Tata Motors have finally come up with a refreshing product, the Tiago, after years of trying to hit the bull's eye. This time though, the designers have kept away from the Indica silhouette and efficiently delivered a nice little number. The
all-new car nicely fits in the gap between the Tata Nano and the Tata Bolt in the Tata Motors line-up.
Being the first small car to be launched under the Tata Motors 'Made of Great' campaign, Tiago embodies the new 'Impact' design language. Tiago is the first such serious offering by Tata Motors in the small car segment in almost seven years and
may just be the beginning of Tata Motors transformation.
Exterior Features - Look and Feel
A pleasant looking car, Tiago manages to grab attention with its wide-smiling grille and a bug looking eyes. The well-proportioned Tiago has a design that is neutral, and blends with lines on the sides, giving it a modern and contemporary style. The designers have worked on an all-new platform to give Tiago a smart classy look. The headlamps that are swept back gives a unique distinct front face.
The rear-end with large tail lamp completes the new design. Tiny aero spoilers at the rear and 14-inch alloy wheels in the top-end variants add style and class to Tiago's look.
Tiago's rival and the aggressive looking i10 is a hit among the masses and was loved due to its tall boy stance and cute design. Maruti Celerio follows the same principle of i10 and manages to look aggressive and quite modern. Tiago manages to outstand both its rivals with its aggressive stance and smart-looking face.The Tiago gets a wider footprint and is a mixture of tall boy design and conventional proportions.
Overall, Tiago is a chic-looking hatchback employing one of the finest designs from the Indian makers.
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Interior - Cabin Features
Tiago continues its cheerful nature inside the cabin as well. The things in the cabin remain interesting with nice colours and fabric trim. The materials used is of upmarket quality and finish.
Tiago interiors come in all black mode compared to a more conventional beige color mode used in Grand i10 and Celerio. The black tone definitely works in Tiago's favour giving it a sporty look.
Tiago outshines Celerio and Grand i10 in terms of sheer design as the dashboard is laid out elaborately with quality switches and buttons, and a lot of storage spaces are available inside the cabin.
The seats especially the front ones are very comfortable but there is a lack of ample legroom and headroom at the rear. The seats also lack thigh support making it painful to travel long distances. Tiago, however, shines in the rear leg space when compared to Grand i10 and Celerio.
Tiago comes loaded with tons of features, especially on the top-end variants including steering mounted audio controls, tilt adjust for the steering wheel, height adjustable driver's seat, an audio system with Bluetooth, AUX and USB connectivity, a cooled glove box and rear parking sensors. The speakers feel a class above and provide an all-round aural experience. The infotainment system also provides satellite navigation via connecting the smartphone to Tiago's system. Tiago is on par with Celerio and Grand i10 in terms of gadgets and also gets an inbuilt jukebox to store favourite songs that can also mirror GPS navigation. Tiago also impresses with the largest boot in the segment at 245 litres.
Overall, the cabin impresses with the finest materials and finish, making Tiago standout in the segment.
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The Tiago is powered by two new engines. The second-generation Revotron petrol engine is a 1.2-litre motor mated to a five-speed manual transmission producing peak power of 84bhp and peak torque of 114NM. The unit is an all-aluminium low-weight unit that becomes noisy at higher accelerations. The Revotorq diesel engine is a 1050cc unit that makes 70 PS of power with no low-end lag. The diesel engine offers more torque and feels more lively than the petrol one. One still misses the Fiat powertrain used before for its pulling power and refinement. The diesel engine is good on highways but lacks the punch to rev quickly and the response from the gearbox is also a bit slick.
Comparatively, Tiago's engine doesn't come across as the most involving unit to drive and the performance is also not that inspiring as in the Celerio and Grand i10. Celerio is lighter than Tiago by 180 kgs which help to perform better dynamics in Celerio. The engine though on the Tiago is much quieter than the Celerio. The Hyundai Grand i10 has a better-refined engine but it is the Celerio's K10 unit that delivers superior power and gives the rev-happy feel.
As per the ARAI test economy figures, the Tiago returns an economy figure of 27.28km/l which is almost similar to that offered by Celerio.
Ride and Handling
Tiago offers a well-sorted ride quality which is on par with Celerio but exceeds the Hyundai Grand i10. The Tiago's new platform, light steering wheel, and the well-tuned chasis help in its handling capability which is far ahead of Celerio and Grand i10. The Tiago offers a better suspension and the occupants get a firmer ride on the bumpers and the potholes without much body roll.
Dual airbags and ABS comes as standard from the mid variant XE (O) while Celerio offers ABS and dual airbags as standard upwards the base model. Hyundai Grand i10 offers driver airbag upwards the base model but ABS only comes in top-end variants.
An impressive exterior and interior design, outstanding cabin space and the most gadgets list, Tiago definitely brings in more to the table. Tiago is the most affordable diesel hatchback in its segment and undercuts the Celerio price tag by a big margin as the Tiago diesel starts at 3.84 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) while Celerio diesel starts at 4.84 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The engine may feel less powerful but the price point and the features make Tiago a clear winner and a value for money car in the mid-size hatchback market.