If one was to point out the cars responsible for Tata’s renaissance in the Indian passenger-car market, the Tigor would make for a worthy mention. Based on the hugely successful Tiago hatchback, the Tata Tigor compact saloon has swept buyers off their feet with style, frugality, and even low buying price. With the inclusion of a new Tata JTP performance variant, it’s bound to find even more buyers than before.
An in-house design effort, the Tata Tigor is one of the very few sub-four-meter sedans that actually look good. While most rivals are trying their hand at not looking bad, the Tigor, on the other hand, manages with right proportions, unmissable design cues, and extremely desirable bits like dual-tone alloy wheels, coupe-like roofline, projector headlamps, and a diamond radiator grille. Some of these have been included as a part of a recent update the Tigor received. As a part of the said upgrade, it’s even got new clear-lens/crystal-inspired LED tail lamps, among other things.
Covered in a combination of black and grey, the Tata Tigor’s interior is spacious and comes with quite a few features as well. To name a few, there’s a 7-inch touchscreen system replete with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an eight-speaker setup. Lower variants get four speakers while the top ones come with additional four tweeters, too. Auto-folding and electrically adjustable rear view mirrors cooled glove box, and standard dual airbags are also present. And complementing the in-cabin space is a massive 419-liter boot. It makes a strong case for the sub-four-meter saloon, especially when compared to its hatchback counterpart.
Unlike in the past, Tata has used its in-house-developed engines on the Tigor. There are two engine options on the Tigor an 85 PS 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 70 PS 1.05-litre diesel. Both come with a 5-speed manual gearbox as part of the standard equipment. The petrol version can also be specified with an AMT gearbox (also five-speed), which makes driving the Tigor even easier within city limits. But if you’re looking for some fun behind the wheel, the recently launched Tata Tigor JTP makes all the sense. Apart from other mechanical and cosmetic improvements, the vehicle gets a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine (from the Nexon; but with more boost) that makes 114 PS and helps it achieve a claimed 0-100 kph time of about 10 seconds.
Tata offers a total of five variants on the Tata Tigor Petrol and four on the Tata Tigor Diesel. The base XE version of petrol is priced at Rs 5.2 lakh, while the top-spec petrol costs Rs 6.49 lakh. The only AT version, in the XZA trim, costs Rs 6.65 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. The diesel, on the other hand, starts at Rs 6.09 lakh for the Tigor Diesel XE. The top-spec Tigor Diesel XZ+ has priced at Rs 7.38 lakh. The performance-focussed Tata Tigor JTP has priced at Rs 6.39 lakh.
Main alternatives to the Tigor include vehicles like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, etc. The Tigor not only has a slight price advantage in comparison it also appeals to a wider audience, especially with the launch of the new Tigor JTP.