Tiago vs KUV100 Comparison

Tata Tiago vs Mahindra KUV100 Comparison 

Overall, the Tiago diesel wins this comparison by the tiniest of margins. First and foremost, it is incredibly better value-for-money than the KUV, being an unbelievable, 1.8 Lakh rupees cheaper, and yet matching the KUV feature-for-feature. Secondly, it is technically a superior automobile, with better sorted ride-handling and efficiency than the KUV. KUV us a slightly more practical car with better drivability and cabin space, but he difference is not enough to justify its stratospheric price tag.

KUV100 vs Tiago Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features:
The range-topping KUV100 ‘K8' diesel variant, retails for 7.9 Lakh (On road, Delhi), which is an exorbitant 1.8 Lakh rupees more than the Tiago (diesel) 'XZ' variant, costing 6.1 Lakh. In spite of being incredibly cheaper than the KUV100, the Tiago doesn’t have a single feature less than the top-end KUV100! (KUV100 petrol ‘K8’ costs 6.72 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 + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Fog Lamps, Tilt Steering, Rear Wash-Wipe, Alloy Wheels, Steering Wheel Switches, Bluetooth, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Rear Tweeters

Extra Features in KUV100 (K8): LED Daytime Running Lights

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Both cars are powered by sub-par petrol engines, compared to benchmarks like Honda's i-VTEC, Suzuki's K12 or Hyundai's Kappa2 powerplants. Both engines are found to be sorely lacking, in terms of refinement, compared to the high levels of smoothness, that customers have come to expect, in the market today. The Tiago feels slightly quicker on the move than the KUV, thanks to its lower kerb weight. But overall neither Tata's nor Mahindra's engine is up-to-the-mark in terms of city drivability or highway performance, either.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 85@6000, KUV100 – 82@500
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 114@3500, KUV100 – 115@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1012, KUV100 –1075*

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 84, KUV100 - 76 (11% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 113, KUV100 - 107

Diesel: Mahindra has developed its best engine so far for the KUV100 diesel. It has 50 Nm more torque than Tiago's engine, which more than makes up for its weight disadvantage. Mid-range punch is noticeably stronger than the Tiago making it better suited than the Tiago at pulling easy overtakes on the highway. KUV also has kept turbo-lag well under control making it better than the Tiago in terms of city drivability. Both engines are adequately refined compared to their multinational competitors.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 70@4000, KUV100 - 77@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 140@1800-3000, KUV100 – 190@1750-2250
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, KUV100 – 1175*

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 65, KUV100 – 66
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 130, KUV100 – 162 (25% difference)

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the petrol Tiago was over 2 kmpl more efficient than the petrol KUV. The diesel Tiago was almost 1 kmpl more efficient than the KUV diesel.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, KUV100 (petrol, manual) – 18.15
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28, KUV100 (diesel, manual) – 25.32

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.05, KUV100 (petrol, manual) – 4.01
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.20, KUV100 (diesel, manual) - 2.37

Space & Comfort:
The KUV100 is shorter in length than the Tiago, but it is wider and taller, as well. This gives it better ergonomics than the Tiago. The KUV has a higher hip point, giving better under-thigh support to all the occupants compared to the Tiago, and makes it easier in terms of ingress-egress as well. KUV's extra width also makes the rear seat wide enough for three passengers, unlike the Tiago's, which a bit too tight for 3 people. KUV's front bench seat is nothing more than a gimmick, but it might come in handy on rare occasions, to squeeze-in an extra front passenger, for small intra-city jaunts. Both cars have identical boot-space, with 243 litres in the KUV100 and 242 litres in the Tiago.

Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, KUV100 – 3675
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, KUV100 – 1715
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, KUV100 – 1655

Ride Quality & Handling:
Tiago's dynamics are on a different level compared to the KUV100. Tiago has enthusiastic cornering manners, with a quick turn-in and safe, balanced handling. The KUV in contrast is a nightmare around the curves. It rolls like a yacht and has no feel or feedback from the steering, at all. Both cars handle Indian roads really well, with excellent bump absorption on rough terrain and good stability at highway speeds.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tiago – 170, KUV100 – 170

Tyre Size: Tiago – 175/65R14, KUV100 - 185/65R14

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Mahindra and Tata, have a horrible track record at providing hassle free ownership to its customers. However, over the past few years, Mahindra has steadily closed the gap to Tata and has actually surpassed Tata to become a more trusted brand among its typical, rustic customer base. Tata on the other hand has continued to deteriorate in terms of both product reliability, thanks to increasing complexity of modern cars as well as service support.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Neither the Tiago nor the KUV is bound to hold good resale value compared to Marutis and Hyundais, thanks to their big shortfall in quality and after sales support.
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 2.65, KUV100 K8 (Petrol, manual) – 3.43
Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 3.29, KUV100 K8 (Diesel, manual) - 4.27

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The diesel Tiago works out to be 1 Lakh rupees cheaper than the KUV diesel, in terms of Cost of Ownership over a span of 5 to 7 years. The petrol Tiago works out to be 70,000 Rs. cheaper than the KUV petrol.
Tiago (Petrol manual) – 5.60, KUV100 K8 (Petrol manual) – 7.30
Tiago (Diesel manual) – 5.00, KUV100 K8 (Diesel manual) - 6.00

Verdict:
The Tiago diesel wins this comparison by the tiniest of margins. First and foremost, it is incredibly better value-for-money than the KUV, being an unbelievable, 1.8 Lakh rupees cheaper, and yet matching the KUV feature-for-feature. Secondly, it is technically a superior automobile, with better sorted ride-handling and efficiency than the KUV. KUV is a slightly more practical car with better drivability and cabin space, but the difference is not enough to justify its stratospheric price tag.

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