Tata Tigor Overview
If looks can sell, then Tata Motors’ latest ‘Styleback’ Tigor to be launched on March 29 could make the company reach a new milestone. Capturing a unique niche, Tata has chosen a Styleback design to distinguish the new sedan from its platform sibling – the Tiago. Unlike the regular three-box sedan with its boot lid, the Styleback has a coupé like profile and its tail-gate is hinged at the roof.The unique design of the Tigor was frozen after Though the Tata Tigor will fall under the sub-four metre sedan segment, it will be facing tough competition from the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Baleno; also from traditional rivals Hyundai Xcent and Elite i20, as also from other sub-four-metre sedans like Volkswagen Ameo and Honda Amaze. We got to test-drive the Tigor over the weekend. First impressions are positive and include a rising feeling that along with the Tiago, this one too can definitely help Tata Motors build its market share in the passenger cars segment. Book a test drive for Tigor in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive
Tata Tigor Exterior & Style
The Tigor compact sedan underpins slightly tweaked version of the XO platform. Although the car uses the same platform, the wheelbase has been extended by 50 more mm to add the extra amount of space for the rear passengers.Coming to its exterior styling, we must inform you all that the Tigor Styleback looks far better than any other compact sedans of the Indian market. It is quite evident that the Tigor hurriedly did not finish designing the car. It does not have any disproportionate lines towards the B-Pillar onward while the boot and the rear profile blends perfectly with the overall design quite well. The sloping roofline towards the rear of the car and that integrated roof spoiler with the stop lamps adds a premium appeal to the Styleback. The rear profile also features a wraparound split LED taillamps which look gorgeous with the Hexagonal elements in it. The lower bumper at the rear profile looks bulky which has helped in making the sedan appear slightly bigger than its sibling Tiago.
Apart from the newly done rear profile, the front and side profile gets the same treatment as seen on the Tiago hatchback. Fewer changes to the front include a smoked projector headlamp which also gets integrated LED DRL’s as well. The lower bumper houses round shaped fog lamps with chrome embellishments. The Tigor also gets Tata’s signature grille with Hexagonal detailing and Tata Motors logo at the centre; this grille can also be found in the Tiago hatchback as well. The side profile too looks identical to the hatchback with no such noticeable changes. However, it does get two different alloy wheel patterns for the petrol and diesel variants respectively.Thus with all the changes mentioned above calling the Tata Tigor one of the most proportionate looking compact sedan’s currently available in the Indian market won’t be an understatement.
Tata Tigor Interior & Space
As expected the Tigor shares much of the interior elements with the Tiago. The dashboard looks really smart with the smart dash-layout and neat instrumentation console. The new touchscreen infotainment system further add to the premium look. The hexagonal theme from the exterior continues inside with the centre console, speaker grille and the steering boss design. Quality, especially on the upper portions of the dashboard and the door pads, is nice with the fish skin-like graining. Tata have also improved on touch points like on the door hand rests, which has a soft touch fabric for better comfort. Lower down, the plastics do look a bit hard and panel gaps aren’t consistent. We expected Tata to take a step further in terms of quality in the Tigor, as the higher asking price will put it up against cars especially from Hyundai, which set benchmark in this respect.
Tata have done a good job with the comfort up front and the seats are well contoured and you sit at a good height. But the driving position is not the most comfortable as the steering is placed too high and close to you. Thanks to the longer wheelbase, the rear seats are pushed back to liberate more knee room. As a result space at the rear is really good and despite the slopping roofline headroom is adequate too. The scooped out front seats and thin door pads further add precious millimetres to overall width and space. But like in the Tiago you do sit a bit low which affects under thigh support and the fact that the seat squab is on the shorter side further accentuates this deficiency. The more reclined backrest helps you sit in a more comfortable manner as compared to the Tiago. We would have also liked Tata to offer adjustable rear headrests to avoid whiplash injuries. In terms of practicality Tata has put in a lot of effort and have claimed to have 24 stowage elements in the cabin but all of them are a bit too shallow and narrow. At the rear you don’t get seatback pockets and the sloping parcel shelf makes it unusable too. Although the swooping design has compromised the boot opening, the double hinged design means, there are hardly intrusions and the 419 litre boot is well shaped and usable.
