 1.4-litre Safire engine (remember Fiat FIRE and MPI?) has to be revved to achieve decent momentum – fifth is a cruising ratio. 

The other models in the range are the Ini and Aura with pricing starting at R119995. Included in the sticker price are a generous 3-year/100000km warranty with roadside assistance and, more importantly, a 4-year/100000km service plan with the option of buying maintenance cover. A turbodiesel will be offered in due course.

Manza interior


PRICE | R134995

ENGINE | 1368cc, SOHC, in-line, four-cylinder, 8V, 66kW @ 6000rpm, 116Nm @ 4750rpm

TRANSMISSION | five-speed manual, front-wheel drive

SUSPENSION | MacPherson strut/lower wishbone front, torsion beam/coil springs rear

LENGTH/WIDTH/HEIGHT | 4413/1703/1550mm

WEIGHT | 1125kg

PERFORMANCE | 15.3secs 0-100kph, 165kph top speed, 6.9l/100km, 151g/km



Welcome to my corner of the automotive world! I'm Mandy Lawson, better known as mandla85, and I'm absolutely obsessed with everything related to cars and motorsports. You bet I'm interested if it has four wheels (or sometimes two!) and an engine. For me, cars aren't just a means of transportation; they're a passion, a lifestyle, and an endless source of fascination. I love diving into the world of automotive engineering and design, exploring the latest trends, and uncovering the stories behind the machines. Email / Facebook