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Tata Motors Tigor
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Customer Rating
: 3/5
Expert Rating
: 7/10
Warranty
: 2 Year / 75000 KM Warranty (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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5.48 Lakhs-7.64 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish demeanour
  • Good Performance
  • Long equipment list
  • Spacious cabin

Weak Areas

  • Average quality
  • Noisy diesel motor 
  • Noautomatic
  • Pricey nature
     
Tata Motors Tigor
 
 

Tata Tigor Expert Review

After their SUV Hexa, Tata Motors brings a sub-4 meter sedan named Tigor in the market. Based on the hatch Tiago, this car has been designed with a coupe-like look and the company calls in Styleback. 


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Launched on 29 March 2017, Tigor is the third compact sedan by Tata Motors. It shares its mechanicals with the hatchback Tiago (formerly Zica) that has already seen a good degree of success ever since it entered the market. The company calls it ‘Styleback’ to emphasize on the unique design attributes infused into it.

On their official website, you will see a new category – Stylebacks – with the car listed in it. Other models are classified under Hatchbacks, Sedans and Utility Vehicles segments.


            Tata Tigor
 

While stylish Tigor will now become the mainstay of Tata’s compact sedans, it is not a replacement for Zest. Having a little more of space, Zest will be positioned for taxi segment where it is more popular. In all probability the Indigo eCS will be discontinued. 

The engine options for Tata Tigor are same as the Tiago: 


•    Petrol – Revotron 1199 cc, 3 cylinder engine: 84 bhp and 114 Nm torque 
•    Diesel – Revotorq 1047 cc, 3 cylinder engine: 69 bhp and 140 Nm torque 


Both of these are mated to 5 speed manual transmission as standard. There are two driving modes - City for optimum performance and Eco for better fuel efficiency.

What does the Tigor offer in terms of design, features and performance? We have our review report ready: 


External Impression 

Like its siblings Tiago and Hexa, the Tigor comes from the ‘IMPACT’ design philosophy conceptualised by Pratap Bose. This sedan has a face similar to the Tiago’s with a smiling mesh grille and back-stretched headlamps. For Tigor though the grille looks more pronounced and headlamps have a smoked effect. They use projector lenses, get chrome detailing, and amber coloured blinkers adding richness to the look. The design pattern of the grille has been carried on for the air-dam too. Fog lamps have chrome surrounds.


              Smoked Projector Headlamps
 

In its profile look too the Tigor resembles the Tiago for the first half. It gets wing mirrors with integrated LED blinkers and the arrow shape design for its door handles. From the B-pillar onwards the identity of this car begins to change. The sedan has a 50 mm longer wheelbase, its rear doors are larger and the slope of the roofline gives it a coupe like silhouette.  Petrol Tigors get 15 inch alloy wheels with 175/60 R15 tyres. The diesel models only have 14 inchers 175/65 R14 tyres as for Tiago. Wheel well cladding for both front and rear is nice.

The sloping roof and the unique boot section make this Tata car unique in the sub-4 meter sedan segment. It is not a hatchback with a trunk added and does look like a modish coupe.  These traits of the design have inspired the name ‘Styleback’. Even though the 14 inch wheels of the diesel models take away little bit of its flair, the car is indeed attractive and will impress buyers with its new looks.


             High Mounted LED Stop Lamps
 

At the rear the styling continues to be elegant. Unlike Tiago’s lights, the tail-lamps here split at the boot. Their LED elements create an exclusive illumination structure. A chunky strip of chrome runs across the boot above the number plate. Down below on the bumper a black plastic strip helps to balance the visual bulk. But the most attractive of the lot here is a high-mounted LED stop light stretching across the upper edge of the rear windscreen. It also contributes in making the Tigor an attention magnet.


            Signature Split LED Tail Lamps
 

Thought has also been given to making the boot more practical feature of the car. Instead of going with the segment-standard gooseneck hinges for its opening, Tata Motors opted for more valuable multi-hinge and damper setup. This arrangement helps in loading and unloading luggage. Another point going in favour of Tigor is its 419 litres of trunk space – the biggest in its segment.

