Tiago vs i10 Comparison

Tata Tiago vs Hyundai i10 Comparison

Overall, the diesel Tiago ‘XZ’ is our pick of this test. Compared to the petrol i10 Sportz, it is much more affordable, has umpteen more features, is more spacious, has superior dynamics and more accessible engine performance. Overall it is a much safer, more practical and better value-for-money than the i10. Compared to the petrol Tiago also it works out to be 60,000 Rs. cheaper in terms of overall cost of ownership along with better drivability and mid-range punch.

i10 vs Tiago Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features:
The range-topping Hyundai i10 'Sportz' variant retails for 5.27 Lakh, On road, Delhi. It is just 7000 Rs. more expensive than the top-end Tiago 'XZ' petrol, costing for 5.2 Lakh. However, the Tiago has numerous extra features over the i10, importantly safety features like ABS, Airbags and convenience features like Height Adjustable Driver's Seat, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Wash-Wipe & Defogger and so on... (as given below). (Tiago diesel 'XZ' costs 6.12 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Fog Lamps, Tilt Steering

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): ABS, Airbags-2, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat, Alloy Wheels, Steering Wheel Switches, Bluetooth, 4 Tweeters, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog

Extra Features in i10 (Sportz): none

Performance & Drivability:
i10's iRDE2 engine, which it carried from the Santro, is now almost twenty years old, with only miniscule modifications done, over the years. And yet Tiago’s brand new petrol powertrain still cannot better the i10’s. The i10’s engine is more refined and revs more freely than the Tiago’s. Thanks to i10’s lighter kerb weight, its performance & drivability is as good as the Tiago’s if not better. i10’s quality of gearshift is also smoother and more precise compared to Tiago’s.

Our wild card of this test, the diesel Tiago has moderately better low-end torque than the petrols and stronger mid-range performance, giving it better city-drivability as well as better overtaking ability on the highways than both the petrol cars.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago (petrol) – 85@6000, i10 (petrol) – 69@5500, Tiago (diesel) – 70@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago (petrol) - 114@3500, i10 (petrol) – 99@4500, Tiago (diesel) - 140@1800-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago (petrol) – 1012, i10 (petrol) – 860, Tiago (diesel) – 1080

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago (petrol) – 84, i10 (petrol) – 80, Tiago (diesel) – 65
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago (petrol) – 113, i10 (petrol) – 115, Tiago (diesel) – 130

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the Tiago petrol was just as fuel efficient as the i10. The diesel Tiago though, was 2 kmpl more efficient than the petrol cars.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, i10 (petrol, manual) – 19.81, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.05, i10 (petrol, manual) – 3.67, Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.20

Space & Comfort:
The i10’s interiors feel more premium and solidly put together than the Tiago, which is remarkable given that the i10 was launched 9 years ago! I10 also has better ergonomics than The Tiago. It has a higher hip point and supportive seats, with decent under thigh support. But i10 is much too tight on cabin space. It is a strict 4 seater with lesser knee-room, head-room and shoulder space than the Tiago. Tiago isn’t a full-fledged five seater either, but it is nevertheless a huge improvement over the i10. Tiago’s 242 liter boot space is also slightly more than i10’ 225 liter capacity.

Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, i10 – 3585
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, i10 – 1595
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, i10 – 1550

Ride Quality & Handling:
Tiago has superior dynamics to the i10. Firstly it is far better suited to Indian road conditions than the i10. It is much more comfortable and stable over rough terrain. Tiago also handles much better than the i10. Body roll is kept well under control and it grips the road much better than the i10 does. Even the Tiago’s steering feels more precise and weighs up far better than the artificially light steering of the i10. High speed stability and stability under hard braking is also much superior in the Tiago compared to the slightly nervous high speed behavior of the i10.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tiago – 170, i10 – 165

Tyre Size: Tiago – 175/65R14, i10 - 155/80R13

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Tata is no match to Hyundai’s admirable track-record of After Sales Service in our market. Tata continues to struggle with both basic quality issues as well as the quality of repairs and service provided by its dealers. Tata needs to shake up its entire service operations from its roots, and show confidence in its own cars by offering disruptive warranties, exactly the way Hyundai did in the US by offering a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty to establish credibility in the early 2000s.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The i10 is bound to depreciate lesser than the Tiago, thanks to its solid build quality and thus lesser susceptibility to rattle squeaks along with excellent service support.
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 2.65, i10 Sportz (Petrol, manual) – 3.00, Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 3.29


Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the i10 Sportz works out to be 35,000 Rs. more expensive than the petrol Tiago over an Ownership period of 5 to 7 years. Interestingly, the diesel Tiago works out to be almost a lakh rupees cheaper than the i10.
Tiago (Petrol manual) – 5.60, i10 Sportz (Petrol manual) – 5.94, Tiago (Diesel manual) – 5.00

Verdict:
The diesel Tiago ‘XZ’ is our pick of this test. Compared to the petrol i10 Sportz, it is much more affordable, has umpteen more features, is more spacious, has superior dynamics and more accessible engine performance as well. Overall it is a much safer, more practical and better value-for-money than the i10. Compared to the petrol also, the diesel Tiago works out to be 60,000 Rs. cheaper in terms of overall cost of ownership along with better drivability and better mid-range punch.

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