Tata Indica Facelift Review & First Drive

Tata Indica Overview

The origin of Indica brand dates back to 1998, when it was first launched in India. After several facelifts and mechanical upgrades, Indica still stands tall amid competition in the small car space. With the petrol version being defunct, Indica is currently available with two diesel engines mated to the conventional five-speed manual gearbox.

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Powered by the 1.4 litre CR4 diesel engine, Indica is claimed to return 25km/l of fuel economy. Built on the XO platform, Indica shares underpinnings with some of the Tata cars including the new Tiago. In terms of looks, Indica is a bit too basic compared to new models in this space. Inside, there is comfortable space in front and rear, although it does lag behind on feature front.

Tata Indica Look

Dimensionally, Tata India eV2 measures 3.69m in length, 1.67m in width and is 1.48 m high. The exterior is simple and elegant. In two of the four variants available, the bumper is body-coloured and this lends the exterior a very smart apperance. The frontage is stylish with a smart chrome grille and radiant headlamps. The rear end has an impressive tail lamp cluster. Door rub rails, ORVMs, half-wheel covers and the chrome-plated hood make the hatchback look very enticing. The Outer Rear-View Mirrors (ORVMs) are adjustable and the control is Indica eV2 comes with 14” steel wheels and 165/65 R14-sized puncture-resistant radial tyres.

Tata Indica Comfort

The interior of Tata Indica eV2 is tastefully done and definitely impresses even in a cursory glance. Unlike other hatchbacks, it is loaded with some incredible features. The rack and pinion type steering wheel has four spokes and the instrument panel is very chic. Adding to passenger convenience are features like reading lamps, a cabin lamp that is operatable from all four doors, a lamp in the boot, a utility tray with a coin holder and a parcel shelf. The horn pad for the steering wheel, moulded roof lining, internal antenna and the door trims are other likeable features of this hatch. The dashboard is the same heritage Indica type and the music system is also the unchanged one with bluetooth connectivity and an aux-in port. Check for Tata Indica  in bigintmedia

Tata Indica eV2 can accommodate five passengers and the comfortable seating is lined with soft fabric. The Air Conditioning unit is very effective and makes the ride very comfortable. The electronic instrument cluster has a digital odometer, 2 trip meters with light intensity control, a tachometer and a digital clock. The painted floor Console comes with the provision for Mobile Charger / Cigarette Lighter. The boot space of 220 L is adequate and adds to the convenience value of this car.

Tata Indica Gearbox

The Indica is only offered in two diesel models, (petrol has been discontinued) the CR4 and V2 with the latter being a BS3 model. We drove the BS4 CR4 model. The car uses a similar block as before but with a 16 valve DOHC and common-rail system. Power is similar as before (70PS@4000rpm) while torque has increased from 135Nm to 140Nm produced between 1800-3000rpm. Turbo lag has reduced slightly and makes it easier to drive around town. A new F-shift 5-speed gearbox offers easier shifts but isn’t precise. The clutch has also been updated and is now lighter. Apply car loan for Tata Indica.

The suspension gets a few tweaks and this helps improve ride quality. Over bumpy and undulated surfaces, the ride was impressive, overall suspension noise has also reduced. Ride quality is the car’s biggest USP. The steering feel is same and is a bit vague at higher speeds. The brakes though haven’t improved and feel spongy with a long travel. Plus there is no ABS even as an option.

Tata Indica Rideing

The suspension system of Tata Indica eV2 is an independent, wishbone, MacPherson Strut type for the front axle. The rear axle has an independent, semi?trailling arm type suspension with coil spring. The car comes equipped with hydraulic shock absorbers. The small turning radius of 4.9 m makes Indica eV2 extremely maneuverable. The steering wheel seems amorphous at times and there is some body roll experienced.

Tata Indica Safety

Safety features such as keyless entry with central locking, child safety lock on rear doors, high mounted stop lamp, collapsing steering; 3 point ELR seatbelts for front seat passengers and engine immobilizer are equipped in the hatchback. Elements like rear chrome garnish, side blinkers on ORVMs, clear lens headlamps, chrome finished grille, body coloured door handles style the exterior. Cabin sports dual tone colour theme, silver accent on console and gear knob tip and tachometer.

