Tigor vs Swift Comparison Review

Published on: Mar 31, 2017
Maruti Suzuki Swift vs Tata Tigor Comparison Review:

Part I
Comparison of Pricing & Fetaures:
The Tigor ‘XZ O’ petrol, retails for 6.9 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is 20,000 Rs. cheaper, than Swift’s ‘ZXi’ variant, costing 7.1 Lakh Rs. In spite of the Tigor ‘XT’ being 20,000 Rs. cheaper, it has a few extra features, which are absent in the Swift ‘ZXi’, like Parking Camera, Projector Headlamps and Touchscreen. The Swift ‘ZXi’, also has a few additional features, like Electrically Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key, which are absent in the Tigor ‘XZ O’. However, we have no doubt that Tigor’s extra features, are far more useful and valuable, than those on the Swift.

The Tigor ‘XT’ petrol, retails for 6 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is still 5000 Rs. cheaper than the Swift ‘VXi’. Incredibly, in spite of the Tigor being a sedan, and being marginally cheaper, it has a few expensive extra features over the Swift hatchback. The Tigor ‘XT’ has ABS, Parking Sensors, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat and Steering Wheel Switches, which are absent in the Swift ‘VXi’. The Swift ‘VXi’ on the other hand, has only 2 additional features i.e. Driver Airbag and Electrically Folding Mirrors, over the Tigor ‘XZ’.

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 ‘XZ O’ vs Swift ‘ZXi’:
Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Automatic Climate Control, 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, Alloy Wheels, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust

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

Extra Features in Swift (ZXi): Electrically Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key

Tigor ‘XT’ vs Swift ‘VXi’:
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Fog Lamps, and Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers

Extra Features in Tigor (XT): ABS, Parking Sensors, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Steering Wheel Switches

Extra Features in Swift (VXi): Driver Airbag, Electrically Folding Mirrors

Part II
Tigor vs Swift Comparison of Performance & Dynamics:
The Tigor petrol, is pretty evenly matched to the Swift, in terms of performance. Even its drivability, is just as good, if not slightly better, than the Swift. However, it falls woefully short, compared to the Swift, when it comes to refinement. Even after adding a counter-balancer shaft to the Tiago’s 3-cylinder engine, it just cannot match the silky smooth refinement, and the enthusiastic nature, of Suzuki’s 4-cylinder K12 engine.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 80, Swift – 87 (difference 9%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 107, Swift – 119 (difference 11%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 85@6000, Swift – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 114@3500, Swift – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1062, Swift – 965

When it comes to diesels, Swift’s legendary, Fiat sourced Multi-jet engine is in a class of its own. Tigor’s engine is quite a letdown in all three aspects, namely performance, drivability and refinement. The Tigor is over 40% down on torque, in terms of torque-to-weight ratio, compared to the Swift. It feels completely out of breath on the open road and lacks the sheer mid-range punch of the Swift, which makes light work of overtaking duties on the highway. Tigor’s engine also gets quite vocal at higher revs as opposed to the Swift’s power-plant, which remains reasonably refined, and revs freely right up to its redline. Tigor’s only saving grace is that it has a little less turbo-lag than the Swift, making it easier to pilot around city streets.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 62, Swift – 71 (difference 15%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 124, Swift – 179 (difference 44%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 70@4000, Swift – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 140@1800-3000, Swift – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1130, Swift – 1060

Handling & Ride Quality:
Both cars are as different as chalk and cheese, when it comes to dynamics. The Swift is a real hoot to drive around the bends. Its effervescent nature and quick reflexes makes it incredibly fun to pilot around mountain roads. But then its stiff suspension, gives it a back breaking ride, especially to the rear passengers. The Tigor has a much more sensible suspension setup, than the Swift. Its long travel suspension and well-judged damping, makes it immensely more comfortable over the rough and tumble of our country’s roads. But that doesn’t mean that it is no fun around the curves either! Even the Tigor has a keen turn-in and holds its line well around the bends. Just that it is not as sharp and pointy as the Swift. Overall though the Tigor’s setup is far better suited to Indian road conditions than the Swift.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tigor – 170, Swift - 175

Wheelbase (mm): Tigor – 2450, Swift - 2430

Tyre Size:
Tigor: 155/80R13 (XE), 175/65R14 (XT), 175/60R15 (XZ)
Swift: 165/80R14 (L, V), 185/65R15 (Z)

Tigor vs Swift Comparison of Comfort & Interiors:
The Tigor is a clear winner, when it comes to space and practicality. Tigor can easily accommodate three adults in the rear, while the Swift is extremely tight on space, especially knee-room, even for two people. Adding to the Swift’s woes is its rising waistline, which makes things far too claustrophobic at the rear. Tigor’s boot is also twice as big as the ridiculously tiny boot of the Swift. Swift’s boot can just about hold a couple of soft-bags, while the Tigor can easily accommodate, 5 people weekend luggage.

