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Tata Altroz 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Jan 22 2020 Share this blog

There is no escaping the fact that India has now become the 5th largest automotive industry in the world. So, how can the Indian automakers be left behind then, right? Well, one of the Indian automakers seems to be taking all its steps in the right direction and has managed to create quite a noise for itself. It is none other than our homegrown, Tata Motors, which first set up its plant in 1945 in India. With the hatchback space taking the top spot in Indian car market sales chart, Tata Motors is now ready with its latest hatchback, the Altroz which gets its name from one of the largest flying seabirds known as the Albatross. Tata has even taken some design cues from the bird and incorporated it in Altroz’s design. Also, this time Tata is going after the premium hatchback segment which currently faces cut-throat competition. The Altroz is then Tata’s first offering in this segment and its time to see how far and high Tata’s Altroz can really fly.

The premium hatchback segment has been long ruled by the two arch-nemesis, the Hyundai i20 and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. With the Altroz in the market, Tata Motors will be competing with these two segment leaders. The Tata Altroz was unveiled in India on 3 December 2019 and now the car has been officially launched on 22 January 2020.
The fourth car in the competition is the Volkswagen Polo which will also be receiving an update in 2020. In a time when the car market is seeing the introduction of electric vehicles and Suzuki planning its exit from the diesel engine market, Tata has offered the Altroz with a petrol and diesel engine as well. The prices of the Altroz have been announced and the base variant starts from Rs. 5.19 Lakhs and goes up to Rs. 7.44 Lakhs (ex-showroom). Also, you can now book the Tata Altroz for a token amount of Rs. 21,000.

What we like

  • Best-in-class ride and handling

  • Comes with first-in-class features like ambient lighting and cruise control

  • Spacious cabin

  • Build with future crash safety norms in mind

  • Best looking hatchback in its segment

  • Cheapest amongst the rivals

What we don’t like

  • NVH levels are the worst in the segment

  • No automatic on offer

What’s new in the Tata Altroz

  • Based on Tata’s brand new Alpha Arc platform

  • Marks the entry of Tata into the premium hatchback segment

  • Sunroof on the top-spec variant

2020 Tata Altroz Variants and Specifications

The Altroz is offered in 4 variants namely, XE, XM, XT and XZ. The base variant is the XE and the XZ comes with all the bells and whistles that the Tata has to offer. There is the 5th variant as well, which is known as the XZ (O). It only adds a contrast roof and offers all available features of the XZ variant.

With the Altroz, Tata has done something which no other car manufacturer is doing in the current times, which is, provide viable customization options. Every variant comes with a customization pack which adds some feature of the variant above it. There are 4 Customization packs available namely, Rhythm, Style, Urban, and Luxe pack. Only the XM variant comes with an option of choosing between the Rhythm and Style pack, all the other variants come with only one specific pack.

Variants

XE

XM

XT

XZ

Price Manual (Ex-Delhi) in INR

Rs. 5.29 Lakhs

Rs. 6.15 Lakhs
Rs. 6.84 Lakhs
Rs. 7.44 Lakhs

Features 



Body-coloured bumpers

All feature of the XE variant and:

All feature of the XM variant and:

All feature of the XT variant and:

Integrated rear spoiler

All door power Windows

Mood lighting (driver and passenger)

R16 diamond-cut alloys

Flat bottom steering wheel

Mood lighting (driver side only)

Cooled Glovebox

LED DRLs

Dual front Airbags 

Rear parcel tray

Reverse Parking Camera

Rain Sensing wipers

ABS with EBD

2 din music system with FM and Bluetooth 

Cruise Control

Anti Glare IVRM

High-speed alert system 

Nickel finished dashboard

7’ inch floating infotainment screen

Automatic Headlamps

Multi-drive modes

Electrically adjustable OVRMs

Idle Start Stop Function

Wearable key


Which Variant to choose?

