With more and more cars joining the AMT brigade in India, Tata Tiago is the latest car which comes equipped with this technology. After Ignis from Maruti, Tiago is the first car in India which offers AMT gearbox along with a 1.2L, petrol engine. The Tiago offers AMT gearbox with its petrol engine only and comes in top variant which makes it sit right in between the top variant of first AMT car in India, Celerio and entry level variant of the recently launched Ignis which is the reason why we have come up with this article to give you a clear view that which car of these three makes more sense to buy. Let us find out in detail.
The Tiago is the longest car here measuring at 3746mm in length which makes it 47mm longer than Ignis and 146mm longer than the Celerio. However, the Ignis is the widest of all having a width of 1690mm followed by Tiago and Celerio with their respective width of 1647mm and 1600mm. Despite being shorter in length, Ignis leads the competition with its longest wheelbase of 2435mm which is 10mm longer than the wheelbase of Celerio while the Tiago falls short by significant 35mm and this is the reason why you will find more space inside Ignis and Celerio than Tiago with all passengers getting adequate amount of legroom. The Ignis with its high ground clearance of 180mm rides on bigger 15-inch wheels while the Tiago and Celerio uses 14-inch wheels and have lower ground clearance of 170mm and 165mm respectively.
Interior and features
Since Tiago only comes in top variant so we are comparing the top variant of Celerio and entry level variant of Ignis as they all fall under the same price bracket. Keeping all three competitors in mind, the Ignis feels the most premium from inside. In fact, it has the best interiors with all essential features that you get in the top variants of other two cars. For instance, all cars share features such as keyless entry, electric power steering, A.C, MID, central locking, electrically adjustable ORVMs, audio system with steering mounted control and Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, ABS with EBD and front dual airbags. Apart from these the Tiago and Celerio will share feature such as front fog lamps, rear de-fogger, wiper, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and Tiago additionally gets Harmon infotainment system with navigation system (Juke car app for android in Tiago) and follow me home headlamps.
The Tiago and Ignis come powered by 1,2L engines which are equipped with AMT gearboxes while the Celerio uses a 1.0L petrol unit. The petrol unit of Tiago is a 1.2L Revotron turbocharged, 3-cylinder engine pumping out a peak power output of 84bhp@6000rpm with an utmost torque output of 114Nm and comes in three driving modes, Sport, Creep and City. The Ignis also gets a 1.2L, K-series petrol engine with a power and torque output of 83bhp@6000rpm and 115Nm@4000rpm respectively. The Celerio uses a 1.0L, K-series petrol engine which has a power and torque output of 67bhp@6200rpm and 90Nm@3500rpm respectively. All three cars come equipped with 5-speed AMT gearboxes.
The Tiago AMT is launched at INR 5.69lakhs while the Celerio AMT and Ignis AMT with their respective top and entry level variant are priced at INR 5.42lakhs and INR 5.91lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The results are simple; if you are looking for a budget commuter which is available with all comfort and safety features then the Celerio is surely the best car for you. But if you are willing to spend more and want some performance then we would recommend you look to the Tiago AMT but there is also the entry level variant of Ignis AMT to contend with...
The Ignis AMT is merely INR 21K costlier than the Tiago but it justifies its extra bit with its unique styling, build quality, spacious interiors and petrol engine. Thus between the Ignis and Tiago, if you want features then the Tiago seems a better bet if you do not mind leaving few features then, the Ignis seals the deal for you.
By- Sunil Kumar