Tata Tigor Overview
Last time Tata Motors tried its hands at getting a slice of the compact sedan market with the Zest, things didn’t turn out to be to their desire. The Zest, despite indicating a transforming Tata Motors, failed to grab the consumers’ attention, primarily due to lack of a totally fresh design. Now though, Tata Motors is having another go at the segment with the Tigor, which was earlier known as the Kite 5. We’ve driven the Tigor and its different variants to find out if Tata Motors has the right ammunition this time to go against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Volkswagen Ameo and Ford Aspire. The brief drive around Delhi NCR turned out to be quite a revelation in itself and you might be surprised to find out why. Book a test drive for Tata Tigor in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive
Tata Tigor Design & Look
The Tigor is a fresh offering in the compact sedan segment. As per conventional norms, under-4 meter compact sedans are crafted by adding boot to the hatchbacks in order to make them look like a sedan. But Tigor is a bit different than other traditional cars as it has been given a lot of thought process in design. The vehicle looks pleasing to eyes especially from the rear which somewhat remind us of BMW X6. In the latest version, the headlights of the car have been slightly tweaked with new dual-chambered projector headlamps finished in chrome.
The grille styling has also been changed with the front fascia getting new diamond shaped with chrome accents. Moreover, the chrome treatment is also given to the fog lamps on the bumper. And in the facelift also, daytime running have not been included, may be company thinks it’s irrelevant and adds to the overall cost. Apart from this, the front end looks as cheerful as before. Coming to the side profile, here is what the real difference in design comes into the picture. Starting from the B-pillar, the rear half of the car is completely different from its alter-ego hatch sibling. And with rolling roofline, the coupe-like design lends it a more expensive car look. The carmaker has added new 15-inch alloy wheels besides the standard 14-inch wheels being offered in lower variants.
At the rear, the best angle to view the car is the three-quarter especially when looked with the new clear lens tail lamps. The chrome strip beautifully runs across the breadth of the bootlid and merges into the tail lights. The car now comes with shark fin antenna which does add a sense of sportiness. And the roof-mounted spoiler incorporating LED strip across the width of the stop lamp raises its appeal a notch further. A new colour option named Egyptian Blue has also been added. Overall, Tata has really upped the ante with Tigor as it is one of the best looking sedans in the class.
Tata Tigor Cabin & Space
Stepping inside and one will find familiar interior as that of Tiago hatchback. But this time around, the cabin gets black and grey treatment along with faux leather seats finished in titanium grey. The seats are knitted with roof liner. Tata has hit the right chord with another biggest change in the form of 7-inch capacitive touchscreen unit which has placed this car in the line of the contemporaries. The new infotainment is compatible with Android Auto. The system is provided by Harman with 4-speakers and 4-tweeters to groove into the music. The infotainment also supports USB, Bluetooth, Aux-In and iPod connectivity, voice command functionality and image and video playback. The reversing camera also relays feeds on to the same screen. The lower variants continue to come with the 5-inch ConnectNext infotainment system.
The car now comes with digital controls for the automatic climate control system. The air conditioner is excellent in terms of quickly cooling the cabin but is slightly loud even if run at low fan speed. The placement is also a bit odd as between the switches there is a lot of empty space which could have been used for other stuffs. The aircons located at the extreme end of the dashboard gets contrasting exterior colour which does add a sense of richness. The Tiago features cooled glovebox while the instrument cluster is the same as of Tiago housing the two silver-coloured pods featuring speedometer and tachometer. The center of the instrument gives info on distance covered, temperature, average fuel economy and trip meter.
Further, the steering wheel is identical and so is the gear stick. The car comes with 12V socket placed between the front seats and another one on the central console adjacent to USB and Aux-in ports. The door panels have fabric highlights though a little more padding could have been better. The black colour of the door panels and the grey coloured plastics feels a bit dull. In terms of stowage, there are cubby holes to put your wallet, phones or loose coins. One of the major highlights of the interiors is the rear seat. As the wheelbase is lengthier than the hatchback sibling by 50mm, the space inside especially the leg and knee room is ample. The angle of the seatback is more reclined than the Tiago with the overall experience of the seats is comfy as they extend from pillar to pillar. Moreover, they are well-cushioned and with the addition of centre armrest there is increased sense of richness and comfort. Even for the tall person there is more than average knee-room at the back which is really an impressive thing in an under 4 meter car. Headroom is also good while the seat is wide enough to absorb three reasonably sized adults.
