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Tata Motors unveiled Tata Venture at an Auto Expo in 2010 at Pragati Maidan, Rajasthan. The car model was then launched in the market as an affordable and multipurpose car in January 2011. The cause behind the car was to compete in the highly competitive minivans and vans categories of vehicles.
The minivan was discontinued owing to its poor performance and reviews. As a result, Tata Venture was only available in the market from 2011 to 2015.
Tata made the 5 to 8 seater minivan with care and comfort, and one could witness it in their dual-tone cushioned interiors.
Talking about the engine specifications, it offered a 1.4 litre (1405 cc) diesel engine, which was BS III compliant. This robust engine produced a maximum power of 50 BHP and a maximum of 71 BHP with expensive diesel variants. Overall, it was a fuel-efficient ride for passengers cruising on a long road trip.
The carmakers had built the car on the Super ACE platform. As a result, Tata Venture boasts a clean and sharp design with both exteriors and interiors. Meanwhile, tinted glass work across their variants added a glasshouse effect and made the interiors appear bigger.
Talking about their features, the Venture offered a dual HVAC unit, power steering for cruising, reverse parking aid, vacuum-assisted brakes, keyless entry and rear wipers. The Venture also had safety features like a collapsible steering column and side-impact beams.
The manual diesel variant of Tata Venture delivered 15.42 kmpl with a 1.4- litre engine. Due to this, it was an economical mode of transport for most of their buyers. All 8 variants of Tata Venture were manual.
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Tata Venture is an economical choice from the renowned automobile company - Tata Motors. With this model, the company made its place in the affordable MUV car segment. This cute, vanity look alike minivan had the appearance of a hatchback but served as a family car. Tata Venture was one of the best looking cars in the minivan segment. The futuristic design and beige toned interiors of Tata Ventura left a mark on the minds of buyers as it was different from its rivals like Maruti Suzuki Eeco and Datsun GO+.
The automobile manufacturer has discontinued the model. Tata Venture had 7 manual variants: CX, LX 7 STR, LX 8 STR, EX 7 STR, EX 8 STR, GX 7 STR, and GX 8 STR. Moreover, it came in a stunning variety of colours: meteor silver, glossy black, school yellow, champagne gold, castle grey, blazing red, arctic white, and ivory white.
Tata Venture had stunning interiors and exteriors for a car in the van category. The chrome touch on the grille made a power move, whereas the tinted black glass made the car look big from the inside. When it came to the length of the car, it followed the headroom of a hatchback; hence it was quite roomy with better visibility and air ventilation. While the car looked futuristic, it came at a decent price range of 4 lacs to 6 lacs.
Tata Venture was against Force Motors Gurkha, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Marazzo, Datsun GO+, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra Bolero, Mahindra Bolero Neo, Toyota Innova Crysta and Nissan Magnate.
Firstly, the variants had a massive boot space of 500 litres. The model was ideal for big families.
The seating arrangement could comfortably accommodate 5-8 passengers on the go.
It had a turning radius of 4.5 m which the driver could exercise even on traffic riddled roads.
Being an affordable car, it offered 15.42 kmpl (mileage) and had a top speed of up to 125 km/hr, which was a people pleaser feature.
Most of the Tata Venture variants had AC vents in all three rows of the car. For example, the GX version.
It has an accessory power outlet to charge electronics, which is necessary for all kinds of cars.
The 5-speed gearbox dented the buyer experience as it reduced the transmission power. The manual shift of the gear dampened the thrill of the ride.
Climbing in or out of the car was a pretty cumbersome affair.
The car's shape could not twist and turn as the body would not carry much load on one side of the car.
The price of the Tata venture was not matching the features and quality of the car compared to rivals.
The overall engine performance of the car was not very impressive.
No automatic gearbox option was available.
There were many misses with Tata Venture, which led to the discontinuation of the minivan in 2015. There were no complaints with the exteriors of Tata Venture as the A-pillar gave better visibility to the driver, which is necessary for a MUV. The black tinted glasses instead made it more exciting than other utility vans. But, the driver would have to climb in and out of the car after every ride. Moreover, the front row seating left the passengers feeling cramped. Being a MUV, it had a simple instrumental panel and music console. So, if you were a passenger in Tata Venture, then only you would enjoy the ride but with a few discomforts.
Driving Tata Venture felt like driving a small bus indeed. It was compact and sturdy, but one would find themselves in a rut on the road due to a lack of refinement in the gearbox. A car expert or a car enthusiast would not be impressed by the engine performance of the car. Although, if the engines and suspensions were modified a bit for other variants, it would have altogether been a game-changer.
Apart from all the cons, the Venture did an excellent job with its design and interiors as a minivan. Moreover, as a MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle), the carmakers did impressive work by including spacious legroom, headroom, and boot space in the car. Yet, the Venture was definitely at the bottom of the flask compared to its rivals like Maruti Suzuki Eeco and Omni.
Body Type Minivan
Fuel Type Diesel
ARAI Mileage 15.42 kmpl
City Mileage 11.5 kmpl
Seating Capacity 7