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.
Tata Tigor Design
The Tata Tigor is essentially the compact sedan version of the Tata Tiago hatchback. The front end is very similar in terms of design but the Tigor does get a much nicer front grille with hexagonal design elements and a twin barrel headlamp with a projector low beams and halogen high beams.That said, LED daytimes running lights have been given a miss. The petrol version of the Tigor gets 15-inch, diamond cut and black, two tone wheels that sync extremely well with the rest of the cars design but the diesel only gets a set of smaller 14 inchers.
But it is the rear that really stands out. Not only has Tata Motors absolutely nailed the almost coupe like styling of the roofline but the boot integration too. Without a shadow of a doubt, the Tigor is the prettiest and most well-balanced sub 4-meter sedan in India! And then you have smaller elements that stand out. Like the high mounted subtle roof spoiler with the built in tail lamp that glows end to end to the tail lamps that pop out of the boot structure in a three dimensional way. The rear bumper too has a large chunk of plastic that gives it a sportier edge.
Tata Tigor Cabin
The Tigor features a similar cabin to what one finds in the Tiago, albeit with some additional features. Infotainment system is an important consideration while buying a car these days in urban areas and Tata has addressed that need very well. The Harman infotainment system comes with a touchscreen and eight speakers (4 speakers, 4 tweeters). It can mirror navigation from your smartphone and offers Bluetooth, Aux-in, USB and FM radio as well. The sound quality of the system is possibly the best in its segment and the touch response too is good.Seats too are good in the front and back and headroom and legroom is ample at both ends.
The rear seat is quite wide and flat, which makes it easier to seat three people, if needed. There are two 12V sockets in the front, out of which the 2nd can be used by the rear passengers too. While the door pockets on the rear door are large enough to hold 1 litre bottles, the front door pockets can only store small bottles. Essentially, the bottles we have mostly at home just won’t fit in.Check for Tata Tigor price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.
Plastic quality is good in most places but the lower dashboard could’ve done with a little bit better plastic quality. Another problem I faced was that the driver-side sun visor does not have a cover for the vanity mirror. When using the visor, the reflective surface of the mirror can be quite distracting as it’s on the border of the driver’s field of vision. The boot space at 419 litres is the largest in the segment and it has been designed smartly too. Instead of using, gooseneck hinges, which intrude into the luggage space, the Tigor makes use of a four-link setup. This ensures all links remain outside the boot compartment and hence do not eat away any of the space.
Tata Tigor Performance
The Tata Tigor diesel and petrol are both three cylinder engines that have been carried forward from the Tiago hatch. The petrol is a 1.2 litre motor making 84 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque. The turbocharged 1.05 litre diesel on the other hand is less powerful and makes only 69 bhp but makes a lot more torque at 140 Nm. So what are they like?
Well, lets begin with the petrol. Although it does have some impressive specs on paper, the Tigor petrol engine does disappoint a tad bit as it still feels a little laggy and underpowered on the road. The NVH levels too are higher than expected, especially when revved all the way to its red line at about 6000 rpm, which might be an issues especially since a subcompact sedan is used mainly as a family mover.
The diesel on the other hand is less powerful on paper at 69 bhp but it makes more torque at 140 Nm. The diesel turbo engine also feels a little more responsive than the petrol and a lot more drivable especially around the city. Both though have one big positive – they are easy to drive. With a light and yet responsive clutch and a slightly clashy but well weighed gear shift, the Tigor does not wear you out in traffic.
Tata Tigor Driving
Tata has always delivered well on the ride quality part in the past and the Tigor is no different. Road undulations and potholes are dealt with ease and the occupants mostly remain in comfort. Even at high speeds the car feels stable and doesn’t feel as if it’s floating, like it happens with many cars with a soft suspension setup. Around corners too, the Tigor remains composed, although body-roll is evident when pushing hard. However, the car isn’t positioned as a sporty vehicle so for its target audience, the Tigor shouldn’t pose any stability problems.
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 Cost in Hyderabad
Tata Tigor On Road Price is 6,49,792/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,46,359/- in Hyderabad. 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 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.
Design is one of the first impressions that a consumer gets about a car and the Tigor creates one better than any other car in its segment. It’s got other areas too covered well so in the end it boils down to pricing. The car will be launched towards the end of March and if Tata Motors can price the Tigor competitively, there’s no reason why it can’t become the a major contender in the sub-compact sedan segment.With its fresh design and impressive features, the Tigor after the Tiago and Hexa is a strong signal to the change that’s taking place within Tata Motors. The company is becoming young and that’s the only way forward in the Indian market given the fact that more than 60 % of our population is under the age of 35 years.