Tata Tigor Facelift Review & First Drive

Tata Tigor Overview

The Tata Tigor is a compact sedan offering by Tata Motors in India. It is powered by one petrol engine and one diesel engine. Both engines are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The compact sedan is based on the company’s Impact Design Language and the Tigor is underpinned by the Tata Tiago’s platform. Features on the higher variants include a cooled glovebox, ConnectNext infotainment system, projector headlamps, 15 inch Diamond Cut alloy wheels and automatic climate control. However, standard kit which is available in all versions of the Tata Tigor includes LED tail lamps, multi drive modes, electric power steering and dual tone interiors. Safety features offered in the Tata Tigor include dual front airbags, ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and CSC (Cornering Stability Control). The Tata Tigor is available in four variants, XE (base), XT, XZ and XZ (O), the last one being the top end trim. View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Tata Tigor Look

But what the key attraction for the Tigor is, is the way the car looks. Named as a ‘Styleback’, the Tigor essentially carries the design of a coupe wherein the roofline of the car seems to merge seamlessly into the boot without having the typical ‘kink’ that is associated with a three-box sedan design. And this helps the car in having a differentiating factor among the other compact sedans in the market. Helping its case are the LED tail lamps and the high-mounted brake light strip which runs across the length of the rear glass panel giving the car an attractive look.

From the front, the Tigor carries a big resemblance to the Tata’s hatchback offering Tiago but, unlike some other offerings in the segment, it is not identical to the hatchback on which the car is based on. The projector headlamps on the Tigor have a smoked finish and the front grille carries more detailing. A key design factor in the Tata Tigor is that the boot lid hinges do not intrude into the loading bay allowing for easier luggage loading into the fairly large 419-litre boot space.

Tata Tigor Comfort

Stepping inside and one will find familiar interior as that of Tiago hatchback. But this time around, the cabin gets black and grey treatment along with faux leather seats finished in titanium grey. The seats are knitted with roof liner. Tata has hit the right chord with another biggest change in the form of 7-inch capacitive touchscreen unit which has placed this car in the line of the contemporaries. The new infotainment is compatible with Android Auto. The system is provided by Harman with 4-speakers and 4-tweeters to groove into the music. The infotainment also supports USB, Bluetooth, Aux-In and iPod connectivity, voice command functionality and image and video playback. The reversing camera also relays feeds on to the same screen. The lower variants continue to come with the 5-inch ConnectNext infotainment system.

The car now comes with digital controls for the automatic climate control system. The air conditioner is excellent in terms of quickly cooling the cabin but is slightly loud even if run at low fan speed. The placement is also a bit odd as between the switches there is a lot of empty space which could have been used for other stuffs. The aircons located at the extreme end of the dashboard gets contrasting exterior colour which does add a sense of richness. The Tiago features cooled glovebox while the instrument cluster is the same as of Tiago housing the two silver-coloured pods featuring speedometer and tachometer. The center of the instrument gives info on distance covered, temperature, average fuel economy and trip meter.

Further, the steering wheel is identical and so is the gear stick. The car comes with 12V socket placed between the front seats and another one on the central console adjacent to USB and Aux-in ports. The door panels have fabric highlights though a little more padding could have been better. The black colour of the door panels and the grey coloured plastics feels a bit dull. In terms of stowage, there are cubby holes to put your wallet, phones or loose coins. One of the major highlights of the interiors is the rear seat. As the wheelbase is lengthier than the hatchback sibling by 50mm, the space inside especially the leg and knee room is ample. The angle of the seatback is more reclined than the Tiago with the overall experience of the seats is comfy as they extend from pillar to pillar. Moreover, they are well-cushioned and with the addition of centre armrest there is increased sense of richness and comfort. Even for the tall person there is more than average knee-room at the back which is really an impressive thing in an under 4 meter car. Headroom is also good while the seat is wide enough to absorb three reasonably sized adults.