Tata Indica Price in Bangalore

Tata Indica On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,90,838 to 6,57,677 for variants Indica LS BS IV and Indica LX BS IV respectively. Tata Indica is available in 2 variants and 4 colours. Below are details of Tata Indica variants price in Bangalore. Check for Indica price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Tata Indica Bottomline

Tata Indica eV2 is a smart city car with a stupendous fuel?efficiency. Priced between 3.99 L and 4.88 L, it has set the hatchback segment abuzz. It is very conveniently designed and the feature line?up is ideal for a small car that keeps you moving in the city. Tata Motors is a very renowned automobile manufacturer and enjoys a grand reputation in India. The well?spread Tata dealership nexus is a high point and the after?sales service is incredible too. This little hatchback is like an old wine in a new bottle. Not much has been changed about the looks though some touch of style is seen in the new bumper, the revamped headlights and in the chrome strip on Indica’s derri?re. The side profile is inherited from its predecessors. The interior elements lack finesse and quality and Tata should look into the same. For the tasteful lot, it can be quite a turn?off. The petrol version of Indica has been discontinued and in its present form, Indica eV2 comes with a 1.4 l, 16?valved, Common Rail Direct Injection type Diesel engine with a capacity of 1396 cc. The torque yield has increased and turbo lag is greatly reduced. This coupled with a very small turning radius of 4.9 m, makes it a very convenient city car. The clutch is more refined but the gear shifts could have been much better. The ride quality is superior and that is attributed to its refurnished suspension system. The brakes, however, feel spongy and the near absence of safety features pinches hard. For those who are on the lookout for a simply designed, extremely fuel?efficient city car, Indica eV2 is a hero!

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.

Tata Tiago Engine & Gearbox

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. Check for Tata Car Model Price in CarzPrice

Tata Tiago Look

Being based on the Tata Tiago the Tiago Aktiv looks just like the regular model, bit of muscular and sportier with the added accessories albeit. Among the additional accessories the Tiago Aktiv sports thick black plastic cladding at the front bumper, splitter with faux silver at the front fascia. With the additional cladding at the lower front fascia the car looks sporty and muscular at the front profile; while at the side profile the car features sporty looking blade shaped alloy wheels, metallic inserts at the running boards, roof rails, glossy black wing mirror caps. The rear profile also received sporty features which come in form of rear splitters. The rear would also get a sharp roof spoiler which will not only enhance the appeal of the car but will also make the crossover look very much sporty.

Apart from these accessories, the car will come with the same Tiago features like sharp headlamp clusters which are joined by a piano black finished smiling grille with honeycomb pattern, slated air intake at the front, while the side profile bears the blackened glass area with the waistline running upward toward the rear. Dimensionally the Tiago Aktiv will retain the same length, width, height and wheelbase.

Tata Tiago Space

The interior theme of the Tiago mimics that of its elder siblings, the Zest and the Bolt. Tata has spent a lot of time maximising cabin space and improving the quality — it does show.Amongst the first things you notice when you enter the cabin is the soothing black-grey theme that envelopes the dash. Tata tells us they have bid goodbye to beige for good, and we’re glad! The colour combo not only looks pleasing, but is easier to keep clean as well.The quality of plastics used in the interiors, especially on the top half of the dash is very, very good. There’s a dab of piano black on the centre console and on the surrounds of the side AC vents amongst other places. Tata says the side AC vents can be colour coordinated to the exteriors, which we think is a pretty cool touchA familiar Tata steering greets you as you get into the driver’s seat. The unit is chunky, feels good to hold, and gets controls for the audio and telephony. The wheel is fairly thick at the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position that lets one get a firm grip. The steering can be adjusted for tilt.The two-pod instrument cluster looks like a downsized version of the one on the Bolt. A multi-information display (MID) sits in the centre with the pods housing the tachometer and the speedometer respectively. The MID can be used to cycle through information like time, trip distance, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption and distance-to-empty. The tachometer has a cool trick up its sleeve — the needle turns red as you reach the redline!

The hexagonal theme continues on the inside too with the centre console. It houses a pair of AC vents and the Harman developed music system. The music system is coupled to 8-speakers and the output is fantastic, to say the least. The music system is easily the best we’ve heard in a budget hatch. The system can also double up as navigation when paired with a smartphone. By downloading the ‘Turn by Turn Navigation’ app, the system shows driving directions on the LCD screen. Another cool addition is the Juke car app, that creates a WiFi hotspot to which 10 phones can connect simultaneously. This can be used to stream music. Both the apps are unheard of in this segment.The controls for the air-conditioner sit below the centre console. There’s no automatic climate control, but, to be fair, none of its rivals has it either. Unlike the Grand i10, there are no rear AC vents. That said, performance from the AC is acceptable.The front seats are well contoured and offer a decent amount of support. Headrests aren’t the integrated kind thankfully, like in the Celerio or the Grand i10. People with larger builds might have a small issue with under thigh support, and find the footwell to be a tad cramped. This apart, the front bench is a nice place to be. The driver’s seat gets a healthy range for height adjustment too, which, coupled with the rake-adjustable steering makes it easy to get into a comfortable driving position.