Swift’s only saving grace, are its big and comfy front seats, which provide better support and side bolstering, than the Tiago’s units. Overall, both cars have excellent forward visibility, as well as great driving positions. Tigor has even caught up with Suzuki in terms of the interior look and feel. The textures and surfaces used inside the Tigor actually feel a notch above the Swift’s.

That being said, Tigor’s panel gaps and uniformity, is still not up to the mark, and going by Tata’s past track record, there are chances of rattle squeaks creeping in earlier than the Swift. Overall, the Tigor is a genuinely good family car, while the Swift is one of the least practical family cars on the market.

Boot-space (lit): Tigor - 419, Swift – 205

Length (mm): Tigor – 3992, Swift - 3850
Width (mm): Tigor – 1677, Swift - 1695
Height (mm): Tigor – 1537, Swift – 1530

Part IV 
Tigor vs Swift Comparison of Fuel Efficiency and Cost of Ownership: 
Tigor petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.3 kmpl, which is just 0.1 kmpl lower than the Swift's fuel efficiency of 20.4 kmpl. However, in our real-world tests, the Swift was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Tigor.

The Tigor diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.4 kmpl, which is 0.8 kmpl less than the Swift's efficiency of 25.2 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Tigor was roughly half a kpl less efficient the Swift.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Petrol - Manual: 
Swift - 20.4 kmpl
Tigor - 20.3 kmpl

Diesel - Manual 
Swift - 25.2 kmpl
Tigor - 24.37 kmpl

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km) 
Petrol - Manual: 
Swift - 3.30 Lakh
Tigor - 3.80 Lakh

Diesel – Manual 
Swift - 2.25 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 themselves have 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 the Zest and Tiago are even less reliable compared to the Indicas & Indigos, due to added complexity of these products, as seen in JD Power's 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 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. Since the Swift is about to be repalced by an all new model, expect it to retain slightly lower resale value after 5 to 7 years. Expect the petrol Tigor to hold slightly better residual value and the diesel one to hold slightly lower residual value, than the Swift in 2023. Overall, both cars are more or less identical in terms of Total Cost of Ownership, which is nothing but the Price plus Fuel Cost minus Resale Value. The Swift, has a negligible 2% cost of ownership advantage over the Tigor, but that is assuming the Tigor does not need any unscheduled visits to the service station, compared to the Swift.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years) 
Petrol - Manual: 
Swift VXi - 3.25 Lakh
Tigor XT - 3.50 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Swift VDi - 3.75 Lakh
Tigor XT - 3.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value) 
Petrol - Manual: 
Swift VXi - 6.05 Lakh
Tigor XT - 6.20 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: Swift VDi - 5.85 Lakh
Tigor XT - 6.00 Lakh

Part V 
Tigor vs Swift Comparison's Final Verdict: 
The Swift is not a practical car. It has severe shortcomings in terms of rear-seat comfort and boot-space. Agreed that it is a technically superior car than the Tigor, with better refinement, efficiency, performance and cornering abilities than the Tigor and we highly recommend it to petrol-heads around the country. But CarComparos aims to help out the non-petrolheads, who form 99% of actual car buyers in the country and who give more importance to the practical aspects of car ownership. As a family car, the Tigor is actually light years ahead of the Swift. It has space for a whole extra passenger at the rear, more than two times as much boot-space and a bigger list of features than the Swift. Amongst the two we have to hand it over to the Tigor for being the deserving winner of this test.

However, being a Tata, there is always a higher risk of getting a lemon, in which case it may turn out to be a far more disastrous situation than buying a Swift. So instead of compromising, on either practicality, or reliability, the solution is to look for other options. One such option which matches the Tigor on practicality and Swift on reliability is the Baleno. Thanks to its projected resale value being better than both the Swift and the Tigor, it works out to be cheaper than both cars in terms of Overall Ownership Cost and is also available with the fantastic CVT automatic gearbox.

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