Tata Tigor Overview
Tata, who has been the pioneer of the sub-four metre segment in India, had built their all-new compact sedan on the Tiago platform. Called the Tigor, it was introduced in the Indian market in 2015 and is now due for an update. The Tigor facelift will be launched on 10 October and will get revised design.The new Tigor will continue with the same body shell but we can expect the grille to be a little bolder and the bumpers sculpted for more aggression. It will get projector headlamps and clear-lens LED tail lamps, with the latter being s segment first. A new alloy design will be certainly welcome.
Inside, the cabin layout and the dashboard will remain the same and you can expect the infotainment touchscreen system to be revised with features like Android Auto and Apple Car play along with MirrorLink. It will continue to get the power windows, power steering, air conditioning, electric mirrors and all the existing features along with a couple of probable additions.Under the hood, expect the Tigor to continue with the same set of engines – the 1.05 litre diesel and the 1.2-litre petrol. The engines should be offered with both manual as well as AMT gearbox options to cater to the ever increasing popularity of automatics.
Tata Tigor 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 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.
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 Motors has offered some of the best audio systems in recent times thanks to its collaboration with JBL, and the Tigor benefits from the same. Sound quality on this XZ variant with four speakers and four tweeter setup is excellent. The steering features the same controls as the Tiago and you can control music and volume and even take phone calls. The colour touchscreen gets a slightly tweaked interface as compared to the Zest and the Tigor also gets Android connectivity through a dedicated app that can be downloaded from Google’s Play store for free.
There’s GPS navigation via smartphones as well, and once you download the navigation app (bundled with Tata’s ConnectNext app suite), you caauthorise up to four devices for navigation. The car also gets a service app to manage service schedules and history, an emergency app that sends out critical details in the event of a crash, a Juke-car app to control and share music, along with a visual guide to help understand various functions in the car. The Tigor also gets dual tripmeters, current and average efficiency details, distance to empty readout and a new digital gear indicator that also tells you when to shift up or down.
The Tigor does not get the usual boot release lever placed under the driver’s seat, but gets a release button on the centre console. However, the release button works only when ignition is on, which means you cannot open the boot if the ignition is off but the key is still in the ignition slot. There is no external release button, and you can open the boot from the outside by either inserting the key into the slot on the boot or by pressing the light button on the key fob. The XZ variant also features rear parking sensors and a reverse camera.
Tata Tigor Gearbox
The Tigor will be available with the same diesel and petrol motors that power the Tiago, and both motors will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission. As of the now, the petrol version will not get an AMT gearbox option which is available on the Tiago. Let’s talk about the diesel Revotorq engine first. This is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel mill that makes 70bhp and 140Nm of torque. On firing the engine, the diesel clatter can be heard within the cabin and some of the vibrations filter through to the pedals too. to know more details on Tata Tigor check Resultmag
Off the mark, the diesel Tigor builds up pace in a linear manner and there’s hardly any turbo lag. It’s not exactly quick but there’s a mild surge at 1,900rpm till about 3,200rpm which helps the progression in speed. However, the narrow range means that you need to keep working the gearbox at times to derive the best out of this engine, especially for a quick overtake. One also needs to note that the engine gets louder when revved hard. This five-speed gearbox shifts with decent accuracy along a slightly rubbery gate but the throws are long and they sometimes don’t shift appropriately while slotting in a hurry.
This brings us to the all-aluminium three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 85bhp and 114Nm of torque. This motor has undergone tweaks to improve the refinement and it shows immediately. However, if you keep the throttle depressed, the engine noise makes its presence felt but it doesn’t sound coarse. This is especially pronounced when you rev it to overtake or carry out a performance oriented manoeuvre. However, after driving the diesel Tigor, the petrol version felt a lot more eager and the build-up of momentum is quite linear all the way to the 6400rpm red line. This motor also has enough grunt for some adequate highway cruising abilities too.
The five-speed gearbox on the petrol Tigor has long throws which feels far from precise. But thanks to the slightly lighter clutch (than diesel), the entire shifting process is easier. There are two drive modes on offer, namely Eco and City. The outcome of these modes are more pronounced in the petrol than in the diesel. When you start either of the engines, the City mode is activated by default, however on choosing Eco mode, the system slightly reduces the response from the engine to make way for more efficiency. Nevertheless, we felt that out on the highway, it makes sense to slot in City mode for some extra mid-range punch especially while overtaking.
Tata Tigor Driving
The ride quality in the Tigor at slow speeds is on the firmer side and you can experience some vertical movement within the cabin. But it always feels strong enough to take on our diverse road conditions. As the speeds pick up, the suspension silently goes about dampening large undulations and harsh bumps with ease thanks to the long travel and damping characteristics of the set-up. Straight-line stability is good too and the car exhibits the kind of composure which is unseen in cars in this segment. Despite the Tigor’s ability to maintain a reasonable line around corners with some roll, it’s the steering that lets it down since there’s a tendency for it to feel vague around the dead centre. Plus, there isn’t much feedback coming in from the front wheels either. On the contrary, the brakes do a fairly good job of stopping this compact sedan even in hard braking conditions.
Tata Tigor Safety
In terms of safety, Tata Tigor features dual front airbags, engine immobilizer, ABS with EBD, speed-sensitive door locks, central lock with auto-lock feature, corner stability control and park assist with camera, among others.
Tata Tigor Cost in Bangalore
Tata Tigor On Road Price is 6,64,581/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,45,865/- in Bangalore. Tata Tigor comes in 6 colours, namely Copper Dazle,Striker Blue,Platinum Silver,Expresso Brown,Berry Red,Pearlscent White. Tata Tigor comes with FWD with 1199 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 84 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 114 Nm@3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Tigor comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Tata Tigor price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.
Tata Tigor Final Thought
Tata’s Tigor has a lot going for it. Things like the attractive overall design with a premium feel, the spacious cabin with comfortable seating for four, is feature rich, has adequate performance from both engines, and has got a pliant ride with composed road manners at higher speeds. On the flipside, the seats can be too soft for long journeys, performance from the diesel motor could have been better, and the slow speed ride is stiff. Also, the gearbox has long throws, the steering feels vague and the visibility out of the rear windscreen isn’t great. That said, opting for the variant with a rear view camera should sort it out.
Now, the Tigor doesn’t really have a segment to fall under and should sit below compact-sedans like the Maruti Swift Dzire and the Hyundai Xcent. Which is ideally the space occupied by large hatchbacks like the Maruti Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10. Though it seems obvious by now that the Tigor plays the value-for-money card, it also benefits from a spacious cabin and practicality from the extra boot space. We expect the Tigor to be priced dearer than the Tiago by Rs 60,000 across variants which will make it yet another success story from the Tata stable.