Tata Motors Tiago!

Mileage
23.84 kmpl to 27.28 kmpl
Fuel Types
Diesel, Petrol
Engine
1047 cc to 1199 cc
Transmission
Manual, Automatic - AMT

Variants

Revotorq XZ Plus Dual Tone
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotorq XZ Plus
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotron XZ Plus Dual Tone
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotron XZ Plus
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotron XT (O)
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotorq XE (O)
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotron XE (O)
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotorq XM
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotron XE
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotron XM (O)
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotorq XM (O)
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotorq XE
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotorq XZ
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotron XT
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotron XZA
1199 cc, Automatic - AMT, Petrol
Revotorq XT (O)
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotron XB
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotorq XZ w/o Alloy
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotorq XT
1047 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotron XZ
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotron XTA
1199 cc, Automatic - AMT, Petrol
Revotorq XB
1199 cc, Manual, Diesel
Revotron XZ w/o Alloy
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol
Revotron XM
1199 cc, Manual, Petrol

Overview

You might as well call it the car responsible for Tata’s resurgence, because not only has Tiago helped make Tata a relevant player in the market again, it has done so in a fairly difficult segment. From the highs witnessed during India's heydays to the rather disappointing sales a few years ago, Tata has been through a lot. But that has turned it into someone who made decent vehicles to someone who makes desirable cars. The Tiago is one such example — and quite a good one at that.

Exterior

One look at the Tiago and you’d realize that Tata’s design has come a long way from the I.D.E.A-designed Indica. Of course, that’s not to say the Indica wasn’t a good-looking car, but with multiple refreshes and carried over cues in the models that followed, the design was anything but fresh. The Tiago changes all that. It manages to appeal to everyone without trying too hard. The proportions are spot on, and if you want something more youthful, there’s a crossover-like Tiago NRG available as well.

Interior

Spacious and well-executed, the Tiago’s cabin is a cut above the rest. It’s not lacking in terms of features, either, although a larger touchscreen wouldn’t look out of place. But there’s enough making up for that, like an eight-speaker audio system, a good AC, and design accents that help break the monotony in design. Features like a cooled glovebox and driver footrest/dead pedal might not be worth a mention in more expensive cars, but their presence in the Tiago is something.

Engine

There are currently two engine options on the Tata Tiago: an 85 PS 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 70 PS 1.05-litre diesel. Both are new Tata-made units and have performed well since the car’s launch. Both come with a five-speed manual gearbox but if you hanker for a two-pedal setup, the petrol-engined Tiago can also be specced with an AMT unit. While the clutch pedal’s taken away, it doesn’t exactly take full control away from the driver. There’s still a manual mode that can override the computer and let the driver shift gears, and a sports mode which holds on to gears for longer. And unlike a lot of AMT units, this one comes with a ‘creep’ function, which can be a boon in stop-go traffic.

Price and competition

Prices for the Tata Tiago Petrol start at Rs 3.39 lakh, while the AMT-equipped version is available at Rs 5.04 lakh onwards. The diesel-engined car is priced at Rs 4.2 lakh onwards. All of this makes the Tiago a wonderful value-for-money proposition. As we’ve seen time and again, wrong pricing can lead to the failure of a product, and with the Tiago, Tata has successfully showcased that with competitive pricing, a great comeback can be made.

The Tiago’s main rivals include cars like the Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Renault Kwid while overlapping prices mean there are cars like the Hyundai Grand i10 can also be considered. The rather pricey Tata Tiago NRG doesn’t sadly present as strong a case, and the Ford Freestyle appears to be a much more rounded alternative.