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Tata Tiago Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Tata Tiago Overview

The Tiago is the best seller for Tata Motors and if it continues its growth this way, it may be beat the Kwid and Eon, in sales for the entire year. While Tata was struggling to establish its earlier brands, it seems the Tiago is making up for it. We have always maintained that the Tiago is a fine car, which is also well-built and deserves to sell well. The effort gone into making this hatchback shows. Also the excellent pricing of the car, not to mention the features package has caught up well with customers, who see good value in this car.The

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Tiago has also replaced the Maruti Ciaz as the 10th best selling car in the country, overall, last fiscal. The Tiago sold 78,829 units in the FY 2017-18 and it contributes to over 38 per cent of the total sales of Tata Motors. No mean feat for this hatchback and for Tata, especially to overcome their past baggage. In recent times, it has helped Tata consolidate its position in the Indian automotive market. The hatchback is also a critically acclaimed one and has set new benchmarks in the segment. It aggressive pricing is also a reason for its success, part from the package it is. Test drive for Tata Tiago.

The 2018 Tata Tiago is on the cards and this model year will get some upgrades. It will not exactly be a facelift, as the Tiago is relatively new in its product life cycle. However, it will get certain enhancements like new body colours and some upgrades to the interiors like seat fabrics and a couple of new features. The 2018 Tata Tiago will also be priced as aggressively priced as the current one. There will be no change in the pricing of the Tiago, as Tata want to grow their market share with the Tiago. The 2018 edition will add some freshness to the car and offer something new to customers, to differentiate it from the existing model.

Tata Tiago Exterior & Style

The Tiago bears no resemblance to any other Tata product, which in our books, is a very good thing to begin with. The Bolt and the Vista were plagued by the ‘Indica lookalike’ tag which didn’t go down well with the masses. The hatchback follows Tata’s ‘Impact’ philosophy, just like it’s elder siblings, the Zest and the Bolt. It looks fresh, contemporary and modern. It is amongst the widest cars in the segment at 1647mm, second to only the Grand i10. It has a shorter wheelbase than the Celerio, in spite of being a full 146mm longer. However, it is the heaviest car in the segment by a considerable margin.

The front profile is home to a pair of swept back, smoked headlamps. Joining the headlamps is a curved strip of chrome that Tata calls the ‘humanity line’.The grille harbours a three-dimensional Tata logo and hexagon detailing that become smaller as they spread out towards the headlamps. The air dam is sleek and is peppered with some more hexagons. The fog lamps are placed at either end of the air dam and get a chrome surround as well. The subtle creases on the bumper complement the ones on the bonnet, thereby lending the Tiago a confident face

We particularly like the sharp character line that runs across the side of the car and finishes into the wrap around tail lamp. As is the norm in the segment, the Tiago gets blacked out B-pillars and indicators on the wing mirror as well.The side shows off the low-slung stance of the car beautifully, with the 14-inch alloys filling the wheel well. However, the design of the alloy itself is a bit of a letdown. In comparison, the diamond cut wheels on the Grand i10 look truly a class above.The rear profile is clean and minimalistic. The almond-shaped tail lamps and the faint character lines connecting the two look really classy. It also gets an integrated spoiler that houses a high mounted stop lamp.

However, the things that drew our attention remain the gloss black spoiler spats that are placed on either end of the integrated spoiler. Tata says that it not only looks cool but also aids aerodynamics. The matte-black finish around the number plate area helps break the monotony of colour at the rear. Notably, the exhaust is neatly tucked away from view. Boot space stands at 240-litres, which is on par with the Celerio for all practical purposes and is slightly smaller than that of the Grand i10.We will go out on a limb and say that the Tiago is the best designed Tata till date. The proportions, the sharp lines and attention to detail are praiseworthy.

Tata Tiago Interior & Space

The cabin is the biggest surprise on the Tiago. It’s well designed and spacious as it rightfully should be, but what bowls you over is how well finished it is too.Tata has really upped its game in this department and has gone the whole hog to make the cabin look and feel more special than some premium hatchbacks. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into everything right from the choice of seat fabric to the rich knitted roof lining. The plastics are also of a high standard and, in fact, the textured finish on the dash top is something you won’t find even on some more expensive cars like the new Maruti Baleno. The silver shroud around the instruments is the only bit that looks tacky. Drivers will, however, like the meaty steering wheel (shared with the Zest and Bolt), chunky column stalks and good all-round visibility afforded by the large windows and low dashboard.

The two-tone dash may not be radical in layout (the body-coloured side air vents are optional) but it does look smart and positions the important controls for easy access. As with all new Tatas, there’s a lot to talk about the Tiago’s Harman-developed infotainment system. For one, sound quality from the four-speaker and four-tweeter set-up is really impressive. There’s no touchscreen here but the system does offer aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and telephone functions. Additionally, the system can be synced to a phone to display and readout turn-by-turn navigation instructions. There’s also the unique Juke Car app that allows each passenger in the car to add songs from their device (via mobile hotspot) to a playlist on the phone paired with the audio player. So, no quarrelling over music on long journeys!Check for Tata Tiago in planetm.co.in   

What could be a sticky issue is the air conditioning. The air-con vents feel solid to operate but have limited reach, the blower is loud and the knobs feel a bit too mechanical in operation. The bigger concern is that the aircon didn’t cool the cabin quickly or effectively.On the plus side, Tata has responded to feedback on the insufficient storage in the Bolt by giving the Tiago lots of space for small items. There’s a bottle holder on each door (albeit good for slim 0.5-litre bottles only), two cupholders near the gear lever, a shelf at the driver’s end of the dashboard and a bay to hold mobile phones at the base of the centre console. What’s more, the glovebox is cooled and features a dedicated recess to hold tablet devices. The glovebox’s soft release via a neatly integrated button on the dash is a superb touch. Also worth a mention is that the driver’s footwell is spacious and there’s a dedicated dead pedal too.

