Tata Tigor – The Urban, Reliable and Practical Compact Sedan

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Let’s take a comprehensive look at the design, features and other key details of the Tata Tigor compact sedan.

Tata Motors is a popular brand in the Indian car market since a very long time. It has a strong hold in the commercial sector with reliable vehicles with superior build quality, but this was not the case with civilian vehicles. With only one or two good products, Tata was not able to fully establish itself in the non-commercial sector like its rivals. This changed with the launch of Tata Tiago which revamped Tata Motors’ image and with the launch of its sedan version, Tata Tigor, things changed for the better.

Tata Tigor

Tata Tigor is based on the Tiago, but is more spacious, has a bigger boot and some minor cosmetic changes. Let’s discuss the characteristics of this compact sedan in detail and find out how good it is.

Exterior Design

Starting from the face, the Tigor looks identical to the Tiago with some minor updates. There is a thick chrome line that runs from one end of the headlight to another. The hexagonal design pattern for the grille with a gloss black touch looks premium. The headlights have the projector setup but the fog lights are halogen. A contoured bonnet that tapers down to the bumper a bit, increases the appeal of the car.

Tigor

Talking about the side profile, that’s where things change. There is a sharp shoulder line that extends all the way to the rear and the 15-inch diamond cut alloys look premium and enhance the road presence of this car. The wing mirrors are finished in a gloss black touch and the overall dimensions of the car feel proportionate, unlike the older generation Maruti Dzire.

Tata Tigor

Coming to the rear, the Tigor looks modern and smart. It gets part-LED taillights which enhance the appeal of the vehicle. There is a thick chrome plate that connects the taillights and reduces the visual bulk. It also gets a shark-fin antenna and a small roof spoiler which is a nice touch. Overall, the Tata Tigor looks smart, practical and symmetrical.

Interior and Features

Tata Tigor features a dual-tone interior and car-colour matching surrounds around the AC vents. Hard plastics are used inside the car which is expected at this price point but the materials feel solidly put together. Although, the quality of the materials used could have been a bit better to match the rivals. The driver’s seat gets height adjust and the front seats overall are comfortable and supportive. It will not be tiring to drive this car for long durations with ample lumbar and under-thigh support. Tata Tigor gets a digital instrument cluster which is a modern touch in this segment and looks good too. There is a separate digital multi-information display integrated into the cluster which provides vehicle-related information.

Tigor Interior

Tata has done a commendable job to equip the Tigor with features and ensured that people will have a pleasant time inside. Some of the features in the list include automatic climate control, power boot, adjustable steering, two accessory power outlets, seat lumbar support, keyless entry, push-button start, voice commands, cooled glovebox, 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a premium sound system with 4 speakers and 4 tweeters by Harman. Tata Motors has made sure that the Tigor gets all the necessary features and much more in this segment and enhance the experience of the passengers inside the vehicle.

Performance and Ride Quality

Tata Tigor is offered with a petrol engine only. It is a 1.2litre petrol engine which produces 84 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. Starting off, it is a 3-cylinder motor so the NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) levels are a bit more when compared to the rivals but also significantly contained when compared to other 3-cylinder cars. This motor has an adequate punch to drive around town and is a capable highway machine as well. The mid-range is strong but the initial pick-up feels sluggish. Nevertheless, the engine is capable and adequately powerful to adhere to the daily city drives and occasional highway duties. Feedback from the steering is direct and feels good to throw around corners and is generally, a fun car to drive.

Tigor Cabin

Talking about the rear seat experience of the Tigor, the rear bench is similar to the Tiago but is more spacious. Kneeroom and headroom are in abundance but under-thigh support might be a problem for taller passengers. There is a transmission hump in the middle and the cabin itself is not very wide, so seating three adults will be a tight squeeze. It is best suited for 2 adults and a child. There are a few misses though, the headrests are not adjustable at the rear and there are no AC vents. Adding these features makes the package a lot more desirable and attractive to customers. Overall, the cabin of the Tigor is a comfortable place to be in and almost ticks all the right boxes.

Safety

Tata Safety

Tata has proven that Tigor is a safe car by getting a 4-star safety rating in the Global NCAP. But there are some safety features on offer and some of them are ABS with EBD, child safety locks, dual-airbags, side and front impact beams, adjustable seats, engine immobilizer, crash sensor, follow me home headlamps, anti-theft device and a reverse camera with parking sensors.

Price

Here is the price list for the Tata Tigor.

Variant Price (ex-showroom)
XE Rs 5.64 Lakhs
XM Rs 6.24 Lakhs
XZ Rs 6.65 Lakhs
XMA AMT Rs 6.79 Lakhs
XZA Plus Rs 7.26 Lakhs
XZA Plus AMT Rs 7.81 Lakhs

 

Verdict

Tata Tigor is a reliable and practical compact sedan with urban looks. It looks sophisticated and modern from the outside and has a well-built interior with a spacious backseat. It has a capable petrol engine which might appeal to buyers in the segment. With attractive pricing and supreme build quality, it is planning to undercut the competition. Anybody planning to buy a compact sedan should definitely check out the Tata Tigor.

 

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