Compact SUVs are pretty popular in India; so are compact sedans. For compact sedans, it harks all the way back to the Tata Indigo eCS that gave rise to the sub 4-metre segment. Then the Zest followed at a later stage, but somehow never managed to set the sales charts ablaze. A sedan version of the Tiago eventually happened, and Tata called it the Tigor. It was known as a styleback and was produced keeping in mind the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford Aspire and Hyundai Xcent. This three-box design concept has gripped the market and lured a lot of buyers, and for 2020, the Tigor receives a fresher face, a BSVI-compliant petrol engine and of course, a revised cabin as well.
The 2020 Tata Tigor looks identical to the 2020 Tata Tiago from up-front. It sports a grille that gets a chrome ‘humanity line’ below it, flanked by sharp, swept-back headlamps. The front bumper has been revised too and gets high-set fog lamps and a new air dam. It also boasts of a raised bonnet. The side profile consists of 15-inch, laser-cut alloy wheels. We also like the coupe-like roofline. At the rear, it gets revised tail light clusters, a new bumper and a stubby boot section. In terms of dimensions, the Tigor is 3992mm in length, 1677mm in width and 1537mm in height. The wheelbase stretches across at 2450mm. The throttle is responsive, and power delivery is linear. If driven hard, the engine does get a bit noisy. The steering is weighty, and around corners, the Tigor is sure-footed. However, there is some body roll. Pot holes are soaked in with ease and the tyres provide decent grip. In terms of specifications, it gets a 1199cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that makes 84bhp and 113Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. The engine is BSVI compliant. Also, the base-spec trim weighs in at 992kgs.
The Tata Tigor has a fuel tank capacity of 35 litres. In terms of mileage, the petrol model is capable of returning 21kmpl by ARAI, in BSVI guise.
Inside, the cabin is well put together. It gets the steering from the new Tiago, and the dashboard is made of some really good plastics. The front seats are large and comfortable and get upholstery that is different from the older car. Visibility from the driver’s seat is good. At the back, there is ample headroom and legroom for up to three occupants. And the central armrest can be folded. Features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Harman infotainment system which has aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity for telephone functions and audio streaming, cooled glovebox, Juke Car app, steering-mounted audio and phone controls, follow-me-home headlamps, multi-drive modes, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, height-adjustable driver’s seat, multi-information display and rear park assist with display. In terms of safety, it is equipped with rear parking sensors, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and corner stability control.
The Tata Tigor is sold in five shades: Deep Red, Pure Silver, Arizona Blue, Pearlescent White and Daytona Grey. The paint quality and finish for all the shades is excellent. We particularly found the Deep Red to be the most striking of all colours, but the one that’s sure to be a hit among Indian car buyers is Pure Silver.
All the details regarding the Tata Tigor – namely, the engine, specifications, variant-wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors and exterior details are extensively covered in the company’s model brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early 2020, the Tata Tigor is available in six variants. The price for the base XE variant is ₹ 5.75 lakh, the price for the XM variant is ₹ 6.1 lakh, the price for the XZ variant is ₹ 6.5 lakh, the price for the XMA variant is ₹ 6.6 lakh, the price for the XZ Plus variant is ₹ 6.99 lakh and the price for the XZA Plus variant is ₹ 7.49 lakh. (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The variant-wise on-road prices are available at autoX.
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