Meet the Tigor, which is Tata Motors having another go at the compact sedan space. Do remember Tata Motors pioneered this space and now after the Zest, they are bringing in the Tigor to inject fresh life in this segment. The compact sedan space has lost out to the premium hatchbacks and compact SUVs in terms of numbers but Tata Motors begs to differ. The Tigor will slot below the Zest and open a new entry level compact sedan segment. So will the Tigor be successful? We find out.
How does it look?
The Tata Motors design team needs to be applauded cause they have done something which others have not managed and that is solve the mystery of the good looking compact sedan. Trying to design a sedan but handicapped by the under 4m length bracket meant cars often looked ungainly and lacking the correct proportions. Tata Motors have got it spot on with the Tigor and that is its biggest USP. The Tigor as you know is the compact sedan based on the Tiago but we think it is a lot more appealing in design terms over the Tiago.
The front has enough to differentiate it over the Tiago with new smoked projector headlamps and a chrome humanity line which adorns the familiar signature Tata grille. The side and the rear are interesting. The rear doors are new and the way the tail is neatly integrated is something compact sedans do not manage well but the Tigor does. The petrol gets bigger 15 inch wheels (diesel has 14inch ones) and that helps the stance. The rear with the LED tail-lamps and the LED stop lamp does look good and styleback (notchback in Tata speak) shape works very well with its swoopy design. Full marks in design terms.
What about interiors?
The interior design is similar to the Tiago- no bad thing. Quality is above class standards and the overall fit and finish is leagues ahead of what Tata Motors used to do earlier. Just like the Tiago we like the dash design and the steering wheel. We also like the knitted roof, customizable air vents and the patterned seats in particular. Space at the front is good while at the rear, Tata Motors have changed the seat positioning to accommodate the coupe like styling. The coupe like roofline does not eat into headroom as a result yet thigh support is decent as well. Also three can fit in easily unlike some of its rivals. In terms of boot space the Tigor has 419l which is 177l more than its its hatch sibling.
Understandably there has been a sizeable features upgrade over the Tiago. You have a Harman 5inch touchscreen system with display for rear view camera, voice commands, SMS readout, 8 speaker audio system (sounds superb), steering mounted controls etc There are also dedicated Android only apps for navigation, Juke Car App as well as a Bluetooth based remote. In terms of safety there are dual airbags along with ABS with EBD.
How does it drive?
Engine options are shared with the Tiago which includes the 1.2 Revotron petrol ( 84 bhp and 114Nm) and the 1.05l diesel (68 bhp and 140Nm). A 5-speed manual is standard while unlike the Tiago no AMT is being offered as of now. The engines have been worked upon differently and so is the gearbox for the Tigor which is 50kgs heavier than its hatch sibling. In the Tiago we liked the petrol more and the same story is here albeit the petrol Tigor feels less nippy when compared to the Tiago petrol. In the diesel you have decent mid-range punch which helps in the everyday traffic. However with the foot down you will need to work the gears as it has a slightly flat top-end.
Refinement for the engine size is decent but it does get a bit noisy. The clutch is light though and the gearbox is precise with good shift quality. However it is the petrol that seems the better bet with its good refinement and smooth power delivery. In stop-go traffic the petrol motor performed well and progress is not laborious plus the gearbox/clutch are very light to you. Compared to the Tiago, the petrol here feels more relaxed overall. Both the engines have drive modes-City and Eco. Our advice? Stick to City as the motor is slightly bogged down in Eco. Other things? We liked the steering and the ride/handling combo which is better than some rivals. While light at low speeds and easy to drive, there is more heft dialled in well with increase in speeds. Stability is good too. Compared to the Tiago, we found the Tigor rides slightly better and is touch less agile.
First of all let us say that the Tigor is easily the best looking car in its class and that is half the battle won. It does well in other departments as well with a generous features list and good space along with above average quality. The engines are decent though we say pick the petrol. Overall the Tigor would be the most affordable compact sedan when launched and promises to give excellent value just like the Tiago thus the Tigor continues the winning streak of Tata Motors delivering excellent products.