The Tiago is the quintessential small city car and has helped Tata Motors attain footfalls in dealerships and not without reason. The Tiago has all the right ingredients to make it a hit. We asked Tata Motors for a long term car that we could sample for a few months. While we wanted the AMT petrol, Tata Motors only had the diesel to offer, which we picked up without hesitation. After all, why not take the benefits of better fuel economy and lower running costs.
What we like?
There’s plenty of positives inside the cabin. The Harman stereo for one is brilliant for its sound quality. Then there are the comfortable front seats. They simply offer brilliant cushioning and great support. But the best thing about the Tiago is its sense of reassurance when you step into the cabin. The way the door shuts ‘thud’ with authority will make you feel safe with your loved ones each time you take it out for a spin. The diesel engine also feels adequately powered and you will never be found wanting for power on the highway or the city. Fuel economy is good too. We have been logging a consistent 16kpl in the city and around 18kpl on highway runs with a load of two occupants and the AC on the second fan setting. Another big boon is the ride comfort. The Tiago rides as if it were a much bigger car and one that can take on the potholes and completely cushion their harsh ride. It’s simply brilliant.
What could be improved?
The infotainment system feels like it’s an afterthought. The screen looks rather small and the buttons are fiddly to operate as well. The black and white menus simply look outdated in today’s day and age of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. Also, Tata Motors hasn’t paid any attention to detail inside the cabin. You get only one big bottle holder in the middle of the cabin. The door bins can’t hold anything more than a folded newspaper and that’s something you will truly lament on a long highway trip during a hot summer day.
Overall, we are truly enjoying this small wonder from the house of Tata. It seems to be the quintessential small city car with its strong mix of agility, fuel economy and low running costs. Stay tuned for another report soon to see how much we’ve enjoyed it further.