Tigor vs Amaze Comparison Review

Published on: Apr 02, 2017
Honda Amaze vs Tata Tigor Comparison Review


Part I
Comparison of Pricing & Features:
The Tigor ‘XZ O’ petrol, retails for 6.9 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is an eye-watering, 1.4 Lakh Rs. cheaper, than the Amaze ‘VX MT’, costing 8.3 Lakh Rs. In spite of being 1.4 Lakh Rs. cheaper, it’s the Tigor ‘XZ O’, which has numerous extra features over the Honda Amaze, like Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Navigation and Projector Headlamps, all of which is absent in the top-end Amaze! The Amaze ‘VX’ on the other hand, just has 2 extra features over the Tigor ‘XZ O’, which are Electrically Folding Mirrors and the Heat Absorbing Front Windshield.

The Tigor ‘XZ’ petrol, retails for 6.5 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is again is a whopping 1.3 Lakh Rs. cheaper, than the Amaze ‘SX MT’, costing 7.8 Lakh Rs. In spite of being 1.3 Lakh Rs. cheaper, the Tigor ‘XZ’, has some crucial extra features over the Honda Amaze 'SX', like Parking Sensors, Alloy Wheels, Projector Headlamps and Front Fog Lamps. The Amaze ‘SX’ on the other hand, again, has just has 2 extra features over the Tigor ‘XZ’, which are Electrically Folding Mirrors and Automatic Climate Control.

The Amaze is also available with the cutting-edge CVT automatic gearbox. The Tigor does not offer an option of an automatic gearbox for now.

All things said and done, even a Tigor costing 1.5 Lakh Rs. less than an Amaze has more number of features than it, which Tata should be proud of & Honda should be ashamed of!

Tigor vs Amaze Comparison Video:


Tigor ‘XZ O’ vs Amaze ‘VX’:
Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Infotainment: 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 Sensors, Parking Camera, Touchscreen, Navigation, Projector Headlamps

Extra Features in Amaze (VX): Electrically Folding Mirrors, Heat Absorbing Front Windshield

Tigor ‘XZ’ vs Amaze ‘SX’: 
Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, and Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Rear Defogger

Extra Features in Tigor (XZ): Parking Sensors, Alloy Wheels, Projector Headlamps, Fog Lamps

Extra Features in Amaze (SX): Automatic Climate Control, Electrically Folding Mirrors

Part II
Tigor vs Amaze Comparison of Performance & Dynamics:
Petrol:
After driving these two cars back-to-back, you just cannot shake off the feeling of how smooth, silent & refined the Amaze petrol is, compared to the Tigor. Honda's 1.2 iVTEC mill is arguably the best small capacity engine in the World, with a sporty exhaust note and rev happy nature to rival that of a motorcycle! In contrast the Tigor's engine has a pronounced 3-cylinder thrum and get quite harsh and vocal at higher revs. However, in terms of actual performance, the advantage that Amaze holds is quite small and in terms of drivability, the Tigor is just as good as the Amaze, if not slightly better.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 80, Amaze – 94 (difference 18%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 107, Amaze – 115 (difference 7%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 85@6000, Amaze – 90@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 114@3500, Amaze – 110@4800
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1062, Amaze – 955

Diesel:
When it comes to diesels, Tata has unnecessarily messed up the situation for themselves. Agreed that downsizing is the need of the hour, and a 1050 cc 3-cylinder engine, might be the ideal engine size for powering the sub-4 metre cars of the future. But then the car itself should be light enough, and the engine should have a high enough specific output to propel the vehicle. Both of which Tata could not achieve with the Tigor. The Tigor tips the scales northwards of 1100 kilograms which is definitely way too hefty to be powered by an engine developing just 140 Newton-meters of peak torque. In contrast, Amaze is the lightest car in Honda's portfolio to be powered by the 1.5 litre Earth Dreams engine, which gives it outstanding drivability around town and excellent mid-range punch for overtaking. Only problem is that the Amaze is just as noisy as the Tigor, which is unacceptable for this day and age.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 62, Amaze – 94 (difference 52%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 124, Amaze – 188 (difference 52%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 70@4000, Amaze – 100@3600
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 140@1800-3000, Amaze – 200@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1130, Amaze – 1065

Handling & Ride Quality:
The Tigor may be cheaper, but it rides like a car from one segment above the Amaze! The sheer authority with which the Tigor dispatches rough roads and potholes is simply beyond the capabilities of the delicate Amaze. Tigor's longer wheelbase and robust underpinnings make it far better suited to Indian road conditions than the Amaze. Tigor does have a touch more body roll than the Amaze, but is just as grippy and enthusiastic as the Amaze around twisty roads. Amaze's only redeeming feature is its steering which has slightly more feel and off-centre precision than the Tigor.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tigor – 170, Amaze – 165

Wheelbase (mm): Tigor – 2450, Amaze - 2405

Tyre Size: 
Tigor: 155/80R13 (XE), 175/65R14 (XT), 175/60R15 (XZ)
Amaze: 175/65R14
 
Part III
Tigor vs Amaze Comparison of Comfort & Interiors: 
True to its Tata DNA, the Tigor has surprising amounts of space inside the cabin. Not that the Amaze is any less spacious. Both cars have adequate space for comfortably seating 5 full-sized adults. The Tigor has slightly better elbow-room, but the Amaze has more ergonomic seats, which do not cause any fatigue even after hours in the saddle.

