Ignis vs Tiago Comparison Review

Published on: Jan 15, 2017
Tata Tiago vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis Comparison Review:


"Tiago has a slight advantage over the Ignis in terms of dynamics. Tiago absorbs the bumps and ruts like a total pro. The Ignis may have higher ground clearance and bigger wheels than the Tiago, but it still cannot handle bad roads as effortlessly as the Tiago does. Tiago aslo corners with more enthusiasm, with a quick turn-in and transmits marginally better feel and feedback through the wheel than the Ignis"

Ignis vs Tiago Video Comparison:


Pricing & Features:
The Tiago ‘XZ’ petrol, is priced at 5.40 Lakh Rs. On road Delhi, which is 90,000 Rs. cheaper than Ignis ‘Zeta’ manual as well as Ignis ‘Delta AT’ automatic variants.

On one hand we have the Tiago ‘XZ’ with extra features like Parking Sensors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Alloy Wheels, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Rear Speakers & 4 Tweeters over the Ignis ‘Delta’ AT.

But on the other hand we have the Ignis 'Delta AT' which has only one extra feature, the automatic gearbox. The fact of the matter is that you will be manually changing gears over 20,000 times in a month whereas you won’t be operating the Rear Defogger or Wiper even 20 times in a month. Also all the other features can be easily fitted as accessories in the Ignis, but you cannot replace Tiago's manual gearbox with an AMT later!

If you compare with the Ignis ‘Zeta’, even the top-end Tiago has 1 feature less than the Ignis which is Push Button Start & Smart Key.

Tiago ‘XZ’ vs Ignis ‘Delta AT’:
Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Steering Wheel Switches

Extra Features in Ignis (Delta AT): Automatic Transmission

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Parking Sensors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Alloy Wheels, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Rear Speakers & 4 Tweeters

Tiago ‘XZ’ vs Ignis ‘Zeta’:
Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 2 Tweeters, Parking Sensors, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Steering Wheel Switches, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Ignis (Zeta): Push Button Start & Smart Key

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): none

Pricing of other variants:
Ignis 'Delta' (diesel-manual): 7.30 Lakh
Tiago XZ (diesel manual) – 6.30 Lakh
Ignis Delta AMT (diesel automatic) – 7.95 Lakh

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol:
Tiago petrol’s specs look quite impressive on paper, but it is no match to the Ignis on the real world. First thing that you immediately notice, when you drive these two cars back-to-back is that, the Ignis’ engine is far more silent, refined and rev happy compared to the Tiago’s. Secondly the Ignis feels noticeably quicker than the Tiago across the rev-range. What holds the Tiago back is its hefty kerb weight, which is almost 200 kg higher than the Ignis!

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis – 101, Tiago – 84 (difference 20%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ignis – 138, Tiago – 113 (difference 22%)

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis – 84.3@6000, Tiago – 85@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis - 115@4000, Tiago – 114@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis – 835, Tiago – 1012

Diesel:
The diesel Tiago is nowhere even close to the Ignis in terms of performance. The Ignis has a 54% higher toque-to-weight ratio than the Tiago. No wonder it leaves the Tiago gasping for breath on open roads. Tiago feels stressed at highway speeds and lacks adequate mid-range punch to overtake heavy vehicles without breaking a sweat. Both cars suffer from significant turbo-lag making them a bit of a nuisance to drive in city traffic.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Ignis – 79, Tiago - 65 (difference 22%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Ignis – 200, Tiago - 130 (difference 54%)

Power (PS@rpm): Ignis – 75@4000, Tiago – 70@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Ignis – 190@2000, Tiago – 140@1800-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Ignis – 950, Tiago – 1080

Fuel Efficiency:
Petrol:
Tiago petrol has an ARAI certified milage of 23.8 kmpl, which is 2.9 kmpl more than the Ignis, however in our back-to-back tests, both the manual and automatic versions of the Ignis were just as efficient as the Tiago.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 20.89, Tiago (manual & automatic) – 23.84
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 3.40 Lakh, Tiago (manual) – 3.40 Lakh

Diesel:
The Tiago diesel has a certified fuel efficiency of 27.3 kmpl, which is 0.5 kmpl more than the manual as well as automatic variants of the diesel Ignis.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 26.8, Tiago – 27.28 (manual)
Fuel Cost (for 75,000 km): Ignis (manual & automatic) – 2.20 Lakh, Tiago (manual) – 2.15 Lakh

