Tata Tiago Hatchback First Drive Review


Tata Tiago Overview

Tata Tiago, which was initially unveiled by Tata Motors as the Zica, is definitely the company’s best yet. Now I remember saying the same for the Aria, and the Zest. And even though at the time, the statement held true for both those cars, it rings truer today than ever before. I’m trying not to gush because this is something that I’ve been waiting for, literally for years! Ever since I started tracking Tata Motors – first as a financial correspondent and then as a motoring journalist – I’ve been waiting for this big change, or a major turning point to come around. I’ve waited for a contemporary and modern product that is finally global and not just local in its promise and attribute. We have seen little hints of that in the past from the likes of Mahindra and Tata, but perhaps the bike makers have gone further in achieving this than the indigenous carmakers.

The company took the decision to rename the Zica as Tiago since it was uncomfortably similar to the ‘Zika’ virus that continues to spread across the world. The Tata Tiago name was chosen after a global crowd-sourcing competition called ‘#FantasticoNameHunt’ was conducted in which fans got to vote for their preferred new name from a shortlist of 3 suggestions – Tiago, Adore, and Civet.

Tata Tiago Look

Tata’s design team has done a reasonably decent job with the Tiago. It is a balanced and well thought out design which sits confidently in profile. The front is characterised by a simple and straightforward honeycomb grille painted glossy black and there’s appreciably no overdose of chrome, only subtle garnishing on the grille and fog-lamp casings. It may seem that the tail gate has strikingly similar design to the Hyundai Grand i10, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The tail lamps, however, might be Tiago’s weakest point in exterior design. There’s a sense of oddity and incoherence about them when viewed against the otherwise well-executed rear section. The Tata Tiago isn’t an instantly recognisable or attention-grabbing car — especially in relatively prosaic colours.

Tata Tiago Comfort

Undoubtedly, the Tata Tiago interior has the best design in terms of the layout and features among all the Tata hatchbacks. All of the Tata cars are roomy, but the Tiago is injected with a superior build quality and equipment list too. The interiors of Tata Tiago AMT feature a dual-tone interior scheme with premium full fabric upholstery for the seats and knitted fabric on the interior roof liner. The manual air conditioner with heater and chrome finish on the air vents spreads uniform cooling/heating to all corners of the interiors.

The infotainment system with AM/FM, USB, AUX-IN, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, and steering-mounted audio and phone control buttons deliver excellent quality of comfort and entertainment on the go. The versatility of interiors is improvised with a spacious glove box, and bottle and cup holders in the front console, and boot space with 242 litres of volume can accommodate two average size travel bags.Check for Tata Tiago price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Tata Tiago Transmission

Tata has gone with new powertrains on this car with both petrol and diesel going 3-cylinder. I drove the 1.2 Revetron petrol first, and it’s a bit of a noisy little thing. Being a 3-pot, that is not surprising, but it’s the kind of sound that gives you a fun feeling rather than an annoying one. Tata has consciously decided to opt for 3-cylinder engines to achieve higher mileage (figures for which Tata has not shared with us as yet) and keep prices very aggressive. Tata does have the 1.2 Revetron on the Zest and Bolt, but that’s a 4-cylinder and I was very disappointed with its performance. That engine comes across as sluggish and lacking in power, while the reworked motor, which drops a cylinder, is surprisingly more fun.

It is more responsive and gives the overall performance a much better character. The Tata Tiago isn’t as zippy as I would have liked, but it is manoeuvrable, and boasts very good ride quality. The handling is also much better than other Tata cars, and overall this car works. Tata has hinted that there will be an AMT variant that comes later in 2016, but for now I am okay with the 5-speed manual.

Okay so now I’ve switched cars, and gone from the Sunburst Orange to the Espresso Brown – also switching powertrains of course! And there is a completely different character right away. 140Nm of peak torque and it kicks in as low as 1800rpm. This is the instant differentiator between the petrol and diesel engines. Of course, petrol engines in general do deliver less torque than like diesels, but the delivery of that torque on the Tiago’s new Revotorq is good. Tata has said this will be the first of a new family of diesels we will see from it.

On the Tiago, I do think the petrol comes across as more refined overall, but the 1.05 litre diesel does a little bit more. It is punchy and a little more fun. And it’s a little bit more crazy – and I like that! The engine sounds way noisier and again I don’t mind the noise as it gives the car a lot of vroom, which will stand it in good stead in this segment. The extra weight up front adds to the handling, and I will have to say that despite the raspy slightly harsh nature of the engine I do still like the diesel Tiago more than the petrol.

Tata Tiago Driving

While the steering wheel is a small-diameter unit and is great to hold, the steering ratio is quite high and it lacks directness and precision. It’s light in its operation (a boon in the city), but the steering input and the resultant directional change isn’t greatly proportional.For more information on Tata Tiago check Rbts

If the steering was a weak point, the highlight of the Tiago will be its suspension setup. The ride quality in the Tiago is extremely good and can even rival some cars from a higher segment. The front is all independent while the rear features a twist-beam with dual path strut design which channels spring load through one path and damper load through the other resulting in better vibration control and load management. It’s not exactly an engaging driving experience though, and the handling is modest at best.

Tata Tiago Safety

Talking of the braking system, the Tata Tiago is equipped with disc brakes and drum brakes in the front and the rear and comes as standard in all the trims. Additionally, ABS along with EBD, corner stability control, dual airbags and reverse parking sensors are offered as a standard feature across all the variants, including the base XB trims.

Tata Tiago Price in Hyderabad

Tata Tiago On Road Price is 5,06,477/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,25,652/- in Hyderabad. Tata Tiago comes in 6 colours, namely Sunburst Orange,Berry Red,Platinum Silver,Expresso Brown,Striker Blue,Pearlescent White. Tata Tiago comes with FWD with 1199 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 84 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 114 Nm@3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Tiago comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Tiago Final Word

The Tata Tiago is the only car form the Tata brand which offers numerous features at a very competitive price which makes it a game changer for the brand in the automotive industry. Even the AMT gearbox unit is smooth to drive and does not get any hiccups along the way. Moreover, the car ranks high on fuel efficiency and will save you loads on fuel bills, for sure. Even the automatic transmission variant is equally efficient as the manual, something that is not very common among contemporary cars.

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