DZIRE V TIGOR
We pit Tata's newest against Maruti's latest in a battle of compact sedan supremacy
SSOME THINGS happen only in India. Take the compact sedan. No where else in the world is a class of vehicles defined by an overall length of less than four metres. The initial years saw some bizarrely styled cars where manufacturers would simply slap on some extra sheet metal on the backside of a hatchback and voila, you would be offered a compact sedan at the showroom. Like all things however, this too has evolved and the two cars we have here, represent the sharp end of this segment. On the one hand, we have the newest generation of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, successor to the king of the segment. On the other, we have the Tata Tigor, Tata Motors' latest stab at this segment and successor to the Indigo CS, the car that birthed this genre. So how does Tata's newest baby battle the king of the segment?
If looks could kill…
Neither are sharp enough to be the assassin's blade really. Having said that, they aren't poor to look at either. The Dzire's stance is wide and squat with a width of 1735mm and height of 1515mm while the Tigor is narrower and taller at 1677mm wide and 1537mm tall. Parked next to each other, both the Tata Tigor Styleback – that's what Tata is calling this notchback design – and the Maruti Suzuki Dzire look a far cry from the cut/paste jobs of the past. In fact, the Tigor's boot has been integrated even better with the pseudo-notchback design and no longer looks like an ugly stub on the backside of an otherwise well-balanced hatchback.
Subtle touches like the air-con vents matching the colour of the exterior and the neat dash layout of the Tigor feel very nice. The primary colour chosen is a dark grey that doesn't really enhance the feel of airiness inside but will be far easier to maintain in the long run. The quality of materials too has improved over what we have seen in Tata Motors' vehicles in the past and I, for one, wouldn't mind spending time in the Tigor's cabin. The seats offer a good amount of all-round support but the cushioning is a tad too soft and I suspect on a long drive they might sag. Last but not the least, despite