Tata Motors is marketing its newly launched entry-level compact sedan, TIGOR, a notchback version of the well-marketed Tiago hatchback, as 'Styleback' sedan. The reason lies in the new 'IMPACT' design philosophy developed by the designer Pratap
Bose, that Tata Motors showcased at an international expo a few months back.
Tigor made an aggressive entry into the sub 4-meter space by undercutting the price of the car by almost one lakh rupees, compared to the competitors' price tag and created a sweet spot for itself with no direct rivals in its space. One worthy
thing to note is that it was Tata Motors which invented the sub 4-meter subcompact sedan range. Even though the segment is growing at a slower pace than before, the makers at the Tata Motors are confident to woo the buyers with the revolutionary
design and feature-rich cabin experience. The car is going to compete against the well-established models like Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Ameo and the new Hyundai Xcent.
The fresh and the unconventional design makes Tigor look entirely different from the earlier launched Tata models. A very resembling front face like the Tiago, Tigor however, shines with the hexagonal front grille, a new stylish chrome lining and a projector low beams and halogen high beams placed in a twin barrel headlamp, that adds a bit of rich touch to Tigor's look.
The most visually noticeable part is the rear one. The engineers at Tata Motors have definitely nailed it by neatly integrating the rear part with the rest of the design, especially the manner in which the swooping roof flows into the distinctive tail end of the car. There is also the smart tail-lamps, a chunky bar of chrome above the number plate and a black plastic strip low down on the bumper to balance visual mass at the rear end of Tigor, lending it a visual character of its own.
It is unknown why the LED daytime running lights were given a miss.
The petrol version comes with standard 15-inch, diamond cut and black, two-tone wheels that go extremely well with the design of the car, while the diesel variant is given smaller 14 inches.
Overall, Tigor definitely turns head and looks to be more balanced sub 4-meter sedan.
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Stepping into the cabin, one may feel a slight resemblance to the Tiago hatchback. The dashboard that includes the infotainment system (upwards the base model), is placed centrally has a nice textured finish. However, plastics used could have been a bit better. The steering is lightweight and responsive. Tigor has included one of the best infotainment systems from Harman, which includes touchscreen mode and eight speakers, possibly the best in its segment. The Harman infotainment system mirrors navigation from the smartphone and also offers common features (upward the base model),like Bluetooth, Aux-in, USB and FM radio. There has been an attempt to add richness to the doors with a fabric component around it.
The cabin, as a whole, is quite spacious. The front seats are very comfortable with a touch-soft cushioning and support. Moreover, the makers have paid a lot of importance to the visibility of the front row passengers, by keeping the dash area lower than other cars. The view from the large rear windows is also good. Rear passengers will also the love the lowered rear seats, which is wide and flat, with more headroom and an upright sitting position. The rear seats have fixed sizeable headrests for all the three back occupants. There is ample knee room too to make three passengers sit comfortably at the rear. All the doors get good bottle holders and storage for mobile phones and small items.
The armrest is also provided at the rear to place bottles. There are two 12 V sockets; one in the front and one at the back. There is also an electrically adjustable ORVMs and a driver seat adjustment included in all the variants excluding the base one.
Other features include an auto climate control, a reverse camera upwards the base variant.
Tigor offers a boot space of 419 litres, one of the largest in the segment. The smartly designed boot needs a special mention as the four-link design setup ensures that the space is well used and not eaten up.
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Engine and Performance
The makers have not compromised with the performance of Tigor by including the tried and tested engine used in Tiago. But, Tata Motors have made a small change by including the balancer shaft to cut vibrations in the engine, which makes the engine feel better than the previously used one in Tiago. The 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine is the powerful among the lot, producing 85 hp and 114Nm of torque while the underpowered 1,050 cc Revotorq diesel one produces 70 hp with 140Nm of torque.
The petrol engine gives a mileage of 14 kmpl while the diesel one gives 16 kmpl.
The diesel engine only gets life after going past 1700 rpm and is suitable primarily for city driving. The peppy and refined petrol engine delivers more power and is suitable for both city and highways. Balancer shaft used in the petrol engine can be easily felt with lesser vibrations, smoother power delivery and cleaner fuel tank.
Both engines are mated to five-speed manual transmission gearboxes that offer good easy and reliable shifts. Two drive modes options are provided with'City' mode set as the default setting and 'Eco' mode for better fuel efficiency.
Ride and Handling
Tata cars scored well on the ride quality part and Tigor is not an exception. Tigor absorbs potholes with ease and provides good comfortable ride even on undulated roads. The suspension is good even at high speeds and in the corners, and the car feels stable, composed and well in control. The lightweight steering has a certain smoothness that helps driver connect well with the car response.
ABS with EBD and Corner Stability Control is provided, upwards the base model variant. However, dual airbags and rear defogger don't come as a standard feature but are included two variants above the base model.
Tata Tigor, as a package, is one of the most affordable best looking and value for money compact sedans in India at the moment. It comes as a good option for family members who love like to switch from their hatchbacks to a compact sedan which provides good pleasant driving experience and is equipped with impressive features.