Tata Tigor Overview
The Tigor (pronounced Tee-gor) is the compact sedan version of the well-received Tata Tiago hatchback. It’s also the model that will become the mainstay of the carmaker’s compact sedan range; the capable but slow-selling Zest is set to be repositioned for the taxi market while the Indigo eCS, that started the sub-four-metre sedan segment, is headed for discontinuation. However, the Tigor enters the market at a time when the compact sedan segment as a whole isn’t growing as fast as it once did. Tata Motors, though, is confident buyers won’t see the Tigor as just any other compact sedan. In fact, Tata doesn’t even call it one. A ‘Styleback’ is what the marketers at Tata would like you to see the Tigor as. Test drive for Tata Tigor .
Tata Tigor Exterior & Style
The Tigor is a breath of fresh air in the compact sedan space. Traditionally sub 4-metre sedans have been cars made to look like a sedan by adding a boot to a hatchback. The Tigor, on the other hand, is thoughtfully designed. It looks eye-catching, particularly from the rear, and its swooping rear even reminded us of the BMW X6.
The front end is the same cheerful-looking face from the Tiago, though there are a few changes. The grille uses a new hexagonal pattern and the headlights get a smoked treatment. We only drove the top end variant, the XZ, and Tata Motors has not revealed the number of variants or the difference between features, though the XZ gets a double-barrel layout and projector beams. Given the similarity of the design from the front, it is difficult to tell from a distance whether you are looking at the Tiago or Tigor. Daytime running lamps have been given a miss, probably to keep costs in check.
The difference in design can be noticed from the B-pillar onwards, since the Tigor’s rear half is completely new. The Tigor is longer than the Tiago by 276mm, and that isn’t down to just the boot. The Tigor also has a longer wheelbase to increase the space in the backseat, and there are larger doors for the second row to make getting in and out easier too. Along with the rolling roofline, the Tigor actually looks like a much more expensive car thanks to the coupe-like design.
The rear three-quarter is the best angle to look at the car from, especially with the design of the tail lights and chrome strip running across the width of the bootlid and into the tail lamps. The roof-mounted spoiler integrates an LED strip across its width for the stop lamp and looks good too.On the whole, the Tigor is easily the best looking sub 4-metre sedan, while a ground clearance of 170mm adds to its stance, offering a crossover-like feel visually. Difference between the petrol and diesel are the diesel’s smaller 14-inch wheels as compared to the petrol’s 15-inch ones.
Tata Tigor Interior & Space
There is a familiar feel to the interior as it is derived from the Tiago. The dashboard design is the same, though there are changes to differentiate the two. The centre console houses a 5-inch colour touchscreen and even has a reversing camera functionality. The XZ also gets automatic climate control and it is excellent at cooling the cabin, but it is a bit loud even at the lowest fan speed. The placement of the air-conditioning switches is a bit odd, as there is a lot of empty space in between. Air-conditioning vents at either end of the dashboard are colour-coded and are the same colour as the car’s exterior.
The glovebox is cooled. Clocks are the same as the Tiago’s, and are housed in the same silver-coloured pods as the Tiago. The steering wheel is the same too and so is the gear lever, though seat covers are different. The Tigor gets an additional 12V socket that sits between the front seats, next to the handbrake lever, apart from the one on the centre console next to the USB/AUX ports.
Door panels get fabric inserts, though they could have done with some more padding, and the black colour feels dull too. The grey colour of the plastics also feels dull. There are more cubby holes to keep your phone, wallet or loose coins. The highlight of the interiors, though, is the backseat. Wheelbase is longer than the Tiago by 50mm, which has translated to more space inside, particularly rear leg and knee-room.
