Having pushed the Tata Tiago petrol and the Tigor diesel for a big a part of their time with us, I contemplate myself to be properly certified to let you know about life with the brand new Tata in our storage. It’s one other Tigor alright, albeit with a vital distinction – this one’s a petrol-automatic. Extra exactly, a petrol-AMT. What I’m eager to know is how properly the Tigor AMT performs within the hustle and bustle of Mumbai site visitors.
First issues first, this automotive makes a greater first impression than the Tigor diesel. It’s some half all the way down to the color (the Tigor appears its finest in pink) however it’s predominantly the wheels that catch your eye. Petrol Tigors include bigger 15-inch wheels (diesel variants get 14-inch alloys) with a trendy five-spoke design and diamond-cut end that do their bit to reinforce the distinctive design. I like that the Tigor doesn’t appear like a hatchback moulded right into a sedan. Personally, I like the best way the boot has been integrated; the ‘Styleback’ tag shouldn’t be a misnomer, I can let you know that. One other cool styling factor is the full-width LED auxiliary cease lamp above the rear glass.
My stint with the Tigor AMT began on the peak of the monsoons. Frankly, it’s the worst time of the yr to be out driving what with the roads disintegrating and site visitors snarls all via the day. Fortunately, with 170mm of floor clearance, the Tigor has managed the unhealthy roads commendably properly. In site visitors, I’m glad it’s the electronics doing the gearshifts for me. The AMT comes with a creep perform, which works fairly properly. Whereas the sedan does a good job of navigating at sluggish speeds, the gearbox additionally makes it clear it isn’t probably the most refined of programs round. The automotive feels torpid and jerky when you choose up pace, however regularly smoothens out as soon as you might be in third gear at speeds over 50kph.
The Tigor gives two drive modes, Metropolis and Sport. In Metropolis mode, the automotive jumps into a better gear sooner in pursuit of higher gasoline financial system. Upshifts aren’t that jerky and the automotive strikes to the fifth gear at speeds of round 75kph. Once you wish to overtake shortly, a weighty press on the throttle drops down a gear or typically even two, which is nice. There may be, nevertheless, a noticeable pause earlier than the engine responds after downshifting. The Tigor feels extra responsive in Sport mode because it holds the gear a bit longer.
The 85hp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine shouldn’t be actually easy, however it does the job properly so long as you don’t push it too exhausting. So far as gasoline financial system figures go, I’ve pushed the automotive only for metropolis commutes to this point and after finishing near 1,700km, a gasoline financial system of 10.3kpl (in Metropolis mode) is under no circumstances unhealthy, particularly for a automotive this new. I’m anticipating this determine to climb regularly because it begins munching extra kilometres.
What we have now with us is the top-spec XZA trim, which suggests, other than these trendy alloy wheels, it will get 4 energy home windows, fog lamps and colored bits on the driver- and passenger-side AC vents, and rear parking sensors. It, nevertheless, misses out on a touchscreen infotainment system and local weather management, each of which can be found on the top-spec Tigor handbook variant. Similar to Maruti, Tata should contemplate launching its AMT vehicles with similar stage of kit as their handbook variations.
Whereas the raked rear windscreen appears trendy, it makes reversing a bit difficult. You typically find yourself counting on the rear-view mirror and the parking sensors, aside out of your judgement, whereas reversing the automotive. The Tigor does share numerous inside and exterior bits with the Tiago, however it’s longer; this implies there is a little more area on the again. The additional legroom and headroom was well-appreciated by my household. Moreover, the rear seats additionally will get a decent-sized centre armrest with twin cupholders, and this offers it a ‘large automotive’ really feel.
The Tigor’s spacious inside and its massive 419-litre boot proved to be helpful too, because it’s that point of the yr when my sister comes all the way down to India along with her twins, and, sure, like most of us Indians, she carries numerous baggage. The automotive’s boot lid hinge has been designed cleverly and it doesn’t intrude into the baggage bay, permitting you to make use of all of the area that’s seen.
The Tigor AMT continues to be new. I’m planning to take the automotive on an outstation journey quickly with the household, which can be a great take a look at of its capacity to do long-distance drives with a full load. Extra on that within the subsequent report.
2018 Tata Tigor AMT overview, take a look at drive