It is not easy to recommend a variant right now as Tata Motors is yet to announce Altroz’s prices. But we predict that the XT variant will prove to be the most value for money variant of the Altroz as it comes with all the first in class features like cruise control and ambient lighting. It also provides you with all the other necessary features. Tata has made it easy to go with any variant which suits your budget as you can choose a customization pack to get the feature from a variant above.

Tata Altroz Engine and Transmission explained

The all-new Altroz comes with two engine options which are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Both the engine options are comfort-oriented rather than performance and are BS6 compliant. Tata has not developed an all-new engine for the Altroz which helps in cost-saving. Hence, the petrol mill is the same 3 cylinder engine used in the Tigor and Tiago which now produces more power in the Altroz. The diesel mill does its duty on its bigger sibling, the Nexon. But it is in a different state of tune and produces lesser power in the Altroz. Now its time to see how these tried and tested motors perform in the Altroz.

1.2 L Revotron Petrol Engine

The petrol mill on the Altroz is a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated 3 cylinder petrol engine which churns out 85 Bhp of power at 6000 Rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 3300 Rpm. As the Altroz has been targeted towards the urban buyers, this engine is a great city crawler. The low-end punch is adequate for the city traffic and the clutch is on the lighter side. Although, it is not a very free-revving engine like the K-12 motor in the Baleno and gets quite noisy at high RPMs. The engine is fairly responsive within the city and the power feels adequate at slow speeds. But once you try to extract more out of this engine it simply disappoints. This mid-range is where you will find most action as the top end has nothing to offer apart from more noise and vibrations.

The throttle response could have been better as there is a bit of a delay between tapping the gas pedal and getting the desirable power. Tata should have added more insulation materials as the NVH levels are so poor that it gets in the way of providing an overall premium experience inside the cabin. On the highways, this engine will require you to plan an overtake well in advance as it runs out of juice too soon and you would need to constantly downshift. The petrol engine then feels adequate for city use and is not much of a highway cruiser. It requires constant gearshift once you are out of the slow-moving traffic and we feel that an automatic gearbox would have made living with this engine much easier. 

1.5 L Revotorq Diesel Engine

The Altroz’s diesel engine is the biggest in terms of size in its segment and Tata seems to have tuned it to be an all-rounder. This engine certainly offers superior driveability and performance than the petrol engine. The diesel mill on the Altroz is a 1.5-litre 4 cylinder turbocharged unit which pushes out 89 Bhp of power and 215 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 3300 rpm. The throttle response could have been better which is the case with the petrol engine as well. Within the city. more torque and power on offer comes in very handy and the engine does not require frequent gearshifts. What aids the city performance is the light clutch and the slick-shifting gearbox.

Models (Petrol)

Tata Altroz

Hyundai Elite i20 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Volkswagen Polo

Price (Ex-Delhi)  in INR

Rs. 5.29 Lakhs*

Rs. 5.53 Lakhs

Rs. 5.97 Lakhs

Rs. 5.87 Lakhs

Engine

1.2L Revotron inline-3 cylinder Naturally aspirated

1.2L Kappa Petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.2L K-Series VVT 4-cylinder

1.0L MPI Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

85@6000rpm

83@6000rpm

83@6000rpm

75@6200rpm

Torque(N-m)

113@3300 rpm

115@4000rpm

115@4000rpm

95@3000rpm

*Expected Price

This engine also comes with two driving modes namely city and eco. The eco mode dulls the engine performance to quite an extent and works better while on an open road rather than in the city traffic. While on the highway, unlike the petrol engine, the power feels adequate which makes it easy to overtake slow-moving traffic. The NVH levels with the Diesel motor is worse than in the petrol and the engine gets quite vocal on high RPMs. This takes away quite a bit from the premium feel that the cabin tries to offer. But if you treat it with a light foot this engine performs admirably and goes on doing its duty without much fuss. We wish Tata would have offered an automatic with the diesel too as it would have made it even more user-friendly. As per the news though, Tata will be introducing a DCT or a CVT gearbox in the near future.

