There are many car manufacturers in the Indian market which have tried to capture the market but failed. Tata Motors seems to be one such manufacturer, but where such manufacturers have quit the Indian market Tata Motors continues to perseverance. The result of such perseverance is the new Tata Tigor. The interesting thing to note is that Tata Motors is the only car manufacturer with 2 more products in the same segment, namely, the Zest and Indigo eCS. But the new Tigor is not only based on a newer platform but also follow Tata’s fresh new Impact design philosophy. Tata also seems to have worked on its launches as we have seen back to back new products coming from its stable, the latest one being the Nexon EV.
With the Tiago, Tata seems to have worked out well on one of its major drawbacks, the design. Tata’s current and upcoming cars are very different from their older cars which is the case with the Tigor as well. Tata likes to call the look of the Tigor a “style back” instead of a compact sedan or a notchback. With the rise in popularity of compact sedans, Tata wants to replicate the success of the Tiago here as well. It started working on the Tiago in 2012 and was ready with the Tigor in 2013. This just goes on to show what kind of a pace Tata motors now have been working on.
The main rivals of the Tigor are the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, and Hyundai Xcent. The Tigor is based on the Tata Tiago and the same way all the other of its rivals are also based on their hatchback platforms. Such a set up enables the car manufacturer to save cost as they just have to slap a boot onto an already designed and tested platform. The price of the Tigor starts from Rs. 5,49,990(Ex-Showroom) and goes all the way up to Rs. 7,89,994 (Ex-Showroom). It not only comes with a petrol engine option but also a diesel engine option. Like the other rivals, the Tigor also gets an AMT gearbox now which helps Tata to reach out to more urban buyers.
Superb build quality
Loaded with features
Not a 5 seater in the real sense
Mediocre 3-cylinder engine
Base on Tata’s new Impact Design Philosophy
Tata provides a similar number of variants and engine options as the rest of the rivals in the segment. The Tigor comes in 4 variants namely XE, XM, XZ, and XZ+. They are further dived into petrol and diesel engine options and the AMT versions are provided with XM, XZ and XZ+ variants only. The AMT gearbox is only available with the petrol engine option and does not come with a diesel engine option. Only a 5-speed manual gearbox is available with the diesel engine. The base variant of the Tigor is priced at Rs. 5,49,990 and the top of the line XZA+ variant is priced at Rs. 7,89,994.
XM / XMA
XZ / XZA
XZ+ / XZA+
6,14,994 / 6,59,994
6,44,994 / 7,10,809
6,99,994 / 7,44,994
Price Diesel (Ex-Showroom)
Crystal inspired LED tail lamp
All features of the XE variant and:
All features of the XM variant and:
All features of the XZ variant and:
Bottle & cup holder in front console
Piano Black shark fin antennae
Body colored ORVM
Collapsible grab handles
ConnectNext Infotainment system by HarmanTM
Steering mounted audio & phone controls
ConnectNext 7" Capacitive touchscreen
Driver & co-driver airbags
Speed-dependent volume control
Day & Night IRVM
-Tata Smart Remote
ABS with EBD & Corner Stability Control
Central Lock with Auto-Lock Feature
Park assist with camera
Multi drive mode: ECO & CITY
Electric adjustment for ORVM
Automatic climate control
If you are an urban commuter and use your car for most city commutes then we would recommend you go for the XMA variant which comes with an AMT gearbox. The XMA variant is also priced very attractively at Rs. 6,59,994 and provides you all the basic features that you require in a modern age vehicle. If you want most features in your car then we would recommend you go for the XZ+ variant which comes loaded with all the bells and whistles that you will require. It is also not limited to the petrol engine.
There are two engine options available with the Tigor and two gearbox options. The Tigor comes with an AMT gearbox with the petrol engine or a 5-speed manual gearbox. But the diesel engine is only available with the 5-speed manual transmission. Both the engines are a 3-cylinder motor instead of being 4-cylinder.
1.2L Petrol - Revotron
Tata Motors has taken this engine from the Tiago’s hood and slapped it under Tigor’s hood as well. There are not many changes made for the Tigor, given only a marginal increase in weight. This engine produces 85 PS of power at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 3000 rpm. This engine. Tata Motors seems to have worked on the drawbacks the Tiago and hence improved the NVH levels on the engine for the Tigor. Tata has added balancer shafts to keep the typical 3-cylinder engine’s vibrations in check. While being a very rev-happy engine, this engine does not beg you to be revved hard like some of the engines in its rivals.
