Tigor vs Tiago Comparison Review

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

Part I
Comparison of Pricing & Features:
Confused between the Tiago & Tigor?

 If you had almost made up your mind about the top-end Tiago, but are now considering whether the mid-range Tigor is a better alternative, we have got just the shootout that you were searching for.

Tiago ‘XZ’ vs Tigor ‘XT’:
The Tiago ‘XZ’ petrol retails for 5.5 lakh Rs. on road, Delhi, which is 40,000 Rs. cheaper, than the Tigor ‘XT’, costing 5.9 Lakh Rs. In addition to being 40,000 Rs. cheaper, the Tiago 'XZ' has three extra features over the Tigor 'XT', which are Driver-co-driver Airbags, Alloy Wheels & Rear Defogger. You may not get any extra features in the Tigor, instead you get a bigger boot, a smoother engine and a more spacious rear seat. That being said, we don't recommend buying a car without airbags, and instead advise you to save up a little bit more and go for the Tigor's 'XZ' variant.

Common Features: ABS, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking by Remote, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Infotainment: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Projector Headlamps, Fog Lamps

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Airbags-2, Alloy Wheels, Rear Defogger

Extra Features in Tigor (XT): none

Tigor 'XZ' vs Tiago 'XZ':
The Tigor XZ costs 6.5 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi, which is 1 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the Tiago 'XZ'. How much more will you have to save? Well, your down payment will go up by 14,000 Rs, from 75,000 to 89,000 Rs. and your EMI will go up by 1700 Rs, from 9100 to 10,800 Rs. assuming today's standard 5 year loan terms and conditions. The Tigor 'XZ' also offers Projector Headlamps, as a sweetener over the Tiago 'XZ'

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

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): none

Extra Features in Tigor (XZ): Projector Headlamps

For those with lesser budgetary constraints, there's the Tigor 'XZ O' which retails for 6.9 Lakh Rs. i.e. 40,000 Rs. more than the 'XZ' variant, and gets goodies like the Parking Camera, Automatic Climate Control and the Touch-screen Infotainment System from the Zest.

Tigor vs Tiago Pricing & Features Comparison Video:

Part II
Tigor vs Zest Comparison of Performance & Dynamics:
The Tigor petrol, gains a balancer shaft over the Tiago, making the Tiago’s considerably unrefined engine slightly less unrefined, compared to rivals like Honda’s 1.2 litre iVTEC, Suzuki’s K12 & Hyundai Kappa 2 mills! What beats us is that, now that a balancer shaft has been developed, why is Tata still selling Tiagos without it? Overall, both cars have decent drivability around town, but feel a bit under-powered during Highway runs.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 80, Tiago – 83
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 107, Tiago – 111

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 85@6000, Tiago – 85@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 114@3500, Tiago – 114@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1062, Tiago – 1024

After driving the diesels, the first thing that comes to your mind is that the Tigor and Tiago deserve better engines. Tata has fallen prey to the engine downsizing trap, by cutting down on displacement without being able to cut down on their car’s kerb weights. This has made the Tigor and Tiago far too underpowered making them a pain to drive on the Highways. Both cars quickly run out of breath at speeds and lack adequate punch required for overtaking heavy vehicles at speeds as low as 80 kmph. The lack of refinement makes things worse, with quite of bit of engine noise and vibrations seeping into the cabin. Their only saving grace is that they have fairly good drivability around town.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tigor - 62, Tiago – 65
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tigor - 124, Tiago – 130

Power (PS@rpm): Tigor – 70@4000, Tiago – 70@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tigor – 140@1800-3000, Tiago – 140@1800-3000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tigor - 1130, Tiago – 1080

Handling & Ride Quality: 
There are very subtle differences between the Tigor and the Tiago when it comes to road manners. The Tigor has additional weight over the rear axle, giving slightly better weight distribution over the Tiago. This improves the already impressive ride quality of the Tiago a few notches further. Both cars handle broken roads and surfaces with excellent pliancy, making them just right for Indian road conditions. They are good fun around corners as well, with a quick turn in and an endearing eagerness to change direction. The only weak link in the package is the steering setup, which does not transmit much feel or feedback from the surface below.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tigor – 170, Tiago – 165 (13” wheels), 170 (14” wheels)

Wheelbase (mm): Tigor – 2450, Tiago - 2400

Tyre Size:
Tigor: 155/80R13 (XE), 175/65R14 (XT), 175/60R15 (XZ)
Tiago: 155/80R13 (XB, XE, XM), 175/65R14 (XT, XZ, XZA)

Tigor vs Tiago Performance & Dynamics Comparison Video:

Part III
Tigor vs Tiago Comparison of Comfort & Interiors:  
The Tiago is no match to the Tigor in terms of interior space and roominess. Tata has done extensive changes to the Tiago, increasing its wheelbase by 50mm, liberating acres of knee-room and leg-room inside the Tigor. In fact the Tiago itself has more than enough knee-room and leg-room to begin with. The Tiago has slight edge over the Tigor in terms of rear seat comfort, since the Tigor’s seat base has been lowered by a couple of inches to ensure enough headroom under its sloping roof-line. But that has adversely affected the under-thigh support, which is already in short supply in the Tiago. Overall though the rear seat has enough space to accommodate three adults. The front seats also could have been a touch larger, with slightly more side bolstering to hold the driver in place during spirited cornering.

