Tata Tigor Overview
The newly launched Tata Tigor subcompact sedan is the boot-equipped version of the very successful Tata Tiago hatchback. Showcased in the production form at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Tigor started life as the Kite 5 and is positioned below the Zest in the automaker’s model range. The Tigor is also the third product from Tata Motors in the subcompact sedan segment after the Indigo eCS and Zest. It is also currently the most affordable offering in the segment. Tata Tigor, the newest subcompact sedan from the home-grown manufacturer now finally gets an AMT variant. Available in two variants – XTA and XZA, the new Tigor AMT is priced at Rs 5.75 lakh and Rs 6.22 lakh respectively and like the Tiago, the automated manual transmission (AMT) is only available in the petrol model. The new Tata Tigor AMT will be available across all Tata Motors showrooms in India from today. The new Tigor AMT will compete in India with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire AMT and Hyundai Xcent AT as well but the latter comes with a torque converter. Tata Tigor On road price starts from 4,60,226/-. Check for price details of Tata Tigor in CarzPrice.
Tata Tigor Design
Right from the start, Tata Motors had planned to make a sedan on the Tiago hatch as well. No surprises then that the two cars share a lot, on the surface and under it. Viewed right from the front the Tigor looks just like the Tiago, but subtle tweaks mark this out as the richer package.There is a black surround for the headlamps, which feature a double-barreled layout and projector lamps too. The grille also gets a new hexagonal pattern. The changes start in earnest as you view it from the side. The Tata Tigor is longer than the Tiago by 246mm and part of this is down to the wheelbase having been stretched by a massive 50mm. At 2450mm, the wheelbase is longer than a Maruti Swift Dzire. This increase in wheelbase and the larger rear doors have made the Tigor a proper redesign.
The roof arcs down into the stubby, high-set boot. The hexagonal pattern can be seen in the slim, split tail lamps too. There is a smart fused LED strip at the bottom of the unit and the way the chrome strip that runs along the boot lid flows into the lamps is cool too.The stance seems to be of a car on the move as the shoulder line inclines from the high-set boot down into the front headlamps. While 15-inch rims on the petrol variant (up from 14-inchers on the Tiago) look handsome, we feel wider tyres and 16” rims would have given it an even better stance.
Tata Tigor Cabin
Step inside the Tigor and you are reminded that this one is based on the Tiago as the cabin layout and design is shared by both the offerings. Now what’s unique about the Tigor is that it gets a mild colour revision with a tad darker shades on the trims. The signature steering wheel has been carried over, but it gets piano-finished detailing instead of the satin finish. While the design of the cabin feels modern, the quality of plastics isn’t appealing enough especially when you compare it with Hyundai. Here is where it needs substantial improvement.The Harman-developed infotainment system has been updated for the Tigor as it is now a touchscreen unit that doubles up as the screen for the rear parking camera. It also features emergency assist, service reminder and navigation which is projected on the screen by connecting an Android phone with the help of USB. All of these functions and few more can be accessed with the help of Android apps only thereby leaving no option for iOS users. We asked the company officials on when can we expect to see modern infotainment connectivity options and were told “very soon”. The Nexon perhaps? The most impressive bit about the Tigor’s features has to be its music system, as has been the case with all the newer offerings from Tata Motors.
The longer wheelbase has increased the rear legroom of the Tigor and it does feel more spacious. Instead of hard plastics, it gets a fabric cover for the side support of the rear seats. The only concern is that the hip point of the rear seats has been lowered which might be an issue for the elderly while exiting the cabin. In terms of utility, there are 24 storage spaces to house bottles and other knick-knacks. The Tigor gets a boot space of 419L that is 177L more than the Tiago. The bootlid gets a smart 4-link opening mechanism that has removed the need of hinges, making it a cleaner and more useful layout.
Tata Tigor Performance
Tata Motors has retained both the 1.2L petrol and the 1.05L diesel motors from the Tiago without altering the output. The 3-cylinder diesel unit makes 70PS/140Nm and comes mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. As soon as the motor is started, the typical diesel clatter is evident, and it doesn’t feel as refined as other 3-cylinder units that we have experienced in other cars. The loud diesel clatter that seeps into the cabin is bothersome when you are travelling in bumper-to-bumper traffic. This also indicates that the NVH levels could have been better.
The 1.2L petrol unit puts out 85PS and generates 114Nm, combined with the lower kerb weight, by 104kg, offers a reasonably better driving experience. . It is my pick between the two motors as I feel it is more suited to commute in the city. To make the diesel motor perform, you have to push it past 2,500rpm. However, if you do so, the motor feels stressed and this also the case while driving at high speeds.
Both the motors get two drive modes, City and Eco. The City mode is active by default, whereas the Eco mode is activated via a switch on the centre console. The changes between the modes are evident. In Eco mode, the throttle response is toned down in the interest of better fuel economy. The petrol motor does not feel out of breath while travelling at higher speeds and has enough juice for quick overtaking manoeuvres. Helping that is the smooth 5-speed manual gearbox that is useful while tackling city traffic.
Tata Tigor Rideing
The Tata Tiago has one big plus point – its ride and handling balance. And the Tigor, with its longer and more planted wheelbase and larger wheels and tyres takes it to a notch higher. Both slow speed steering feedback and high speed cornering is impressive. There is a very slight hint on under steer but then that is barely noticeable as this is after all a family car and will almost never be driven to its full capacity by the average Joe. The steering wheel itself, passed down from the Bolt has great ergonomics, which is very helpful in case you feel the need to throw the Tigor around a bend or two! View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Ride quality too is impressive and the Tigor manages to take most bumps and undulations without much complaint. There is a hint of bump steer – but then considering how bad most of our Indian roads actually are, that is expected. The Tigor gets Anti Lock Brakes (ABS) as standard and braking is impressive. The petrol and the diesel (even with its extra 40 kg kerb weight) feel very confident while braking hard and even under urban driving conditions, the brake feedback is ideal. And while on the safety front, the Tigor also offers dual airbags as a part of standard equipment.
Tata Tigor Safety
Tata Tigor specifications include disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear as standard. As for the safety of occupants, the company has incorporated a plethora of premium safety features, like dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control (CSC), speed-dependent auto door locks, follow-me-home lamps, park assist with sensors and camera, and seat belt with pretensioners and load limiters. Sadly, the base grade XE doesn’t get any of the aforementioned features.
Tata Tigor Price
Tata Tigor Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 4,60,226/- (Tigor XE Petrol) to 6,93,431/- (Tigor XZ O Diesel). Get best offers for Tata Tigor from Tata Dealers in India
Tata Tigor Verdict
Tata Tigor is a complete value-for-money package, courtesy the aggressive pricing and impeccable mileage. The styling is also contemporary while the cabin is packed with sophisticated features. It undercuts its major rivals in terms of pricing by at least Rs. 60,000 in both petrol and diesel fuel trims.The Tigor rides and handles well, is very well equipped, spacious and frankly, thoughtfully engineered. And although we wish the engines were a little peppier and more refined, one of the biggest reasons we think the Tigor will be popular will be because of how it looks. As a package, the Tigor is extremely well suited for any Indian family who wants to upgrade from an entry level hatchback but still wants a three box design.