In spite of being 1.5 Lakh Rs. more expensive, the Amaze feels like a cheaper car than the Tigor on the inside! The surfaces and textures that Tata has used inside the Tigor feel far more upmarket than the the Honda. Thank God Honda at least got rid of the ultra cheap old dashboard when it launched the Amaze facelift! However, if you look closer, the gaps and flushness is better on the Amaze, and going by the track record of the last 20 years, the Amaze is bound to be more resistant to rattle squeaks than the Tigor.

The Tigor also has a marginally bigger, 420 litre boot, which is 20 litres bigger than the Amaze's boot capacity of 400 litres. Overall, both cars have enough luggage space to carry 5 people's weekend luggage or to handle the odd airport run.

Boot-space (lit): Tigor - 419, Amaze - 400

Length (mm): Tigor – 3992, Amaze - 3990
Width (mm): Tigor – 1677, Amaze - 1680
Height (mm): Tigor – 1537, Amaze – 1505

Part IV 
Tigor vs Amaze Comparison of Fuel Efficiency and Cost of Ownership:
Tigor petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.3 kmpl, which is just 2.5 kmpl more than the Amaze's fuel efficiency of 17.8 kmpl. The Amaze automatic has a certified mileage of 18.1 kmpl. However, in our real-world tests, both the manual as well as the automatic Amaze, were consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Tigor.

The Tigor diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.4 kmpl, which is 1.4 kmpl less than the Amaze's efficiency of 25.8 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Tigor was just about half a kpl less efficient the Amaze.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Petrol - Manual:
Amaze - 17.8 kmpl
Tigor - 20.3 kmpl

Petrol - Automatic: 
Amaze - 18.1 kmpl

Diesel - Manual 
Amaze - 25.8 kmpl
Tigor - 24.37 kmpl

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km) 
Petrol - Manual:
Amaze - 3.70 Lakh
Tigor - 3.80 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic: 
Amaze - 3.70 Lakh

Diesel – Manual 
Amaze - 2.15 Lakh
Tigor - 2.30 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Honda is well known all over the world for its utterly reliable products. Tata on the other hand is notorious for it appalling lack of quality and reliability. Honda’s dealers are not that much better than Tata’s, but the durability of Honda’s products makes their job much easier in the first place, resulting in a decent overall ownership experience for its customers. Tata’s overstretched dealerships often recourse to cutting corners worsening the already poor ownership experience of its customers. Even today Tata languishes at the bottom of the heap in dependability studies done by publications like JD Power. And don't be fooled by the imroved paint finish and attractive plastics used by Tata in the Zest & Tiago. Their newer vehicles actually face a lot more problems than matured products like Indica & Indigo.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
Honda Amaze holds excellent resale value in the used car market today, since people look at it as a little Honda City. Going forward, it is expected to retain at least 75,000 Rs. better resale value than the Tigor, post a usage of 5 to 7 years. Overall, the Amaze VX works out to be around 50,000 Rs. More expensive than a Tigor XZ O, in terms of Overall Ownership Cost, which is nothing but the On-road Price + the Fuel Cost - Resale Value.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years) 
Petrol - Manual:
Amaze VX - 4.25 Lakh
Tigor XZ O - 3.50 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic 
Amaze S AT Opt – 4.50 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Amaze VX - 4.50 Lakh
Tigor XZ O - 3.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value) 
Petrol - Manual:
Amaze VX - 7.80 Lakh
Tigor XZ O - 7.25 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic 
Amaze S AT Opt – 7.60 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Amaze VX - 7.20 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 6.90 Lakh

Part V 
Tigor vs Amaze Comparison's Final Verdict:
Going by face value, the Tigor looks like a killer deal. It is 1.4 Lakh Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Amaze and yet offers more features as well. But as you dig deeper, it starts unveiling it's shortcomings one by one. The biggest concern with the Tigor is its reliability, or rather the lack of it. The Tigor uses complex electronics which Tata has little experience with making it a huge gamble to bet your hard earned money on it. Second problem is the lack of refinement, which becomes starkly apparent when you compare it to the Amaze, which has arguably the most refined and best sounding 1.2 litre petrol engine on Earth.

If you are considering the diesels, then the Tigor falss woefully short in terms of the mid-range torque as well as driveability, compared to the Amaze. In terms of practicality, both cars are more or less evenly matched. Finally, when you consider Tigor's higher fuel cost and lower resale value, and a couple of extra unscheduled visits to the service centre, you realise that you are not going to save much, in the long-term anyways. At the end of the day, the Amaze remains the more logical choice and hence is the winner of this shootout.

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