Inside the city, this engine feels quite relaxed and the power is delivered in a very linear fashion. It does not feel sprightly but the engine performance feels adequate for city use. Inside the stop and go traffic the driveability is great as you can easily crawl around without many gear changes. But like some of the other 3-cylinder motors, the city drive can get a bit jerky in extreme stop-go traffic. You would have to rev the engine hard enough to get a smooth start. Once on the highway, you have to keep the engine on the boil to overtake slow-moving traffic quickly. This engine is certainly not a highway cruiser like many other 3 cylinder motors, it has been tuned towards the city use. The shifts of the gearbox are short and the clutch is very light which is a boon in city conditions.
The 5-speed AMT gearbox does a good job within the city conditions and is quite helpful in traffic conditions. It upshifts when required but only if treated with a light foot. If you accelerate aggressively it takes its own sweet time to downshift and get a move on.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
1.2L 3 cylinder - Revotron
1.2-liter 4-cylinder i-Vtec
1.2-liter 4-cylinder Kappa VTVT
1.2-liter 4-cylinder K-series VVT
84 bhp @6000rpm
88 bhp @6000rpm
81 bhp @6000rpm
81 bhp @6000rpm
114 Nm @ 3500 RPM
110 Nm @4800rpm
113 Nm @4000rpm
113 Nm @4200rpm
1.05 L Diesel - Revotorq
Tata has provided the Tigor with a diesel engine which was first seen in the Manza Hybrid. However, it has tweaked and tuned its engine for the new generation of its cars. This engine churns out a mere 69 Bhp of power and 140 Nm of peak torque. Due to its low power figures, it has one of the worst power to weight ratio in its segment. The diesel mill feels much more refined than the petrol motor. The extra torque of the diesel motor helps it get off the line in a smooth fashion. This engine also gets a small turbo but due to the short ratio of the gear shifts, the turbo lag is almost negligible. Inside the city, the engine is almost effortless and can amble around in lower rpms. It only comes in 5-speed manual gearbox and had been carried over from the Indigo e-CS. The clutch is on the lighter side too which helps in stop and go traffic conditions. On the highway, this motor feels more active than the petrol and the more torque comes in handy while overtaking. Overall, this engine has better driveability than petrol but does not come with an AMT gearbox.
Tata seems to have a magic wand when it comes to tuning a car’s suspension. The Tigor is no different then as it has one of the best ride quality in the segment. Within the city the suspension easily soaks the bumps and potholes, keeping its passengers comfortable. This is due to the well-damped shock absorbers which can really take a beating but still keep the feeling stable. On the highways, the vertical movement is kept in check and the car feels planted even on triple-digit speeds. Sharp bumps and potholes can creep into the cabin in form of suspension thuds. Once on broken roads, the suspension performs admirably and shows mature ride quality nature.
The steering of the Tigor remains quite light within the city which helps to get the Tigor in and out of tight parking spaces. It is the same unit carried over from the Tiago and fails to give any premium feel like some of its rivals. Once on the highway, the steering gains enough heft and the car feels confident. The body roll is minimal and Tigor feels planted even on sharp corners. The steering is quite direct though and does not provide a very good level of feedback. Overall, the ride and handling package of the Tigor is quite easy to live with and one of the best in its class.
Tata like every other car manufacturer knows how important fuel economy is for a developing nation like India. Hence, the Tigor is one of the most fuel-efficient cars of its segment. It beats all its rivals except the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Suzuki really remains the kind of every segment, at least in terms of fuel economy. But the Tigor is not far behind the Dzire as there is only a 1 kmpl difference in the mileage of both cars.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The Tigor manages to achieve such a high-efficiency figure due to the small engine displacement. It is the only engine in its segment which is not a 4 cylinder motor but a 3 cylinder. The Dzire achieves better figures than the Tigor with a 4 cylinder engine but that is due to its lighter kerb weight.
Tata has not only improved its cars in terms of design but also interior quality and comfort. The improvement is such that if you sit in the earlier Tata’s car like the Indigo, you would feel like the Tigor is not even made by the same car manufacturer. Once you step inside and close the doors of the Tigor, you will appreciate the strong thud sound from the doors. The Tigor feels like a very well built car and the quality of the interior is also above some of its rivals. Tata has not replaced the 2-music system with a 7’ inch infotainment touchscreen. Ergonomics are also well sorted and all the buttons and knobs feel built to last. The interior gets a black and white treatment which helps lift up the ambiance inside the cabin.
