This is make or break for Tata Motors and they have poured their heart and soul into this new car. The fact is that after the Tiago there is a slew of new launches coming up but the Tiago has to set the tempo. Frankly the stakes cannot be higher as the Tiago enters a fiercely competitive territory with the likes of the Maruti Celerio, Hyundai Grand i10 on one hand and the Renault Kwid on the other. Just being a good car is not enough as the Tiago needs to give the competition a proper scare in order to bring in the numbers Tata Motors hopes to. The Tiago is available in 5 trim levels- XB, XE, XM, XT & XZ with optional variants in XE, XM & XT and 6 colour options.
Powertrain and Performance
The Tiago is an all new car so fittingly there is a new set of engines too being all three-cylinder ones. The petrol 1.2 is part of the new line-up called Revotron and with 83 bhp/114Nm it is more likeable than the diesel if you ask us. Also note that in this segment people flock to petrol cars more and with fuel prices as they are, you can expect the Tiago petrol to be the best seller. Power delivery is smooth with more than enough bottom-end punch which means you are not always using the gearbox to extract power. In the city the Tiago petrol impresses the most yet when pushed hard this engine does not disappoint also with decent performance. What is standard is a 5-speed manual and you will have nothing to complain about how it does its job plus the clutch is quite light. Plus worth a mention is that refinement levels are very good if you keep the revs low.
The 1.05 Revotorq diesel though has the headline grabbing fuel efficiency number with 27.28 kmpl (petrol does 23.84 kmpl) with 69 bhp and 140Nm of torque. First up refinement levels are decent for a diesel engine with this no. of cylinders but unlike the petrol it does not feel peppy as there is a bit of lag at the start. However performance overall is acceptable especially keeping the refinement levels and efficiency in mind. Both engines get two driving modes-City and Eco though we suggest you stick to City and keep Eco strictly for highways.
In terms of ride and handling the Tiago is the most fun Tata Motors car yet being not as soft as other stablemates. Yet the ride is quite good especially when compared to its rivals. Other factors you would like is the good braking performance, stability at high speeds plus the ease of driving the Tiago with its light steering which would be liked by many.
Build and Styling
Tata Motors have gone in for an all new look with a new design language hence there is no resemblance to any previous Tata product. It is also refreshingly simple yet very effective being a design that would be liked by all and that is important in this segment. We like the front-end with the signature grille with the new logo plus the well designed headlamps that merge well. The side view is also impressive with strong character line plus the rear gets smartly designed tail-lamps which makes the car look wider and lower when seen from the back. Overall build and paint finish is the best we have seen yet from Tata Motors.
Inside the singular focus has been on quality, ambience and overall fit and finish which we have to say that they have succeeded big time. There have been big strides in quality and design with a simple yet classy look. The sporty steering is carried over but the dash is all new and looks well done. With a 2400mm wheelbase the Tiago is spacious-especially at the rear. The 240 litre boot is similar to class standards and after the Bolt having poor storage, the Tiago having 22 utility places and is an improvement.
In terms of features the big talking point is the Harman infotainment system plus smartphone based navigation and Juke car app where you can connect up-to 10 smartphones and the app utilizes mobile hotspot to enable users to share list of available songs in the connected device. Other features include 8 speaker audio system, steering controls, Bluetooth, ABS with EBD, cooled glove box etc.
There is no doubt that the Tiago is the best car yet from Tata Motors and after its pricing being announced (Rs 3.2 lakh to 5.5 lakh) it is clear that the Tiago has all the makings of a winner. It is priced much less than rivals yet offers lots of features plus it is good looking, decent to drive and also very efficient. Tata Motors have just about thought of everything and with this product they deserve success.