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Tata Tiago NRG Review: Prices, Offers, Specs, Mileage & Pics

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Jan 27 2020 Share this blog

After successfully completing nearly a million sales of Tata Tiago, Tata launched the beefed-up variant of their smallest hatchback. Tiago NRG is fairly new to the market with roots deep just over a year now. Tata did a great job in the segment by giving a strong and fuel-efficient hatchback in the form of Tiago which has been further enhanced up by NRG. Since Tata has bought JLR, the company has tried to implement the technologies used by the British manufacturers into their own products. This segment is the most crucial one and maintaining the top spot is a challenge for every manufacturer. 

What’s new

  • New design language

  • New alloy wheels design

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

What’s good

  • Build quality and finish

  • Powerful revotron engine

  • Comfortable seats

What’s bad

  • Useless AMT gearbox

  • Lazy ECO mode throttle response

Tata Tiago NRG Variants and Features

Tata Tiago starts at Rs. 5.49 lakhs(ex-showroom) for the Petrol variant and goes all the way to Rs. 6.89 lakhs(ex-showroom) for the Diesel variant. Tata Tiago offers a lot of features and equipment to its occupants in this price range. All the variants of Tiago NRG have exactly similar specs and feature apart from the engine and gearbox. 

Model

Petrol

Petrol AMT

Diesel

Price

Rs. 5.94 lakhs

Rs. 6.39 lakhs

Rs. 6.89 lakhs

Engine

1.2-liter petrol

1.2-liter petrol

1.1-litre turbo diesel

Key Features*

Dual-tone hyper style wheels

Dual-tone hyper style wheels

Dual-tone hyper style wheels


Park assist with sensors and display

Park assist with sensors and display

Premium full fabric seats


12.7 cm touchscreen unit

12.7 cm touchscreen unit

12.7 cm touchscreen unit


4-speakers with tweeters

4-speakers with tweeters

4-speakers with tweeters

* Tata Tiago NRG offers similar features in all the three variants. 

We recommend

We recommend you to buy the Petrol manual variant which is priced at Rs 5.94 lakhs(ex-showroom). Packed with features like touchscreen infotainment, sporty alloy wheels, and projector headlamps. The Petrol manual will be a modest option out of all three offerings.

Tata Tiago NRG Engine and performance

Tata Tiago NRG is powered by a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder Revotron petrol engine, as a base variant - Tata Tiago packs a punch of 83 bhp and 114 Nm of torque. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.1-liter 3-cylinder unit which is good for 69 bhp and 140 Nm of peak torque. Both the engine options are mated with a 5-speed manual and only the petrol engine is offered with an AMT which, to be honest, is useless. 

Model

Tata Tiago NRG

Ford Freestyle

Maruti Celerio X

Price

Rs.5.94 lakhs 

Rs. 7.21 lakhs

Rs. 5.40 lakhs

Engine

1199 cc 3-cylinder Revotron engine

1194 cc 3-cylinder petrol engine

998 cc 3-cylinder petrol engine

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power

83 bhp @6000rpm

94 bhp @6500rpm

67 bhp @6000rpm

Torque

114 Nm @3500rpm

120 Nm @4250rpm

90 Nm @3500rpm

We tested the Tiago NRG petrol manual variant, the Revotron unit despite being powerful, is modest on the acceleration part. On the higher side of the tachometer, there is a traditional 3-cylinder symphony that can be felt inside the cabin. Steering feedback is linear and the car responds in a very positive manner. Taking Tiago NRG to triple digits is not a hassle at all but keeping those revs high for long may bring some strain on the unit. 


How stable is Tiago NRG?

Tata Tiago NRG has a prominent advantage in the city driving due to its smaller size. Lightweight steering makes the maneuverability in congested areas a breeze. There is a noticeable amount of body roll which can be felt maximum during heavy cornering or sudden change of lanes at high speeds. The suspension system underneath does its job pretty well by absorbing road bumps. However, going over uneven bumps at high speeds might take away your confidence. Even under hard braking, there is not much body roll that inspires the braking confidence. Brake pedals feel a little spongy but do their job well for which Tiago stops confidently on those 14-inch tyres. Tata has provided an adequate amount of cabin insulation which keeps the NVH levels under control. 


What’s the Mileage of Tata Tiago NRG?

This segment is mostly adhered to by the customers who upgrade from either bike and being their first four-wheeler, the foremost factor to decide their buy is the mileage. Tata Tiago NRG does the job well in this department by providing an overall mileage of 23.8 kmpl. Rivals in the segment also offer similar figures but creature comfort and engine refinement keep NRG a step ahead of others.

Model 

Tata Tiago

Ford Freestyle

Maruti Celerio X

Mileage

24.0 kmpl

18.2 kmpl

23.2 kmpl

Tank Capacity

35 liters

42 liters

35 liters

Range

840 kms

760 kms

810 kms

Although these small hatchbacks are not meant for long highway journeys, if you want to do one, fuel stops will be minimal in this case. Tata Tiago NRG might be the most fuel-efficient of the lot but a smaller design and space crunch for a family places it steps below Ford. 

Tata Tiago NRG Design & Styling

Moving upwards of the iconic design lines of Tata Indica, Tiago is a more beautiful looking kid from the stable of big chunky SUVs. Design cues are fresh in the case of Tiago, unlike any other Tata. The front looks sharp with front grille merging into wraparound headlights which does their job well. 

