Tata took its own sweet time to build the Tigor, and the car appears to be totally worth the wait. Tata is calling it a style back, and rightly so, as the boot looks well-integrated and overall, the car looks more proportionate than most of the competitors in this segment. Tiago is doing fairly well in the market and Tigor which is more so should do well too.
Is Tata Tigor a complete package? We compare it with the Hyundai Xcent and Volkswagen Ameo to find out.
Design and Exteriors
The name ‘Styleback’ is not just a marketing gimmick and Tata Tigor is a thoroughly re-engineered car that offers a more cohesive boot that gels well with the overall design. Even though the Ameo offers longest wheelbase, it does not look proportionate.
Tigor has a cavernous boot at 419 litres, thanks to its redesigned strut arrangement that does not eat up the inside space. Ameo and Tigor offer 170mm of ground clearance, so scraping their belly would not be easy, while Xcent makes do with 165mm of it.
|Design & Exterior||Tata Tigor||Hyundai Xcent||Volkswagen Ameo|
|Length||3992 mm||3995 mm||3995 mm|
|Width||1677 mm||1660 mm||1682 mm|
|Wheelbase||2450 mm||2425 mm||2470 mm|
|Height||1537 mm||1520 mm||1483 mm|
|Ground Clearance||170 mm||165 mm||170 mm|
|Bootspace||419 litres||407 litres||330 litres|
|Wheels||175/60 R15(P) (Alloy) / 175/65 R14 (D) (Alloy)||175/60 R15 (Alloy)||185/60 R15 (Alloy)|
Since the Grand i10 received an update recently, it does help the Xcent look distinct that carries a different grille and fog lamps. Likewise Tata Tigor gets double barrel headlamps at the front that makes it look different from the Tiago. Ameo however bears the exact face as the Polo.
Interiors and Features
Tigor uses dual-tone interiors and offers a music system from Harman. Touchscreen system comes integrated with app suite that supports juke-car app, Navi-maps app, smart remote app etc. Seats offer generous support and can comfortably seat three at the back. The headrests are large enough and look functional.
|Features||Tata Tigor||Hyundai Xcent||Volkswagen Ameo|
|Infotainment System||Touchscreen + Bluetooth + USB & SD card + Navigation + App Suite||Audio system with Bluetooth + USB connectivity + 1 GB internal memory + Navigation||Audio system + Bluetooth + USB + Navigation|
In addition, you get staples found on every car in this comparison like the steering mounted controls, dual front airbags and ABS. Unlike the rivals, Hyundai Xcent does not offer EBD. It also misses out on features like CSC and ESP that Tigor and Ameo offer respectively.
With features like cruise control, rain sensing wipers, hill hold etc. Ameo is best among the pack in terms of equipment. What makes Ameo even more attractive is the features like ABS and airbags which are available as standard.
Engine and Transmission
Unlike Tiago petrol, Tigor is equipped with a balancer shaft that works quite well in improving the overall NVH levels.
Among petrol motors, Tigor develops 85PS of power and is the most powerful of this lot. With 75PS, the Ameo is the least powerful followed by Xcent which develops 83PS of power. In terms of torque, the motors are more or less at par.
Tigor offers a 5 speed manual transmission with the petrol as well as diesel and there’s no option of automatic at the moment. While Volkswagen Ameo not only gets the most powerful diesel motor (develops 110PS of power), it also gets a 7-speed DSG transmission known as its quick shifts. Xcent offers 4-speed automatic transmission with petrol motor along with manual gearbox option.
|Engine and Transmission||Tata Tigor||Hyundai Xcent||Volkswagen Ameo|
|Displacement (cc)||1199 (P) / 1047 (D)||1197 (P) / 1120 (D)||1198 (P) / 1248 (D)|
|Gearbox||5 MT / 5 MT||5 MT & 4 AT / 5 MT||5 MT / 5 MT & 7-speed DSG|
|Cylinders||3 / 3||4 / 3||3 / 4|
|Power (PS)||85 / 70||83 / 72||75 / 110|
|Torque (Nm)||114 / 140||114 / 180||110 / 250|
|Fuel tank capacity (litres)||35||43||45|
Tigor is the best option among all if you wish to go with the petrol manual. With the long list of equipment, the Ameo make a very strong case for itself, however it’s the diesel that you should look at and not the petrol.