We only had the top-of-the-line XZ trim of the Tigor and it came loaded with features. Apart from the regulars like power-steering, power windows etc… the Tigor also comes with a sweet sounding Harman developed eight speaker music system, which can be played through aux-in, USB, SD card and Bluetooth connectivity. The Tigor also gets a touchscreen system that is not the smoothest of units as far as speed and touch sensitivity is concerned. Although you don’t get an inbuilt navigation system, you can pair your smartphone by downloading the CONNECTNEXT app which mirrors things like Sat-Nav (Map My India maps) onto the screen. The preloaded maps means you won’t drain through your mobile data but with back to back tests with Google Maps revealed it’s not the most accurate. The infotainment system also doubles up as a reversing camera screen, which combined with the parking sensors make up for the restricted rear view from the cabin. As far as safety goes, the Tigor gets two airbags and ABS with EBD in the top variant.
Tata Tigor Engine & Gearbox
The Tata Tigor’s performance is similar to the Tiago’s. Both the engines are offered in the same state of tune in the Tigor as in the Tiago. The performance is quite a satisfying for the small sedan segment in both petrol as well as diesel. The 1.2L Revotron petrol engine was quick to respond to our commands on the city roads as well as on the highways. The three-cylinder engine delivers an optimum power of 85PS and a maximum torque of 114Nm. However, the diesel variant comes across as being a bit slower on the highway, with the turbo kicking in late and you get its boost only at around 2,500-3,000 rpm. Though noise, vibration, harshness levels are much better than erstwhile Tata passenger cars, it is still a bit a noisy. The Revotorq 1.05L diesel engine delivers optimum power of 70PS and a maximum torque of 140Nm. Both engines are available with multi-drive modes – Eco and City. The Tigor is also equipped with multiple safety features such as dual front airbags, an energy absorbing body structure, advance ABS with EBD and cornering stability control for improved braking efficiency.
Tata Tigor Ride & Handling
In terms of ride, the Tigor feels well sorted. While the ride feels on the firmer side at low speeds, it feels well controlled and the suspension functions silently. Up the speed and the Tigor gives you a big car feel thanks to its flat ride.. It only pitches a bit over long undulating surfaces but never to a point of feeling uncomfortable. And straight-line stability is good too, making this car ideal for long distances. Thanks to the longer wheelbase we felt the Tigor felt slightly more stable than the Tiago going through long corners and felt surefooted with no nasty surprises. The steering is engineered for an inexperienced driver with lot of slack around the centre ahead position and is not the sportiest as far as handling prowess goes. The brakes like on the Tiago are more than adequate with good progressive pedal feel and the ABS works seamlessly too.
Tata Tigor Safety & Security
Tata Tigor Sedan features safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD & Corner Stability Control. It further also gets Seat belt with pretensioners & load limiters.Tigor and it came loaded with features. Apart from the regulars like power-steering, power windows etc… the Tigor also comes with a sweet sounding Harman developed eight speaker music system, which can be played through aux-in, USB, SD card and Bluetooth connectivity. The Tigor also gets a touchscreen system that is not the smoothest of units as far as speed and touch sensitivity is concerned. Although you don’t get an inbuilt navigation system, you can pair your smartphone by downloading the CONNECTNEXT app which mirrors things like Sat-Nav (Map My India maps) onto the screen. The preloaded maps means you won’t drain through your mobile data but with back to back tests with Google Maps revealed it’s not the most accurate.
Tata Tigor Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 4,69,882/- (Tigor XE Petrol) to 7,03,622/- (Tigor XZ O Diesel). Get best offers for Tata Tigor from Tata Dealers in Chennai. Check for Tigor price in Chennai at Carzprice
Tata Tigor Conclusion
A lot depends, at what price point Tata launches the Tigor. We expect it to cost around Rs 50,000 more than the Tiago which will help it undercut all the sub-four metre sedans by a massive margin. Although the Tigor is not perfect, a surprisingly low price, will surely make the Tigor a compelling proposition. The price is not only the element which will make the Tigor a good buy come 28th of March. Things like the well-specced features list, pliant ride, striking design and a spacious cabin makes it a well-rounded product too. It seems, Tata have got yet another winner up their sleeve.