Tata’s ambitious new small car, Tata Tiago has arrived in the Indian automobile markets. This hatchback from Tata Motors is a result of joint collaboration between company’s design studios based in Pune, Italy and United Kingdom. It comes with a new design language unlike other models of the company. It was first unveiled as Tata Zica a few months back, but was renamed as Tiago. This hatchback looks very stylish from both inside and out, as Tata’s engineer’s have put in their hard work and efforts on building a quality product. Now let’s begin exploring the car to the fullest.
The new Tata Tiago hatchback is a good-looking car unlike most car models of the Indian automaker. Like mentioned above, Tata motors have put in lot of efforts on the quality part and it shows off. As you can see, there is no sign of cost cutting in any section of interior or exterior. It comes with a solid construction with quality build down to the closest detail.
It is needless to say that the all-new Tata Tiago has the best exterior design in its segment. This car looks better than other flimsy looking cars in the entry-level segment. It has a bold front fascia with a new signature-design, complimented by a lot of chrome inserts. This one, unlike ‘Indica’ or ‘Bolt’ has a newer design language that surely grabs the attention of onlookers. Even the body to wheel ratio looks finer than the other Tata models. In our opinion folks, the Tata Tiago is the best looking car ever designed by Tata Motors.
Moving to the interiors, this car has a premium quality cabin unlike most of the entry-level cars of today. The color scheme is in dual tone finish and comes with glossy black and metallic highlights. The only disappointment about the cabin is that its interior space is suitable for four adults rather than five. This car has premium audio system designed by Harman with 8 speakers on board. Also, it comes with a multi-functional steering unit that aid driver.
Engine and performance:
This small car comes with petrol and diesel motor options like any other small hatchback. Its petrol motor belongs to the Revotron family, but the cylinder configuration has been reduced. While the diesel motor is an all-new motor that looks promising.
1.2-liter Revotron Petrol:
Despite reduction in number of cylinders, the motor pumps out the same power output like its 4 cylinder counterpart. This 119 produces a healthy power output of 85 PS at 6000 rpm and a torque of 114 Nm at 3500 rpm. The engine does feel noisy at times, but overall it does the job well. Driving experience on city roads is fine, but on highways, it could do much better.
Another specialty is that the engine comes with two different driving modes; Eco and City. The City mode is regular driving mode, while the Eco is designed for more fuel efficiency.
Transmission: As of now, it comes with only a five speed manual gearbox
Mileage: The petrol version of Tata Tiago offers a healthy mileage of 23.84 kmpl, which is exceptional.
1.05-liter Revotorq Diesel:
This is a gem of an engine that won’t let you down. This 1047 cc power plant is based on common rail fuel injection technology and comes integrated with an ‘ECU’ engine management system. This motor produces 70 PS of maximum power at 4000 rpm along with a 140 Nm of peak torque between 1800 to 3000 rpm.
Transmission: Like petrol motor, this one too comes with a five speed manual transmission.
Mileage: As per the company’s claims, this engine can return a mileage of 27.28 kmpl, which is perhaps the best in its class.
The car is currently on offer in five trim levels; ‘XB’, ‘XE’, ‘XM’, ‘XT’ and ‘XZ’. Among these, XB is the base variant, which gets a few essentials such as a blower, electric power steering unit, remote fuel and tailgate opener, 7 speed front wiper, driver foot rest and internally adjustable outside mirror. The next-in-line XE variant gets an AC unit along with front power outlet and a few optional features.
XZ is the top-spec variant that gets most number of features such as an in-car entertainment system from ‘Harman’, cooled glove box, alloy wheels, LED fuel & temperature gauge, electrically adjustable outside mirrors and much more.
In this section, dual front airbags comes as standard for the top end XZ variant only. However, variants like XE, XM and XT gets front airbags as optional feature. Disappointing fact is that features like ABS with EBD and cornering stability control are available for the top end variant only. Besides, features rear smart wiper with washer, rear de-fogger and front fog lamps have been offered only to the top-spec model.
The all-new Tata Tiago is good car for families and Individuals, who are looking to buy their first car. Besides, it is one of the most stylish and affordable cars in the entry-level segment. Despite concerns over the reliability, you can place your bucks on the new Tiago hatchback, since the company focused heavily on its build quality.