Coming to the front seats, they are comfortable as well with the top end model giving height adjustment functionality. However, the placement of the seat is a little upwards and a tall person’s head might be touching the roof. In terms of features, one will find one of the best music systems in the car as the company has collaborated with Harman. The central console also features digital controls for FATC while image and video can also be played on the device till the speed of 5kmph.
Another interesting thing in the same centre console is the placement of boot release button. The driver can release the boot by pressing the button located on the center console adjacent to the ECO driving mode switch. Though the release button comes handy, it only works when the ignition is on. And there is no pull release button so from outside you either have to press the light button on the key fob or insert the key to open the boot. The top variant also features reverse camera with rear parking sensors. Other features in the car include electrically adjustable ORVMs, interior lamps with theatre dimming and collapsible grab handles.
Tata Tigor Engine & Transmission
The Tigor compact sedan is powered by the same powertrains found in the Tiago and before you get worried about the lack of performance due to the additional weight of the boot, the Tigor only weighs 50 kg more than the Tiago. Hence, the effect of weight isn’t much on the overall performance. The 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine develops 85 hp, while the 1,050 cc Revotorq diesel is good for 70 hp. The diesel motor looks underpowered on paper but in the real world, it has just enough power to move the Tigor with ease. While performance isn’t brisk, once past 1700 rpm, the engine delivers better power but tapers past 4,000 rpm. This motor is meant for city usage primarily and occasional highway runs only. The petrol motor is the more lively of the two and lets one have some bit of fun as well. Power delivery is linear and beyond 3,000 rpm is when the power surges in. The engine is a refined mostly but feels rough towards the top end of the power band.
Tata Tigor mileage figures range at 23.8kmpl for the petrol variants, while the diesel variants return 27.2 kmpl (ARAI specified).Tata has done a lot of tweaks to various components to enhance the fuel efficiency of this vehicle. The carmaker claims that the petrol engine is able to deliver 20.3kmpl while the diesel one can return 24.7kmpl, certified by ARAI. The petrol automatic gives the same mileage as that of manual, however, real world figures might be different.
Tata Tigor Ride & Handling
Although the components are the same as that of Tiago, the overall suspension system has been tweaked to suit the weight and weight distribution of the sedan. And this is clearly evident when you drive the car over uneven road patches as it absorbs the bumps elegantly. It even doesn’t feel firm as the body control is quite good.A bit of difference can be seen in ride and handling as petrol variant comes with 15-inch rims with 175/60-section tyres and the diesel one features 14-inch rims with 175/65 tyres. As a result, the diesel one feels a bit stiller on highway. The petrol variant feels more keen and responsive especially at corners. The steering wheel is nicely weighted and while it does not give sharp response, the suspension adds a bit of confidence to it.
Tata Tigor Safety & Security
Tata Tigor specifications include disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear as standard. As for the safety of occupants, the company has incorporated a plethora of premium safety features, like dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Corner Stability Control (CSC), speed-dependent auto door locks, follow-me-home lamps, park assist with sensors and camera, and seat belt with pretensioners and load limiters. Sadly, the base grade XE doesn’t get any of the aforementioned features.
Tata Tigor Cost in Chennai
Tata Tigor Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 4,70,547/- (Tigor XE Petrol) to 7,04,172/- (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
Overall, the Tigor is an impressive product on many accounts, especially exterior design and the infotainment system. Smart features such as the smart four-link boot too reflect the focus on providing functionality to consumers. There are bits that could’ve been better but most of them aren’t going to make any major difference to the cabin experience.
Where the Tigor stands out is its design because in a segment challenged by dimensional restrictions, we’ve become used to seeing ugly vehicles mostly. The Tigor on the contrary comes across as a handsome vehicle despite the challenges.