Tigor vs Baleno Comparison Review

Published on: Mar 29, 2017
Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Tata Tigor Comparison Review:


Part I 
Comparison of Pricing & Features:
The Tigor ‘XZ’ petrol, retails for 6.5 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is identical to Baleno’s ‘Delta’ variant. Both the Tigor and the Baleno, have a few extra features, which are absent in the other. The Tigor ‘XZ’ has Projector Headlamps, Alloy Wheels, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat and Fog Lamps over the Baleno ‘Delta’. Whereas, the Baleno ‘Delta’ has Automatic Climate Control, Electrically Folding Mirrors and Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window, which are absent in the Tigor ‘XZ’.

The Tigor ‘XZ O’ petrol, retails for 6.9 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is 40,000 Rs. cheaper than Baleno’s ‘Zeta’ variant. In spite of being 40,000 Rs. cheaper, the Tigor ‘XZ O’, has a few extra features, which are absent in the Baleno ‘Zeta’, like Parking Camera, Projector Headlamps, Touchscreen and Navigation. The Baleno ‘Zeta’ on the other hand, has Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror and Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window over the Tigor ‘XZ O’.

However, apart from Telescopic Steering Adjustment, it would have been better, if the Baleno had given a Parking Camera, which is far more useful than the gimmicks like Auto headlamps, Auto-fold Mirrors, Passive Keyless Entry and Electrochromic Mirror, combined!

Tigor ‘XZ’ vs Baleno ‘Delta’:
Common Features:
ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Defogger, and Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches

Extra Features in Tigor (XZ): Projector Headlamps, Alloy Wheels, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust and Fog Lamps

Extra Features in Baleno (Delta): Automatic Climate Control, Electrically Folding Mirrors and Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window

Tigor ‘XZ O’ vs Baleno ‘Zeta’: 
Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Defogger, and Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Alloy Wheels, Fog Lamps

Extra Features in Tigor (XZ O): Parking Camera, Projector Headlamps, Touchscreen, Navigation

Extra Features in Baleno (Zeta): Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror and Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window

Part II
Tigor vs Baleno Comparison of Performance & Dynamics:
Petrol:
The petrol Tigor is only marginally down on Baleno in terms of outright performance as well as drivability around town. But when it comes to refinement, Tata Motors has a lot of catching up to do, to match its rivals like Honda's iVTEC, Hyundai's Kappa 2 & Suzuki's K12 mills. Being a 3-cylinder unit, the Tiago's engine is fundamentally noisier than its rivals 4-cylinder powerplants. The addition of a balancer shaft has improved things considerably over the Tiago, but it still doesn't live up to the expectations of buyer's, most of whom have already experienced the ultra refined motors made by country's leading manufacturers.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 80, Baleno – 95 (difference 19%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 107, Baleno – 129 (difference 21%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 85@6000, Baleno – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 114@3500, Baleno – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1062, Baleno – 890

Diesel:
The diesel Tigor, is an utter disappointment. Downsizing from Indigo's 1400cc engine to Tiago's 1050cc mill, may have incresed the efficiency, but it has also taken a huge toll on performance. The difference between the performance of the Tigor and Baleno is most apparent on the Highways. The Baleno effortlessly overtakes fast moving buses and lorries, while the Tigor struggles to overtake with enough gusto, even at speeds as low as 80 kmph. Even its refinement is not up to the mark, when compared to the Baleno, which itsel has fairly vocal engine, in the first place. Tigor's only saving grace is that it has decent drivability around town.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 62, Baleno – 77 (difference 24%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 124, Baleno – 195 (difference 57%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 70@4000, Baleno – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 140@1800-3000, Baleno – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1130, Baleno – 975

Handling & Ride Quality:
Both cars have impressive dynamics, but their specialties are a bit different. The Tigor feels like it has been custom made for the Indian road conditions. The sheer authority with which it smothers the bumps and potholes, is unmatched by any car up to its price. Its long travel suspension and well-judged set-up, gives it excellent ride comfort irrespective of speed. The Baleno on the other hand feels a bit stiffly sprung, with the suspension hitting the bump stops on broken roads. But it never bottoms out, making it no less suitable for our country’s roads. Just that it is not as comfortable over them as the Tigor is.

When it comes to cornering, the Baleno has a clear edge over the Tigor. Baleno’s longer wheelbase, wider track and bigger tyre-size, makes it a reasonably fun car to chuck around the bends. The Tigor is not bad either. Tigor’s enthusiastic turn-in and decent chassis balance makes it mildly entertaining around the curves. If only it had better tyres and little less body roll, it might have given the Baleno a run for its money.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tigor – 170, Baleno - 170

Wheelbase (mm): Tigor – 2450, Baleno - 2520

Tyre Size: 
Tigor: 155/80R13 (XE), 175/65R14 (XT), 175/60R15 (XZ)
Baleno: 185/65R15 (Sigma, Delta), 195/60R16 (Zeta, Alpha) 

Part III
Tigor vs Baleno Comparison of Comfort & Interiors:
Both cars have acres of room inside their cabins, which is more than enough to accommodate 5 full-sized adults, in utter comfort! Baleno has a slight advantage over the Tigor, in terms of front-row seating, thanks to bigger and well bolstered seats for the driver & co-driver, compared to the slightly downsized units on the Tigor. But then the Tigor has a low-set dashboard, which gives better forward visibility to the driver, compared to the Baleno. Tigor also has a useful 80 liters of additional boot-space over the Baleno’s 339 litre boot volume. 

