Tata Tigor Review & Test Drive

Tata Tigor Overview

Tata Motors gets the credit of inception of the sub-4 meter sedan segment with the introduction of Indigo around a decade back in 2007. Then, again in August 2014, in an attempt to further exploit the sub-compact sedan segment, the company launched the Zest sedan in the Indian market. But now, as the aforementioned sedan duo is ageing and doesn’t consist of contemporary features as its counterparts, Tata has come up with yet another sub 4-meter sedan in form of the all-new Tigor. Being based on the super successful Tiago hatchback, it had its first public appearance at the 2016 Auto Expo. Tata Tigor is offered in both petrol and diesel fuel trims in four grades: XE, XT, XZ and XZ (O). The all-new Tata Tigor features several styling and interior elements, along with the same set of petrol and diesel motors as the sibling hatch. Tata has termed the Tigor as ‘Styleback’ and it comes with the best-in-segment boot capacity of 419 litre. Check for Tigor Price in Hyderabad at CarzPrice

Tata Tigor Exterior

The front profile of the Tata Tigor looks very similar to the Tiago apart from the new smoked out headlights with projector units and slightly revised grille up front. From the side you would notice new chrome highlights on the window line and shiny new 15-inch alloy wheels that look very appealing. Sadly the 15-inch alloys will be only offered with the petrol version while the diesel version will get 14-inch alloys with different pattern. The silhouette of the Tigor when viewed from the side is very coupe-esque that looks very well done.

Tata has mastered the integration and the styling of the boot for a sub-4 metre sedan. The steeply raked rear windscreen merges seamlessly with the boot and doesn’t look abrupt from any angle. There is a high mounted LED stop lamp with roof integrated spoiler. The LED tail light units look very cool in the dark while the chrome strip on the boot and sporty rear bumper adds to the visual appeal. The styling of the Tigor attracts quite a lot of eye balls out on the road.

Tata Tigor Interior

Step inside and you won’t notice and major changes over the Tiago. The dashboard design is exactly the same including the 3-spoke steering wheel and the instrument cluster. However, you get some more goodies in the Tigor compared to its hatchback sibling. The centre console comes with a Harman Connectnext touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. It is being offered with Tata App Suite that lets you control the system via several apps for Navigation, Music, Emergency, Car Settings, etc. The display also doubles up as a reverse parking camera display. The touch quality isn’t great but the interface is user friendly. You also get steering mounted audio controls along with voice command system. The Tigor comes with 8 speakers and it sounds quite impressive with clear acoustics.

Another additional feature over the Tiago is the automatic climate control system which works quite well and cools the cabin effectively. The quality, fit and finish is similar to the hatch, which is quite impressive as Tata has improved their quality leaps and bounds compared to the older products. There are quite a few storage spaces to keep the cabin neat and tidy. The seats are very comfortable, specially the rear seats that have been improved in terms of padding and support. The legroom is ample at the back and you also get centre arm rest with cup holders. The boot is very accommodating with 419-litre of capacity. The best part about the boot is that you don’t get those conventional hinges that hinder the capacity and instead Tata has put hydraulic struts for optimum space in the boot.

Tata Tigor Specifications & Features

A 1.2-litre petrol does duty on the Tigor. This engine is fantastic. It is smooth and very easy to drive. There is no oomph factor about it. It has been tuned for better mileage than performance. There is sufficient power to overtake but then it doesn’t have the refinement. There is an evident petrol engine noise and some amount of vibration at low speeds. But then this engine is smooth and is easy to drive in the city or even on the highway. Job done! 5-speed manual box is sleek and short.

The diesel engine on the other hand has very linear power. There is good enough power at low engine speed, but it is comfortable to cruise in. Even for the highway, it is a good vehicle to cruise in. At the same time, one needs to downshift to make those quick overtaking moves. Tata Tigor has a smaller size engine, and the power doesn’t match up to the competition in the diesel engines. The engine is fairly refined and has very low engine noise. The diesel engine clatter is audible only after 4000rpm. There is high levels of refinement in this engine. In performance, petrol should be your pick, while diesel is more of a mile muncher option.

There are some additional features on offer too. For instance, there is a touchscreen system. This gets reverse parking camera and even navigation.The Tata Tigor comes with an integrated music system on the top-of-the-line variant. This has an Harman music system with bluetooth connectivity, USB and even aux. It plays music through eight speakers. The five-inch screen has reverse parking display, SMS display and readout, step-by-step navigation for Android phones and Juke-car app. This app allows to connect multiple smartphones to the music system at the same time.

There will even be climate control, which isn’t offered on the Tiago.The rear seat on the Tata Tigor has centre armrest too. There is even JukeCar app that has been built only for Tata vehicles. The touchscreen system will be there and this will even get reverse parking camera.The air-vent colours may come colour coded. The panel surrounding the AC vents and the centre console has an option to be changed to any colour that is available.

Tata Tigor Ride and Handling

In terms of driving, the Tata Tigor ride has a very supple ride. It irons out most of the road bumps and it does a fairly good job. The handling too, is one of the best in its segment. Push it around a bend and the hatchback does a good job. The steering wheel is light and still has good enough feedback. This is what makes it stand out.

The fuel tank capacity of the Tata Tigor is 35 litres, which will be sufficient for long road trips as well. The ride quality of this vehicle is good and what stands is its handling. It is a good mix of ride quality and handling characteristics. The ABS on offer comes with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), corner stability control (CSC) for enhanced braking efficiency.

Tata Tigor Braking and 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 ranges from 4,63,623/- (Tigor XE Petrol) to 6,94,314/- (Tigor XZ O Diesel). Get best offers for Tata Tigor from Tata Dealers

Tata Tigor Bottomline

After spending some time with the Tigor, we believe Tata Motors have got another winner in their hands after the Tiago, if they price it well. The Styleback design of the Tigor is unique and looks quite appealing, the interiors are loaded with features, the cabin is spacious and practical while the engines are also fuel efficient. If accepted well in the market, the Tigor can give some serious threat to the compact sedan segment.

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