Tata Tiago Engine & Test Drive

Tata Tiago Overview

Tata Tiago is, undoubtedly, one of the best available options in the entry-level hatchback segment. It is based on the company’s new “Impact” design philosophy, which offers a driver-focussed layout with best-in-segment size and proportioned cabin-to-body ratio. The Tiago hatchback is small but agile, and it does tick all the right boxes that make the car so competitive in its segment.What makes this Tata car special is that it is extremely feature-rich, both inside out. After all, not many cars in the segment would offer you the quality, fit & finish and the urban interiors as the Tiago will. Every bit of material inside the car is of high quality. In fact, the moment you get inside, you will find it miles better than the original Indica. The Tata Tiago car is offered in both petrol as well as diesel trims, which opens up to a wide range of customers, unlike some of its competitors that have a petrol engine only. Moreover, a close look at the segment will give you an idea that both the fuel versions, the Tata Tiago diesel or petrol are much more powerful than most of its competing vehicles. For information on contact details of Tata car dealers in Mumbai


Tata Tiago 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 Cabin

The New Tata Tiago 2017 gets good quality interiors, which is such a change from earlier Tata cars. They are the best Tata has ever made. A neatly laid out dashboard and centre console is very welcoming. It has three knobs for air-con and well textured panels. The steering wheel is the same as on other Tata cars. It comes with controls for audio and bluetooth. The twin dial instrument cluster is neat too. The cabin ambience is much better than most of its competition. The New Tata Tiago 2017 looks appealing and stylish. There are body colour inserts (air-con surrounds) that makes it look trendy, especially in the orange colour.

The seats of the New Tata Tiago 2017 are quite comfortable. They are soft and could’ve been a little firm, though. The adjustable head restraints look good. The space inside is good too. From the outside it doesn’t look so spacious. This is better than most of the other vehicles in this segment. The rear seats lack thigh support, but overall it is better than the rest in this segment. The boot on the New Tata Tiago 2017 isn’t the largest at 230 litres, but it has good enough usable space for daily city drives, household chores and short weekend getaways.

Tata Tiago Performance

Tata Motors has developed two all new engines which debut on the Tiago. Both are 3-cylinder units and get multi-drive modes – City (default mode) and Eco (the Eco button is under the audio system, next to the fog light button). Performance for both the powerplants dulls down a bit in Eco mode with the motors not revving as quickly, thus to be used only when the car is on a mileage marathon. The petrol engine is called Revotron while the diesel is aptly named Revotorq and should return class leading efficiency. The 1.2-litre petrol mill is an aluminium unit with 4-valves per cylinder, DOHC and variable valve timing for the intake, so it gets the modern bits which is lacking in the other 1.2-litre Revotron engine that does duty in the Bolt and Zest.

The better hardware results in the Tata Tiago petrol having a fast revving engine which has good low-end punch, thereby enabling excellent drivability in stop-go driving conditions of the city. But push the motor in the mid-range and performance dulls a bit as the 3-pot mill has flat performance, picking up in the top-end with the motor becoming quite vocal in a nice way. In spite of the 3-cylinder layout, NVH is good as far as vibes go but sound insulation isn’t the best and there is some low-speed judder too. The problem gets highlighted once you hit the highway as one has to downshift to get overtaking done, thus this petrol mill isn’t very friendly when you are out on the open road, although it does well in the city.

The Revotron mill has a tall third gear which makes the driver downshift to second gear when driving in town, the vehicle topping out at 90 km/hr at the redline of 6300 RPM (there is no redline marking and the tacho needle turns red at 6000 RPM). The ton comes up in third while at the same speed in top gear, the motor would spin at around 2700 RPM. The gearbox although smooth to operate does require some effort at times and one can also hear the lever’s operation. The clutch is light (there is a dead pedal which is a bit raised) but not linear in the way it engages. The Revotorq motor is certainly the better of the two engines on offer and the 1.1-litre mill (or 1.05-litre) is essentially a downsized version of the 1.4-litre unit that powers the Indica. But there are a multitude of changes to modernise this oil burner, so it has an aluminium head (the block is cast iron), 4-valves per cylinder and is a DOHC unit.

Being a small capacity diesel mill with 3-cylinders, one would expect vibrations but there aren’t present, at least not on the steering or gear lever so the driver doesn’t feel any of it (thanks to the balancer shaft). But the motor is quite audible and can be heard clearly once you hit the mid-range, the diesel clatter being loud at idle but mostly outside the car. Power delivery is linear with good low-end punch as turbo lag is well contained while mid-range drops off sharply at around 3500 RPM and there is no top-end performance so it’s futile to take the vehicle to its 4750 RPM redline (the tacho needle glows red at 4000 RPM itself). The gearing is short and thus it takes 4th gear to hit the ton while doing the ton in top gear results in the tacho needle ticking in at just under 2500 RPM. Similar to the petrol, the diesel too doesn’t feel at home on the highway and one has to work the gearbox to make quick progress. The clutch is even more snappy on the diesel while the gearbox does have some rubbery feel to it.

Tata Tiago Driving

Tata Motors has always found a good balance of ride and handling for its cars and the Tiago is no different. The suspension set-up is on the stiffer side (more so on the diesel with the extra weight) but the dual-path suspension and the tuning of the shock-ups is just right, ensuring even the worst of roads are dealt without ruffling a feather. Potholes or even jumping speed-breakers doesn’t affect the Tiago much and the ride quality is better on the petrol model but not by a mile. Straight line stability is good too and the vehicle remains composed at triple digit speeds, the Goodyear Assurance tyres offering surefooted grip levels.

The Tata Tiago has good handling with body roll being well contained but just like other Tata cars (UVs not included), understeer kicks in sharply once you up the speed through a corner. The understeer mostly comes up when you are driving fast around sharp bends with 75-degree plus turns, otherwise the car can be quite fun as the steering offers good feedback although it lacks some feel at the centre. The EPAS does centre quickly, thereby reducing effort when taking u-turns or parking. The brakes perform well to stop the car in its stride, no locking up thanks to Bosch’s 9th generation ABS with EBD, there is Corner Stability Control too.

Tata Tiago Safety

In terms of the braking, the Tata Tiago comes with disc brakes on the front wheels and drum units at the rear and this fitting is standard across all the variants. However, only the top-end variants – XZ (both petrol and diesel) and XZA, get the addition of ABS along with EBD and corner stability control. Moreover, dual airbags are added as a standard feature across all the variants, including the base XB trims.

Tata Tiago Cost in Hyderabad

Tata Tiago Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,28,506/- (Tiago Revotron XB) to 5,81,112/- (Tiago Revotorq XZ). Get best offers for Tata Tiago from Tata Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Tiago price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Tata Tiago Bottomline

Based on the Tata Tiago price, the car has a good range of features on offer. It is extremely efficient but powerful too, something that most of its competitors are low on. 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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