Tata Tiago Overview
Before we start, let us just wind the clock back a little bit. The day is December 31, 1998, and Tata Motors has just launched the first real Indian-designed and built passenger car, the Indica. And although most people in the country might not really consider it to be an important car, with well over a million units sold in India and across the world, the Indica is definitely a very important car in India’s automotive history. And now, 17 years later, here is another car from the house of Tata Motors. A car that will, in principle, be an erstwhile replacement for the aging Indica. This then is the brand new Tata Tiago.
Tata Tiago Exterior & Look
The Tata Tiago design is aimed at a younger audience. That explains why the lines are flashy and the ornamentation funky and rad. It’s an attractive design that will ensure it will not be ignored. I’m particularly impressed with the front end and the way it protrudes outwards in this slight elliptical shape to provide this visual impression that the hood is longer than it actually is.The front grille has a piano black mirror finish which gives it a very premium feel. It’s a bold application of what is usually an interior finish on the exteriors of a car, especially on the front grille and it works wonderfully.
The one issue I have is with that ‘humanity’ line, which is Tata Motors’ designer Pratap Bose’s signature. The curve of that line which forms the base of the front grille reminds me too much of the Bolt and it’s not baggage I would have liked attached to this car. With the fresh start, I do believe the Tata Tiago deserved a fresh identity, not something that is already associated with the Zest/Bolt. Take note, we haven’t seen what the lower variants will look like, neither have see sampled details of what the lower variants will have as ornamentation on that front end. So details such as whether lower-end variants will get body coloured bumpers and driving lamps on that hexagonal air dam will remain undisclosed till the time of launch.
The side is also a very strong profile and immediately reminds you of Asian influences. But more than the overall profile, it’s certain details that carry the profile forward, such as the belt and shoulder line. The belt line emerging from the headlamp and the shoulder line stretching into the tail lamp give it a sense of length. The creases around the door handle shaped as a windswept arrowhead is another strong detail in that design subtle but eye catching. They also like the effect the tail lamps provide. These are the wrap-around type but at either edge they also protrude slightly outside the edge of the car, like a small ledge, lending a sense that the Tiago is also a wide car. There is some very clever design work at hand here and full marks to Bose and his team who have done some extra ordinary work.
Tata Tiago Interior & Comfort
The cabin is the biggest surprise on the Tiago. It’s well designed and spacious as it rightfully should be, but what bowls you over is how well finished it is too.Tata has really upped its game in this department and has gone the whole hog to make the cabin look and feel more special than some premium hatchbacks. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into everything right from the choice of seat fabric to the rich knitted roof lining. The plastics are also of a high standard and, in fact, the textured finish on the dash top is something you won’t find even on some more expensive cars like the new Maruti Baleno. The silver shroud around the instruments is the only bit that looks tacky. Drivers will, however, like the meaty steering wheel (shared with the Zest and Bolt), chunky column stalks and good all-round visibility afforded by the large windows and low dashboard.View offers on Tata Tiago in Pune at Autozhop.
The two-tone dash may not be radical in layout (the body-coloured side air vents are optional) but it does look smart and positions the important controls for easy access. As with all new Tatas, there’s a lot to talk about the Tiago’s Harman-developed infotainment system. For one, sound quality from the four-speaker and four-tweeter set-up is really impressive. There’s no touchscreen here but the system does offer aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and telephone functions. Additionally, the system can be synced to a phone to display and readout turn-by-turn navigation instructions. There’s also the unique Juke Car app that allows each passenger in the car to add songs from their device (via mobile hotspot) to a playlist on the phone paired with the audio player. So, no quarrelling over music on long journeys! What could be a sticky issue is the air conditioning. The air-con vents feel solid to operate but have limited reach, the blower is loud and the knobs feel a bit too mechanical in operation.
The bigger concern is that the aircon didn’t cool the cabin quickly or effectively.On the plus side, Tata has responded to feedback on the insufficient storage in the Bolt by giving the Tiago lots of space for small items. There’s a bottle holder on each door (albeit good for slim 0.5-litre bottles only), two cupholders near the gear lever, a shelf at the driver’s end of the dashboard and a bay to hold mobile phones at the base of the centre console. What’s more, the glovebox is cooled and features a dedicated recess to hold tablet devices. The glovebox’s soft release via a neatly integrated button on the dash is a superb touch. Also worth a mention is that the driver’s footwell is spacious and there’s a dedicated dead pedal too.
