Tigor vs Figo Comparison Review

Published on: Apr 03, 2017
Ford Figo vs Tigor Tata Comparison Review:

Part I
Comparison of Pricing & Features: 
Tigor ‘XT’ vs Figo ‘Trend’: 
The Tigor ‘XT’ petrol retails for 6.0 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is identical to the Figo ‘Trend’. The Tigor ‘XT’ costs 7.2 Lakh Rs. which is 10,000 Rs. cheaper than the diesel Figo ‘Trend’. In terms of features, the Tigor ‘XT’ is slightly better equipped with ABS, Parking Sensors, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat and Fog Lamps over the Figo ‘Trend’, while the Figo ‘Trend’ only gets Dual Airbags, Mobile Docking Station and Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window over the Tigor ‘XT’.

Tigor vs Figo Comparison Video:

Common Features:
AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches

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

Extra Features in Figo (Trend): Airbags-2, Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window, Mobile Docking Station

Tigor ‘XZ’ vs Figo ‘Titanium Plus’: 
The Tigor ‘XZ O’ petrol retails for 6.9 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is 20,000 Rs. cheaper than the Figo ‘Titanium Plus’, costing 7.1 Lakh Rs. The difference between the diesels is slightly lesser, i.e. just 10,000 Rs. with the diesel Tigor ‘XZ O’ costing 8.1 Lakh Rs and the Figo ‘Titanium Plus’ diesel costing just 8.2 Lakh Rs. Both cars have a few extra features which are absent in the other. The Tigor ‘XZ O’ has Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Projector Headlamps, Touchscreen and Navigation, which is absent in the Figo ‘Titanium Plus’, while the Figo ‘Titanium ‘Plus’ has Side & Curtain Airbags, Electrically Folding Mirrors and Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window, which is absent in the Tigor ‘XZ O’

The Figo is also available with a state-of-the-art Dual-Clutch automatic, mated to a bigger 1500 cc petrol engine, retailing for 8.3 Lakh Rs, while the Tigor does not offer an automatic option within the range, for now.

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

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

Extra Features in Figo (Titanium Plus):
Side & Curtain Airbags, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Auto-up Anti-pinch Driver’s Window

Part II
Tigor vs Figo Comparison of Performance & Dynamics: 
The Tigor petrol is pretty evenly matched with the Figo's 1.2-litre mill, in terms of drivability around town as well as outright performance. However, the Tigor loses out to the Figo in terms of refinement by a small margin. Even the Figo's mill in no match to Honda's iVTEC, Suzuki's K12 or Hyundai's Kappa2 engines, when it comes to refinement. The Figo 1.5 is considerably quicker and faster than the 1.2, aided further by the seamlessly quick shifting dual clutch transmission.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 80, Figo 1.2 - 85, Figo 1.5 - 107
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 107, Figo 1.2 - 108, Figo 1.5 – 130

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 85@6000, Figo 1.2 - 88@6300, Figo 1.5 - 112@6300
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 114@3500, Figo 1.2 - 112@4000, Figo 1.5 - 136@4250
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1062, Figo 1.2 - 1040, Figo 1.5 - 1050

Comparison between a Figo diesel and a Tigor diesel, is nothing but a comparison between one of the best, and one of worst diesel mills in the segment. The Figo diesel is an eye watering 50% more powerful and over 60% more torquey than the Tigor in terms of it power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios. The diesel Figo has recently destroyed the self-esteem of much hyped hot hatches like the Polo GT and Punto Abarth around a racetrack as tested by one of country's leading publications. In spite of extracting so much performance, Ford has ensured that there is hardly any turbo-lag and even refinement is within the acceptable range. The Tigor simply doesn't stand a chance against it, be it in terms of performance, drivability or refinement.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 62, Figo – 94 (difference 52%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 124, Figo – 203 (difference 64%)

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 70@4000, Figo – 100@3750
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 140@1800-3000, Figo – 215@1750-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1130, Figo – 1060

Handling & Ride Quality:
Tata has made a great effort in setting up the dynamics of the Tigor. It has excellent ride quality over the worst of the roads and yet feels eager and planted around the curves. But the Figo is even better. It has a slightly stiffer setup than the Tigor, but never feels stiff or uncomfortable over the bumps and ruts, regardless of what speeds you are driving at. When it comes to cornering, it is one of the best handling hatchbacks in the country. It has excellent grip and balance along with the best Electrically Assisted Power Steering Setups on the market, with excellent feel and feedback.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tigor – 170, Figo – 174

Wheelbase (mm): Tigor – 2450, Figo - 2491

Tyre Size:
Tigor: 155/80R13 (XE), 175/65R14 (XT), 175/60R15 (XZ)
Figo: 175/65R14

Part III
Tigor vs Figo Comparison of Comfort & Interiors:
The Tigor turns the tables on the Figo, when it comes to interior space and comfort. True to Tata tradition, the Tigor has more than adequate space for 5 full-sized adults inside the cabin. The Figo on the other hand just has adequate space for 4 occupants. Figo's rear seat is quite cramped compared to the Tigor's and there is a lot of intrusion from the transmission tunnel and floor console, making life difficult for the middle passenger. Figo's front seats though a tad bigger and more supportive than Tigor's one size smaller front seats.

