Tata Tigor & Ti­ago

Tata’s com­pact lit­tle hatch is joined by its stylish booted sib­ling

Evo India - - REPORT - Aniruddha Rangnekar

TATA MO­TORS HAVE pulled up their socks in the re­cent past. We’ve run the petrol and diesel Ti­ago over the last year as longter­m­ers. Both cars have run trou­ble free, de­spite be­ing used on some tough ter­rain and now we’ve just got our hands on the com­pany’s new­est of­fer­ing, the stylish new com­pact sedan, the Tigor. Based on the Ti­ago hatch, rather than just strap­ping on a boot to a Ti­ago, Tata has given the Tigor a very cool body style which the com­pany terms as Style­back. Hav­ing handed over the keys of the Ti­ago to Gau­rav a cou­ple of months back when the CLA ar­rived, I’m ac­tu­ally look­ing for­ward to my stint in the Tigor.

When I picked up the car from Tata’s show­room in Mum­bai, the first thing that struck me on my drive to Pune was the im­prove­ment

Tin ride qual­ity over the Ti­ago. It soaks up bumps and un­du­la­tions on the road with ease, it never feels un­set­tled. This is thanks to a com­bi­na­tion of the stylish look­ing 15-inch wheels and in­creased weight at the rear, giv­ing the car bet­ter bal­ance. The petrol vari­ant we’ve al­lo­cated has the same 1.2 three-cylin­der en­gine as the Ti­ago and is pretty peppy and rea­son­ably ef­fi­cient too. It’s the interiors where the Tigor scores big. The cabin styling has a pre­mium feel to it and the qual­ity of most ma­te­ri­als used is good. To get a pre­mium feel over its hatch­back sib­ling, the Tigor gets au­to­matic cli­mate con­trol air-con­di­tion­ing, which doesn’t come with its own dis­play. In­stead you get all the in­for­ma­tion on the touch-en­abled in­fo­tain­ment screen. The screen also dis­plays the re­verse cam­era, though it is quite small and hence can only be used as a ref­er­ence. A unique fea­ture of the Tigor’s in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is that you can down­load an app which makes your phone screen the in­ter­face for var­i­ous sys­tems. I haven’t yet tested it but in­tend to start us­ing it soon. How­ever, I would have also liked the sys­tem to be equipped with Ap­ple CarPlay con­nec­tiv­ity. Like the one on the Ti­ago, this too is a Har­man sourced unit and the sound qual­ity from the setup is ex­cel­lent.

Com­ing to the Ti­ago which is now Gau­rav’s daily driver and the track­ing car on most shoots we’ve been going on, it con­tin­ues to munch the kilo­me­tres with ease. I’ve al­ready praised the Ti­ago’s ride and han­dling in pre­vi­ous re­ports, but one thing that Gau­rav has ap­pre­ci­ated on his daily com­mute in heavy traf­fic is the fan­tas­tic all-round vis­i­bil­ity the lit­tle Tata of­fers. This also makes the car easy to ma­noeu­vre and squeeze through tight gaps, while also mak­ing it easy to park the car. He’s also happy with the good sup­port of­fered by the seats and nice cush­ion­ing. How­ever, the car has de­vel­oped some an­noy­ing lit­tle nig­gles. The glove box for in­stance re­fuses to stay shut, open­ing by it­self ev­ery time you hit a bump. There are few rat­tles and squeaks that have de­vel­oped in the cabin, slightly spoiling an oth­er­wise pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence. Fuel ef­fi­ciency re­mains top notch with the fig­ure rarely drop­ping be­low 15kmpl, even in the worst traf­fic con­di­tions.

Over­all, Gau­rav’s ex­pe­ri­ence with the Ti­ago so far, since he’s taken over the Ti­ago, has been a pleas­ant one and, I’m hop­ing that the Tigor con­tin­ues on the same route, mak­ing the car an even hap­pier commuter than the Ti­ago has been. ⌧



Date ac­quired Du­ra­tion of test

To­tal mileage Mileage this month Costs this month Kmpl this month

April 2017 7 months 24,342km 956km Nil


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