Tata Tiago Overview
Tata has had hatchbacks in its product portfolio from the very beginning ranging from Indica to Nano to Bolt but its absence in the mid-sized hatchback segment was quite evident. With carmakers encashing the popularity of their mid-sized hatchback models, Tata too decided to come up with a fresh product that defied the dominance of well-received options in the segment and hence Tiago was born. What might work for Tiago is the aggressive price point ranging between Rs 3.20 lakh to Rs 5.54 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). To start with, it does not look anything like we have seen before from the home grown auto maker, the hatchback looks fresh in appeal and features elements that bring it on par with arch rivals. Thankfully, for Tiago, it isn’t worked around Indica, although it does share the base floor pan with the latter, otherwise it has been developed from scratch. Interior styling is refreshing; there ins comfortable space for occupants and the finish is excellent. Even the hardware powering the hatchback is all-new. Tiago range is available in two fuel options, mated to a manual transmission. An AMT variant will also be added to the line-up either early next year or by mid-2017. It will remain unchanged aesthetically and under the hood the AMT version will get the 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine making 83bhp and 114Nm. The AMT gearbox will be the same F-Tronic unit sourced from Magentic Marelli that is equipped in Nano and Zest. Request a test drive for Tiago in Tryaldrive
Tata Tiago Exterior & Style
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 they 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 we would have liked attached to this car. With the fresh start, They 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.
Tata Tiago Interior & Space
Step into the Tiago and you are immediately greeted with a fresh and modern interior that looks as current as anything else in the market today. The dashboard gets a soft touch two tone and uniquely textured interior which when combined with the gloss black centre console looks quite upmarket for a car of this price range. If you opt for the new bright orange or red colors, you also get body colored AC vents on the far side of the dashboard, a feature that just adds a bit of spice to the insides of the Tiago.As an added bonus, Tata has also identified seven individual panels on the interior that can be taken off and painted in any color that the customer wants (at the dealer end) adding a level of customization into the Tiago that is previously unheard of in a car of this category. And even the base model variants will get the gloss black interior accent pieces which will make even the barebones version look presentable. The instrument cluster is festooned in a simple brushed silver color which combined with the crisp readouts make it look quite apt.
Coming to the seats, Tata has used an all new black fabric with black and grey inserts on the Tiago. The new seats, especially on the top of the line model look really cool with a wedge shaped top that the headrest fits in and large side bolsters that make it look sporty. Lumbar and back support in general is great but the seat bottoms are not long enough and severely lack under thigh support.The same goes with the rear seats as well. Although there is a great amount of leg space (better than competition like the Maruti Celerio) and the seat does have a good seating angle, the seat bottoms again tend to ruin the experience. Taller passengers might also be slightly inconvenienced by a structural member that does hamper head room a little. And of course, just like the Bolt, the Tiago too does not get a centre arm rest on the rear seats, the omission of which in both cars is just not acceptable in this day and age. Tata has also incorporated a new type of headliner into the car which adds to the premium look.
Tata Tiago Engine & Gearbox
It is not just the flesh that is all new, but Tiago houses newly developed engines under the hood. Petrol variants are powered by the 1.2 litre, Revotron petrol unit built from aluminium. The three cylinder, DOHC engine develops 83.8bhp at 6000rpm and 114Nm. The diesel engine on the other hand is a 1.05 litre, three cylinder Revotorq engine good for 67bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. Both the engines come with drive modes- City and Eco, this is a segment first feature, absent in arch rivals. Tiago uses a five-speed manual unit and an AMT gerabox is expected to be introduced later.
The power delivery is far better in diesel unit, contradictory to the petrol engine which seems tad sluggish especially amid traffic, even the gear shifting isn’t smooth. Whereas the diesel unit is more refined and lighter than the petrol engine. Although NVH levels need to be reduced as noise is quite evident. Both the engines come with two drive modes-City and Eco, the Eco mode offers higher fuel economy as compared to City mode. Tata had tuned the engines to deliver impressive fuel economy. Fuel economy for petrol engine is rated at 23.84 km/l as opposed to 27.28 km/l delivered by diesel variants.
Tata Tiago Ride & Handling
The Tiago is a real step up when it comes to handling. In fact, after the slightly disappointing engines, we are glad that the boffins at the Tata R&D centre have put in a bit of extra efforts to make the Tiago go around a corner far better than the likes of the Bolt. There is a bit of body roll of course, but on the whole, the Tiago feels very predictable and neutral and really does like to be thrown into a corner and takes the extra abuse without any fuss. The Tiago comes with electronic power steering, and just like the handling, it has been tuned to perform far better than the one on the Bolt even though it is essentially the same hardware. The steering wheel too is really well contoured and the grooves at the 3-o-clock and 9-o-clock position make sure that you have the perfect driving position.
Sadly though, the typical customer in this segment will appreciate ride quality a lot more than handling but Tata seems to have that covered too. Take the Tiago over a rough patch or a bump and it reacts quite well and does seem to get very unsettled. At higher speeds too the ride is more than acceptable and there is not much bouncing around when you go over an undulation. Mainly though, the vague feeling that older Indica owners are used to has almost disappeared giving the Tiago a more planted feel. The Tiago gets disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. The car we drove did have ABS and at first impressions, the Tiago’s brakes did bite well and gave a reassuring feel. On the whole, the chassis of the Tiago is certainly one that deserves praise.
Tata Tiago Safety & Security
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.
Significant safety features like anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, corner stability and dual airbags in front for driver and co-passenger are available on the top end variant of Tiago. Dual airbags are optional across range save for the base trim. Speed dependent auto door locks and follow me home head lamps are missing in base trims. Features like rear parking sensors, day & night inside rear view mirror, front fog lamps, rear defogger and rear smart wiper with wash are standard on the top-spec variant.
Tata Tiago Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore 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 Bangalore. Check for Tiago price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Tata Tiago Bottomline
The Tiago is a genuinely good product from Tata motors not because it looks good or handles well or has great interiors, but because it provides a fresh new perspective to the Tata brand in the eyes of the Indian car buyer. Yes, the engines do need a little more refinement and a little more power but if the Tiago delivers best in class fuel economy, we don’t think most Indian customers mind the slightly numb performance. So, would we recommend it? Well let’s just say that if Tata would ever want to resurrect the ‘More Car Per Car’ tagline that it used for the original Indica, the Tiago would certainly be more than worthy.