Tigor vs WRV Comparison Review

Published on: Apr 02, 2017
Tata Tigor vs Honda WR-V Comparison Review:



Part I 
Comparison of Pricing & Features: 
Tigor ‘XZ O’ vs WR-V ‘VX’: 
The Tigor ‘XZ O’ petrol retails for 6.9 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is a ridiculous 3.1 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the WR-V ‘VX MT’, costing 10 Lakh Rs. Since the WR-V is over three lakh Rs. more expensive than the Tigor ‘XZ O’, it does offer a few extra features like Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Electric Sunroof, LED DRLs, Wi-Fi Connectivity (for the head unit), Push Button Start & Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Cruise Control and Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver's Window, over the top-end Tigor. But most of these features are just electronic trinkets and are of little use in the real world, and charging three Lakh rupees for them is just plain delusional! But that's not all, even the Tigor 'XZ O' does offer a couple of extra features, which are absent in the WR-V like Parking Sensors & Projector Headlamps.

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Parking Camera, Infotainment: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches,  Touchscreen, Navigation, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Alloy Wheels, Fog Lamps

Extra Features in Tigor (XZ O): Parking Sensors, Projector Headlamps

Extra Features in WR-V (VX): Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Electric Sunroof, LED DRLs, Wi-Fi Connectivity (for the head unit), Push Button Start & Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Cruise Control, Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver's Window

Tigor ‘XZ’ vs WR-V ‘S’: 
The Tigor ‘XZ’ petrol retails for 6.5 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is again is a crazy 2.1 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the WR-V's ‘S’ variant, costing 8.6 Lakh Rs. The WR-V's 'S' variant is one of the most feature deficient cars available in the market, today. In spite of being over 2 Lakh Rs. cheaper, the Tigor ‘XZ’, has extra features like Parking Sensors, Alloy Wheels, Projector Headlamps and Front Fog Lamps, which are absent in the WR-V's 'S' variant! The WR-V 'S' on the other hand just has two extra features which are absent in the Tigor 'XZ', which are Telescopic Steering Adjustment and LED DRLs

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, 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 WR-V (S): Telescopic Steering Adjustment & LED DRLs

Part II
Tigor vs WR-V Comparison of Performance & Dynamics:
Petrol:
The WR-V petrol holds no tangible advantage over the Tigor in terms of performance. In fact, the WR-V has a lower torque-to-weight ratio than the Tigor and its peak torque is produced at a 1300 rpm higher than the Tigor. This translates to noticeably weaker drivability than the Tigor, requiring frequent gear-shifting around town. However, Tata still has a lot of catching up to do, to match Honda levels of refinement. The Tigor emits a distinct three cylinder thrum throughout the rev-range and gets harsh as it approaches the redline. WR-V's 1.2 litre iVTEC on the other hand is buttery smooth and sounds better and better as the revs rise.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 80, WR-V – 82
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 107, WR-V – 104

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 85@6000, WR-V – 90@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 114@3500, WR-V – 110@4800
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1062, WR-V – 1104

Diesel:
When it comes to diesels, the Tigor just cannot match up to the WR-V, owing to its 450 cc disadvantage. The WR-V has immensely better performance than the Tigor, be it in terms of drivability around town, overtaking ability on the highway, or in terms of outright acceleration. However, both Honda and Tata, need to work on their car's refinement aspect, as they are just too loud and clattery, compared to other modern-day diesel engines, available in the market.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 62, WR-V – 83 (difference 34%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 124, WR-V – 166 (difference 35%)


Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 70@4000, WR-V – 100@3600
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 140@1800-3000, WR-V – 200@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1130, WR-V – 1204

Handling & Ride Quality: 
Both cars are set-up just right, to handle the harsh realities, of our country's roads. Since the WR-V is a taller car, it has a greater propensity towards body roll. To keep it under control, Honda engineers have stiffened up the suspension setup, resulting in a slightly stiffer ride, compared to the Tigor. Overall though, both cars tackle rough roads and potholes way more effectively, than Japanese tin-boxes and low slung sedans, that have been pushed down our throats for decades. Both cars have decent cornering manners as well. The WR-V has better grip around the bends, but the Tigor feels more responsive and eager around twisty roads.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tigor – 170, WR-V – 188

Wheelbase (mm): Tigor – 2450, WR-V - 2555

Tyre Size:
Tigor: 155/80R13 (XE), 175/65R14 (XT), 175/60R15 (XZ)
WR-V: 195/65R14

Part III
Tigor vs WR-V Comparison of Comfort & Interiors:
True to the Tata tradition, the Tigor offers slightly better interior space, than the WR-V. But the WR-V, is a more comfortable car. That is because the WR-V has one of the most supportive, and comfortable seats in the business, with outstanding lower-back & under-thigh support. Tigor's seats, especially the front seats, feel a touch too small, and don't offer adequate side bolstering to the Driver. The difference becomes especially apparent, when you spend long hours in the saddle, with the WR-V remaining completely fatigue free, while the Tigor taking its toll on your spine.

