Tata Tiago Review & Test Drive

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.The Tata Tiago car is offered in both petrol as well as diesel trims, which opens up to a wide range of customers, unlike some of its competitors that have a petrol engine only. Moreover, a close look at the segment will give you an idea that both the fuel versions, the Tata Tiago diesel or petrol are much more powerful than most of its competing vehicles. Book a test drive for Tiago in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Tata Tiago Design & Style

When we first saw the Tiago enter the test drive venue and come to a stop in front of us, the only thing that proclaimed it to be a Tata product was the T-insignia on the front grille. Changes are indeed so IMPACT-full that the Tiago just doesn’t look like any other Tata car currently on offer. It is the first car to be launched under the manufacturer’s #MadeOfGreat Campaign, and also https://www.topspeed.in/cars/tata/ke3001.html first to be built on the all-new IMPACT design language. And if you ask us, the start just can’t get any better!

Upfront, the Tiago gets a smiling face, that houses a vertically stacked honey-comb grille, housing the new 3-D Tata emblem. Blacked-out halogen headlamps have been placed on both sides of the grille that impart an all-new character to the car. The front profile also gets circular fog lamps placed towards the lower bumper area, while the slim air-dam section has been seamlessly integrated with the bumper design. The front nose has a unique roundish touch to it while the front hood gets subtle crease lines which go well with the overall exterior design.

The side profile of the hatch gets a prominent crease line which starts from the rear taillamp area and finishes almost near the front wings. This characteristic line successfully lightens the overall visual bulk of the car’s side, thus making it look a lot more dynamic. The Tiago is actually based on the X1 platform, but the wheel arches now have lesser gaps. This makes the hatch appear even more planted and appealing. The rear profile of the car gets wrap around taillamps, a rear spoiler and rear windscreen wiper. A wide blacked-out area near the rear number plate housing again manages to decrease the car’s visual weight, while adding a pinch of ruggedness to its overall character.

Tata Tiago Cabin & Comfort

Enter the Tata Tiago, and you are bound to be left amazed. Earlier Tata Cars have always been accused of featuring low quality interiors, but the Tiago definitely breaks this assumption. The quality of materials used and the way all parts have been laid out is an unprecedented design in any Tata car. Designers have given the dashboard a dual-tone treatment, with the lower part adorning a beige shade, while the upper half gets a black tone. The three-spoke steering wheel is a straight lift from the Bolt/Zest siblings, and gets multi-function buttons on the top-end variant that help the driver to control the infotainment system and calling functions.

The instrument cluster gets a twin-pod design, while an MID screen is located in the middle to display all important parameters like fuel economy, trip meter, tank range and instantaneous FE. Another important design element of the dash is the centre console, that houses the advanced Harmon Kardon infotainment system. The entire console has been slightly tilted towards the driver in order to impart a driver-oriented feel to the cabin. AC Vents get a piano black surround, while the knobs and buttons on the Head Unit get subtle chrome treatment.

Move to the rear, and the sense of spaciousness leaves you in amazement. Though the Tiago gets a shorter wheelbase in comparison to the Grand i10 and Celerio, the interior space has been optimized to liberate just enough legroom. Seats too offer decent support and are well padded, but a fifth-occupant might feel uncomfortable due to the narrow bench width and lacking under-thigh support.For convenience of occupants, Tata Motors has provided 22 utility spaces inside the cabin, which help in carrying small required things with ease. The Tiago also gets 240 Litres of boot space, and gets shopping bag hooks as well. So far, this car has plenty of little inputs inside the cabin and at the bootspace to attract you toward it. The Tiago just borrows the floor pan from EV2 while every other bits and panels of the car is all new.

Tata Tiago Engine & Transmission

The Tiago and Tigor JTPs are powered by the same 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is offered in the Nexon; only in the JTPs, the mill is tuned to deliver 114 PS of peak power and 150 Nm of peak torque. Both intake and exhaust systems get performance enhancements and the five-speed manual gearbox gets a different set of ratios for taller pre-overdrive gears. Tata officials say that the JTPs are capable of doing 0-100 kmph in 10 seconds. The 1,199 cc, three-cylinder engine benefits substantially from the turbocharging and retune; it feels more refined and much more eager than the stock Tiago and Tigor’s powertrain. There is just a shade of lag, before much of the torque becomes available from about 1,800 rpm. In both the JTP models, the third gear is one of the best slots to be in with a wide power band offering seamless acceleration from a low of about 28 kmph to a high of 120 kmph. The top speed has been restricted to 160 kmph. The gearbox feels fairly crisp to shift, though there is still mild play in the gating. But, the JTP powertrain with its linear power delivery actually brings the fun factor into driving these cars, and is a reminder about how much more can be squeezed out of a small three-pot mill.

The Tigor JTP’s cabin feels quieter and more settled in the right sort of way. The tuned exhaust note — a mild roar — can still be enjoyed, but turbo whine that is a bit intrusive in the Tiago JTP is snubbed out in the compact sedan. With better suspension mounts and a 50 mm longer wheelbase, the ride in the Tigor JTP is also better. The Tiago JTP feels a bit more edgy, making me wonder if it could have been lowered just a bit more with a tad less suspension travel to make it feel more connected to the tarmac.

Tata Tiago Driving Dynamics

Finally, Tata has also included a creep function which will inch the car forward just a little when you take your foot off the brake. This is a very useful tool when you have to potter around in heavy traffic scenarios. While it would seem like a good idea to use this when you are attempting a hill start, we would advise you to use the parking brake as there is a delay between engage and disengage, which will result in the car free-rolling backwards.

Given its diminutive proportions, light steering and relatively slick gearbox, we have always found that the Manual Tiago was great fun to drive. However, to become an automatic Tata has had to trade some of this driving fun for the ease of use that is offered by a two pedal setup.The ride quality is on the stiffer side and you can hear the suspension going about its business when the bumps or ruts get really sharp. However, this is hardly a deal breaker thanks to some good spring rates and a decently tall tyre profile. At three digit speeds, the Tiago is quite stable and composed, making it good for lengthy journeys. This, in combination with automatic gearbox, should make it quite easy to eat up the kilometres.

Tata Tiago 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 Tiago Price in Chennai

Tata Tiago Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 3,29,985/- (Tiago Revotron XB) to 5,83,179/- (Tiago Revotorq XZ). Get best offers for Tata Tiago from Tata Dealers in Chennai. Check for Tiago price in Chennai at Carzprice

Tata Tiago Verdict

The Tata Tiago is positioned in between their entry level hatchback Nano and the Bolt and this is quite aggressively priced as well. The Tiago is also backed by city friendly as well as fuel efficient drivetrains but what sets it apart from the rest is the fact that it gets a newly designed exterior, newer platform for better handling, and spacious interior and offcourse a diesel engine option under its hood along with the petrol engine option as well.

The Tata Tiago may not be an exceptional looking hatchback but it surely has enough juice to keep those customers happy who are searching for an alternative other than the Celerio or the i10.In our opinion, the Tiago makes perfect sense for anyone and everyone entering this segment. The only factor that might stop people from deciding on the Tiago is the word that precedes its moniker – Tata. We just hope Tata Motors provides satisfactory after sales support from now, in order to break away with the perception of it being a poor-quality brand.

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