Tata Tiago Overview
Tata Tiago is, undoubtedly, one of the best available options in the entry-level hatchback segment. It is based on the company’s new “Impact” design philosophy, which offers a driver-focussed layout with best-in-segment size and proportioned cabin-to-body ratio. The Tiago hatchback is small but agile, and it does tick all the right boxes that make the car so competitive in its segment.What makes this Tata car special is that it is extremely feature-rich, both inside out. After all, not many cars in the segment would offer you the quality, fit & finish and the urban interiors as the Tiago will. Every bit of material inside the car is of high quality. In fact, the moment you get inside, you will find it miles better than the original Indica. Request a test drive for Tiago in Tryaldrive
Tata Tiago Exterior & style
The Tata Tiago design is aimed at a younger audience. That explains why the lines are flashy and the ornamentation funky and rad. It’s an attractive design that will ensure it will not be ignored. I’m particularly impressed with the front end and the way it protrudes outwards in this slight elliptical shape to provide this visual impression that the hood is longer than it actually is.The front grille has a piano black mirror finish which gives it a very premium feel. It’s a bold application of what is usually an interior finish on the exteriors of a car, especially on the front grille and it works wonderfully.Tata Tiago deserved a fresh identity, not something that is already associated with the Zest/Bolt. Take note, we haven’t seen what the lower variants will look like, neither have see sampled details of what the lower variants will have as ornamentation on that front end. So details such as whether lower-end variants will get body coloured bumpers and driving lamps on that hexagonal air dam will remain undisclosed till the time of launch.
The side is also a very strong profile and immediately reminds you of Asian influences. But more than the overall profile, it’s certain details that carry the profile forward, such as the belt and shoulder line. The belt line emerging from the headlamp and the shoulder line stretching into the tail lamp give it a sense of length. The creases around the door handle shaped as a windswept arrowhead is another strong detail in that design subtle but eye catching.I also like the effect the tail lamps provide. These are the wrap-around type but at either edge they also protrude slightly outside the edge of the car, like a small ledge, lending a sense that the Tiago is also a wide car. There is some very clever design work at hand here and full marks to Bose and his team who have done some extra ordinary work.
Tata Tiago Interior & Space
The real surprise lies inside, Tata has worked really well in terms of design, finish, fit and comfort. The quality of plastic used in the cabin is top-notch which altogether leaves a good impression. The two-toned dashboard is designed well, however the highlight remains the wide centre console which is separated in two parts, the upper one features air con vents & infotainment system and the lower part features temperature dials. There is also a small shelf for storage beneath temperature dials, two cup holders on floor console and one bottle holder on all doors. Instrument cluster gets two large dials and the three spoke steering wheel has been borrowed from Zest and Bolt. The hatchback scores well on space front and as mentioned above there are ample storage points too. Luggage compartment is quite large at 242 litres which can further be increased by folding rear seats.
Features such as new radiator grille in front, new tail lamps enclosures, integrated rear spoiler, dual tone interior theme, new dashboard integrated console, electronically adjustable outside rear view mirrors style the contemporary exterior. Inside the cabin, the car gets 3-spoke steering wheel borrowed from Zest/Bolt, cup holders, bottle holders, door pockets, LED fuel and temperature gauge, driver information system with digital clock, gear shift display, 2 trip meters, average fuel economy, distance to empty among several others.
