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Tata Tiago Overview

Tata Tiago, which was initially unveiled by Tata Motors as the Zica, is definitely the company’s best yet. Now I remember saying the same for the Aria, and the Zest. And even though at the time, the statement held true for both those cars, it rings truer today than ever before. I’m trying not to gush because this is something that I’ve been waiting for, literally for years!

Ever since I started tracking Tata Motors – first as a financial correspondent and then as a motoring journalist – I’ve been waiting for this big change, or a major turning point to come around. I’ve waited for a contemporary and modern product that is finally global and not just local in its promise and attribute. We have seen little hints of that in the past from the likes of Mahindra and Tata, but perhaps the bike makers have gone further in achieving this than the indigenous carmakers.

The company took the decision to rename the Zica as Tiago since it was uncomfortably similar to the ‘Zika’ virus that continues to spread across the world. The Tata Tiago name was chosen after a global crowd-sourcing competition called ‘#FantasticoNameHunt’ was conducted in which fans got to vote for their preferred new name from a shortlist of 3 suggestions – Tiago, Adore, and Civet.

Tata Tiago Appearance

The Tata Tiago exteriors have body-coloured bumpers and new sporty three-dimensional headlamps, and the chrome strips on the front grille give a refreshing image to it. Wide door panels are provided with body-coloured handles and body-coloured ORVMs with LED turn indicators and alloy wheels with R15 size alloy wheels have been used for this variant. The rear profile features clear lens tail lamps with a sharp design, an integrated spoiler with spats and high-mount stop lamp, enhancing the visibility of the car for the following vehicle users.

Tata Tiago Comfort

Tata Motors has taken a great leap ahead in interior quality with the Tiago. The materials used are of appreciable quality (for the segment the car is intended to be positioned in) and four average sized adults will find sufficient space inside. If you’re relatively tall, however, your head may foul with the roof and thigh support might seem lacking. The front seats are very accommodating for most body shapes.

Tiago has an impressive features list and flaunts some first-in-segment items, too. There’s a Harman infotainment system with 8 speakers that supports Aux-In, USB, and Bluetooth streaming and can be operated through steering mounted controls. The Tiago also gets a navigation system that gives turn-by-turn guidance on the screen when synced through a phone-based App (available for only Android OS currently). There’s also a special feature called Juke Car app which can pair up to ten phones to allow for one master phone to play host for playing music from any of the synced phones.Check for Tata Tiago price in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Tata Tiago Engine

Tata has gone with new powertrains on this car with both petrol and diesel going 3-cylinder. I drove the 1.2 Revetron petrol first, and it’s a bit of a noisy little thing. Being a 3-pot, that is not surprising, but it’s the kind of sound that gives you a fun feeling rather than an annoying one. Tata has consciously decided to opt for 3-cylinder engines to achieve higher mileage (figures for which Tata has not shared with us as yet) and keep prices very aggressive. Tata does have the 1.2 Revetron on the Zest and Bolt, but that’s a 4-cylinder and I was very disappointed with its performance.

That engine comes across as sluggish and lacking in power, while the reworked motor, which drops a cylinder, is surprisingly more fun. It is more responsive and gives the overall performance a much better character. The Tata Tiago isn’t as zippy as I would have liked, but it is manoeuvrable, and boasts very good ride quality. The handling is also much better than other Tata cars, and overall this car works. Tata has hinted that there will be an AMT variant that comes later in 2016, but for now I am okay with the 5-speed manual.

Okay so now I’ve switched cars, and gone from the Sunburst Orange to the Espresso Brown – also switching powertrains of course! And there is a completely different character right away. 140Nm of peak torque and it kicks in as low as 1800rpm. This is the instant differentiator between the petrol and diesel engines. Of course, petrol engines in general do deliver less torque than like diesels, but the delivery of that torque on the Tiago’s new Revotorq is good. Tata has said this will be the first of a new family of diesels we will see from it.To know more information on Tata Tiago visit Kmindia

On the Tiago, I do think the petrol comes across as more refined overall, but the 1.05 litre diesel does a little bit more. It is punchy and a little more fun. And it’s a little bit more crazy – and I like that! The engine sounds way noisier and again I don’t mind the noise as it gives the car a lot of vroom, which will stand it in good stead in this segment. The extra weight up front adds to the handling, and I will have to say that despite the raspy slightly harsh nature of the engine I do still like the diesel Tiago more than the petrol.

Tata Tiago Driving

The Tata Tiago is powerful which is evident by the top speed that it can hit. At full throttle, the car can hit a top speed of up to 150 km/hour and can do the 0-100 km/hour round in just 13 seconds, thanks to the abundant amount of power and torque on offer. The AMT unit is a delight to drive and the conversion is smooth.The performance of Tata Motors Tiago is improved with the quick responsive petrol engine with Revotron technology, and the two drive mode selection ECO and City.

The well-cushioned seats with good posture for the driver and the electric power steering with tilt adjust to assist in smooth handling of the car. The smooth-operating control pedals and the shifting of gears with AMT transmission add to the comfort of driving over high-density traffic conditions. The suspension system with McPherson struts with coil spring at the front and semi-independent suspension system with dual path strut at the rear deliver excellent comfort for the occupants.

Tata Tiago Safety

Talking of the braking system, the Tata Tiago is equipped with disc brakes and drum brakes in the front and the rear and comes as standard in all the trims. Additionally, ABS along with EBD, corner stability control, dual airbags and reverse parking sensors are offered as a standard feature across all the variants, including the base XB trims.Apply car loan for Tata Tiago at Fincarz.

Tata Tiago Price in Bangalore

Tata Tiago On Road Price is 5,16,658/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,25,753/- in Bangalore. Tata Tiago comes in 6 colours, namely Sunburst Orange,Berry Red,Platinum Silver,Expresso Brown,Striker Blue,Pearlescent White. Tata Tiago comes with FWD with 1199 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 84 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 114 Nm@3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Tiago comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Tiago Verdict

The Tata Tiago is the only car form the Tata brand which offers numerous features at a very competitive price which makes it a game changer for the brand in the automotive industry. Even the AMT gearbox unit is smooth to drive and does not get any hiccups along the way. Moreover, the car ranks high on fuel efficiency and will save you loads on fuel bills, for sure. Even the automatic transmission variant is equally efficient as the manual, something that is not very common among contemporary cars.

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