Tiago vs Brio Comparison Review

Published on: April 22, 2016
Tata Tiago vs Honda Brio Comparison:


Overall, the Brio is definitely a better choice than the Tiago petrol. It is technically a far superior automobile to the Tiago. It is more refined, reliable, well built, more ergonomic and much quicker than the Tiago. But it is simply not as good value-for-money as the diesel Tiago. Tiago diesel is a much more practical car than the Brio, with better city drivability, spacious rear seat, ample boot-space and is built keeping Indian road conditions in mind. It fulfills the requirements of the typical Indian Car Buyer much better than the Brio and thus is our choice of this test.

Pricing & Features:
The penultimate Brio ‘VX’ variant costs 6.2 Lakh, on road, Delhi. Which is 1 Lakh Rs. more, than the top-spec Tiago (petrol), 'XZ' variant costing 5.2 Lakh. Both cars have exactly similar features except for the extra Parking Sensors in the Tiago and extra Electric Folding Mirrors in the Brio. (Tiago diesel 'XZ' costs 6.1 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Fog Lamps, Tilt Steering, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Alloy Wheels, Steering Wheel Switches, Bluetooth, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Parking Sensors, 4 Tweeters

Extra Features in Brio (VX): Electrically Folding Mirrors

Performance & Drivability:
Honda is the biggest manufacturer of petrol engines in the World, Tata is probably the smallest! Even though both petrol engines may look similar on paper, there is a world of difference in the way they drive. Honda’s legendary iVTEC mill is a revelation, it's buttery smooth refinement and musical, exhaust note is diametrically opposite to Tiago’s rough and lethargic mill. Both cars are a little deficient on low-end torque making them a bit of a chore to drive in city traffic. Which is where the diesel Tiago comes in. It has much better low-end torque than the petrols, thus requiring lesser gear-shifting in city traffic. Understandably, it's outright acceleration is no match to that of the petrols, but drivability is much more crucial for majority of the customers anyways than the top-end performance.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago (petrol) – 85@6000, Brio (petrol) – 88@6000, Tiago (diesel) – 70@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago (petrol) - 114@3500, Brio (petrol) – 109@4500, Tiago (diesel) - 140@1800-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago (petrol) – 1012, Brio (petrol) – 920, Tiago (diesel) – 1080

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago (petrol) – 84, Brio (petrol) – 96, Tiago (diesel) – 65
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago (petrol) – 113, Brio (petrol) – 118, Tiago (diesel) – 130

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the Tiago petrol was just as fuel efficient as the Brio. The diesel Tiago though, was almost 3 kmpl more efficient than the petrols.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, Brio (petrol, manual) – 19.4, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.30, Brio (petrol, manual) – 3.30, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.15

Space & Comfort:
Both cars have moderately spacious cabins with enough space for 4 adults. However, in the Tiago there is a little bit of extra space in the rear to make room for a fifth passenger occasionally. The Tiago does have a significantly bigger boot of 242 litres compared to Brio’s minuscule cavity of 175 litres. Brio is yet to receive the updated interiors of the Amaze. Its interiors are a bit too quirky and cheap compared to the well designed and classy interiors of the Tiago.

Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, Brio – 3610
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, Brio – 1680
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, Brio – 1500

Ride Quality & Handling:
Both cars have fairly good road manners with a fine balance between ride quality and handling. Brio leans slightly towards the enthusiastic side with a stiff and agile setup, but then it doesn’t have the pliancy and composure that the Tiago has over bumps and ruts. Tiago itself has an eager chassis but lacks the Brio’s finesse and steering precision. Overall though, the Tiago is a better fit for the roads, that these cars are going to be driven on.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tiago – 170, Brio – 165

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

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Honda is well known all over the world for its faultless products. Tata on the other hand is notorious for exactly the same thing. Honda’s dealers are not that much better than Tata’s, but the durability of Honda’s products makes their job much easier in the first place, resulting in a decent overall ownership experience for its customers. Tata’s overstretched dealerships often recourse to cutting corners worsening the already poor ownership experience of its customers.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Brio is bound to hold significantly better resale value than the Tiago. Amongst the two Tiagos, the diesel one is bound to depreciate slightly lesser than the petrol.
Tiago XM (Petrol manual) – 2.65, Brio VX (Petrol, manual) – 3.55, Tiago XM (Diesel manual) – 3.30

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Brio makes up for it's higher price tag by retaining equally good resale value, making it just 12,000 Rs. more expensive than an equivalent Tiago over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years. The Tiago diesel works out to be a remarkable 1 Lakh rupees cheaper than both the petrol cars.
Tiago XM (Petrol manual) – 5.86, Brio VX (Petrol manual) – 5.98, Tiago XM (Diesel manual) – 4.96

Verdict:
The Brio is definitely a better choice than the Tiago petrol. It is technically a far superior automobile to the Tiago. It is more refined, reliable, well built, more ergonomic and much quicker than the Tiago. But it is simply not as good value-for-money as the diesel Tiago. Tiago diesel is a much more practical car than the Brio, with better city drivability, spacious rear seat, ample boot-space and is built keeping Indian road conditions in mind. It fulfills the requirements of the typical Indian Car Buyer much better than the Brio and thus is our choice of this test.

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