Altroz produces the most power in its segment but fails to put it on the tarmac the way Baleno does. Baleno certainly feels more engaging to drive as well. The Volkswagen Polo produces the least power which is quite evident behind its wheel. Hyundai’s i20 performs similar to the Baleno but is less engaging to drive.

*Tata Altroz is the segment winner in this section


How fast is the Tata Altroz?

As the Altroz has been focused towards providing more comfort and features, Tata Motors seems to have completely forgotten about 0-100 timings. The Altroz takes a painstaking 18 seconds to complete a 0-100 kph sprint which might be surprising given that it has got the most powerful engine in the segment. This is due to the heavier kerb weight of the car as well as the tuning of the engine.

Models

Tata Altroz

Hyundai Elite i20 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Volkswagen Polo

0-100 KMPH

18 sec

13.99 sec

12.3 sec

16.00 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

1.2L Revotron inline-3 cylinder Naturally aspirated

1.2L Kappa Petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.2L K-Series VVT 4-cylinder

1.2L Dragon Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

The Baleno is the quickest in the 0-100 kph dash which has to be credited to its lighter weight. The i20 almost takes 14 secs which is still two seconds faster than the 3-cylinder Polo. The Altroz is slower than the much lesser powerful Polo as well and fails to win over any of its rivals in outright performance.

*Maruti Suzuki Baleno has an edge over every other car in this section.


Tata Altroz Ride Quality and Handling

Tata seems to have a magic wand when it comes to tuning the suspension of any car. Well, the work of that wand can also be seen on the Altroz as the ride quality is simply the best in class. The suspension soaks all the bumps and potholes with ease and works silently. The ride quality is excellent even at slow city speeds and it only gets better as you pick up speed. Over on the highways, the Altroz remains glued to the road and feels well planted. Even at triple-digit speeds, the car shows no sign of nervousness as the suspension takes care of any vertical movements quite well. This is due to the new platform that underpins the Altroz called the AlphasArc platform which has certainly felt ahead of its times. The body roll is well contained around the corners but we wish Tata would have given the Altroz more power to push into some fast corners.

The steering is an electrically assisted unit which is super light at city speeds and makes it very easy to manoeuvre around in tight spaces. It is quite easy to park the Altroz and to take it out of tight parking spaces as well. The Altroz gets a completely new steering wheel which has never been seen on any Tata car before. The flat-bottom steering feels quite meaty to hold and gives a premium feel. As the car picks up speed, the steering gains enough heft and feels sporty. This helps the driver feel confident on corners as the steering provides adequate feedback as well. Most people will have nothing to complain then, about the way Altroz rides or handles.


Tata Altroz Braking

Good braking performance is an important aspect of a car’s safety. Tata Motors has been extremely diligent in proving the Altroz with adequate braking performance. Although the Altroz does not get any discs at the rear, the braking performance is the best in its segment. The brakes feel sure-footed and provide extremely good stopping power for its segment. The Altroz stops without any drama from Triple-digit speeds and maintains its line. The ABS has also been tuned well and only kicks in under very hard braking.

Model (Petrol)

Tata Altroz

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum 

Drum

Drum

Drum

Curb Weight (kg)

1036

1080

865

1015

The Altroz is the heaviest car in its segment but that does not alter its braking performance at all. The second-best car is the Baleno in terms of braking performance which is due to its lighter weight followed by the Volkswagen Polo. Hyundai’s i20 also provides at par braking performance and none of the car in this segment feels unstable while dropping an anchor.


Tata Altroz Fuel Efficiency

Tata’s new Altroz provides at par fuel efficiency figures with the segment and there are no unpleasant surprises here. The petrol variant comes with idle start/stop function which shuts off the engine at a stoplight to save more fuel. The engine gets switched on again once you step on to the clutch to change gear. This feature is not provided with the diesel engine which returns a mileage of 25 kmpl*.

Model

Tata Altroz

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Mileage (Kmpl)

18kmpl*

18.6

22

18.7

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

37

40

37

45

Range (Km)

N/A

744

814

841.5

*The actual mileage figures can vary slightly depending upon the final configuration of the vehicle.

