We can proudly say that Tata is one of the very few Indian manufacturers that loves taking risks. This is visible from their very unique line-up of cars over the years. They were always for providing the common man with cheap and accessible modes of transport and that's how we were treated with the unforgettable Tata Indica which was way ahead of its time. Tata is back at it again, to provide the masses with a straightforward, compact and fun to drive car, this time with the all-new 2020 Tigor.
An interesting trivia is that Tata Motors is the only car manufacturer with a clean and crisp set of products that sums up to three cars and three SUVs, to a total of six IC engine-powered cars. But the new Tigor is not only based on a newer platform but it also follows Tata’s new Impact design philosophy. The automaker is also expanding its reach by trying their hand at electrification and the latest outcome is the New 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 calls the design language of the Tigor as a “style back” instead of a compact sedan or a notchback. With the rise in popularity of compact sedans, Tata wants to get a fair share of this popularity with the Tigor. It started working on the Tiago in 2012 and was ready with the Tigor in 2013. This just goes on to show the dedication with which Tata motors now have been working on.
The main rivals of Tigor are in the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, and Hyundai Xcent. The Tigor is based on Tata Tiago in the same way as all of its rivals are also based on their respective hatchback platforms. Such a set-up enables automakers 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. 5,75,000(Ex-Showroom) and goes all the way up to Rs. 7,49,000 (Ex-Showroom). Tata has given the Tigor, both petrol as well as a diesel heart. Like the rivals, it also gets an AMT gearbox that helps it be more desirable to urban buyers.
Based on Tata’s new Impact Design Philosophy
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 gearbox is provided with XMA and XZA+ variants only. AMT gearbox is again, 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 price band is from Rs. 5.75 lakhs all the way to Rs. 7.49 lakhs which makes it one of the better value for money propositions.
XM / XMA
XZ+ / XZA+
Price Petrol (Ex-Showroom)
Rs. 6,10,000 /
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
Collapsible grab handles
ConnectNext Infotainment system by HarmanTM
Steering mounted audio & phone controls
ConnectNext 7-inch 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
Tata provides a similar number of variants and engine options as the rest of the rivals in the segment. Even the base trim is well equipped and doesn't give you a barebone feeling. The top of line variants focus on creature comfort features and thus is confined to the likes of aesthetics and comfort.
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 with 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.
Tata Tigor is offered in two engine and gearbox options. A 5-Speed Manual or 5-Speed AMT gearbox is coupled with the petrol engine and the diesel engine is available only with the 5-speed manual transmission. Both the engines are a 3-cylinder motor instead of the segment generic four-cylinder ones.
1.2L Petrol - Revotron
Tata Motors has taken this engine from the Tiago 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. With this engine, Tata Motors seems to have worked on the drawbacks of 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 has a very flexible character that doesn't need you to rev it, to enjoy it.
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 minimal gear changes. But like some of the other 3-cylinder motors, the city drive can get a bit jerky in extreme stop-go traffic. The bottom end is a dead zone and you need to crawl upto mid-range to pump some energy out of this mill.
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.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
1.2L 3 cylinder - Revotron
1.2-litre 4-cylinder i-Vtec
1.2-litre 4-cylinder Kappa VTVT
1.2-litre 4-cylinder K-series VVT
@ 3500 RPM
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. So, it is better to take it slow with the Tigor.
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 been tweaked and tuned for newer generation of 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 poorest power to weight ratio in this segment. The diesel mill feels much more refined as compared to other diesel engines in this class.
The extra torque helps it get off the line much smoother than anticipated. This engine also gets a small turbo but due to the short ratio gearbox, the turbo lag is almost negligible. Inside the city, the engine is almost effortless and can amble around in lower RPM. It only comes in a 5-speed manual gearbox that is a modified version of the one found in 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 added torque comes in handy while overtaking. Overall, this engine has better driveability than petrol but does not come with an AMT setup.
Tata seems to have a magic wand when it comes to tuning its suspension setup. The Tigor is no different then as it is one of the best fun-to-drive car in this segment. Within the city, the suspension easily soaks up bumps and potholes, keeping its passengers comfortable. This is due to the well-damped shock absorbers that can take a beating but still keep its composure.
On the highways, the vertical movement is kept in check and the car feels planted even at triple-digit speeds. Sharp bumps and potholes can creep into the cabin in the form of suspension thuds. Even on broken roads, the suspension performs admirably and shows mature ride quality nature.
The steering 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 the downside is that it fails to give a 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 in sharp corners. The steering is quite direct though and does not provide a very good level of feedback. Overall, ride and handling characteristics 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, Tigor is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its segment. It beats all its rivals except the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Suzuki remains the king of every segment, at least in terms of mileage figures. 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
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 you won't feel any co-relation with its forefathers including that of Indigo and Manza. Once you step inside and close the doors of the Tigor, you will start appreciating from the strong thud from its doors to the intrinsic level of details.
The Tigor feels like a very well built car and the quality of the interior is also above some of its rivals. Tata has now replaced the basic infotainment setup with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen. Ergonomics are also well sorted and all the buttons and knobs are built to last. The interior gets a black and white treatment which helps it be airier.
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 the best. The rear seats provide ample knee room with adequate shoulder room. The only drawback of the rear seat is its width as the Tigor does not feel wide enough and hence seating three occupants will be a challenge. It has a minor increase in legroom due to a 50 mm longer wheelbase than the Tiago.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
Almost all the cars of this segment provide a similar amount of space on the inside but Honda Amaze feels amazing due to the most spacious cabin. The Dzire trails closely behind the Amaze which is mainly due to its clever cabin layout. Hyundai comes in at last with the Tigor taking a neutral position here.
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. The various features it comes bundled with are listed below.
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 litres 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. Tata has given the Tigor a wider opening which makes it easier to load and unload cargo with ease.
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 outgoing 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.
Tigor has managed to score above average in NCAP scores which is also a feat that its competitors struggle to achieve. Safety is Tata's strong point and it has been used to the full extent here and the list of features that keep you the safest are listed below.
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 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.