2020 Tata Tiago Review
Car Tested: 2020 Tata Tiago XZA+ Dual Tone; Road Test No. 1236; Test Location: Mumbai
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs 5.56 – 7.91 lakhs
Gorgeous appears, a feature-loaded cabin together with wonderful experience and dealing with dynamics make the 2020 Tiago an excellent hatchback
In the over-crowded hatchback section, the Tata Tiago at all times stood out due to its packaging. Launched in early-2016, the automobile was lengthy overdue for a facelift which finally occurred at first of this yr. We lastly received maintain of the 2020 Tata Tiago which not solely will get beauty updates but additionally comes with added options. But are these modifications sufficient to assist gross sales maintain in a section the place there isn’t any dearth of choices?
Exteriors – The Tiago was at all times a smart-looking, well-proportioned hatchback however you may’t deny the truth that its age had began exhibiting. What Tata has mainly achieved is upgraded the fascia of the automobile and given it a design philosophy which matches the one adopted on the Altroz. The Tiago, from sure angles, really appears like an Altroz now, particularly to the layman and this may very well be an excellent factor. The gloss black grille appears nice and there’s a chrome strip that runs beneath the grille, from one headlamp to a different. The restyled bumper appears cool too and provides some flare to the design. The aspect doesn’t see many revisions aside from the brand new alloy wheels which, if my reminiscence serves me proper, had been accessible on the Tigor earlier too. The rear bumper will get a brand new design with a black insert and the automobile additionally will get a black roof, black ORVMs and a body-coloured spoiler with black inserts on the aspect (our check automobile was the highest XZA+ twin tone trim). Overall, the Tiago appears good-looking on this purple shade and Tata can also be providing a brand new yellow color.
Interiors – The format of the cabin stays the identical as earlier than and a few helpful additions at the moment are welcome. The hatchback lastly will get a begin/cease button and it even will get a brand new steering wheel which is analogous to the one on the Altroz however with no buttons on the RHS. The steering will get gloss black inlays whereas the one on the Altroz will get the underside half completed in a shade of gray. The new instrument cluster consists of a giant MID exhibiting the pace, DTE, gas effectivity, gear place, time, and so forth. whereas the massive tachometer on the aspect appears a bit cheesy and a extra delicate design would have labored wonderful. On the opposite aspect, you get digital gas and temperature gauges. Apart from that, our check automobile had purple accents across the AC vents, breaking the monotony of the black inside very tastefully.
The 2020 Tiago will get a brand new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto together with a reverse parking digital camera
The up to date Tiago will get computerized local weather management whereas the older one had guide AC controls. There’s additionally a brand new touchscreen infotainment system. It provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a reverse digital camera too however the fluidity and high quality of the display screen has some room for enchancment, not that it’s unhealthy although. The sound high quality from the inventory Harman audio system (8) is sort of good for a automobile of this section. Tata is providing twin entrance airbags, ABS with EBD and cornering stability management as normal throughout each variant and the Tiago has additionally scored a 4-star Global NCAP crash check ranking. Apart from these, barely any modifications have been made to the cabin. The seats proceed to supply good assist and there’s respectable house on the rear too.
Performance – The Tata Tiago earlier had a 1.05-litre diesel engine in its line-up but it surely isn’t accessible anymore and now this hatchback is accessible with a single engine as a result of the JTP has additionally been discontinued. The 1.2-litre, 3-cyl, NA petrol engine delivers 86 PS at 6000 RPM and 113 Nm at 3300 RPM. It is accessible with both a 5-speed MT or an AMT. The engine provides good low-end punch and metropolis driveability is okay however begin pushing the automobile a bit and also you’ll discover that the mid-range feels fairly uninteresting and the engine lacks punch, which it begins gaining once more in direction of the higher-end of the RPM spectrum. If you wish to overtake different automobiles, you want to downshift each time as a result of the engine takes time to reply and construct up pace however for metropolis commuting, this received’t be a lot of an issue.
The new 3-cylinder petrol engine lacks mid-range punch forcing you to downshift each time you wish to make an overtake
NVH ranges are good however you may hear the engine contained in the cabin virtually on a regular basis. Some vibrations and juddering can be felt at decrease RPMs. The AMT isn’t the smoothest round and you’ll really feel a good bit of head toss motion whereas gear shifts are occurring. If you’re a sedate driver you received’t discover the lag a lot however for those who are likely to drive quick, the marginally slower gear shifts will get to you. Most individuals aren’t prone to drive the automobile aggressively and for day-to-day comfort, even an AMT is best than a guide transmission and definitely worth the approximate Rs. 50,000/- extra price. The diesel Tiago had class-leading gas effectivity whereas the petrol variant delivers round 12-14 km/l.
Driving Dynamics – The Tiago provides enjoyable driving dynamics and it’s a surprisingly good automobile to drive. Straight-line stability is excellent and the automobile holds effectively on corners however there’s a important quantity of understeer while you push it laborious. The steering additionally weighs up effectively and provides respectable suggestions. The Tiago at all times provided an excellent experience and nothing has modified on that entrance. The suspension has been arrange in direction of the stiffer aspect however it is rather pliant on our roads and the way in which the automobile drives over poor roads and potholes is commendable. Braking efficiency can also be spectacular. Overall, the Tiago has sorted driving manners and it feels very mature and confidence-inspiring.
Verdict – There’s not a lot to dislike within the Tata Tiago aside from the uninteresting response from the engine. The automobile has an honest set of options for the value, drives effectively and appears nice as effectively. Prices have elevated through the years and the highest variant touches virtually Rs. 8 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). The Tiago is a powerful product and positively value a consideration however for individuals who search a VFM proposition, they’ll be higher off with the mid variants, particularly the XZ trim since it’s a good steadiness of options and value.
- Stylish and compact design
- Decent set of options and a well-built cabin
- Very good dealing with and experience high quality
- 4-Star NCAP ranking is a plus
What’s Not So Cool
- Engine lacks mid-range punch
- NVH ranges may have been higher
- No diesel possibility
Alternatives – Maruti Swift, Maruti WagonR, Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Celerio, Maruti Ignis, Hyundai Santro, Ford Figo
2020 Tata Tiago Specifications
- Engine: 1199cc, 3-Cyl, Petrol
- Power: 86 PS @ 6000 RPM
- Torque: 113 Nm @ 3300 RPM
- Transmission: 5-Speed MT / AMT
- Fuel Consumption: 12-14 km/l
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Tyre Size: 175/60/15 (Front & Rear)
- Suspension: McPherson Strut (Front), Twist Beam (Rear)
- Brakes: Disc (Front), Drum (Rear)
- Safety: 2 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Cornering Stability Control
2020 Tata Tiago Dimensions
- Overall size x width x peak: 3765 mm X 1677 mm X 1535 mm
- Wheelbase: 2400 mm
- Boot Space: 242-litres
- Ground Clearance: 170 mm
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 35-litres
- Kerb Weight: 935-982 kgs (MT) / 982-991 kgs (AMT)
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