Tata Tiago Overview
Tata Motors is now offering the Tiago AMT on the XT variant. This variant is called as the XTA. This is the mid-variant and it will have all the features that XT variant offers. This will make the XTA a more affordable option for many looking at getting a car that is more affordable than Tata Tiago was sort of a revolution in the hatchback space, when launched. The entire package was so attractive that it immediately attracted buyers towards it. The Tiago is a much improved car over earlier Tata cars.
This is an all new car at is designed from scratch. It is an all new product. This comes after a long time from Tata. It is well packaged and hence becomes a compelling buy. The New Tata Tiago 2017 is a subtle looking car, but is a winner when it comes to its price point and the features it offers. Is the new Tata Tiago 2017 a worthy buy? Is it built to be reliable? We tell you in our detailed Tata Tiago Review.
Tata Tiago Exteriors
When you look at the Tiago as a layman you won’t be able to make out that it’s a Tata car. That typical silhouette of the Indica hatch which is evident on the Bolt is totally gone, one will also appreciate the uneven gap (a trait on older Tatas) between the body and wheels is gone. The Tiago looks fresh and up to date with Tata’s new design direction, getting inputs from its design studios in Pune, Italy and the UK. The front end gets a neat smiling face (Humanity line in Tata speak) having a wide grille connecting the sleek headlamps up front. The bonnet is flat that lends it some length and the bumper has a clean design integrating circular fog lamps. The Tata logo on the grille gets a 3D touch while there are 6 body colours on offer.
The side profile of the Tata Tiago looks aerodynamic having consistent lines unlike other Tata hatchbacks with rounded and circular design elements. There is a strong crease that rises across the length of the car and blackened B-pillar to give a sporty appeal. The rear section looks complete with the jewel shaped tail lamps and muscular lines on the tail gate. The rear bumper is dual tone and gets a black panel to cut the visual bulk (there is a dummy space for a rear fog which isn’t there but will be equipped on export models). The Tiago gets a roof mounted spoiler (with gloss black air winglets which Tata likes to call spats), circular shaped rear defogger (influenced from a maze and similar to what we have seen on a recent Land Rover) with wiper. All in all a very well proportioned design from all angles makes the Tata Tiago look smart.
Tata Tiago Interiors
The cabin is the biggest surprise on the Tiago. It’s well designed and spacious as it rightfully should be, but what bowls you over is how well finished it is too.Tata has really upped its game in this department and has gone the whole hog to make the cabin look and feel more special than some premium hatchbacks. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into everything right from the choice of seat fabric to the rich knitted roof lining. The plastics are also of a high standard and, in fact, the textured finish on the dash top is something you won’t find even on some more expensive cars like the new Maruti Baleno. The silver shroud around the instruments is the only bit that looks tacky. Drivers will, however, like the meaty steering wheel (shared with the Zest and Bolt), chunky column stalks and good all-round visibility afforded by the large windows and low dashboard.
The two-tone dash may not be radical in layout (the body-coloured side air vents are optional) but it does look smart and positions the important controls for easy access. As with all new Tatas, there’s a lot to talk about the Tiago’s Harman-developed infotainment system. For one, sound quality from the four-speaker and four-tweeter set-up is really impressive. There’s no touchscreen here but the system does offer aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and telephone functions. Additionally, the system can be synced to a phone to display and readout turn-by-turn navigation instructions. There’s also the unique Juke Car app that allows each passenger in the car to add songs from their device (via mobile hotspot) to a playlist on the phone paired with the audio player. So, no quarrelling over music on long journeys! What could be a sticky issue is the air conditioning. The air-con vents feel solid to operate but have limited reach, the blower is loud and the knobs feel a bit too mechanical in operation. The bigger concern is that the aircon didn’t cool the cabin quickly or effectively.
On the plus side, Tata has responded to feedback on the insufficient storage in the Bolt by giving the Tiago lots of space for small items. There’s a bottle holder on each door (albeit good for slim 0.5-litre bottles only), two cupholders near the gear lever, a shelf at the driver’s end of the dashboard and a bay to hold mobile phones at the base of the centre console. What’s more, the glovebox is cooled and features a dedicated recess to hold tablet devices. The glovebox’s soft release via a neatly integrated button on the dash is a superb touch. Also worth a mention is that the driver’s footwell is spacious and there’s a dedicated dead pedal too. Io know more information on Tata Tiago visit Origo2000
Up front, occupants get a good sense of space and seat comfort is good though some may find the seat base a tad short. The last bit is a departure from other Tata cars whose front seats offer almost excessive thigh support. Rear seat passengers have it quite nice. There’s a good deal of space, the large windows let in plenty of light and the seat is well cushioned. The single-piece rear seat backrest can also be folded forward to free up more luggage room though the 240-litre boot can hold plenty as is.