In the Cabin 

The front section of Tigor’s cabin is like Tiago’s and so the colour theme is black again instead of beige. Ambience is pleasing with upmarket texture finish on the dashboard. Several parts – such as the steering wheel, control stalks, window switches and gear lever stick - have been taken from other Tata cars. There are chrome and glossy black surrounds for many parts making the cabin feel more premium.

 
              Dual Tone Interiors

 

There are some small touches which may go unnoticed in hurried look but they do make the cabin special. For instance the inside door handles get rubber damping so that users don’t hear a plastic-ky sound when they pull and release it. Although the door handles are in plastic they have a chrome look finish. On the driver’s side door, there is a small knob for ORVM adjustment. Window switches are backlit and driver’s door has one-touch down feature.

Instrument console is on the small side but the counters can be read easily. As the tachometer approaches redline, its needle also turns red. Chunky steering wheel is nice to hold.

Even though there are common features between Tigor and Tiago, some additions make it distinct from the hatchback. The centre console has been upgraded to have a touchscreen infotainment system. This is the Harman sourced device that we have also seen in other Tata cars. It takes some time to respond to finger touch and you may like to use the control dial more often but the system fares well in terms of functionality. Tata offers an array of mobile apps to use with the system.


              Tachometer
 

The screen can be synced with your smartphone to display navigation apps and to play songs on your list. Sound quality is impressive. This infotainment system also responds to voice commands for radio and climate control settings. Automatic climate control works well and most often you will not need to use the blower at high speeds.

The front seats are big, supportive and comfortable although cushioning is on the softer side. Driver’s seat can be adjusted for height. Passenger seat is fixed at its highest position. Headrests for both the seats are adjustable, even though they look like fixed parts. With a downward sloping dashboard, the visibility from front is good. 

As regards the space for knick-knacks, Tigor has plenty of it. Doors get spacious bottle holders. There are cup holders next to the gear lever stick and another cubby hole behind the handbrake.


             Boot Space
 

For the rear section, doors are large and they open wide making ingress + egress easy. There is a good amount of knee room for rear seat occupants and the scooped in backs of the front seats also help here. What’ more, Tigor has a higher roofline than Tiago and the position of its rear seat is lower – both these factors help in opening up the headroom for taller people.

The only fly in the ointment is that the rear backrest is little more reclined than what we would have preferred. An interesting bit is rear backrest’s extension from doors to door – this allows for the entire width of the cabin to be use for occupancy.

Three people can sit on this bench seat without feeling squeezed in and there is a short headrest in the middle too. When there are only two, they can use a flappable centre armrest that also offers storage space. Headrests are fixed but big enough for support. The larger glass area of windows offers a good view of the outside.

Engine, Gearbox and Performance 

We checked the 1.2 litre Revotron petrol first. This is the same engine as used in the Tiago with specs of 84 bhp and 114 Nm torque. But it has been retuned for the bigger car and some modifications have made the driving feel better.


                Revotron Petrol Engine

Tata Motors has added a balancer shaft to reduce the vibrations and they recalibrated the ECU making the engine feels nicer. When we reviewed the Tiago, we talked about the pronounced vibrations at idling but those have been diluted now.

This is a rev-friendly engine and the power delivery is considerably smoother than in its hatchback counterpart. With a light clutch and smooth gearshifts you can easily drive through the city roads. The main strength of this petrol model is therefore its driveability – it is a nice car for your daily commuting.  The petrol Tigor is also very usable in its Eco mode and refinement of the unit is good at city driving speeds.

But with 85 bhp on tap it does not do much to excite. It has a flat build-up of power throughout the rev range and if you try to rev it hard, it will only growl to show its reluctance. When the wind and road noise join, the cabin becomes a noisy place particularly if you have windows partially rolled down. The engine maxes out around 6000 rpm redline. 

A 1.2 litre engine is good enough for the hatchback Tiago but even though gear shift ratios have been tweaked, a car that carries a boot feels rather underpowered with this petrol engine. Tata is rumoured to be working on a bigger 1.5 litre petrol engine for the Tigor and that will be more valuable for enthusiasts who use their cars in frequent highway trips.

But if you need a car for relaxed drives in city, petrol Tigor is a good buy. 

Let us now look at the 1.05 litre Revortorq diesel unit model. It has 69 bhp and 
Somehow, the diesel feels less noisy at idling and it is also smoother as you take off from standstill. Yes, there is a characteristic 3-cylinder diesel clatter but things don’t get too loud.  Tigor diesel also has a good pick-up and feels peppier than the petrol. 