Tata has upped the ante, with modern and upmarket interiors, in the Tigor. However, on closer inspection, Tata still needs to round off the edges, in terms of panel gaps and flushness. The WR-V carries over the simple and well-built interiors, from the Jazz. The WR-V trumps the Tigor, in two critical parameters. First, is the rear visibility, which is highly constrained in the Tigor, due to small rear glass and thick C-pillars. Second is the feeling or airiness, which is hugely enhanced, due to WR-V's segemnt-first Electric Sunroof! The Tigor claws back some lost ground, by providing an impressive 419 litres of bootspace, which is 60 litres more, than WR-V's boot volume of 363 litres.

Boot-space (lit): Tigor - 419, WR-V - 363

Length (mm): Tigor – 3992, WR-V - 3999
Width (mm): Tigor – 1677, WR-V - 1734
Height (mm): Tigor – 1537, WR-V – 1601

Part IV
Tigor vs WR-V Comparison of Fuel Efficiency & Cost of Ownership:
Tigor petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.3 kmpl, which is 2.8 kmpl more than the WR-V's fuel efficiency of 17.5 kmpl. However, in our real-world tests, the Tigor was just half a kmpl more efficient than the WR-V. The Tigor diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.4 kmpl, which is 1.1 kmpl less than the WR-V's efficiency of 25.5 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Tigor returned identical mileage as the WR-V.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Petrol - Manual: WRV - 17.5 kmpl
Tigor - 20.3 kmpl

Diesel - Manual WRV - 25.5 kmpl
Tigor - 24.37 kmpl

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km) 
Petrol - Manual: WRV - 3.85 Lakh
Tigor - 3.80 Lakh

Diesel - Manual WRV - 2.30 Lakh
Tigor - 2.30 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service: 
Over the last 20 years Honda has undoubtedly proven that it makes extremely reliable & dependable cars, while Tata has proven to be the exact opposite. So over the next 5-7 years if you chose the WR-V, then you are statistically more likely, to get a far more hassle free ownership experience, than you might with the Tigor. If you live in any of India's top 50 cities, availability of a Honda Service Centre is going to be just as good, if not better than the Tata Service Network. Only in the smallest of towns and villages does Tata hold any advantage over Honda in terms of service reach. The Tigor does have a slight advantage over the WR-V in terms of the pricing of the spare parts, but in all probability, you may have to replace Tigor's parts more frequently, nullifying that advantage.

Resale & Cost of Ownership: 
WR-V, is bound to fetch marginally better resale value, than the Tigor, post a usage of 5 to 7 years. Overall, the Tigor 'XZ O', works out to be around 2.2 Lakh Rs. or 25% cheaper than the WR-V 'VX', in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. Even though the WR-V has an advantage over the Tigor in terms of residual value, and has the same fuel cost as the Tigor, it is not enough to compensate the immense difference in the on-road price, of the two cars.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years) 
Petrol - Manual: WRV VX - 4.50 Lakh
Tigor XZ O - 3.50 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: WRV VX - 4.75 Lakh
Tigor XZ O - 3.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value) 
Petrol - Manual:
WRV VX - 9.35 Lakh
Tigor XZ O - 6.95 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
WRV VX - 8.90 Lakh
Tigor XZ O - 6.65 Lakh

Part V
Tigor vs WR-V Comparison's Final Verdict:
If we compare the petrols, the WR-V holds hardly any significant advantage over the Tigor. The Tigor matches it on performance, drivability and efficiency and in fact betters it in terms of ride-handling and practicality. There is no logical reason why a WR-V 'VX' should be over 3 Lakh Rs. more expensive than a top-end Tigor. In fact, even the WR-V 'S', which has way lesser features than the Tigor 'XZ O' is 1.7 Lakh Rs. more expensive than it! Just because Honda cannot keep its costs under check, doesn't give them a right to fleece the customers.

But when it comes to diesels, the Tigor is completely out of question. There is absolutely no need to suffer through a noisy and under-powered car for the next few years of your life. The diesel WR-V on the other hand is quite a sensible option, especially if you consider its 'S' variant. It costs 9.9 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, which is 1.8 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the Tigor 'XZ O' diesel. Since it is bound to fetch at least 1 Lakh Rs. more in the used car market, the difference in Cost of Ownership comes down to just 80,000 Rs. It comes with ABS and Dual Airbags as well as a Bluetooth Infotainment System, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat and LED Daytime Running Lights. Not to forget it has a remarkably powerful and torquey powertrain.

All things considered it is the best value-for-money option available among all the variants of both the cars available in the market, and hence is the winner of this shootout.

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