The front seats provide excellent under-thigh support and cushioning is a bit on the stiffer side. This a good thing for long journeys but the bolstering provided on the front seats could have been better. Finding a comfortable driving position is not much of a task and all-around visibility is good but not great. The rear seats provide ample knee room and the shoulder room is also adequate. The only drawback about the rear seat is the width of it as the Tigor does not feel wide enough and hence seating 3 will be a challenge. The Tigor has a minor increase in its legroom as it has a 50 mm longer wheelbase than the Tiago.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
Almost all the cars of this segment provide the same amount of space on the inside but the Honda Amaze feels the most spacious inside. The Dzire feels the second most spacious car followed by the Tigor and then the Hyundai Xcent.
Due to the recent launches in the segment, the touchscreen infotainment system has become the norm on top variants. Hence, Tata has silently updated the Tigor with a 7-inch infotainment screen. It is not the most well-integrated touchscreen but works admirably. It comes with 8 speakers which is the best in its class. It is also compatible with android auto and apple car play but does not come with an in-built GPS unit. The system is lag-free but does not come with any telematics system.
Bluetooth, AUX, USB
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Steering mounted controls
8 speaker Harman audio
The Tigor not only comes with one of the best mileage figures but also with one of the best boot space on offer. It offers 419 liters of booth space which is beaten only by the Honda Amaze but just by a margin. The boot has been given a practical shape but the loading lid is a bit on the higher side. The boot lid feels quite solid unline some of the wafer-thin materials used on some of its rivals.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
All the cars in the segment can easily gulp in a weekend worth of your luggage and you would not face many problems in terms of booth space. But when it comes to the sheer size, the Maruti Dzire lacks behind all its rivals with Amaze and Tigor taking the top spot.
Tata has made sure that the Tigor stands out in its segment in terms of the design. The Tigor does not look like any other car in its segment and Tata calls this styling a “Styleback”. On the front, the Tigor differentiates itself from its sibling the Tiago, by getting a different headlamp cluster. The rest of the things from the front remain the same. From the side, the Tigor does not look very boxy like other rivals and the boot looks well integrated.
The rear gets a chunky chrome strip that catches your eyes. From the rear, it seems like the Tigor has been lifted up but from the sides, it does not render any squatted stance. The Tigor gets diamond cut alloys in the top trims which help it look quite urban. The rear bumper juts out a little from the back and rear parking sensors come in quite handy due to this design. The car is slightly smaller than the Zest in length, width, and height. If you compare the dimensions with the Tiago, the length has gone up by 246 mm.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The Tigor is the shortest car in terms of length in its segment but the wheelbase is the second-longest after the Suzuki Dzire. The Tigor, even with the 3 cylinder engine is the heaviest car in its segment. The ground clearance is also one of the best in its segment which will help in clearing large potholes and speed-breakers.
Tata has been at the forefront of making safer cars ever since its Nexon received a 5-star crash rating by Global NCAP. The Tigor comes with dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard. It also comes with corner stability control. Tata claims that the structure of the Tigor is energy absorbent in case of a collision and makes the cabin safer.
ABS and EBD
Driver and Passenger airbags
ISOFIX child seat anchor point
Reverse parking sensors
Seat belt with pre-tensioners & load limiters
Speed-dependent auto door locks
Corner Stability Control
Honda has been seen to update its product line-up with exciting new launches like the Honda Amaze. The Amaze brings in the typical boxy design to the table whereas the Tigor looks quite different from its coupe-like design. The Amaze certainly comes with a much more exciting and a powerful engine. But it’s infotainment and audio system is no match for the Tigor. The ride of the Amaze is also not as good as that of the Tigor.
When it comes to fuel efficiency, there is nothing in the market that can beat a Suzuki. The Dzire has been updated by Suzuki and now get many more features to differentiate from the Swift. The Dzire comes with more features and space on offer. It is also backed by the excellent after-sales service network of Maruti Suzuki. But the Dzire cannot quite match the ride and handling of the Tigor and fails to feel as robust as the Tigor.
Hyundai’s Xcent’s successor has already been launched by the Hyundai now, which is called the Aura. But the Xcent still continues to be on sale. The fact that the Xcent had to be updated shows a lot about the drawbacks of the product. It fails to stand out in the segment but gets all the basics right. It comes with a tried and tested refined engine and also comes with Hyundai’s extensive after-sales network. The Tigor is better than the Xcent in almost all aspects then and costs cheaper as well.
Tata has given the Tigor everything that a customer is looking for in this segment. It certainly could have done with a better and more powerful engine option. It offers the best ride quality and comes with very frugal engine options. Tata has also undercut all its rivals from the price perspective. The Tigor comes with almost everything a customer is looking for, making it a car worth considering if you are in the market for buying a compact-sedan.