Tata Punch – A Chunky Blend of Hatchback and SUV DNA

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Let’s take a comprehensive look at the design, features, prices and other key details of Tata Punch and understand how good of an offering it is for the budget SUV buyers.

Tata Motors has really been taking the competition to the next level by offering quality products over the past few years. It has substantially diversified its customer base and is now, a prominent name when it comes to automakers in the Indian industry. They have by far exploited almost every segment and now have created a new one for their latest offering, Tata Punch. It comes under the category of a sub-compact SUV and there are no real rivals for this vehicle as of now.

Tata Punch Completely Revealed

This vehicle sits between the Tata Tiago NRG and Tata Nexon. It has an exterior design that most people would like and gives the image of a mini-Harrier. The stance of the vehicle is nice and high with all the cladding giving it the SUV feel. It is an answer to the hatchbacks which are present in the market and promises to offer more value for money. Let’s dive into the details of the Tata Punch and find out how good of a product it is.

Exterior Design

Tata Punch SUV 5 star safety rating

Starting from the front, the Punch has a purposeful design and has similarities between the Harrier and Safari. Like most vehicles, it gets a split headlamp design and the top-end variants get a projector headlamp setup. Moreover, it gets a functional air vent adjoining the headlamps which is a nifty feature by Tata. The LED DRLs and the gloss black grille is underlined by chrome and makes the vehicle look handsome.

Tata Punch Exterior

Coming to the sides, the sub-compact SUV design becomes more prominent. The claddings along the sides with the flared wheel arches portray the conventional SUV-design and the 16-inch alloys complement the 187mm ground clearance. There are some creases on the sides to accentuate the design language and the door handles for the rear doors are tucked behind the C-pillar. Moreover, there is a contrasting roof which enhances the visual appeal.

Tata Punch exterior design unveiled
Tata Punch exterior design unveiled

Talking about the rear, it is in-sync with the overall design of the vehicle. The tri-arrow LED taillights look smart and unique and the tailgate has a fat protrusion connecting the lights. There are ample cuts and creases at the rear to give it a unique style and the bumper also has enough cladding to maintain the SUV appeal. Overall, the Tata Punch has a unique and striking design that most people will find attractive.

Interior and Features

Making our way to the interior, Tata Punch has a pleasant design and will instantly make a good impression on you. It features a layered dashboard design with textured plastics which increase the plushness. The quality levels are at par with what you would expect from a vehicle of this segment. Moreover, the build quality and the fit and finish levels are impressive as well. However, there are some hard plastics at the lower end with a few panel gaps, but this is expected from a vehicle at this price point. Sliding into the seats is an easy affair considering the 90-degree opening angle for the doors and the height of the Punch. It gets a blended instrument cluster which is part-digital and analogue. The flat-bottom leather steering wheel will remind you of other Tata cars and the seating comfort, in general, is quite good but under-thigh support is a bit lacking.

Tata Punch Interior

When it comes to the equipment list inside the Tata Punch, they have ensured that the passengers have all the bells and whistles they can expect at this price point. Some of them include automatic climate control, cruise control, parking sensors, engine start-stop, glovebox cooling, rear camera with adaptive guidelines, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector, height-adjustable driver seat, 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 6 speakers. However, it misses out rear AC vents, driver armrest and a sunroof. Considering the price range for the Tata Punch, it has plenty of kits on offer which would satisfy most buyers in the segment.

Performance and Ride Quality

Tata Punch is offered with a single naturally aspirated 1.2-litre; 3-cylinder petrol engine which churns out 84 bhp and 113 nm of torque. This power unit is mated to a 5-speed MT or 5-speed AMT. These are some respectable figures on paper but in real-world conditions, this motor does not feel ‘punchy’ to drive. Power delivery is linear and smoother when compared to the Tata Tiago and Tigor. There is some amount of lag but it feels adequate to drive in the city and can cruise out on the highway as well. You would have to downshift in order to make swift overtakes and this might strain the motor a bit. The clutch is soft and the gearbox is fairly good to use.

Tata Punch Interior

Talking about the rear seat of the Tata Punch, it is fairly spacious and has an adequate amount of kneeroom. The backrest angle could have been better and the lack of rear AC vents would get to the rear passengers on a hot summer day. Moreover, headroom might be a problem for taller passengers and under-thigh support is just about adequate. If space is your priority, then the Tata Nexon should be your pick. The ride quality on this vehicle is robust with some amount of low-speed stiffness. It gobbles up bad patches with relative ease and has some degree of SUV pedigree to it. With a ground clearance of 187mm, it induces some confidence and can do a fair bit of off-roading. Tata has done a great job in the handling department and the steering inputs are direct and smooth.

Safety

Tata Punch Safety

Apart from the solid build quality offered by Tata in all of their vehicles, the Punch offers ABS with EBD, dual airbags, traction control, automatic headlamps, brake sway control, follow me home headlamps, rear camera with adaptive guidelines, rear parking sensors, adjustable seats and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

Price

This table shows the price list for the Tata Punch.

Variants Price (ex-showroom)
Pure Rs 5.49 Lakhs
Adventure Rs 6.39 Lakhs
Adventure AMT Rs 6.99 Lakhs
Accomplished Rs 7.29 Lakhs
Accomplished AMT Rs 7.89 Lakhs
Creative Rs 8.49 Lakhs
Creative AMT Rs 9.09 Lakhs

Verdict

Tata Punch is a sub-compact SUV that has a unique and striking design that will attract the most potential buyers. It comes with a single naturally aspirated petrol motor which provides adequate performance. Moreover, the safety aspect related to Tata makes it even more desirable. With prices similar to some hatchbacks, it might steal some of the customers if it has all the right ingredients.

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