Front bumper hosts a pair of fog lights and a huge air dam which allows for more cool air into the engine bay. Side profile of Tiago shows the cues and lines on which the whole design is based, the window crease runs parallel along the shoulder line merging seamlessly into taillights.

Model 

Tata Tiago

Ford Freestyle

Maruti Celerio X

Length

3793 mm

3954 mm

3731 mm

Width

1665 mm

1737 mm

1635 mm

Height

1587 mm

1570 mm

1565 mm

Ground Clearance

180 mm

185 mm

165 mm

Curb Weight

1017 kgs

1036 kgs

842 kgs

Wheelbase 

2400 mm

N/A

2425 mm

Rear-end looks rather like grand-i10 but characteristic Tata lines and Badge differentiate it from the inspiration. Rear bumper boasts black plastic cladding which imitates a diffuser-type look and adds to the aesthetic character of the vehicle. Those 14-inch fit well into the wheel gap and goes well with the overall design. 

Tata Tiago NRG Interior Comfort and Seating

The department where Tata Tiago NRG gives a run for money to the Ford for the cabin feels and roominess offered to its occupants. The company has put in the use of high-quality plastics and fabrics to keep the uplevel feel of the cabin intact. The company has used curved hexagonal shaped design in the cabin, majorly noticeable in steering and infotainment housing. The steering wheel is small and grippy with enough clearance for a proper outside view. The dashboard is flat and houses all the necessary bits and bobs in place within reach. The fit and finish are what impresses us, despite being the entry-level product there is no ill-fitted panel in sight.

Once you get seated inside the seats will impress you just like other components of the interior. Those front seats are comfortable and give proper support to both bolster and lower back. The front seats are manually adjustable with height adjustment offered in all the variants. Even the top variants miss out on leather-wrapped seats which are not something we were expecting either. Rear bench occupies three people with ease but due to limited leg-space, long journeys may become a tiring affair. Wide window openings and adequate sized rear glass makes the cabin feel roomy and adds more to the cabin space.


Infotainment 

Tata tried to squeeze in all the best equipment they could in this price bracket. With segment-leading, Harmon powered audio system paired with 4-speaker and 4-tweeter combo sounds superb. There is no touch screen option, however, the system does offer AUX-in, Bluetooth mobile connectivity for calling and music streaming. To add more to the fun of mobile connectivity, the system can be paired with 4-5 mobile devices at once along with navigation notification read-out sounds. JukeApp allows all the mobile devices to add songs to the playlist on the primary device connected to the infotainment, looks like no one is going to fight for music anymore. 


Infotainment Features

  • Bluetooth music streaming

  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto

  • AUX-in audio input

  • 4-speakers with tweeters

  • JukeApp support

  • Steering mounted controls

  • Harmon powered audio module


Boot capacity

Despite its small size Tata Tiago NRG is capable of hauling around 240 liters of cargo space which is adequate for a weekend getaway. The advantage of the boot latch of Tiago is the low loading point which makes the moving of cargo much easier. 

However, there is not an electromagnetic boot release along with the central locking system, which means you have to unlock the boot with the key separately. Just in case if you have to increase the boot space, just fold down the rear seats and you’re good to go.

Model 

Tata Tiago

Ford Freestyle

Maruti Celerio X

Boot capacity

242 liters

257 liters

235 liters

Seating

5

5

5

Ford Freestyle looks small in size but inside it offers a decent amount of cabin space with segment-leading boot space. The boot latch is connected with central locking which gives it an edge over Tiago.

Tata Tiago NRG Safety & Reliability

Safety has been the most discussed topic in recent times related to how manufacturers offer safety measures to their customers. Tata has taken a leap in the passenger safety ratings and improved a lot over their past products. Tata has been producing one of the safest cars in the segment and Tiago NRG offers the same level of safety. Loaded with basic safety features like ABS, EBD and both front airbags, NRG sets a benchmark in the segment for safety ratings. The construction of the structure of Tiago NRG is composed of lightweight alloys that offer a high level of safety and rigidity.


Tata Tiago NRG Head on Head Competition 

Tata Tiago VS Ford Freestyle

Tata Tiago NRG is a clear cut vision of how to make things better when they’re already good. Ford Freestyle came into the Indian market a year back but still does not tend to impress people. Tiago NRG is a brilliant product for its price and with the sturdy build quality, Tiago offers a safe option to people. Ford Freestyle is much more expensive than NRG looking at the value for money between two. Tiago NRG is a better choice considering price, design, features, and safety in mind. 


Tata Tiago VS Maruti Celerio X

Maruti Celerio served for more than 5 years before going under the knife for a complete overhaul earlier this year. Maruti knows how to offer the best in the segment creature comfort and features to their customers which is the case here. Celerio X is, however, a flop product with weird styling and design ideology. Tata Tiago NRG looks way better and is a cheaper alternative with fully loaded variants. 


Tata Tiago NRG Final Verdict

Tata Tiago NRG is a fun little car to drive around the city with its peppy 1.2-liter Revotron engine. Tiago NRG offers a good amount of creature comfort and equipment to the occupants with a trendy exterior styling. Tata has jumped leagues in terms of occupant safety which has been implemented into Tiago NRG too. If you are looking for a safe compact hatchback with a basic day to day use features, Tata Tiago NRG emerges as a wonderful choice.

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