Tata has made giant strides in terms of interior fit and finish, especially in terms of the surfaces and textures, and Tata no longer lags behind its international rivals in this regard. However, the panel gaps and uniformity as well as some rough edges still could have been a bit better-finished compared to its competitors. Where the Tigor scores big over the Tiago is obviously the boot, Tigor’s class leading 419 litre boot capacity is a crucial 180 litres more than Tiago’s boot volume of 242 litres.

Boot-space (lit): Tigor - 419, Tiago - 242

Length (mm): Tigor – 3992, Tiago - 3746
Width (mm): Tigor – 1677, Tiago - 1647
Height (mm): Tigor – 1537, Tiago – 1535

Tigor vs Tiago Comfort & Interiors Comparison Video:

Part IV
Tigor vs Tiago Comparison of Fuel Efficiency & Cost of Ownership:
Tigor petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 20.3 kmpl, which is 3.5 kmpl lower than the Tiago's fuel efficiency of 23.8 kmpl, which is a bit surprising since the only difference between two cars is a balancer shaft, and an added boot. However, in our real-world tests, the Tigor was just half a kmpl less efficient than the Tiago.

The Tigor diesel has an ARAI certified fuel economy of 24.4 kmpl, which somehow is 2.9 kmpl less than the Tiago's efficiency of 27.3 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Tigor returned identical mileage to the Tiago.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Petrol - Manual: 
Tiago - 23.84 kmpl
Tigor - 20.3 kmpl

Petrol - Automatic
Tiago - 23.84 kmpl

Diesel - Manual 
Tiago - 27.28 kmpl
Tigor - 24.37 kmpl

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km) 
Petrol - Manual: 
Tiago - 3.75 Lakh
Tigor - 3.80 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic
Tiago - 3.75 Lakh

Diesel - Manual 
Tiago - 2.25 Lakh
Tigor - 2.30 Lakh

Reliability & After Sales Service: 
It is high time, that Tata accepts the glaring shortcomings, in the reliability of its products, and the quality of work delivered at its dealerships.

 The company's track record at quality and service, has only gotten worse over time, while even its sole Indian competitor Mahindra, has slowly but steadily made decent progress, in this regard.

 Tigor & Tiago's brand new powertrains make it an even riskier proposition, than the Zest and Bolt, which at least had the option, of Fiat's proven Multijet engine.

 The added complexity of modern electronics, and Tata's lack of experience of working with them, means it is better to adopt a wait and watch policy for six months, before putting your hard earned money down, on either of these cars.

Resale & Cost of Ownership: 
The Tigor XZ petrol, works out to be just 30,000 Rs. more expensive than the Tiago XZ, in terms of Total Cost of Ownership, i.e. Price plus Fuel Cost minus Resale Value.

That is because the Tigor is bound to retain at least 75,000 Rs. higher resale value than the Tiago, in the used car market, after a usage of 5 to 7 years.

However, the Tiago XZA automatic, works out to be just 15,000 Rs. more expensive than the Tigor XZ petrol.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years) 
Petrol - Manual: 
Tiago XZ - 2.75 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 3.50 Lakh
Tiago XZA - 2.75 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Tiago XZ - 2.75 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 3.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value) 
Petrol - Manual: 
Tiago XZ - 6.50 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 6.80 Lakh
Tiago XZA - 6.95 Lakh

Diesel - Manual: 
Tiago XZ - 5.90 Lakh
Tigor XZ - 6.50 Lakh

Tigor vs Tiago Fuel Efficiency & Cost of Ownership Video:

Part V
Tigor vs Tiago Comparison's Final Verdict:
The manual geared Tiago, is simply out of question. It has a smaller boot, and misses out on Projector Headlamps, as well as the new, noise-vibration reducing balancer shaft, of the Tigor. And yet it works out to be just 30,000 Rs. cheaper than the Tigor, in the long run.

But that is not the end of story. Until Tata gets around to launching the AMT equipped Tigor, Tiago remains your only automatic geared option. If you are not considering an automatic car, we really urge you to at least take a test drive, of any AMT equipped vehicle. Gone are the days of old-school torque convertor gearboxes, which used to seriously compromise on the efficiency and performance, compared to their manual geared counterparts.

The sheer convenience and driving comfort, that an AMT offers on city commutes, is just unbeatable. When compared to the Tigor XZ, the Tiago XZA is 50,000 Rs. cheaper to buy, and costs more or less the same as the Tigor XZ manual, in the long term. What it essentially boils down to, is whether you really need that extra 150 litres of boot space, or not. Considering the driving pattern of most car owners in our country, we think an AMT gearbox will prove to be a far more useful thing, than the additional boot-space. And that is why the Tigor XZA is the clear winner of this comparison.

Tigor vs Tiago Final Verdict Video:

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