Tata Tiago Hatchback Overview & Test Drive

Tata Tiago Test Drive

Tata Tiago Overview

The Tata Tiago AMT, as the name suggests,is the automatic version of the Indian automaker’s popular hatchback. Launched in 2016, the Tiago is Tata’s fledgling child star which has brought it back into the volumes segment game. It rivals the Maruti Suzuki Celerio whose main selling point is the AMT box which Tata has now brought in to match it option for option. Apply car loan for Tata Tiago.

The hatchback segment in India is a hotly contested one. Competition is high and every new entry has to face well-established entries from the country’s top-two car manufacturers. That said, hatchback sales are all about numbers. This is where the volumes are and Tata Motors has made their intentions clear that they want a share of this pie. The Tiago is Tata’s best ever effort in the hatchback space. Launched in both, Diesel & Petrol variants, we spent some time with them to bring you our initial impressions.

Tata Tiago Style

Designers across Tata’s design studios in Pune, UK and Italy have worked on the car’s design and it shows. The styling on the Tiago is expressive and exciting, with the new design language being a strong indicator for products in the future. Coming back to the car, it sports a sculpted look, with sharp creases and bold lines everywhere. Up front is the signature, hexagonal grill that is placed vertically. The TATA logo sitting in the middle is new, as well, sporting a bolder, more prominent look. The smoked-lens headlamps sport a black bezel. It contrasts nicely with the chrome surrounds on the fog-lamps. The trendy looking spats on the spoiler at the back add to the sportiness of the car and also improve aerodynamics. The overall stance of the car indicates agility, with the sharp nose adding a very shark-like feel to it. The car looks very youthful and trendy, turning heads during our short time on the road.

Tata Tiago Space

The interiors seem to be the biggest surprise Tata has given. The cabin is not only well finished but nicely designed and spacious as well. This makes us think that Tata has really upped the game in the small hatchback class. Right from seat fabric options to the knitted roof lining, everything has been a well thought processed. The dashboard features a soft touch dual tone theme and with uniquely textured interiors and gloss black center console lends the car an upmarket feel.

In terms of feature list and equipment level, yes, Tata has given a lot in this car. The top models feature Bluetooth enabled Harman infotainment system with a USB and Aux-In slot. The music system is powered by 8-speakers and the output is amazing. And despite not a touchscreen high tech infotainment, Tata has added a wonderful feature ‘MapMyIndia’ app for displaying visuals and streaming navigation data right on the infotainment screen. The car also gets four parking sensors.

The two-pod instrument cluster with a crisp display is draped in simple brushed silver colour. The multi-information display gives info on trip distance, average fuel consumption, time and distance to empty. The center console features a pair of AC vents, music system and controls for AC. Another wonderful addition is the Juke Car App which allows simultaneous connection to 10 smartphones via WiFi hotspot. The car beside featuring a cooled glove box has a lot of storage space including 22 cubbyholes, space near the gear lever and pockets on all 4-doors. Other features include keyless entry, height adjustable driver’s seat, EPAS system and heater. Overall, this car has the right amount of features one can expect at this price point.

Tata Tiago Performance

Here is where the essence of the matter is when it comes to the Tiago AMT. It is offered with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 84bhp/114Nm of torque and of course, the five-speed AMT which sends power to the front wheels. Given that the engine remains unchanged in terms of what is on offer, the response feels quite similar to that of the manual powered variants.The back and forth rocking transition commonly associated with earlier Tata AMTs has reduced significantly to the point where at higher speeds it is hardly noticeable. However, lower down you do feel the jerkiness especially when crawling in traffic.

Tata has programmed the gearbox to shift up as quickly as possible to reduce engine load and at the same time increase efficiency. This can be a bit unnerving sometimes as it feels like the engine has moved into coasting mode. However, if you aim for a quick overtake and mash the throttle, the gearbox will drop one or two cogs (depending on how deep your right foot goes) to get you into the meat of the torque band to perform the overtake.

The car runs in City mode on default but unlike the manual variants, this AMT spec car gets a sport mode to access more power on the tap. It allows you to hold the revs for a longer period and build up more steam if required. However, when you hit the redline in sport mode, the system automatically upshifts to the next gear. There is a manual mode which allows you to shift the gear by yourself and this is a useful tool when you want to have some fun on the road or need a bit of engine braking to slow down.

Finally, Tata has also included a creep function which will inch the car forward just a little when you take your foot off the brake. This is a very useful tool when you have to potter around in heavy traffic scenarios. While it would seem like a good idea to use this when you are attempting a hill start, we would advise you to use the parking brake as there is a delay between engage and disengage, which will result in the car free-rolling backwards. Given its diminutive proportions, light steering and relatively slick gearbox, we have always found that the Manual Tiago was great fun to drive. However, to become an automatic Tata has had to trade some of this driving fun for the ease of use that is offered by a two pedal setup.For more info on Tata Tiago check Ieso2013

Tata Tiago Driving

The suspension setup in the car does its work silently without any complaints. The car is equipped with independent suspension up front and semi-independent at the rear which takes the passengers on bad roads and highways with utmost confidence. The steering wheel of the car is also light which translates into peppy and agile driving experience.Tata’s cars are known for their absorbent ride quality and Tiago is no exception. The hatch glides over bad roads and smartly dismisses small potholes with a little thud without unsettling car’s composure.

Tata Tiago Safety

Tata has played smart here as well. The brakes are sourced from Bosch with 9th generation ABS and EBD. The braking power is progressive after a little rev. Further, the safety kit includes dual front airbags, corner stability control, central locking, seat-belt pre-tensioners, speed sensing auto door lock, engine immobilizer and rear parking sensors.

Tata Tiago Cost in Ahmedabad

Tata Tiago On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 4,83,783 to 7,01,721 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 Ahmedabad. Check for Tiago price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

Tata Tiago Conclusion

It’s a small automatic, petrol hatchback with good looks and decent comfort. This is a growing choice among first time car buyers as our roads have become incredibly cluttered and in many places, are being used far beyond their built capacity. Thus the variant makes a good case for those who would be ready to trade some efficiency for ease of use.

Tata Tiago is offered in five variants such as XB, XE, XM, XT, and XZ. In terms of pricing, Tata Tiago bridges the gap between Nano and Bolt with the base petrol model XB priced at Rs. 3.41 lakh while the diesel variant is available at the price tag of Rs. 4.21 lakh. Its top range model XZ is priced at Rs. 5.24 lakh for petrol and diesel trim is priced at Rs. 6.06 lakh which is also the top-selling model for the Tiago. The company has totally nailed the pricing, giving Tiago an edge over the rivals. With all these attributes, Tata Tiago goes up against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Hyundai Grand i10 in the segment.

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