Tata Tiago Transmission
Not only is the Tiago new inside and out, it also happens to be the launch vehicle for Tata’s new three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Both engines come mated to five-speed manual gearboxes though automated manual transmission options will be offered in the future.
The 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine is a grounds-up design and uses lightweight all-aluminium construction, a four valve per cylinder DOHC setup and variable cam timing for the intake. It’s an undersquare engine with bore and stroke measuring 77mm and 85.8mm respectively. Peak power is 83.8bhp (at 6,000rpm) while max torque of 11.6kgm is produced at 3,500rpm.
Respectable as the above numbers are, the petrol Tiago isn’t a very lively performer. The engine doesn’t rev particularly quickly and performance is adequate and no more. The feeling is that you always have to work the engine to bring out its best; a tall third gear only makes this more evident in slow moving city traffic. In stop-go traffic, you’ll also notice power delivery to be jerky. You can sense the fuel cut off the moment you lift off the throttle. The clutch is light, but not very progressive, and the gearbox also requires effort to slot in at times. Refinement levels are fair at low revs though the thrum from the three-cylinder engine can get intrusive, especially at the 3,000rpm mark when a bit of resonance filters into the cabin.There’s also a bit of a judder just after you engage the clutch and floor the throttle.
To be honest, it’s the three-cylinder Revotorq turbo-diesel engine that seems a lot nicer. This 1.05-litre engine is actually a downsized (and thoroughly modernised) version of the Indica’s 1405cc, four-cylinder diesel unit. The block is cast iron while the aluminium head houses twin cams and four valves per cylinder. The engine’s 69bhp at 4,000rpm and 14.27kgm from 1,800-3,000rpm make it far more powerful than the Celerio’s two-cylinder diesel unit. Check for HDFC car loan at Fincarz.
Start the engine and there’s no escaping this is a small displacement three-cylinder motor. There are vibrations but it’s not all that bad. The engine also takes time to wake up but builds speed reasonably well from about 1,500rpm though the real power comes in only post 1,800rpm. Thereon, the engine pulls sufficiently but again it doesn’t feel particularly peppy. That’s to say it gets the job done but doesn’t excite in the least. The powerband is narrow and by 3,500rpm you know the engine is done with its best. At this point, the engine also gets noisy with a rough roar for a note and this gives even less reason to rev it to 4,000rpm and beyond. Drivers will find the clutch light but snappy (more so than the petrol) in the way it engages. The gearbox too is not as crisp as the competitions’.
Tata Tiago Driving
The Tata Tiago is very impressive when it comes to its ride quality. It is easily the best in its segment. The Tiago’s suspension is well tunes to offer a pliant ride. The ride is well-cushioned and absorbs most bumps and potholes with comfortable ease. Tata has traditionally been good in this department and gets better with the Tiago. The handling is also pretty good for city driving. The steering is light and responsive. This makes it easy to park in tight spots. On the highway the car doesn’t lose its composure and one can easily cruise at 130 km/h. The car remains steady. We wish the brakes were slightly better.
Tata Tiago Safety
In terms of safety, Tata Motors has provided front driver and passenger airbags along with ABS and EBD including cornering stability control that works with the ABS. There is speed-sensing auto door lock function along with immobiliser for the owner to feel safe about the car. With the HORIZONEXT program, Tata is making sure to improve their after sales service quality and it has come a long way compared to the old days. However, there is still some room left for better service quality. Tata has a wide network and reach across the country including Tier-II and Tier-III areas.
Tata Tiago On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,06,477 to 7,30,921 for variants Tiago Revotron XE and Tiago Revotorq XZ respectively. Tata Tiago is available in 20 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Tata Tiago variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Tiago price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.
Tata Tiago Final Thought
Tata has clearly put its heart and soul into the Tiago and the result is very impressive. The Tiago looks attractive, comes with plenty of equipment and has a cabin that could very well belong to a more expensive car. The Tiago is also designed to tackle our imperfect roads with ease and is an easy car to handle. Unfortunately, the lacklustre engines take much away from what is otherwise a well-rounded package. However, Indian buyers might be willing to make a compromise on the driving experience in return for good fuel efficiency. The petrol Tiago (in Eco mode) gives an impressive 23.5kpl and the diesel is even more fuel-efficient. What these figures translate to in the real world remains to be seen.
The Tata Tiago goes on sale later this month and is likely to be priced very aggressively. The base petrol model will be well under Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the diesel won’t be far off that mark either. But it’s not just promise of value for money, but the premium look and feel the Tiago offers in this segment that could make it a winner and the car that puts Tata Motors back in the race.