Space & Comfort:
Both cars have more or less similar external dimensions, but there is a world of difference when it comes to their interior space and comfort. Both cars have adequate leg-room all around, but the Ignis has a higher seat-base than the Tiago, which makes a huge difference to the rear seat comfort. Rear passengers’ knees do not rise up above his waist, resulting in excellent under-thigh support and no fatigue, even after spending hours inside the car. It also facilitates easier ingress-egress and despite the high-set seating, there is a lot of head-room left over even for the tallest of passengers. Tiago’s narrow rear seat breaks the Tata tradition of seating 3 occupants with ease, while Ignis’ wide rear seat breaks the Maruti tradition of not having adequate space for three adults!

Boot-space (lit): Ignis - 258, Tiago - 242

Length (mm): Ignis – 3700, Tiago – 3746
Width (mm): Ignis – 1690, Tiago – 1647
Height (mm): Ignis – 1595, Tiago – 1535

Ride Quality & Handling:
Tiago has a slight advantage over the Ignis in terms of dynamics. Tiago absorbs the bumps and ruts like a total pro. The Ignis may have higher ground clearance and bigger wheels than the Tiago, but it still cannot handle bad roads as effortlessly as the Tiago does. Tiago aslo corners with more enthusiasm, with a quick turn-in and transmits marginally better feel and feedback through the wheel than the Ignis.

Wheelbase (mm): Ignis - 2438, Tiago - 2400

Ground Clearance (mm): Ignis – 180, Tiago – 165 (13” tyres), 170 (14” tyres)

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

Reliability and After Sales Service:
This is where Tata has a long, long way to go, to even get half as good as Maruti. Maruti hasn’t made an unreliable vehicle ever in its 30+ year long history in our market. Tata on the other hand continues to struggle with vehicle reliability issues in all its new products. Tata’s uncooperative and arrogant dealers make it even worse by their disorganized operations and careless attitude. Maruti on the other hand offers one of the most consistent and affordable service support in the market.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
Today, 2011 model year Indica Vista petrols, sell for 1.8 lakh Rs, while the diesels sell for 2.8 lakh Rs, in the used car market. Assuming the best case scenario, that Tiago holds higher resale value by 1 Lakh Rs. for the petrol, and 50,000 Rs. for the diesel, compared to Vista, even then, it is bound to fetch over one Lakh Rs. lesser than the Ignis. And that, is precisely the reason why the Tiago, will cost you roughly the same as the Ignis in the long term, provided, you don't have to make a single unscheduled visit to the service centre, which is frankly impossible!

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 4.25 Lakh
Ignis Delta (diesel automatic) – 4.50 Lakh
Tiago XZ (diesel manual) – 3.25 Lakh

Ignis Zeta (petrol manual) – 4.00 Lakh
Tiago XZ (petrol manual) – 2.75 Lakh
Ignis Delta AMT (petrol automatic) – 4.25 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)

Ignis Zeta (diesel manual) – 5.25 Lakh
Ignis Delta (diesel automatic) – 5.65 Lakh
Tiago XZ (diesel manual) – 5.20 Lakh

Ignis Zeta (petrol manual) – 5.70 Lakh
Tiago XZ (petrol manual) – 5.60 Lakh
Ignis Delta AMT (petrol automatic) – 5.45 Lakh

Verdict:
Don't be fooled by Tiago's shockingly low price-tag. Once you buy it, it will get you locked into the brand and then you end up spending way more on the Tiago by means of depreciation, fuel and maintenance till the time you don't decide to sell it off. In the Ignis you end up spending the same amount, as additional EMI. But then the Ignis gives you better performance, more comfort, superior refinement, more features and better build quality compared to the Tiago.

For just 25,000 Rs. more, the Ignis offers the cutting-edge AMT transmission, which eliminates half the stress of commuting on city streets. Coupled with the Fiat sourced Multijet, which is popularly known as the 'National Engine of India' makes for an unbeatable combination of performance and convenience. The Ignis diesel-automatic is our highly recommended winner of this test.

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Comments

  1. Tata Tiago vs Elite i20 (with stress on Ride Quality)

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  2. With compared to ignis tiago is far better not only price but interior

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  3. With compared to ignis tiago is far better not only price but interior

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    1. I agree and now tiago comes with AMT too

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    2. I agree and now tiago comes with AMT too

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