Up front, occupants get a good sense of space and seat comfort is good though some may find the seat base a tad short. The last bit is a departure from other Tata cars whose front seats offer almost excessive thigh support. Rear seat passengers have it quite nice. There’s a good deal of space, the large windows let in plenty of light and the seat is well cushioned. The single-piece rear seat backrest can also be folded forward to free up more luggage room though the 240-litre boot can hold plenty as is.
Tata Tiago Engine & Gearbox
The Tata Tiago comes with both a petrol and diesel engines that are paired with a five speed manual gearbox. So let’s talk about the petrol first. Essentially, the 1.2-litre engine in the Tiago is a 3-cylinder unit and from the same Revotron family that you get on the Bolt but does not come with a turbocharger. Now, if refinement is what you are after, the petrol engine does disappoint quite a bit. There is a lot engine noise that creeps in especially when pushed hard and in general, it just feels very rough.For more details on Tata Tiago check Jsrr
But, it makes up for it with being raspy and rev happy. Performance isn’t great on paper or on the road (unless revved all the way to the 6000rpm redline) with 85PS and 114Nm of torque, but compared to other 1.2-litre mills in the market (with the exception of the K12 engine in some Maruti products), this one is definitely better. All said and done, Tata should really be addressing the problem of how loud and clattery and almost diesel-like this engine feels.
So let’s get to the engine that most people will actually buy. The diesel on the Tiago is a brand new 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine that makes a modest 70PS of power and 140Nm of torque. Now the trick with this engine, like with every other turbocharged motor is to keep it in the right gear at the right revs. Do so and it will reward you with acceptable performance and drivability. The engine does suffer from turbo lag though especially if you are in a higher gear and lower speeds and this does make overtaking a real task especially if like most Indian drivers, the only thing on your mind is fuel efficiency.
On the NVH front though, the diesel is still inherently noisy but is comparable to most of its peers. Now although we have not really tested this engine for fuel economy yet, we expect it to get staggering results both in ARAI test figures and in real life conditions giving it a big advantage over some of its competitors.
Tata Tiago Driving Dynamics
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.Check car losn for Tata Tiago at Fincarz.
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.
Tata Tiago Braking & Safety
Safety is also high on the cards. Tata Motors have also provided the top end Tata Tiago variant we drove with airbags for both driver and co-driver. However, they haven’t disclosed yet if this will be a standard fitment across the range or available as an option. Full details on that aspect will only be revealed at the time of launch.Tata Motors haven’t revealed how many variants will exist and what the trim level in each will be like. Expect this information either closer to or only at the time of launch. However, they did indicate that trims levels might be as many as the other models which is the Tata Bolt or Zest, so expect around five or six variants to occupy space in the brochures.
Tata Tiago Price in Pune
Tata Tiago On Road Price is 5,04,078/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,21,415/- in Pune. Tata Tiago comes in 6 colours, namely Sunburst Orange,Berry Red,Platinum Silver,Expresso Brown,Striker Blue,Pearlescent White. Tata Tiago 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 Tiago comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .
Tata Tiago Verdict
Tata has clearly put its heart and soul into the Tiago and the result is very impressive. The Tiago looks attractive, comes with plenty of equipment and has a cabin that could very well belong to a more expensive car. The Tiago is also designed to tackle our imperfect roads with ease and is an easy car to handle. Unfortunately, the lacklustre engines take much away from what is otherwise a well-rounded package. However, Indian buyers might be willing to make a compromise on the driving experience in return for good fuel efficiency. The petrol Tiago (in Eco mode) gives an impressive 23.5kpl and the diesel is even more fuel-efficient. What these figures translate to in the real world remains to be seen.
The Tata Tiago goes on sale later this month and is likely to be priced very aggressively. The base petrol model will be well under Rs 4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the diesel won’t be far off that mark either. But it’s not just promise of value for money, but the premium look and feel the Tiago offers in this segment that could make it a winner and the car that puts Tata Motors back in the race.