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