In our latest avatar, Tata cars have been a significant part of the CarTrade long-term garage. Over the last two years, we have had everything from the bug-eyed Tata Nano all the way to the massive Tata Safari Storme plonk themselves in our parking bays. Now, we have added another one to the list and this time it’s the latest from the Tata stable - the Tigor compact sedan. It’s their second option in the entry-level B-segment and the first sedan to make its way here.
On the plate
Since it’s our first time with the car, here are some of the fact and figures to put into context what we are working with here. It’s powered by the same 1.1-litre three-cylinder diesel engine found in the Tiago which produces 69bhp/140Nm with power going to the front wheels via a five-speed manual.
Our Tigor is a Revotorq XZ (O) variant, which makes it the top-of-the-line diesel variant that is on offer and so you get a decent kit for a car priced at Rs 6.87 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). To put this into perspective, this is the price range for mid-level variants of the next rung of compact sedans.
The feature list comprises a 5.0-inch touchscreen system, climate control, rake adjustment for the steering, cooled glove box and a grey and black cabin which is dead similar to the one found in the Tiago. In addition to that, you also get decent smart phone compatibility in the form of a Connect Next suite which amounts to an infotainment tag on the feature list.
How do I plan to use the car?
Well, given that I am the Editorial Team’s chief photographer, it should be pretty obvious that the Tigor is my chariot to our various photo shoots. Its, USP, the 419-litre boot with gas mounted struts already looks promising as it comfortably swallows up my vast array of shoot equipment and with space to spare for additional bags to be accommodated.
My time spent behind the wheel indicates that this car has a decent ability to cruise. I should be able to paint you a better picture of it once I do a month´s worth of 50 km-long daily commutes from home to office and vice-versa. The Maharashtra monsoon madness means that a road trip to my home town with my family (dog et al) in South Maharashtra is on the cards, so expect some green and grey visuals from me soon!
I’ll be back next month with my first usage update on the Tigor and here I should be able to give you an idea of running costs as well as ride quality, so check this space again next month!
Photos: Kapil Angane