Tiago vs Ritz Comparison

Tata Tiago vs Maruti-Suzuki Ritz Comparison

Overall, the Ritz Diesel is by far our pick of this test. It is, by far the torquiest option in this test. It has more composed dynamics than the Tiago, is more comfortable than the Tiago and has a more solid build quality coupled with Maruti’s legendary After Sales Service. Is all of this worth spending just 50,000 Rs. extra over an equivalent Tiago? Absolutely! Even compared to the petrol Ritz, the Diesel Ritz works out to have 1 Lakh rupee lesser cost of Ownership, as well as more accessible performance compared to the peaky power delivery of the petrol Ritz.

Ritz vs Tiago Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features:
The Tiago (petrol) 'XZ' variant costs 5.2 Lakh, on road, Delhi. However, a sensible customer may look beyond the novelty factor of the Tiago and consider paying for a dated but better quality product like the Ritz. The top-spec Ritz ‘ZXi', retails for 6.05 Lakh, which is an immense 85,000 Rs. more than the Tiago. Both cars have similar features too, with the small exception of the 4 extra tweeters in the Tiago. (Ritz ‘ZDi’ costs 7.5 Lakh while Tiago diesel 'XZ' costs 6.12 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Fog Lamps, Tilt Steering, Airbags-2, Parking Sensors, 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): 4 Tweeters

Extra Features in Ritz (ZDi): none

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Ritz's K12 petrol engine feels like a quantum leap over the Tiago's non-turbo version of the 1.2 Revotron engine. The K12 is supremely refined and blissfully free-revving in stark contrast to Tiago's raucous and harsh sounding motor. Both engines lack adequate low-end grunt, resulting in the need for constant gearshifts in city traffic. The Ritz does have noticeably better performance than the Tiago across the rev-range.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 85@6000, Ritz – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 114@3500, Ritz – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, Ritz –1015

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 79, Ritz - 86 (9% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 106, Ritz - 112 (6% difference)

Diesel: The Tiago has slightly lesser turbo-lag than the Ritz, making it easier to live with on daily commutes. However, it has none of the ballistic acceleration of the Ritz once the turbo gets going. Tiago feels completely out of breath on the highways, where the Ritz really excels, making short work of overtaking lorries and inter-city buses. Not surprising given that Ritz is almost 32% more torquey than the Tiago, considering the toque-to-weight ratio of both the cars.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 70@4000, Ritz - 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 140@1800-3000, Ritz – 190@1500-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, Ritz -1110

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 65, Ritz – 68 (5% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 130, Ritz – 171 (32% difference)

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, both the diesel cars returned identical fuel-efficiency. Amongst the petrols, the Tiago was half a kmpl more efficient than the Ritz.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, Ritz (petrol, manual) – 18.5
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28, Ritz (diesel, manual) – 23.2

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.02, Ritz (petrol, manual) – 3.89
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.14, Ritz (diesel, manual) - 2.52

Space & Comfort:
Ritz is a marginally larger vehicle than the Tiago. Moreover, it has a tall-boy stance, giving it a higher hip point, which results in fantastic under-thigh support for all the occupants. The Tiago on the other hand is fairly lacking in terms of under thigh support. Both cars have adequate space for four occupants with enough space left over for carrying a fifth passenger on rare occasions. The Ritz’s interiors also feel much more solidly-put-together and built-to-last compared to the stylish but fragile ones of the Tiago. Both cars have similar boot-space of 242 litres in the Tiago and 236 litres in the Ritz.

Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, Ritz – 3775
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, Ritz – 1687
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, Ritz – 1620

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Tiago is a well-balanced and lively car to drive, but it is no match to the brilliant ride-handling of the Ritz. Ritz’s ultra-stiff chassis and quick, precise steering make it good fun to drive around twisty roads. It’s tall stance and softer suspension setup does give it some body roll, but it also gives it a mature ride on broken surfaces. The Tiago also copes with bumps and ruts remarkably well, and keeps the occupants well isolated from the rough stuff, but it doesn’t inspire as much confidence as the Ritz when driven at high speeds.

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

Tyre Size:
Tiago – 155/80R13 (XB/XB/XM), 175/65R14 (XT/XZ)
Ritz - 185/70R14 (ZXi/ZDi), 165/80R14 (LXi/VXi/LDi/VDi)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Tata needs to raise its game, big-time to catch up to the lofty levels of After Sales Service that Maruti-Suzuki is known for in the country. Tata's cars are known to have teething troubles at launch and then niggling issues keep cropping up as if it's a norm. Service centres also need a major intervention from the company to get the quality of workmanship in order.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Ritz is bound to hold significantly better resale value than the Tiago over a usage period of 5 to 7 years, thanks to Maruti-Suzuki's stellar track record at product reliability as well as service support.
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 2.65, Ritz ZXi (Petrol, manual) – 3.45
Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 3.30, Ritz ZDi (Diesel, manual) - 4.50

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the Tiago 'XZ' works out to be just 50,000 Rs. less than the Ritz 'ZDi' in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. The petrol Tiago 'XZ' works out to be a noteworthy 90,000 Rs. cheaper compared to the Ritz ‘ZXi’.
Tiago (Petrol manual) – 5.57, Ritz ZXi (Petrol manual) – 6.49
Tiago (Diesel manual) – 4.96, Ritz ZDi (Diesel manual) - 5.52

Verdict:
The Ritz Diesel is the clear winner of this test. It is, by far the torquiest option in this test. It has more composed dynamics than the Tiago, is more comfortable than the Tiago and has a more solid build quality coupled with Maruti’s legendary After Sales Service. Is all of this worth spending just 50,000 Rs. extra over an equivalent Tiago? Absolutely! Even compared to the petrol Ritz, the Diesel Ritz works out to have 1 Lakh rupee lesser cost of Ownership, as well as more accessible performance compared to the peaky power delivery of the petrol Ritz.

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