If you have always liked the Tata Tiago hatchback but always wanted something with a bit more space and a bigger boot, then the Tigor (pronounced Tee-gore) is the car for you. That it looks much more stylish from the hatchback is an added bonus. Tata is hoping that these sharp looks will pull buyers into their showrooms, in this highly competitive entry sedan segment already dominated by the Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze among others. Tata also hopes that the notchback styling will appeal to a wide buyer audience and the company will manage to pull in customers from even other segments, including the premium hatchback space.
The car looks exactly the same from the front end except the slightly modified grille as well as the blackened out headlamps design. The side profile is similar as well till the C-pillar. The 14-inch wheels with their diamond cut specially look cool. The sloping roofline at the back is neatly integrated with the rest of the design and is the talking point of the car. The rear with its notchback design looks really cool and classy. The rear lamps are reminiscent of the much bigger and posher Jaguar XE (also owned by Tata Motors). The Tigor looks different from any other sedan out there in the market. Overall, it’s a design that will please the eyes of a wide audience.
The cabin is exactly the same one as found on the Tata Tiago hatchback, so you get the same 5-inch touchscreen, which houses the AC controls as well as the infotainment system. There are plenty of apps also, which you can use with this system. The Harman speakers are phenomenal in terms of sound output and this stereo could do justice on a car with a much higher price tag. Seat comfort is very good and there is plenty of leg and shoulder room on offer at the back. The seat cushioning all across is good too and this car really feels like it’s made for comfort. The quality of the interiors is good as well.
The boot is nice and wide and at 419-litres it’s the biggest in this segment as well.
Engine, performance and gearbox
You get the same set of diesel and petrol engines as you do on the Tiago hatchback although Tata has worked hard on improving the noise and vibration levels. That said, the Tata Tigor still can’t compete with the Japanese rivals for sheer quietness and refinement inside the cabin on both the engines.
Performance wise both engines are good and offer good responsiveness as well. The petrol in particular loves to rev and has eager responses to the throttle. Progress on both engines is brisk, however the diesel feel out of breath when you push it hard on the highway. It simply lacks the top-end grunt that you’d want while doing quick overtaking manoeuvres out there.
Ride and handling
The ultra-light steering wheel means that driving around town is a cinch and parking this car into tight spaces is a breeze as well. The ride quality is very good as well with the Tigor soaking in most bumps at slower city speeds. Highway stability is good as well with the car giving you a sense of confidence.
The Tigor will simply wow you with its length of talents. It looks good, has a rich features list and one of the best cabins when it comes to comfort. Overall, it’s a car that you shouldn’t ignore.