We pit Tata's new­est against Maruti's lat­est in a bat­tle of com­pact sedan supremacy

Evo India - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy: Gau­rav S Thom­bre

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.

Inside job

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

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