They say the need for a revolution is quite
simply the need to reinvent one's self in a manner of being contemporary. When
Tata Motors brought out their Tiago hatchback, their sentiment for a revolution
became evident. The Tiago is not just contemporary in design but every inch and
corner of this vehicle brings a breath of freshness. In my mind I can only
imagine that when the people at Tata envisioned the Tiago they may have
realised it is time to show the world their true engineering skills. In their
bid to overcome stiff competition they brought forth a warrior.
1047cc, 12V, Diesel
Front: McPherson Strut
Rear: Twist Beam with Coil Spring
Rs. 5.54,000 lakh
(ex showroom Delhi)
At first glance the Tiago does not look
like a car designed by an Indian brand but the large Tata symbol sitting on the
honey comb grill in the front gives one a reassuring feeling that this is the
very same Indian brand. The styling is uber modern and has a definite road
presence with smooth flowing lines running from front to back. The rising belt
line running smack into the middle of the tail lamps gives the Tiago a very
sculpted and muscular look. The Tiago also features a tidy use of chrome bits
here and there, thus rendering an executive appeal. The sharp design of the
head lamps and tail lamps gives the Tiago a very distinct personality and wild
cat like appeal.
At the heart of this wild cat is an eager
1.05 litre, 3 pot, diesel mill which despite being small has enough oomph to
thrill your senses. The eager 3 pot puts out 69bhp at 4000rpm, which may seem
to be less but is actually not the case. The engine posts its peak power once
crossing the mid range on the rpm band and at 4500 revs there is nothing more on
offer. This does make things a bit complicated as you end up working the gears
a bit but then again if that is an issue for you only an automatic will solve
the problem. The exciting bit on the Tiago is its 140 Newton meters of torque
which is available from 1800-3000 rpm. Between this range a smooth and gradual
increase in speed is adequate to woo you. The diesel variant of the Tiago
returns almost 27kms to the litre making it one of the most efficient hatches
in its class. So if cruising on highways is your thing or you need speed for
zipping in city traffic the Tiago has you covered on both fronts.
The Tiago sits on 175/ 65 R14 tyres which
have a profile matching the proportions of this car. The tyres grip the road
well and the McPherson Strut in the front and Twist Beam with coil spring in
the rear cater for a smooth and stable ride. The suspension setup extends a
pleasurable drive experience and the car has great capability on road. Tata
being an Indian company also knows the country's road conditions very well,
their Tiago hatchback can take on bad roads with ease. Riding over potholes,
bumps and broken roads is not that troublesome and the suspension soaks in most
of the jolts and jerks. Braking on this hot hatch is facilitated by discs in
the front and drum brakes in the rear. We performed multiple panic braking test
in controlled environments and not once did the Tiago disappoint us in this
When you enter the cabin of the Tiago you
will be treated with a mix of great quality and modern design philosophy. The
Tiago features a very executive looking dash with plenty of chrome tit-bits and
a sumptuous use of piano black finish. I am not a big fan of the piano black
finish as it leaves finger prints but then again it does look really handsome
on the dash, complimenting the looks from every angle. The quality of plastics
used and the build of the Tiago from the inside is good. From certain angles
the design language of the dash seems to have been borrowed from Jaguar Land
Rover. The contemporary looking interiors along with comfortable seating
provides a wholesome package for customers of the Tiago.
The Tiago also comes packed with features
which are quite handy and improve the overall user experience of this car. The Tiago comes with a multi-function steering
wheel, Harman surround sound multimedia infotainment setup with Bluetooth, AUX
and USB connectivity, vanity mirrors, electrically adjustable ORVMs, day-night
rear view mirror, cooled glovebox, navigation and mobile phone integration. On
the safety front the Tiago comes with ABS, rear parking sensors, driver and
passenger airbags, crash sensors, follow me home headlamps, Electronic
Brakeforce Distribution (EDB) and Corner Stability Control. The overall package of the Tiago is infact a
great one, which makes it one of Tata's revolutionaries in changing the
company's image in the market. This compact hatch offers plenty of comfort,
space, features and performance all at a price point of Rs. 5.5 lakh
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