The seatback angle is reclined further than the Tiago, and the rear seat feels more comfortable as they stretch from pillar to pillar. The well-cushioned seats and the inclusion of a centre armrest add to the sense of comfort. At 5 feet 11 inches tall, and even with the driving seat set to my requirements, there was good knee-room for me at the back, which is very impressive in a sub 4-metre car. Headroom at the rear is good though, and the seat is wide enough to seat three reasonably sized adults. Check for Tata Tigor in bpas.in
The front seat feels comfortable too, and the XZ variant also gets height adjustment for the driver’s seat. The front passenger seat is too tall though, and I could almost feel my head touching the roof.The cabin feels noisy though, as there is road noise, engine noise and wind noise seeping into the cabin. A quieter cabin would make the Tigor’s rear seat an even better place to be in, besides reducing tiredness over long distances.
Tata Tigor Engine & Gearbox
A 1.2-litre petrol does duty on the Tigor. This engine is fantastic. It is smooth and very easy to drive. There is no oomph factor about it. It has been tuned for better mileage than performance. There is sufficient power to overtake but then it doesn’t have the refinement. There is an evident petrol engine noise and some amount of vibration at low speeds. But then this engine is smooth and is easy to drive in the city or even on the highway. Job done! 5-speed manual box is sleek and short.
The diesel engine on the other hand has very linear power. There is good enough power at low engine speed, but it is comfortable to cruise in. Even for the highway, it is a good vehicle to cruise in. At the same time, one needs to downshift to make those quick overtaking moves. Tata Tigor has a smaller size engine, and the power doesn’t match up to the competition in the diesel engines. The engine is fairly refined and has very low engine noise. The diesel engine clatter is audible only after 4000rpm. There is high levels of refinement in this engine. In performance, petrol should be your pick, while diesel is more of a mile muncher option.
In terms of mileage, the petrol engine should return about 12-14 km/l in the city, while on the highway it should be close to about 18 km/l. On the other hand, the diesel engine will have a mileage of 17 km/l in the highway and about 22 km/l on the highway.
Tata Tigor Driving Dynamics
In terms of driving, the Tata Tigor ride has a very supple ride. It irons out most of the road bumps and it does a fairly good job. The handling too, is one of the best in its segment. Push it around a bend and the hatchback does a good job. The steering wheel is light and still has good enough feedback. This is what makes it stand out.
The fuel tank capacity of the Tata Tigor is 35 litres, which will be sufficient for long road trips as well. The ride quality of this vehicle is good and what stands is its handling. It is a good mix of ride quality and handling characteristics. The ABS on offer comes with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), corner stability control (CSC) for enhanced braking efficiency.
Tata Tigor Braking & Safety
In terms of the braking, the Tata Tiago comes with disc brakes on the front wheels and drum units at the rear and this fitting is standard across all the variants. However, only the top-end variants – XZ (both petrol and diesel) and XZA, get the addition of ABS along with EBD and corner stability control. Moreover, dual airbags are added as a standard feature across all the variants, including the base XB trims.
Tata Tigor On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,58,334 to 8,43,218 for variants Tigor XE Petrol and Tigor XZ O Diesel respectively. Tata Tigor is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Tata Tigor variants price in Bangalore. Check for Tigor price in Bangalore at Carzprice.
Tata Tigor Final Thought
What’s clear is that the Tigor is not just a Tiago with a boot. It’s got a different vibe and that’s all thanks to the way it looks. It is an attractive car and has a certain visual appeal that the typical compact sedan doesn’t have. In a sense, the Tigor will attract buyers to whom design and style get priority over practicality. That’s not to say the Tigor isn’t practical. Much to the contrary, it’s got a well thought-out cabin, ample interior space and a large and useable boot. At the same time, top-spec Tigor’s also address modern day requirements for connectivity and features.
Where the Tigor could have been better is under the bonnet. Both the petrol and the diesel engine could have done with more power. In fact, given the good ride and handling package, the powertrain is the sole area where the Tigor feels a notch down to the existing compact sedans. But here’s the thing. The Tigor will come in under the Tata Zest, which by extension means it will be priced significantly lower than compact sedans like the Maruti Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Ford Figo Aspire and Volkswagen Ameo. Tata is said to be looking at an aggressive price tag for the Tigor with prices likely to range from Rs 4 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base petrol to Rs 6.5 lakh for the top-spec diesel. And that means the Tigor could sit in a sweet spot in the market with no direct rivals.