Tiago vs Bolt Comparison

Tata Tiago vs Bolt Comparison

Overall, the Bolt diesel remains our pick of this test. The Tiago may be newer to the market than the Bolt, but the Bolt is technologically much more modern than the Tiago. The Tiago is based on the Indica platform which debuted way back in 1998. The Bolt is based on the Vista platform which came more than 10 years later. Bolt's platform has 10 years of learnings and automotive progress, imbibed into its underpinnings. These learning manifest themselves in the form of better refinement, better performance, better dynamics and better stability. They are easily noticeably when you ride these two cars back-to-back. They are definitely worth much more than the 1 lakh extra expenditure that the Bolt needs over the Tiago.
Tata Bolt vs Tiago Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features:
The mid-range Bolt ‘XMS' diesel variant, retails for 7.47 Lakh (On road, Delhi). However, now all of the prospective Bolt customers, must be considering the newly launched Tiago. Tiago's top-end (diesel) 'XZ' variant costing 6.12 Lakh is a ridiculous 1.35 Lakh rupees cheaper than the Bolt ‘XMS’! The Tiago also has some extra features over the Bolt, (as detailed below) which are worth 20,000 Rs, making the Tiago around 1.5 Lakh rupees cheaper than an equivalent Bolt. (Bolt ‘XMS’ petrol costs 6.03 Lakh, while Tiago petrol 'XZ' costs 5.20 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & Front Tweeters, Steering Wheel Switches, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat, Fog Lamps, Tilt Steering

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Alloy Wheels, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Rear Tweeters, Boot Lamp

Extra Features in Bolt (XMS): none

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: The Tiago is powered by a new generation but non-turbocharged Revotron engine, while the Bolt is powered by the older generation, but turbocharged Revotron unit. Bolt's engine feels noticeably more torquey than the Tiago's. It has a potent mid-range giving it an edge over the Tiago during overtaking on the highways. However, both the engines fall short in terms of refinement and take their own sweet time to pile on the revs.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 85@6000, Bolt – 90@5000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 114@3500, Bolt – 140@1500-4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1012, Bolt – 1115

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 84, Bolt - 81 (4% difference)Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 113, Bolt - 126 (10% difference)

Diesel: The Bolt's Fiat sourced, 1250 cc MultiJet engine is far better than the Tiago's in-house 1050 cc, 3-cylinder unit. It is more refined, eager to rev and has a genuinely potent mid-range than the Tiago. Tiago's engine equals the Bolt's in terms of drivability around town, but runs out of breath as soon as the road opens up. It's mid-range feels particularly weak, while trying to overtake fast moving lorries on the motorway.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 70@4000, Bolt - 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 140@1800-3000, Bolt – 190@1750-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, Bolt - 1145

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 65, Bolt – 65
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 130, Bolt – 166 (28% difference)

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the petrol Tiago was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Bolt petrol. Amongst the diesels, the Tiago was just half a kmpl more efficient than the diesel Bolt.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, Bolt (petrol, manual) – 17.6
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28, Bolt (diesel, manual) – 22.95

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.13, Bolt (petrol, manual) – 4.24
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.25, Bolt (diesel, manual) - 2.67

Space & Comfort:
The Bolt has marginally more cabin space than the Tiago, while the Tiago has more boot-space than the Bolt. The Tiago feels a bit too tight for seating three adults at the rear, while the Bolt can comfortably seat three adults on its rear perch. However, Tiago's boot-space of 242 litres is marginally bigger, and much more useful than the tiny 210 liter capacity of the Bolt. Both cars have well styled and upmarket interiors, although it remains to be seen how well they stand the test of time.

Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, Bolt – 3825
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, Bolt – 1695
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, Bolt – 1562

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Bolt has better ride comfort than the Tiago. It soaks up sharp bumps and ruts with lesser effort than the Tiago. Although, the Tiago's ride quality is also one of the best in its segment. Both cars have sharp and enthusiastic handling manners. The only caveat being the electrically assisted power steering which weighs up inconsistently and do not transmit any feel or feedback from the tarmac. Not to forget, both cars are extremely well suited to Indian road conditions and their suspension setups have been tuned just right for our roads.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tiago – 170, Bolt – 170

Tyre Size:
Tiago – 155/80R13 (XB/XB/XM), 175/65R14 (XT/XZ)
Bolt - 175/65R14 (XE/XM/XMS), 175/65R15 (XT)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
It is high time that Tata accepts the glaring shortcomings of the reliability of its products and quality of work delivered at its dealerships. The company's track record at quality and service has only gotten worse over time, while even its sole Indian competitor, Mahindra has slowly but steadily made decent progress in this regard.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Both cars are bound to suffer from high depreciation over a usage of 5 to 7 years, thanks to Tata's poor track record at quality and service support over the past two decades in our country.
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 2.65, Bolt XMS (Petrol, manual) – 3.08
Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 3.30, Bolt XMS (Diesel, manual) - 4.03

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The Tiago diesel works out to be over a Lakh rupees cheaper than the diesel Bolt in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. The difference between the Tiago and Bolt petrol, is more than 1.5 lakh rupees due to Bolt's low efficiency and steep pricing.
Tiago (Petrol manual) – 5.67, Bolt XMS (Petrol manual) – 7.19
Tiago (Diesel manual) – 5.06, Bolt XMS (Diesel manual) - 6.10

Verdict:
The Bolt diesel remains our pick of this test. The Tiago may be newer to the market than the Bolt, but the Bolt is technologically much more modern than the Tiago. The Tiago is based on the Indica platform which debuted way back in 1998. The Bolt is based on the Vista platform which came more than 10 years later. Bolt's platform has 10 years of learnings and automotive progress, imbibed into its underpinnings. These learning manifest themselves in the form of better refinement, better performance, better dynamics and better stability. They are easily noticeable when you ride these two cars back-to-back. They are definitely worth much more than the 1 lakh extra expenditure that the Bolt needs over the Tiago.

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    1. Thank you Bonito for your encouraging words on our Tata Tiago vs Bolt Comparison.

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