Tigor vs Grand i10 Comparison Review

Published on: Mar 29, 2017
Hyundai Grand i10 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 the Grand i10’s ‘Sportz O’ variant. Incredibly though, in spite of the Tigor being a sedan, it is so damn well-priced, that it has a few 'expensive' extra features, over a similarly priced Grand i10 hatchback. The Tigor ‘XZ’ has ABS, Projector Headlamps, Alloy Wheels and Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, over the Grand i10 ‘Sportz O’. The Grand i10 ‘Sportz O’, also has a few extra features, like Parking Camera, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Rear AC Vents, LED DRLs, Touch-screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are absent in the Tigor ‘XZ’.

The Tigor ‘XT’ petrol, retails for 6 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is 20,000 Rs. cheaper, than Grand i10’s ‘Sportz’ variant, costing 6.2 Lakh Rs. In spite of the Tigor ‘XT’ being 20,000 Rs. cheaper, it has a couple of extra features, which are absent in the Grand i10 ‘Sportz’, like ABS and Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat. The Grand i10 ‘Sportz’ also has a few additional features like Dual Airbags, Rear AC Vents, Touchscreen and Rear Defogger, which are absent in the Tigor ‘XT’. 

We agree with Tata Motors’ feature strategy, that having ABS is better than having Airbags, since it is better to avoid a crash in the first place, rather than hoping that you are protected after the crash happens!

Tigor ‘XT’ vs Grand i10 ‘Sportz’: 
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Fog Lamps, and Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches

Extra Features in Tigor (XT): ABS, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

Extra Features in Grand i10 (Sportz): Airbags-2, Rear AC Vents, Touchscreen and Rear Defogger

Tigor ‘XZ’ vs Grand i10 ‘Sportz O’:

Common Features: Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Fog Lamps, Rear Defogger, and Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches

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

Extra Features in Grand i10 (Sportz O): Parking Camera, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Rear AC Vents, LED DRLs, Touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Part II
Tigor vs Grand i10 Comparison of Performance & Dynamics:
Petrol:
The Tigor petrol almost matches the Grand i10, in terms of performance and drivability around town. However, even after adding a balancer shaft to the Tiago’s engine, it is still no match to the Grand i10 in terms of refinement. The Tigor transmits a bit of vibrations at lower rpm and sounds raucous as you approach the red-line. In contrast, Hyundai’s 4-cyinder Kappa 2 engine, has been honed to a velvety smoothness, over the years.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 80, Grand i10 – 89 (difference 11%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 107, Grand i10 – 122 (difference 14%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 85@6000, Grand i10 – 83@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 114@3500, Grand i10 – 114@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1062, Grand i10 – 935

Diesel:
The diesel Tigor on the other hand, is simply no match to Hyundai’s new 1200cc mill, powering the Grand i10. The Grand i10 is a whopping 50% more torquey, than the Tigor in terms of its torque-to-weight ratio. This translates into far stronger mid-range punch, which makes a huge difference while overtaking heavy vehicles on the highways. The Tigor runs out of breath rather quickly as the speeds rise and you need to really plan your overtaking maneuvers, well in advance. Turbo-lag is slightly more evident in the Tigor, than the Grand i10, while driving around town and its refinement, is also a shade lower than the Grand i10's.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 62, Grand i10 – 73 (difference 18%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 124, Grand i10 – 185 (difference 49%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 70@4000, Grand i10 – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 140@1800-3000, Grand i10 – 190@1750-2250
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1130, Grand i10 – 1025

Handling & Ride Quality:
The Tigor fights back with outstanding dynamics, compared to the Grand i10. It has a mature ride quality, with good amount of suspension travel, and well-judged damping, for Indian road conditions. The Grand i10 is sprung way too softly, giving it a good ride quality at low speeds, but the ride deteriorates further and further, as the speeds rise. The Grand i10 starts wallowing, and feels skittish, over a series of undulations, while the Tigor, maintains far better composure over broken roads. The Tigor is clearly far better suited to our country’s roads, than the delicate Grand i10. Tigor’s handling, is also a touch superior to the Grand i10. It is way more enthusiastic on turn-in as opposed to the Grand i10, which is prone to early onset understeer. Grand i10’s excessively light steering might come in handy around town, but it fails to weigh up adequately with speed. Tigor’s steering on the other hand weighs up nicely at speed and even transmits more feedback than the Grand i10’s dull and lifeless unit.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tigor – 170, Grand i10 - 165

Wheelbase (mm): Tigor – 2450, Grand i10 - 2425
Tyre Size:
Tigor: 155/80R13 (XE), 175/65R14 (XT), 175/60R15 (XZ)
Grand i10: 165/65R14

Part III
Tigor vs Grand i10 Comparison of Comfort & Interiors:
You would be surprised to see the acres of room, that Tata has managed to carve out, inside the Tigor’s cabin, compared to the Grand i10. The Grand i10 is a strict 4-seater. It has enough knee-room and head-room, for both front, as well as rear passengers. But it just doesn’t have enough shoulder space, to squeeze in three adults at the rear, even for short distances. The Tigor is not even 2 centimeters wider than the Grand i10, but it has managed to liberate generous amounts of interior space. Three adults can seat comfortably in the rear seat, and there is enough head-room, in spite of a downward sloping roofline.

