When it comes to making small cars Maruti
Suzuki definitely understands the market very well but another Indian auto
maker is slowly making headway in this segment. Tata Motors launched their
Tiago more than a year back and the hatch has done very well for Tata. Fast
forward to 2017 where Tata launched the Tiago with an automatic transmission.
We get our hands on it to figure out just how good this machine is.
1199cc, 3 Cylinder, Petrol
McPherson Strut with coil springs
Dual Path Strut, semi independent
To begin with, Tata has ticked quite a few
boxes with the Tiago. In my book it scores well in terms of looks, features,
powertrain, build quality and price. Now Tata is offering the Tiago with an
automatic transmission. The entire package makes a lot of sense as it just adds
to the convenience of a city dweller. The AMT transmission on the Tiago has been
manufactured by Magneti Marelli and is specifically available on the top end
XZA variant of the Tata Tiago which comes loaded with features. The
transmission is a 5-speed unit which only comes mated to Tata's 1.2L, 3
cylinder, petrol unit.
The 5-speed AMT unit is smooth. When
ambling around in city traffic you will not even notice gearshifts and that
makes the drive all the more delightful. The transmission also gets a creep
function which was quite handy when driving in stop and go traffic. Release the
brake pedal and the car will inch forward without any inputs from the
accelerator. If you want to get going in a hurry, all you need to do is push
down on the tiny 'S' button on the gear lever console and then floor the
While driving in city mode the transmission
responds well and up shifts are not that noticeable. Put a little more pressure
on the accelerator and you will find it takes a wee bit of time to down shift a
gear before it builds up the revs and zooms off. But when you engage Sport
mode, the response is much better, the engine essentially is quicker through
the gears and gets going in a hurry. The transmission sits well with the 1.2L,
3 pot petrol motor. It does feel a small bit jumpy when in traffic and may over
rev at times. This however is only noticed in Sport mode.
To sum up things for you, the Tiago with an
AMT equals effortless motoring. We drove the Tiago through open highways and on
choked Delhi roads. All I can tell you is that I loved the drive. The AMT does
all the hard work when in traffic and the woes of clutching are laid to rest.
What makes the Tiago even better in my book is the package being offered. Tata
has packed in many features like electrically adjustable ORVMs, Bluetooth, AUX
and USB connectivity for the infotainment setup, Harman sound system and lots
more. The Tiago offers arguably the best space and comfort in its class and
with the addition of an AMT the package gets a whole lot better. For a price
point of Rs. 5.25 lakh (ex-showroom) I don't think you would be getting a
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