Performance in city area is satisfying and it helps you keep up with the traffic. But it needs some work to keep the tachometer needle over 2000 rpm mark for a smooth drive. Once the turbo kicks in, there is enough zest for ambling around.

            Tata Tiago Diesel Engine

When it comes to overtaking, the mid-range surge that we expect from turbo diesel engines is missing.  At 2000 rpm there is a step up in power but actually the power delivery fails still stays flat and you have to downshift if you need to get a quick go ahead. This can be little troublesome on the highways.

As in the petrol, transmission for diesel Tigor is also smooth and clutch pedal is light. Gearshifts do not go on with sharp clicks but the throws are short and the slots are easy to find. Gearing is proportioned nicely. Third and fourth gears are tall – you can use them for conveniently pottering around the town.

How is the engine refinement at higher speeds? There is not much of diesel clatter but the typical 3-cylinder thrum stays. Tata Motors has once again tried to mask it with good cabin insulation so the noise is more evident from outside the car than inside it. Wind noise and tyre noise are however is similar to what we observed in the petrol.


Ride and Handling 

Regardless of which model of Tigor you choose to drive, you will like the car for its ride and handling characteristics. Ride quality is an attribute that most of the Tata models have always won admiration for.

The front suspension for Tigor is about independent, Lower Wishbone McPherson struts with coil springs. The rear has semi independent, twist beam suspension with path strut. Resulting ride is plush as Tigor stays quite composed on rough tarmac even at high speeds. It can comfortably glide on poor roads and dismisses smaller bumps with aplomb.  There is 170 mm of ground clearance and that too helps.  You will not end up scraping its underbelly even while going over some of those bigger speed breakers on our roads.  Admiringly the suspension does its job without much noise and that gives this compact sedan a premium car feel. 

At average speed, Tigor feels adequately planted both in straight lines and on curvaceous paths. It does not make you feel nervous even on higher speeds on open roads.

Steering is well weighted. It is light at low speed and begins to feel heavy as the speedometer reading goes up. You do not need to make much effort for U-turns and in moving Tigor through parking lots. The feedback is also decent.  There is a good connect with the car at highways speed. Even though there is evident body roll around corners, you feel quite in control.

The Bridgestone tyres provide good grip. Top spec Tigors come with ABS + EBD optimised brakes. Although we found initial brake bite missing, the braking action was progressive and performed its job as expected. 

On the whole, Tata’s ‘Styleback’ has a good balance of ride and handling. It may not inspire the enthusiast in you but will not deflate that corner carving spirit while also keeping you notably comfortable in its well insulated cabin.

In terms of safety features, top trims have dual front airbags, corner stability control, speed sending auto door locks, and park assist with sensors.

Fuel Efficiency 

Tigor Petrol has been rated for a fuel economy of 22 km per litre and the Diesel version offers 26 km per litre. It may be mentioned here that although both the cars have Eco and City modes, the diesel feels a little laboured in the Eco mode and this is more usable for the petrol car.

Verdict

The Tigor is a well rounded package and not just ‘Tiago with a boot’. It looks stylish and has road presence. With that specially designed coupe-like roofline and the integration of boot, it carries more visual appeal than any of its current competitors. This Tata car will attract buyers who rank style and fair high on their expectations from a sub-4 meter sedan. And we cannot even underrate Tigor in terms of its practicality. It has a spacious and well equipped cabin as also a large, usable boot.

If you look more deeply into performance (instead of design or cabin’s bells & whistles) you may not be very happy with the power of its three cylinder engines. This is the area where rivals like Maruti Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze take precedence. But Tigor is adequately efficient for your daily driving in the city. It will take you and your family on short trips in comfort.

Tata Motors has also gone right with the pricing. The petrol versions are priced between Rs 4.70 lakh and 6.19 lakh. The diesel line-up starts at Rs 5.60 lakh and price goes up to 7.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi prices). Tigor comes in 4 variants – XE, XT, XZ and XZ (O) with both these engines. 

Comfort: 3.5/5
Refinement: 4/5
Safety: 3.5/5
Ride: 4/5
Handling: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5

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