As we know that the sub 4-meter sedan group is booming in India day by day. The country’s largest auto giant Tata Motors has rolled their dice on the market with the all new ‘TIGOR’.
The pre-decided name of the ‘TIGOR’ was ‘KITE 5’. Tata Motors has already entered this segment with their ‘ZEST’, which has a fair amount of presence.
Now, TATA MOTORS has decided to keep the price tag of the TIGOR just below the ZEST. So the price lies in between 4.5 lacs to 6.87 lacs, making it the most affordable sub four-meter sedan in the country.
Now talking about the car, it’s the sedan version of the TIAGO hatchback. Yes, the front profile is the same as that of the TIAGO. It’s equipped with two smoked headlamps and a pair of fog lamps integrated at the either ends of the front bumper.
Moving to the side, there are distinctive horizontal lines running along the doors making it very appealing. The boot at the rear adds a coupé style and mixes up with the C-pillars making it look like a balanced car from every angle and not a hatchback with a hanging boot. Measuring 3992mm in length, 1677mm in width, and 1537mm in height, it’s about 260mm longer and 30mm wider than the TIAGO. It is having a wheelbase of 2450mm which helps to boast a fair amount of space inside the cabin. The ground clearance measures 170mm which is descent.
The major plus point of the TIGOR is its boot which measures 419 liters. This not only dominates its rivals but also the ‘HYUNDAI CRETA’. Amazing isn’t it? Tata actually has provided smart 4 link opening mechanism to get the job done.
The TIGOR is equipped with 15-inch wheels on its petrol avatar and you can see puny 14-inch wheels on the diesel variant.
Ingress and egress are at par in the TIGOR. The front seats are bucket seats which will keep you comfy enough even for long stretches. Bounce back to the rear and you will get to see the plumpness of the rear seats. There is a fair amount of headroom, legroom and under thigh support. Implies you can use a chauffeur to drive you around in this car.
There are many cubby holes to store your belongings in, the interior plastic quality feels premium too at this price tag. The steering wheel carries tilt adjustment. Moving to the center console, the TIGOR gets Harman developed infotainment system which has a splendid output. A touchscreen unit is there that doubles up as the screen for the rear parking camera. Besides getting AM/FM, USB, AUX-IN, iPod, and Bluetooth mounted on the steering it also features an emergency assist, service reminder and navigation which appears on the screen by connecting an Android phone with the help of USB. Sadly these functions are only available for Android users. 🙁
Speaking about performance, Tata Motors has retained both the 1.2L petrol and the 1.05L diesel motors from the Tiago without altering the output. The 3-cylinder diesel unit makes 70 Ps / 140 Nm and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. As soon as the motor cranks, the typical diesel clatter comes into play, and it doesn’t feel as refined as other 3-cylinder units that we have experienced in other cars. The loud diesel clatter seeps into the cabin and makes you feel uneasy. This also indicates that the (NVH) levels could have been better.To make the diesel motor wake up you have to push it past 2,500 rpm. However, while doing so the motor feels stressed.
The 1.2L petrol generates 85 Ps / 114 Nm, combined with the lower curb weight by 104 kg offers a reasonably quieter and better driving experience.The petrol motor is punchy while cruising at higher speeds and has enough kick for quick overtaking maneuvers. Helping that is the smooth 5-speed manual gearbox.
Both the motors have two drive modes namely‘City’ and ‘Eco’. The ‘City’ mode is active by default. To turn on the ‘Eco’ mode you have to use a switch in the center console. The changes between the modes are distinct. In ‘Eco’ mode, the throttle response drops down in the interest of better fuel economy.
The TIGOR gets that same suspension setup found in the TIAGO. But this added 40 kg in curb weight acts as an assistant to dampen out most of the undulations.
The electronically assisted power steering is light enough to maneuver around narrow lanes and tight parking spots in the city and weighs up gradually at high speeds.
So does it make enough sting to the sub four-meter sedan market? The Tata Tigor comes paired with the feature list and can make it a value for money. Tough times for the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Ford Aspire and the Volkswagen Ameo.