The rear bench is best suited for two people. Accommodating three people, although possible, isn’t recommended. Shoulder room is just about enough with two and non-existent with three. The leg space is generous by small car standards and the Tiago comes a close second to the Grand i10. The backs of the front seats are scooped out to liberate some more space for the knees.You’ll find a total of 22 cubbyholes around the cabin. There’s plenty of storage space around the gear lever and it gets pockets on all four doors to store water bottles. The glovebox is deep and gets a chilling function too, just like the Grand i10. There are also little thoughtful touches like a small hook on the lower half of the dashboard, that can hold up to 2 kilos of groceries.The Tiago features one of the best-appointed interiors in the segment. The fit, finish and build quality is now in the league of the segment leader, the Grand i10. Segment firsts such as the 8-speaker Harman sound system and the associated apps round the package off nicely. Overall, it has a well-packaged interior with just the right amount of features one expects at this price point.

Tata Tiago Engine

The 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine is a grounds-up design and uses lightweight all-aluminium construction, a four valve per cylinder DOHC setup and variable cam timing for the intake. It’s an undersquare engine with bore and stroke measuring 77mm and 85.8mm respectively. Peak power is 83.8bhp (at 6,000rpm) while max torque of 11.6kgm is produced at 3,500rpm.

Respectable as the above numbers are, the petrol Tiago isn’t a very lively performer. The engine doesn’t rev particularly quickly and performance is adequate and no more. The feeling is that you always have to work the engine to bring out its best; a tall third gear only makes this more evident in slow moving city traffic. In stop-go traffic, you’ll also notice power delivery to be jerky. You can sense the fuel cut off the moment you lift off the throttle. The clutch is light, but not very progressive, and the gearbox also requires effort to slot in at times. Refinement levels are fair at low revs though the thrum from the three-cylinder engine can get intrusive, especially at the 3,000rpm mark when a bit of resonance filters into the cabin.

To be honest, it’s the three-cylinder Revotorq turbo-diesel engine that seems a lot nicer. This 1.05-litre engine is actually a downsized (and thoroughly modernised) version of the Indica’s 1405cc, four-cylinder diesel unit. The block is cast iron while the aluminium head houses twin cams and four valves per cylinder. The engine’s 69bhp at 4,000rpm and 14.27kgm from 1,800-3,000rpm make it far more powerful than the Celerio’s two-cylinder diesel unit.

Start the engine and there’s no escaping this is a small displacement three-cylinder motor. There are vibrations but it’s not all that bad. The engine also takes time to wake up but builds speed reasonably well from about 1,500rpm though the real power comes in only post 1,800rpm. Thereon, the engine pulls sufficiently but again it doesn’t feel particularly peppy. That’s to say it gets the job done but doesn’t excite in the least. The powerband is narrow and by 3,500rpm you know the engine is done with its best. At this point, the engine also gets noisy with a rough roar for a note and this gives even less reason to rev it to 4,000rpm and beyond. Drivers will find the clutch light but snappy (more so than the petrol) in the way it engages. The gearbox too is not as crisp as the competitions’.

Tata Tiago Driving

Where the Tiago claws back points is in ride and handling. There is an underlying firmness to the ride and vertical movements are sharper than what you’d get on the Bolt but the Tiago’s175/65 R14 tyres still round off the potholes very well and also nice is the way the Tiago handles corners thanks to the excellent grip offered by the Goodyear tyres.Straight line stability is big car good too and it’s hard to unsettle the Tiago. The steering feel has a nice amount of heft which is reassuring, especially at highway speeds but unlike in the Bolt or Zest, it’s devoid of feel and feels vague around the straight ahead position.It must be noted that the suspension set-up is better on the petrol Tiago. The diesel Tiago which an engine that weighs 20kg more uses stiffer front springs and dampers, which affects the ride. It’s not as pliant as the petrol, feels more nose heavy and you can feel a bit of road shock filtering through the steering column. Check for Tata car dealers in India 

Tata Tiago 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

Tata Tiago Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,33,678/- (Tiago Revotron XB) to 5,86,437/- (Tiago Revotorq XZ). Get best offers for Tata Tiago from Tata Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Tiago price in Hyderabad

Tata Tiago Verdict

Based on the Tata Tiago price, the car has a good range of features on offer. It is extremely efficient but powerful too, something that most of its competitors are low on. Even the AMT gearbox unit is smooth to drive and does not get any hiccups along the way. Moreover, the car ranks high on fuel efficiency and will save you loads on fuel bills, for sure. Even the automatic transmission variant is equally efficient as the manual, something that is not very common among contemporary cars