Tata Tigor Facelift Review & First Drive


Tata Tigor Overview

The Tata Tigor stands out for its unique fastback-like profile. It’s neatly done on the inside as well. The cabin is smartly thought out and elements like the knitted roof lining and textured finish on the dashboard add a touch of class. There’s enough space for four adults to sit in comfort and rear headroom is more generous than the Tigor’s coupé-like roofline would suggest. Even the 419-litre boot can hold quite a bit of luggage.

The Tigor’s 85hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine is smooth and able but does get loud when revved. The manual gearbox is nice enough while the AMT takes away some stress from urban commutes. It’s just that the AMT’s shifts are jerky at low speeds. The 70hp, 1.05-litre diesel engine is down on power to rivals. Performance is adequate for city driving though power delivery is rather flat and overtaking need planning. Irrespective of which version of the Tigor you drive, you are sure to like the Tigor’s light steering, good stability and ability to deal with bumps and lumps.

Tata Tigor Look

Tata Motors has managed to bring all the impressive bits of the concept onto the production model. Pratap Bose, head of design, Tata Motors, states that three of the company’s design houses based in Italy, UK and India collaborated for the Tigor. When seen from the front, you might mistake the Tigor for the Tiago as both the sedan and the hatch share almost every aspect except for minor detailing on the radiator grille. The Tigor maintains headlight design but with smoked finish and projectors.

However, when you move towards the side, you realise the Tigor has received a distinguishing treatment. The front half till the B-pillar, with its character lines and rising waistline, is reminiscent of the hatch but the rear section is all-new. It might not be evident but the designers have managed to stretch the wheelbase by 50mm as the platform does offer that liberty, states Pratap. The Tigor gets newly designed larger rear doors that have improved the ingress and egress. The diesel variants get 175/65 R14 tyres like the Tiago; however, the petrol variant comes with larger 175/60 R15 tyres. The latter also sports stylish diamond-cut alloys. There is a new copper brown shade that has been introduced on the Tigor, which with the 15-inch alloys make it look like a mini Volvo S60 Cross Country.

The rear profile of the Tigor has to be best that one has seen on a sub-4m sedan. With the sleek LED tail lights, compact yet well-proportioned boot with chrome garnish and a well-sculpted bumper, Pratap’s team has got it right in every possible way. In fact, it makes the more premiumly positioned Zest look dated.

Tata Tigor Comfort

In its bid to create a richer experience, the Tigor offers more equipment compared to the Tiago, as seen on the top-end XZ variant that we had for test. There is a new 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system from Harman and it even has a reversing camera. It has all the connectivity options necessary too. And with a four speaker and four tweeter system, the sound quality is spectacular.However, the touchscreen is a bit laggy in terms of responses to swipes, and the colours could be richer and brighter. The ConnectNext set of apps includes an app for emergencies. However, the suite of apps are only available for Android devices as of now.Check for Tata Tigor price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

This top-of-the-line XZ variant is offered with automatic climate control, and while the large rotary dials look good and work well, the blank space in between looks awkward. Also, the AC is super effective, albeit a bit loud even at its lowest setting. The Tigor is also packed with storage spaces – there are plenty of cubby holes on the dash and centre console. And the additional storage space for a phone on the floor console and an additional charging socket will be very handy for passengers in the rear. The rear door pockets can also accommodate a large bottle of water but the front door pockets aren’t as big.

The glovebox has a nicely damped release and there are neat storage spaces inside it. The elephant drawing tucked away inside is carried over from the Tiago. Use of textures and patterns is very clever and playful. Colour-coded panels for the dash add to the sense of style inside the cabin. But, things could be better – the light grey plastic looks aged right from the start, and the finish of the plastic parts’ edges feels a bit rough. Also, when you get going you realise that a lot of road noise, engine rumble and wind noise is quite audible in the cabin. If these finer points could be taken care of, time spent in the Tigor would be quite satisfying and relaxing.

Tata Tigor Transmission

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.To know more information on Tata Tigor visit Rbts

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 Driving

The suspension set-up in the Tigor is identical to the Tiago’s and offers similar ride and handling despite a 40kg increase in kerb weight, stated an official. While driving the Tigor in and around Delhi, we didn’t find it any different from the hatch. While the suspension does a fairly good job at ironing out the bumps and undulations, we did find the ride quality in the petrol variant was a lot more juddery than its diesel counterpart.

On the positive side, the Tigor feels planted and stable at higher speeds. The electric power steering is light enough to manoeuvre around narrow lanes and tight parking spots and weighs up sufficiently at high speeds.

Tata Tigor Safety

In terms of safety, Tata Tigor features dual front airbags, engine immobilizer, ABS with EBD, speed-sensitive door locks, central lock with auto-lock feature, corner stability control and park assist with camera, among others.

Tata Tigor Price in Chennai

Tata Tigor On Road Price is 6,35,388/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,43,648/- in Chennai. Tata Tigor comes in 6 colours, namely Copper Dazle,Striker Blue,Platinum Silver,Expresso Brown,Berry Red,Pearlscent White. Tata Tigor 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 Tigor comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Tigor Final Word

So does it make the cut? The Tata Tigor does come across as a smart-looking sub-4m sedan. That paired with the feature list can make it a value for money offering if priced right. We believe the Tigor will be priced at Rs 30,000-50,000 more than the Tiago.The Tata Tigor has received a mild facelift with changes to the exterior styling and addition of new features on the inside. With these changes, the sub-compact sedan now looks better than the pre-facelift version.The Tata Tigor 2018 competes against Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo, Ford Aspire and Hyundai Xcent in the sub-four meter sedan space.


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