What is it?
Tata’s answer to Maruti’s Celerio and Hyundai’s Santro. When the Tiago was launched in 2015, it replaced the aging Indica which had been on sale for 17 years or so. The Tiago, for certain, has come across as a better product than the Indica, for it offers a well built cabin, a chic design, good driving dynamics and sufficient space for five occupants. The Tiago has been a game-changer for Tata Motors in the last few years as it has been a step in the right direction. The proof of the pudding lies in its eating, and the Tiago’s sales are proof as to what Tata has accomplished in the recent past. For 2020, the Tiago receives a facelift that includes cosmetic changes, minor updates to the cabin and the deletion of a diesel engine.
The new Tiago looks a lot more matured; less cute and more aggressive with those sleeker, slimmer headlights up-front with the grille underlined by Tata’s signature chrome ‘Humanity Line’. The front bumper too has been heavily reworked to look different with sharp creases, a reshaped air dam and new fog light housings. The bonnet has been raised a bit, so as to meet current pedestrian safety norms. At the rear, the tail light inserts are new and the bumper has been tweaked to some extent too.
The changes on the inside are limited to the seat fabric, upholstery, steering, instrument cluster and touchscreen infotainment system. Apart from this, everything remains the same. For a budget car, the interior is well designed, and the quality on the dashboard and door pads is very impressive with its lumpy graining texture. The seats at the front are well shaped and comfortable. There’s a good amount of space at the rear as well, thanks to the scooped out front seats. Headroom could’ve been better though. There are lots of stowage spaces in the cabin and boot space is good at 242 litres. It gets features like a Harman audio system, digital instrument cluster, 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, electrically adjustable and foldable wing mirrors, drive modes and 15-inch alloy wheels
The Tata Tiago is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 83.8bhp and 114Nm of torque, paired either to an AMT gearbox or a 5-speed manual. The motor is very smooth and refined, and while some vibrations can be felt initially, as you pick pace, it smoothens out. It pulls in a peppy manner and feels quite responsive after 3000rpm. And the gearbox feels quite slick. The car gets two drive modes: Eco and City. The ride quality is pliant and you can barely feel any shocks inside the cabin. It is composed at high speeds and feels very planted in a straight line. Around corners, the car feels confident but steering isn’t exactly brimming with feedback. The brakes work impressively well though.
The Tiago is a huge, mighty step up from the Indica. It is stylish, spacious, decently refined and rides well over bad roads. We still wish Tata offered a peppier engine, but the current petrol engine is no slouch either. The Tiago has found many buyers all this while, and after its facelift, it is sure to sell in larger numbers. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.
What is it?