Tata Ti­ago

This hatch­back keeps im­press­ing us

Evo India - - MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO - Anirud­dha Rangnekar (@anirud­dha_ar)

IIT’S BEEN ABOUT ABOUT six months since the Tata Ti­ago en­tered our longterm fleet, while the oth­ers pre­ferred not to use it much since it runs on petrol, I have got the chance to do a few Mum­bai-Pune runs over the past few weeks. The big­gest new ad­di­tion to the Ti­ago is Tata’s all-new, al­la­lu­minium, 1.2-litre, three-cylin­der Revotron en­gine, which made its de­but when it was launched in April last year. Fire up the mo­tor and it’s quite smooth. It doesn’t rock on its mounts like a typ­i­cal three-cylin­der unit and it’s quiet too, point­ing out to the gen­er­ous amounts of sound­dead­en­ing ma­te­rial used. My only is­sue is the slight hes­i­tant power de­liv­ery. The en­gine has flat spots and a ten­dency to be a bit hes­i­tant at low speeds. It’s most pro­nounced when the en­gine is cold. Once it’s up to op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­ture, the Revotron im­proves, but the jerk­i­ness at lows speeds doesn’t com­pletely go away. On the high­way, the Ti­ago doesn’t feel un­der­pow­ered as long as you aren’t in a hurry to get some­where. But on de­mand, you can work the slick gear­box to get a move on.

The ex­press­way con­nect­ing Mum­bai and Pune high­lighted the Ti­ago’s big­gest strength – that planted, big-car feel which other small cars sim­ply can’t match, with the sus­pen­sion of­fer­ing a com­fort­able low speed ride, while stiff­en­ing up nicely, with­out be­ing un­com­fort­able once the speed goes up. The bal­ance be­tween ride and han­dling is just right, with the car prov­ing to be pretty fun to drive around the twisties. The Ti­ago is also ef­fort­less to drive with its light clutch and steer­ing.

The in­te­rior qual­ity is where Tata has worked hard­est on this car and where it sees the most marked im­prove­ment over pre­vi­ous Tata cars. The Ti­ago has a top-qual­ity cabin. It may be a bud­get car, but it feels any­thing but built on a bud­get. For­get sim­i­larly priced ri­vals like the Maruti Cele­rio and Hyundai Grand i10, the Ti­ago feels more pre­mium than even pricier cars like the Honda Brio and Toy­ota Liva. The smart seat fab­rics, well-tex­tured dash­board and top notch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem are some of the qual­ity bits that be­long to far more ex­pen­sive cars. The wellfin­ished wheel is great to grip and all the but­tons / switches have a qual­ity feel to them.

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