Up front, occupants get a good sense of space and seat comfort is good though some may find the seat base a tad short. The last bit is a departure from other Tata cars whose front seats offer almost excessive thigh support. Rear seat passengers have it quite nice. There’s a good deal of space, the large windows let in plenty of light and the seat is well cushioned. The single-piece rear seat backrest can also be folded forward to free up more luggage room though the 240-litre boot can hold plenty as is.

Tata Tiago Engine & Performance

The New Tata Tiago 2018 will come in petrol as well as diesel engine options. Thses will be the same offered currently. There will be no change to the engines or transmissions. A five-speed manual transmission does duty on bothe these engines. The petrol Tata Tiago 2018 will have an AMT also, but the diesel will be offered only with a manual gearbox. The performance of both these engines is decent and offer a good mix of city and highway driving. The petrol engine on the 2018 Tata Tiago will be more refined. It will offer good fuel efficiency as well. The calibration of the AMT is also expected to be improved.

quickly and performance is adequate and no more. The feeling is that you always have to work the engine to bring out its best; a tall third gear only makes this more evident in slow moving city traffic. In stop-go traffic, you’ll also notice power delivery to be jerky. You can sense the fuel cut off the moment you lift off the throttle. The clutch is light, but not very progressive, and the gearbox also requires effort to slot in at times. Refinement levels are fair at low revs though the thrum from the three-cylinder engine can get intrusive, especially at the 3,000rpm mark when a bit of resonance filters into the cabin.

There’s also a bit of a judder just after you engage the clutch and floor the throttle.To be honest, it’s the three-cylinder Revotorq turbo-diesel engine that seems a lot nicer. This 1.05-litre engine is actually a downsized (and thoroughly modernised) version of the Indica’s 1405cc, four-cylinder diesel unit. The block is cast iron while the aluminium head houses twin cams and four valves per cylinder. The engine’s 69bhp at 4,000rpm and 14.27kgm from 1,800-3,000rpm make it far more powerful than the Celerio’s two-cylinder diesel unit.

Start the engine and there’s no escaping this is a small displacement three-cylinder motor. There are vibrations but it’s not all that bad. The engine also takes time to wake up but builds speed reasonably well from about 1,500rpm though the real power comes in only post 1,800rpm. Thereon, the engine pulls sufficiently but again it doesn’t feel particularly peppy. That’s to say it gets the job done but doesn’t excite in the least. The powerband is narrow and by 3,500rpm you know the engine is done with its best. At this point, the engine also gets noisy with a rough roar for a note and this gives even less reason to rev it to 4,000rpm and beyond. Drivers will find the clutch light but snappy (more so than the petrol) in the way it engages. The gearbox too is not as crisp as the competitions’.

Tata Tiago Driving Dynamics

The Tata Tiago has an impressive ride quality. This will continue to be one of its highlight in the 2018 edition too. It will run well on bad roads and provide high levels of comfort for its segment. The handling will also be good. The steering will be light and will be easy to maneuver the car in the city. The 2018 Tata Tiago will also be a good car to drive on the highway. It has good composure and remains steady at high speeds too.Where the Tiago claws back points is in ride and handling. There is an underlying firmness to the ride and vertical movements are sharper than what you’d get on the Bolt but the Tiago’s175/65 R14 tyres still round off the potholes very well and also nice is the way the Tiago handles corners thanks to the excellent grip offered by the Goodyear tyres.Straight line stability is big car good too and it’s hard to unsettle the Tiago. The steering feel has a nice amount of heft which is reassuring, especially at highway speeds but unlike in the Bolt or Zest, it’s devoid of feel and feels vague around the straight ahead position.

Tata Tiago Braking & Safety

The Tiago gets an energy-absorbing body structure that will bear the brunt of a crash without transferring much of it to the cabin. It also gets dual front airbags along with ABS and EBD. While the airbags can be opted for in every variant barring the base, ABS remains exclusive to the top-spec Tiago.

Tata Tiago Cost in Pune

Tata Tiago On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 3,78,050 to 6,80,711 for variants Tiago Revotron XB and Tiago Revotorq XZ respectively. Tata Tiago is available in 21 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Tata Tiago variants price in Pune. Check for Tiago price in Pune at Carzprice.

Tata Tiago Final Thought

Tata has clearly put its heart and soul into the Tiago and the result is very impressive. The Tiago looks attractive, comes with plenty of equipment and has a cabin that could very well belong to a more expensive car. The Tiago is also designed to tackle our imperfect roads with ease and is an easy car to handle. Unfortunately, the lacklustre engines take much away from what is otherwise a well-rounded package. However, Indian buyers might be willing to make a compromise on the driving experience in return for good fuel efficiency. The petrol Tiago (in Eco mode) gives an impressive 23.5kpl and the diesel is even more fuel-efficient. What these figures translate to in the real world remains to be seen.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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