The Tata Tigor is a compact sedan from the stables of Tata Motors. Powered by a 1.2 litre 3-cylinder Revotron petrol engine, this smart-looking car is a head-turner. This brief review is for the manual top-end variant (XZ+) of the petrol version of the car.
The Tigor stands out for its distinctly fresh appearance, bold lines and aggressive stance. The top variant comes with dual-chambered projector head-lamps, fog lamps and LED tail-lamps. Auto-retractable ORVM(s) are a handy feature which are usually available in high-end full-featured sedans but Tata Motors has introduced this feature in the Tigor and it is a welcome addition.
The ground clearance of 170 mm and dual-tone 15-inch alloy wheels help the Tigor tide over bumpy roads and obstacles like a breeze. Handling and suspension are superb and power-delivery is smooth. Contrary to what some would say, the Tigor offers sufficient power (84 bhp @ 6000 rpm) and torque (114 Nm @ 3500 rpm) for both city rides as well as long trips on the highway. The engine uses latest technology and offers two modes: City (for better power and torque) and Economy (for better fuel-efficiency).
Cooling and air-conditioning is impressive and the 8-speaker Harman-Kardon music system is a real treat for the occupants of the car. Safety has always been on the priority list of Tata Motors and the Tigor is no exception. The build-quality is excellent and this leads to the overall heavy weight of the car. Although this may compromise the fuel-efficiency of the car by a couple of kilometres to the litre, it increases the stability of the car and guarantees peace of mind.
The Tigor XZ+ comes with a 7-inch integrated infotainment system compatible with Android Auto. The fully automated climate control feature integrates into the large touch-screen system and the controls are super-responsive. The dashboard is nicely designed and the gear shifts are slick. The tilt power steering offers good control and balance and it comes integrated with bluetooth and audio controls. Overall, the cabin is spacious and the seats are ergonomically comfortable.
In comparison to the other compact sedans in its class, which are more expensive, The Tigor is a well-built package and is a good value-for-money proposition. Considering the safety aspects, fuel-efficiency and on-board features, it is definitely recommended for those who wish to be a part of the sedan experience.