The Baleno still remains the king of the segment in terms of fuel economy which is again due to its lighter kerb weight. All the other 3 rivals are neck and neck with each other in terms of mileage. 


2020 Tata Altroz Exterior Design and Styling

The Altroz has been designed in line with Tata’s Impact 2.0 design language and Tata has made sure that the Altroz stands out in terms of its design. It has been tagged as the best looking hatchback by many experts and Tata is sure to get some customers just on the basis of its looks. The Altroz looks like no other hatchback on the road today with its aggressive front and 3D looks at the rear.

The exterior features all-new headlights with LED daytime running lights in the front bumpers. The radiator grille with chrome surrounds give it a sharp and a futuristic look. The side profile features a piano black strip under the window line which helps break the monotony. The ORVMs with integrated indicators render it a stylish look and the body contours on the door panel make it look quite futuristic. At the rear, the tailgate with the innovative design of integrated spoiler, new tail lamps and the broad design of the rear bumpers with reflectors gives it a unique look.

Model

Tata Altroz

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Kerb weight (kg)

1036

1080

865

1015

Length(mm)

3990

3985

3995

3971

Width(mm)

1755

1734

1745

1682

Height(mm)

1523

1505

1510

1469

Ground clearance (mm)

165

167

170

165

Wheelbase (mm)

2501

2570

2520

2469

Tata’s Altroz is the widest and also the tallest car of its segment but lacks behind others in terms of ground clearance. The wheelbase of the Altroz is also shorter than that of the Baleno and the i20. Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno remains the biggest car in terms of physical dimension in its segment.

2020 Tata Altroz Interior and Features

With Tata touting the Altroz as a Gold standard of the premium hatchback it has a lot riding on its shoulders. The cabin feel was then the topmost priority while building the Altroz and Tata seems to have gained full marks in this department. The cabin of the Altroz doesn’t manage to amaze you in any way but certainly provides a premium feel on the inside. The dashboard layout is quite unique and it feels quite fresh. In the middle of the dashboard sits a 7-inch touchscreen which looks a tad bit smaller for the size of the cabin. 

The materials used on the top half of the dashboard and on the door pad feel great while the lower half makes use of some scratchy plastics. But the overall quality of plastics used is acceptable if not exemplary. Tata also needs to work more in terms of the quality check as inconsistent panel gaps can be seen in many places. But the Atlroz has some tricks up its sleeves, first one being the ambient lighting feature which is not offered by any other car of its segment. The second one is its doors which open 90 degrees and make for easy ingress and egress. If you have elderly people at home this feature will be a boon for them. The front two doors also have umbrella holders in which you can tuck in an umbrella and forget it.

Model

Tata Altroz

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

The front seats have good amount of legroom and bolstering on offer. The dashboard is placed at an appropriate height and finding a good driving position is easy with the height-adjustable driver’s seat. Long journeys in the front seats will not be a problem and all the buttons and knobs are within an arm's reach. The overall visibility is good but the thick A-pillars have a tendency to create a blind spot on the sides. Ther rear bench can easily fit in 3 people but the under-thigh support is lacking. Long journeys might not feel the most comfortable as the hip angle is more upright. Although, the cushioning is spot on and it’s neither too soft or hard.


Creature comforts on offer?

Tata is offering everything that the segment has to offer and even more. With features such as ambient lighting, umbrella holders, Harmon infotainment system and cruise control it certainly offers more than its rivals.

  • Ambient Lighting

  • Push Start-Stop button

  • Auto Up/Down driver side power windows

  • Tilt-adjustable steering

  • Cruise control

  • Harman’s audio 

  • Rain sensing wipers

  • Automatic Wipers


Infotainment system and Connectivity options

The Tata’s new Altroz gets a 7’ inch floating infotainment screen which sits at the top of the dashboard. It is compatible with apple car play and android auto but unfortunately Tata has no plans of introducing any connected car options any time soon. The infotainment is smooth and lag-free but it can pick up some reflections under direct sunlight. Overall the infotainment experience is admirable if not the best in class. The 4 speaker unit gives the best acoustic experience and there is no match yet in the segment in terms of the sound.