In terms of the interiors, Tata has really made an effort, choosing the right materials and surfaces for the Tigor. Baleno’s interiors feel like a total let-down, with the endless expanse of hard plastics, not living up to the expectations set by the exterior! However, when you dig a little deeper you will find that it’s the Baleno, which has smaller, more uniform panel gaps, and is better put together than the Tigor. Baleno’s trims also have lesser number of parts to begin with, making it more resistant to rattle squeaks and vibrations over the years. One thing common to both cars is their lack of rear visibility, given the small rear glass and thick c-pillars, which is why both Maruti & Tata should have given the Parking Camera on the lower variants. 

Boot-space (lit): Tigor - 419, Baleno - 339

Length (mm): Tigor – 3992, Baleno - 3995
Width (mm): Tigor – 1677, Baleno - 1745
Height (mm): Tigor – 1537, Baleno – 1510

Part IV 
Tigor vs Baleno Comparison of Fuel Efficiency and Cost of Ownership:
Tigor petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.3 kmpl, which is just 1.1 kmpl lower than the Baleno's fuel efficiency of 21.4 kmpl. However, in our real-world tests, both the manual as well as the automatic Baleno petrols were consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Tigor.

The Tigor diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.4 kmpl, which is 3 kmpl less than the Baleno's efficiency of 27.4 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Tigor was just about 1 kpl less efficient the Baleno.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 

Petrol - Manual:
Baleno - 21.4 kmpl
Tigor - 20.3 kmpl

Petrol - Automatic:
Baleno - 21.4 kmpl

Diesel - Manual
Baleno - 27.39 kmpl
Tigor - 24.37 kmpl

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km) Petrol - Manual:
Baleno - 3.15 Lakh
Tigor - 3.80 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic: Baleno - 3.15 Lakh

Diesel – Manual Baleno - 2.05 Lakh
Tigor - 2.30 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service: 
This is where Maruti has raked up a huge lead over its competitors in the market. Firstly, Suzuki’s products have themselves turned out to be remarkably reliable over the past thirty years in India, while Tata’s cars have turned out to be consistently unreliable. Newer products like Zest and Tiago are even less reliable compared to Indicas & Indigos, due to added complexity of these products, as per JD Power quality and reliability studies. Maruti’s Service Centers have also been kept well under check by the company in order to ensure, years of hassle free ownership experience to its customers. Tata’s dealerships continue to languish, at the bottom step of this very steep learning curve.

Resale & Cost of Ownership: 
6 year old petrol Swifts sell for 3.5 Lakh Rs. in the used car market today, while the diesel ones fetch around 4 Lakh Rs. Expect the Baleno to retain even better resale value than the Swift, after a usage of 5 to 7 years. The Tigor on the other hand is expected to hold at least 50,000 Rs. lower resale value, if not more, than the Baleno by the year 2023. Overall a Baleno 'Delta' is more than 1 Lakh Rs cheaper than a Tigor 'XZ' in terms of Total Cost of Ownership, which is nothing but Price, plus fuel cost, minus Resale value. Even the Baleno Delta Automatic works out to be slightly easier on the pocket compared to the Tigor XZ manual, in terms of its Overall Ownership Cost.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years) 
Petrol - Manual: 
Baleno Delta - 4.00 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 3.50 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic 
Baleno Delta AT – 4.50 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Baleno Delta - 4.00 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 3.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value) 
Petrol - Manual:
Baleno Delta - 5.60 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 6.75 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic 
Baleno Delta AT – 6.40 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Baleno Delta - 5.40 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 6.55 Lakh

Part V 

Tigor vs Baleno Comparison's Final Verdict:
The Baleno is a technically superior car than the Tigor. It is more efficient, has better performance and is noticeably more refined than the Tigor. It also matches the Tigor in terms of interior space and loses out by only a small margin to the Tigor, in terms of bootspace. The tricky part is that on the brochure, the Tigor seems better value for money since it offers a couple of extra features for a lower price tag compared to the equivalent variant of the Baleno. But when you factor in the resale value, you realize that the Baleno actually works out to be over a Lakh Rs. Cheaper than the equivalent variant of the Tigor.

But the most crucial area, where the Tigor comes up short is in terms of quality and reliability. Don't be fooled by the shiny paint and attractive plastics used by Tata. Even in the latest IQS study done by JD Power, Tiago has turned out to be one of the least reliable hatchbacks in the market, with the highest number of problems encountered among all hatchbacks. Tata continues to struggle with reliability and build quality issues due to the increasing complexity of modern vehicles and the service staff is not trained well enough to diagnose such problems. Even the first lot of Zests, is not older than three years yet, and major problems usually start surfacing only after 3-4 years post the launch of a product.

So new car buyers beware of the Tigor! Amongst the two, the Baleno remains the clear winner in this shootout.

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