Tata has convincingly caught up and even surpassed Ford, when it comes to interiors. Tigor has cleaner and more modern dashboard layout accompanied by more upmarket trims and materials. Tigor even offers color-coordinated garnishing on the dashboard, on the top-end variants. Tigor's cabin also feels more airy and fresh, thanks to its low-set dashboard and larger windows. Tigor has a class leading 419 litres of boot-space, which is over 160 litres more than the 257 litre boot volume of the Figo. Overall, the Figo is no match to Tigor in terms of practicality and it just might become the deciding factor in mainstream customer's choice of a family car.

Boot-space (lit): Tigor - 419, Figo - 257

Length (mm): Tigor – 3992, Figo - 3886
Width (mm): Tigor – 1677, Figo – 1695
Height (mm): Tigor – 1537, Figo – 1525

Part IV
Tigor vs Figo Comparison of Fuel Efficiency & Cost of Ownership:
Tigor petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.3 kmpl, which is 2.1 kmpl better than the Figo manual's fuel efficiency of 18.2 kmpl. However, in our real-world tests, the Tigor was just as efficient as the Figo.

The Figo petrol-automatic has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 17 kmpl, but in our tests it was consistently 1 kmpl less efficient than the manual cars..

The Tigor diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.4 kmpl, which surprisingly is 1.4 kmpl less than the Figo's efficiency of 25.8 kmpl, which is a shame, since the Figo has 450cc larger engine than the Tigor. In our back-to-back tests, the Tigor returned identical mileage to the Figo.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Petrol - Manual: 
Figo - 18.16 kmpl
Tigor - 20.3 kmpl

Petrol - Automatic
Figo - 17.0 kmpl

Diesel - Manual 
Figo - 25.83 kmpl
Tigor - 24.37 kmpl

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

Petrol - Automatic
Figo - 4.00 Lakh

Diesel - Manual 
Figo - 2.30 Lakh
Tigor - 2.30 Lakh

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Tata & Ford carry baggage of bad reputation for Product Quality and Service Support in our country. However, Ford has turned a leaf with the launch of the EcoSport, and made decent progress in the past few years. Tata, on the other hand remains complacent and has continued to deteriorate further and further, losing touch points in prime urban locales to its competitors. Also there's a rampant misconception in most of the intender's minds about Tata's new vehicles like Zest, Bolt & Tiago bing much improved in terms of quality. However, shiny paint and attractive plastic do not make a car more reliable. On the contrary, Zest & Tiago's rankings in reliability studies like JD Power is far worse than even their own Indica & Indigo.

Resale & Cost of Ownership:
5 to 7 year old Figos already hold much better resale value than Indica Vistas of a similar vintage. The Tigor will no doubt, hold much better resale value than a Vista, but still marginally lower than a Figo, by the year 2022. Overall, both the Figo 'Titanium Plus' & the Tigor 'XZ' will cost identical to each other in terms of Overall Ownership Cost, i.e. Price, plus Cost of Fuel, minus resale value.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years) 
Petrol - Manual:
Figo Titanium Plus - 3.50 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 3.25 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic 
Figo Titanium AT – 3.50 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Figo Titanium Plus - 3.75 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 3.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value) 
Petrol - Manual:
Figo Titanium Plus - 7.40 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 7.45 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic 
Figo Titanium AT – 9.10 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Figo Titanium Plus - 6.65 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 7.00 Lakh

Tigor vs Figo Comparison's Final Verdict:
The Figo diesel stands head and shoulders above any of the other options in this comparison. Even if you are hell-bent on buying a petrol car, we sincerely urge you to give the Figo diesel a try. It's endless wave of torque and ballistic mid-range is sure to get you hooked. Rest of the alternatives in this comparison are bit disappointing. The petrol variants of both cars are grossly under-powered, due to their hefty kerb weights overburdening their torque deficient engines. The diesel Tigor is even worse, with its 1-litre diesel engine being fit for nothing other than taxi business. Even the Figo automatic with its state-of-the-art dual-clutch gearbox is a pleasure to drive. But it is way too expensive, given its exhorbitant sticker price of 8.6 Lakh Rs. For that kind of money you have much better options available in the market. The second problem is the dual-clutch gearbox's shady reputation for early failure, which can burn a big hole in your pocket.

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