  • 7” Touchscreen Infotainment system

  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity

  • Bluetooth, FM, AM

  • Voice Command

  • 4 Speaker and 2 tweeter Harman audio

  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity


How big is the Boot of Tata Altroz?

The growing demand for SUVs can be credited to their superior cabin and boot space. But here Tata has ensured that you would not be left wanting for an SUV that your friend might have recently bought. The Altroz provides the best-in-class boot space which is more than Baleno and the i20 too. The loading lid is a bit high and there is suspension intrusion into the boot which takes away a bit from its practicality.

Model

Tata Altroz 

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

345

285

339

280

In the boot space war, the Baleno comes the closest to the Altroz followed by Hyundai i20 and Volkswagen Polo.

*Considering the space on offer, the Tata Altroz outshines its rivals by quite some margin.


How Safe is Tata Altroz?

With the Tata Nexon becoming the first Indian car to ever get a 5-star crash rating, the expectations from Tata only increased. Tata Motors certainly makes some of the safest cars in India now. The Altroz then is designed with the future crash safety norms in mind and Tata claims it to be pedestrian-safe as well. Dual front airbags are standard but we would have liked to see 6 airbags instead of two on the top variant.

Tata Altroz crash test (GNCAP)

In a crash test conducted by the Global NCAP, Tata Altroz received a full 5-star rating for adult occupancy, making it the safest premium hatchback under Rs. 10 Lakhs in India

  • Dual airbags
  • ISOFIX Child seat mounts
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Reverse parking camera
  • Impact sensing door locks
  • Speed-sensing door locks
  • ABS With EBD
  • Cornering stability control (CSC)


How does Tata Altroz Competes against the Rivals

Tata Altroz Vs Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20 is the second best selling car in the premium hatchback segment and it is not difficult to see why. The i20 offers the best in class cabin feel. Hyundai is excellent in terms of quality control which really takes its cars a step ahead in terms of the premium experience.

The feature list on the i20 is also extensive and it comes with 6 airbags on the top variant. But the i20 is due for a refresh in 2020 and the cabin fails to give a fresh feel. It has lesser space on the inside than the Altroz and it cannot match the ride and handling package of the Altroz. Hence, if you are looking for the best quality interiors and a more refined engine, the i20 should be your pick. For everything else, we would recommend the new Altroz.


Tata Altroz Vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the best seller of the premium hatchback segment in India. It is mainly due to two things, the best in class mileage and Suzuki’s after-sales network. The Baleno also comes with two engine options and both feel more refined than that of the Altroz. Baleno is also more engaging to drive and comes with an automatic gearbox which the Altroz misses on. 

But where the Baleno cannot match the Altroz is its cabin feel and ride quality. The Altroz feels more solid and is certainly more robust than the Baleno. The features on offer are neck and neck with Altroz providing a bit more for your money. We recommend that you should go for the Baleno if you want more space, fuel economy and a better after-sales network. The Altroz is for people who are looking for better driving dynamics and overall cabin experience.


Tata Altroz vs Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo is the only German car in this comparison and it certainly feels so behind its wheel. Polo feels like a solidly built product and the fit-finish inside its cabin is better than on the Altroz. The quality of plastics is also better in the Polo and it comes with a timeless design. But when compared to the Altroz the Polo feels cramped on the inside and cannot match the feature list or the ride quality of the Altroz. The Altroz is certainly more value for money product here.

Final Verdict

With the premium hatchback segment already on fire, the entry of the Altroz only adds fuel to the fire. Tata has made sure that it gives all the arsenal to the Altroz to go to war with the Baleno and the i20. Tata Motors has officially launched the car in PAN India on January 22, 2020. The Altroz then provides the best-in-class features, boot space and also ride quality. It seems like a car that certainly has the potential to send some tremors down the segment but only if it is priced on the competitive side by Tata Motors. 

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