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Tata Tiago Engine & Performance

OVERVIEW ;

The Tiago is Tata’s latest entry into the compact car segment. The new phase of Tata Motors began with the launch of the Zest where the Indian manufacturer has attempted to revamp the Tata image as a more modern and vibrant car maker.The Tata Tiago is available in five trims – the XB, XE, XM, XT and the XZ. While the XE, XM, XT have been around in the Zest and the Bolt, the XB (base) and the XZ (top-spec) variants are new. You can also opt for the safety package for as much as just Rs 18,000 over the XE, XM and XT trims.The Tiago offers a well-engineered, modern day package to the Indian buyers in the compact car segment. Check Ex Showroom Price of Tiago

DESIGN AND STYLE ;

Being based on the Tata Tiago the Tiago Aktiv looks just like the regular model, bit of muscular and sportier with the added accessories albeit. Among the additional accessories the Tiago Aktiv sports thick black plastic cladding at the front bumper, splitter with faux silver at the front fascia. With the additional cladding at the lower front fascia the car looks sporty and muscular at the front profile; while at the side profile the car features sporty looking blade shaped alloy wheels, metallic inserts at the running boards, roof rails, glossy black wing mirror caps. The rear profile also received sporty features which come in form of rear splitters. The rear would also get a sharp roof spoiler which will not only enhance the appeal of the car but will also make the crossover look very much sporty.

Apart from these accessories, the car will come with the same Tiago features like sharp headlamp clusters which are joined by a piano black finished smiling grille with honeycomb pattern, slated air intake at the front, while the side profile bears the blackened glass area with the waistline running upward toward the rear. Dimensionally the Tiago Aktiv will retain the same length, width, height and wheelbase. Check On Road Price of Tiago

CABIN AND COMFORT ;

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.

ENGINE AND 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.

DRIVING DYNAMICS ;

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.It must be noted that the suspension set-up is better on the petrol Tiago. The diesel Tiago which an engine that weighs 20kg more uses stiffer front springs and dampers, which affects the ride. It’s not as pliant as the petrol, feels more nose heavy and you can feel a bit of road shock filtering through the steering column.

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.

BOTTOMLINE ;

Tata is asking for Rs 35,000 more for this AMT variant over the standard model and that is not bad at all. The Tiago checks all the right boxes. It offers the right styling, good space and appreciable performance. Combine all this with an AMT gearbox and life in a metro will be practical and stress free. The gearbox still has some niggles, like the jerkiness at low speeds and uphill crawling, but rest of the aspects are appreciable. Buy this car if you really want a small smart-looking automatic hatchback. The other option that can be considered here is the Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT, which is Rs 35,000 cheaper than the Tiago AMT.

 

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