However, Grand i10's interior build quality is just unbeatable. The quality of materials and fit-finish is ages ahead of the Tigor. That being said, Tigor itself has well designed interiors, with a pleasing texture to the surfaces, just that is not as well-crafted as the Hyundai. Forget Tigor, even cars costing twice as much as the Grand i10 seldom have better quality interiors than the Grand i10. The Tigor also has immense advantage over the Grand i10 in terms of boot-space. Grand i10’s 256 litre boot is almost 180 liters or 40% smaller than the Tigor.

Boot-space (lit): Tigor - 419, Grand i10 - 256

Length (mm): Tigor – 3992, Grand i10 - 3765
Width (mm): Tigor – 1677, Grand i10 - 1660
Height (mm): Tigor – 1537, Grand i10 – 1520

Part IV
Tigor vs Grand i10 Comparison of Fuel Efficiency and Cost of Ownership:
Tigor petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.3 kmpl, which is just 0.5 kmpl higher than the Grand i10's fuel efficiency of 19.8 kmpl. The Grand i10 is also available in a petrol-automatic version having a certified mileage of 17.5 kmpl. However, in our real-world tests, the Tigor was half a kpl less efficient, than the manual Grand i10, and over 1 kpl more efficient than the automatic.

The Tigor diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.4 kmpl, which is 0.6 kmpl less than the Grand i10's efficiency of 25 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Tigor was roughly half a kpl less efficient the Grand i10.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Petrol - Manual:
Grand i10 - 19.77 kmpl
Tigor - 20.3 kmpl

Petrol – Automatic:
Grand i10 – 17.49 kmpl

Diesel - Manual
Grand i10 - 24.95 kmpl
Tigor - 24.37 kmpl

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km)
Petrol - Manual:
Grand i10 - 3.60 Lakh
Grand i10 - 3.80 Lakh

Petrol – Automatic:
Grand i10 – 4.10 Lakh

Diesel – Manual
Grand i10 - 2.25 Lakh
Tigor - 2.30 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Tata is no match to Hyundai’s admirable track-record of excellent Product Reliability as well as outstanding 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 & Europe by offering a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty to establish credibility in the early 2000s. Otherwise, the prospective customers are never going to forgive the appalling Ownership Experience that Tata has provided to its customers over the past 20 years, in our country. 

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
The Grand i10 is bound to fetch marginally better resale than the Tigor post a usage of 5 to 7 years, thanks to Hyundai's superior track record for quality and reliability. The Grand i10 'Sportz' manual works out to be slightly cheaper than the Tigor XT, in terms of Overall Ownership Cost, which is nothing but Price, plus Fuel Cost, minus Resale Value over a usage of 5 to 7 years. But what is interesting is that the Grand i10 'Magna' Automatic, works out to be just 15,000 Rs. i.e. just 2% more expensive than the mid-range Tigor 'XT', in the long run.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years)
Petrol - Manual:
Grand i10 Sportz - 3.75 Lakh
Tigor XT - 3.50 Lakh

Petrol – Automatic
Grand i10 Magna AT – 4.25 Lakh

Diesel - Manual:
Grand i10 Sportz - 4.25 Lakh
Tigor XT - 3.75 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Petrol - Manual:
Grand i10 Sportz - 6.05 Lakh
Tigor XT - 6.25 Lakh

Petrol – Automatic
Grand i10 Magna AT – 6.40 Lakh

Diesel - Manual:
Grand i10 Sportz - 5.45 Lakh
Tigor XT - 5.75 Lakh

Part V
Tigor vs Grand i10 Comparison's Final Verdict:
Tata has put up a great effort with the Tigor. The Grand i10 just can’t match the Tigor in terms of spaciousness. The Tigor can literally accommodate an extra person and almost twice as much luggage as the Grand i10. And the price at which Tata has launched it is simply mind-blowing. It goes on to show, that how manufacturers like Maruti & Hyundai are fleecing the customers by charging them a premium of over 1 Lakh Rs just by adding a small boot to their hatchbacks, which doesn’t even cost 10,000 Rs to make.

The only problem is that the Tigor is a Tata. And with any Tata, comes the legacy of teething troubles and recurring niggles, and if you are really unlucky, you may even get unfixable defects. Even Tata’s new-age products like Zest, Bolt & Tiago, continue to rank at the bottom of reliability studies like JD Power.

The Grand i10 on the other hand oozes quality from its every pore. The quality of plastics and attention to detail is out of this world. If luxury marques like Mercedes, BMW & Audi were to make cars for the mass-market, they would probably look like today’s Hyundais. Hyundai has maintained a stellar track record for product reliability ever since the launch of the Santro in 1998. The Grand i10 itself is a fairly practical car, is slightly better value for money than the Tigor, but most importantly it is immensely more hassle free to own than the Tigor in the long run. And that is why it is the winner of this shootout.

Related CarComparos:

*If you can't find the Comparison you were looking for? Just mention it in the comments section below and we'll put it up as soon as possible.

Hyundai Grand i10 vs Tata Vista


*If you can't find the Comparison you were looking for? Just mention it in the comments section below and we'll put it up as soon as possible.

Comments

CareOCar.com - Ultimate Tyre Resource

More from CarComparos