Tata Super Ace

A business partner – not just a work horse

Tata Super Ace.

You wouldn’t think that driving a mini truck would be fun. Spotong spent some time behind the wheel of the new Tata Super Ace. This one-tonne mini truck is the perfect utility vehicle. We put it through a number of challenges that showed us its versatility.

The cabin space of the Super Ace is nothing spectacular; it conforms to the norm within its class and is comfortable on short trips in and around town. Getting stuck in Johannesburg traffic on a hot summer’s day has its drawbacks as there is no room to manoeuvre the seats and no air-conditioning, but this is a workhorse and not a family sedan. The interior is practical, comfortable and what you would need from your business vehicle.

The small 1.4-litre engine delivers adequate power, especially when the loading bay is full, and it delivers that power at reasonably low fuel consumption. Tata estimates fuel consumption to be around 7.2 litres per 100km driven, or 14km per litre, meaning without a full load, the 38-litre tank will do about 500km. When you add a load to the back, the extra strain on the engine means you get closer to 9km per litre, but it is still a very good return on investment.

You wouldn’t think that driving a mini truck would be fun. Spotong spent some time behind the wheel of the new Tata Super Ace. This one-tonne mini truck is the perfect utility vehicle.

Although the Tata has a similar look to the Kia, Hyundai and even the Daihatsu, it does stand out a little when you put them side by side. The Super Ace is a bit longer, with a loading bay of 2.6 metres. That extra space does come in handy and Tata claims that the 2630mm load body is the longest in its class. The three-way drop-side to the load body makes packing the back of the Super Ace a whole lot easier, and as we found while moving house, the Tata can shorten the number of trips needed considerably with all that extra space.

The most attractive thing about the Super Ace is not the looks or the load capacity, but the price and what Tata offers. At R124 995 including VAT, the Super Ace won’t hurt your pocket. The Tata website wasn’t much help when it came to getting more information about the Super Ace, but we did find the dealers very knowledgeable. This Tata comes with a three-year, 60 000 km maintenance plan and many different and attractive payment plans, making the financial burden on your business just a drop in the pond.

If you are looking for a practical workhorse that can handle the load, give this one tonne mini truck a try. The Tata Super Ace is an affordable and reliable addition to any small business.