Tata Motors' Tigor has undergone significant improvement
Ride quality is the highlight of the Tigor. Pics/Sanjay Raikar
After being quiet for a while, Tata Motors is now launching a slew of new cars and SUVs. It began last year with the launch of the Tiago. Then came the Hexa and now the Tigor.
At the front is the dual coloured bumper with the Tata signature grille. The split LED tail-lamps and the integrated high-mounted LED stop light accentuate the width of the car. The tall stance of the car and its big wheel-arches let down the good-looking car as they make the 15-inch wheels look small.
Boot is held up by struts rather than hinges for more room
However, we would like to see more consistency in the fit-and-finish of the plastics used in the interior. The quality of fabric is good and the bolstering provides good support and comfort. The utilisation of the interior space is amazing as there are 24 utility spaces inside the car. The legroom at the rear is very good for this segment. The steering is adjustable for tilt but we would like to have telescopic adjustment as the steering wheel feels a little close to the driver.
On the safety front, the car is equipped with dual airbags as standard fitment across the range. The braking is taken care of by discs on the front wheels and drums at the rear. The braking is aided by an advance anti-locking braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and corner stability control (CSC). The electric power steering is engineered for light and precise feel. It is easy to manoeuvre the car through traffic and there is plenty of feedback at high speed.
The Revotron petrol engine comes with City and Eco modes
The Tigor comes with two engine options: a 1,000-cc three-cylinder DOHC four-valve-per-cylinder Revotorq diesel engine, and a 1,200-cc three-cylinder DOHC four-valve-per-cylinder petrol Revotron engine. Both have a five-speed gearbox.
The petrol engine has two engine performance modes: eco and city. It delivers decent performance as it has good driveability and it pulls comfortably from 1,400 rpm to 6,000 rpm. The gear ratios are well matched to the power and torque delivery. However, the engine performance is adequate, refinement is good and you won't feel that you are driving a three-cylinder motor.
The Revotorq diesel plant has that little bit more of an edge
The extra torque from the diesel motor helps driveability. The power delivery is quite linear. There is no surge of power and it becomes stronger as the rpm builds up. The engine refinement is very good and it does not feel like a three-pot diesel motor. The performance is adequate. One can cruise comfortably at 100-110 km/h in both the cars.
The quality of the interior is decent, but not consistent
The most impressive part of the car is the ride quality; it's amazing the way it rides over rough roads and speed-breakers. The downside to the long travel suspension is the body-roll, though we are willing to sacrifice it for the excellent ride quality.
The team at Tata Motors has done a great job with the Tigor and it is time their cars gave others a run for their money.