Coming to the front seats, they are comfortable as well with the top end model giving height adjustment functionality. However, the placement of the seat is a little upwards and a tall person’s head might be touching the roof. In terms of features, one will find one of the best music systems in the car as the company has collaborated with Harman. The central console also features digital controls for FATC while image and video can also be played on the device till the speed of 5kmph. Another interesting thing in the same centre console is the placement of boot release button. The driver can release the boot by pressing the button located on the center console adjacent to the ECO driving mode switch. Though the release button comes handy, it only works when the ignition is on. And there is no pull release button so from outside you either have to press the light button on the key fob or insert the key to open the boot. The top variant also features reverse camera with rear parking sensors. Other features in the car include electrically adjustable ORVMs, interior lamps with theatre dimming and collapsible grab handles.

Tata Tigor Gearbox

Powering the Tata Tigor are two engine options, one petrol unit and one diesel motor. Both these engines have been borrowed from the Tata Tiago. The petrol engine generates 84 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The diesel unit produces 69 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm to 3,000 rpm. Both engines have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.The diesel and petrol engines of the Tata Tigor compact sedan are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The transmission has also been borrowed from the Tata Tiago and like its hatchback sibling, the Tata Tigor is available with ‘City’ and ‘Eco’ driving modes. No variant of the Tata Tigor is currently available with an automatic or AMT gearbox.

Tata has done a lot of tweaks to various components to enhance the fuel efficiency of this vehicle. The carmaker claims that the petrol engine is able to deliver 20.3kmpl while the diesel one can return 24.7kmpl, certified by ARAI. The petrol automatic gives the same mileage as that of manual, however, real world figures might be different.Rated fuel efficiency of the Tata Tigor petrol variants is 20.3 kmpl and the diesel trims have a mileage figure of 24.37 kmpl. These figures are impressive when compared to its segment.

Tata Tigor Rideing

Although the components are the same as that of Tiago, the overall suspension system has been tweaked to suit the weight and weight distribution of the sedan. And this is clearly evident when you drive the car over uneven road patches as it absorbs the bumps elegantly. It even doesn’t feel firm as the body control is quite good.A bit of difference can be seen in ride and handling as petrol variant comes with 15-inch rims with 175/60-section tyres and the diesel one features 14-inch rims with 175/65 tyres. As a result, the diesel one feels a bit stiller on highway. The petrol variant feels more keen and responsive especially at corners. The steering wheel is nicely weighted and while it does not give sharp response, the suspension adds a bit of confidence to it.

Tata Tigor Safety

While the base XE version is offered only with an engine immobiliser, the higher XT version also has ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and Tata’s Cornering Stability Control. The higher XZ and top end XZ(O) versions have dual front airbags as well. Reverse parking sensors are also available from the XT variant while the top end trim also has a reverse parking camera.

Tata Tigor Price in Hyderabad

Tata Tigor Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,70,800/- (Tigor XE Petrol) to 7,05,034/- (Tigor XZ O Diesel). Get best offers for Tata Tigor from Tata Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Tigor price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Tata Tigor Bottomline

The Tata Tigor has received a mild facelift with changes to the exterior styling and addition of new features on the inside. With these changes, the sub-compact sedan now looks better than the pre-facelift version. Tata Tigor is available in five different trims including XE, XM, XZ, XZ+ and XZA. In terms of pricing, Tata Tigor base variant XE is tagged at Rs. 5.2 lakh while its diesel trim is offered at the price range of Rs. 6.09 lakh. The mid-range variant XM is available at the price tag of Rs. 5.55 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 6.41 lakh for the diesel one. Tata Tigor’s XZ trim is tagged at Rs. 5.95 lakh and Rs. 6.84 lakh for the petrol and diesel respectively. The top of the line trim for the petrol XZ+ is available at Rs. 6.49 lakh and Rs. 7.38 lakh for the diesel. Tata Tigor’s only AMT variant available as XZA petrol is tagged at Rs. 6.65 lakh.

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