Tata has been in the hatchback segment since a long time. The famous hatchback – Indica has been around since a long time and at one point of time, almost all the cabs on the road carried the Tata Indica badge on it. Now that the market has come a long way and Tata wanted to leave a mark on the private vehicle market instead of ruling the commercial market alone. The change started with the announcement of Horizonext, through which Tata announced new vehicles and a complete makeover of its passenger vehicles. The first car to come out was the Zest, which was followed by Bolt – another hatchback in the shape of Indica. The market really did not like it and hence came the third car – Tiago. Now Tiago was originally named as Zica or Zippy Car which had to be changed weeks before the launch given the similarity with a viral name. Tiago is built on an all-new platform and is powered by all-new engines. How good the car is? Let’s find out!
The car has been redesigned thoroughly with inputs from Tata’s global studios situated at India, UK and Italy. The new family design can be seen in the up front with the signature grille and the swept back headlamps. The bumper has been nicely designed with a lot of grille elements to provide better air supply and make the car look a lot better.
From the side, the Tiago looks very smart with strong shoulder line that runs to the tail lam and 14-inch alloy wheels that do not look small on this car. The good looks of the car continue to shower in the rear of the vehicle too. The rear continues to complement the overall look of the vehicle with wrap around tail lamps, angular boot lid, spoiler and what not. Tata has done fairly good job of making this car look apart from the Indica clan.
Being a Tata product, Tiago deems very well for interior quality and finish. Tata has solved a lot of space related problem with Zest and Bolt is now solved with the Tiago, there are ample bottle holders and small spaces to keep the small things safely.
The car also comes loaded with features. The infotainment system syncs with your smartphone to show navigation, play music and take calls. The steering wheel also gets controls for the infotainment system.
Space inside the car is generous, the seats feel very supportive and the cabin itself is very airy with the big windows in the rear. Three passengers in the rear bench seat will have to fight a little for space but it won’t be uncomfortable if travelling smaller distance and the occupants are not planning to laze around.
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All new three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines power the Tiago. The petrol 1.2-litre Revotron engine churns out a maximum of 85 PS and 114 Nm of torque. The diesel Revotorq engine is 1.05 litre and is a derivative of the four-cylinder engine that powers the other Tata products. The diesel engine makes 70 PS of maximum power along with 140 Nm of torque.
Should you buy one?
Tata has been known for making lasting products. This one is no different and to tell you about the after-sales service cost, it is almost nothing. The Tiago starts at just Rs. 3.20 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 3.95 lakg for the diesel. If you are looking for a car which is fresh on the eyes and also is as economical as a car of this segment can be, this is the one. Be sure to check for a nearby dealership before you go for Tiago. Tata service centres have become scarce up lately, and if you are buying a product, make sure that you have the support when you need it.