Tiago gets a Harman sourced infotainment system with four speakers and four tweeters along with AUX-IN, USB port, Bluetooth enabled navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and telephone functions. Besides, it gets Juke Car app which enables each occupant to add to playlist through their respective device using the hotspot on mobile. Speed dependent volume control and steering mounted controls for audio and phone controls are some other vital features equipped on high-end trims
Tata Tiago Engine & Gearbox
The Tata Tiago comes with both a petrol and diesel engines that are paired with a five speed manual gearbox. So let’s talk about the petrol first. Essentially, the 1.2-litre engine in the Tiago is a 3-cylinder unit and from the same Revotron family that you get on the Bolt but does not come with a turbocharger. Now, if refinement is what you are after, the petrol engine does disappoint quite a bit. There is a lot engine noise that creeps in especially when pushed hard and in general, it just feels very rough.But, it makes up for it with being raspy and rev happy. Performance isn’t great on paper or on the road (unless revved all the way to the 6000rpm redline) with 85PS and 114Nm of torque, but compared to other 1.2-litre mills in the market (with the exception of the K12 engine in some Maruti products), this one is definitely better. All said and done, Tata should really be addressing the problem of how loud and clattery and almost diesel-like this engine feels.
So let’s get to the engine that most people will actually buy. The diesel on the Tiago is a brand new 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine that makes a modest 70PS of power and 140Nm of torque. Now the trick with this engine, like with every other turbocharged motor is to keep it in the right gear at the right revs. Do so and it will reward you with acceptable performance and drivability. The engine does suffer from turbo lag though especially if you are in a higher gear and lower speeds and this does make overtaking a real task especially if like most Indian drivers, the only thing on your mind is fuel efficiency.On the NVH front though, the diesel is still inherently noisy but is comparable to most of its peers. Now although we have not really tested this engine for fuel economy yet, we expect it to get staggering results both in ARAI test figures and in real life conditions giving it a big advantage over some of its competitors.
Tata Tiago Ride & Handling
The Tiago is powerful and that is evident by the top speed that it can hit. At full throttle, the car can hit a top speed of up to 150 km/hour and can do the 0-100 km/hour round in just 13 seconds, thanks to the abundant amount of power and torque on offer. The AMT unit is a delight to drive and the conversion is smooth.But the best part is, the Tiago does not let you down on a bad road, as the front wheel is suspended over MacPherson Strut while the rear wheels are done on twist beams. The car also gets the “Creep” function, which makes it move slowly as soon as the brake is released. This helps a lot while you are stuck in traffic at the inclination of a bridge and working with the clutch, brake and accelerator simultaneously becomes a little tricky.
The suspension is tuned more towards comfort damping rather than corner carving dynamics. Ride quality is impressive and it sufficiently damps out any surface roughness. However, on certain surfaces I did detect a bit of shudder in the front suspension in both diesel and petrol cars. At speeds over a 100kmph but below its roughly 150kmph top speed, the Tata Tiago feels planted and secure. Corner stability control and ABS with EBD bring a larger safety net to the Tata Tiago.The electric power assisted steering, like any other unit, is quite lifeless, so feedback is hard to come by. However, for most applications, drivers will find this steering easy to use. As speeds increase, the steering gets heavy enough to provide the right amount of assurance.
Tata Tiago Safety & Security
Significant safety features like anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, corner stability and dual airbags in front for driver and co-passenger are available on the top end variant of Tiago. Dual airbags are optional across range save for the base trim. Speed dependent auto door locks and follow me home head lamps are missing in base trims. Features like rear parking sensors, day & night inside rear view mirror, front fog lamps, rear defogger and rear smart wiper with wash are standard on the top-spec variant.
Tata Tiago Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 3,28,260/- (Tiago Revotron XB) to 5,77,742/- (Tiago Revotorq XZ). Get best offers for Tata Tiago from Tata Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Tiago price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Tata Tiago Bottomline
The Tiago is a genuinely good product from Tata motors not because it looks good or handles well or has great interiors, but because it provides a fresh new perspective to the Tata brand in the eyes of the Indian car buyer. Yes, the engines do need a little more refinement and a little more power but if the Tiago delivers best in class fuel economy, we don’t think most Indian customers mind the slightly numb performance. So, would we recommend it? Well let’s just say that if Tata would ever want to resurrect the ‘More Car Per Car’ tagline that it used for the original Indica, the Tiago would certainly be more than worthy.