Tata Tigor Review Features and Drive Experience
King of budget car makers – TATA Motors are out with their new model – TATA TIGOR. I was one of the selected 30 bloggers to review this newly launched (open to public from 29th March 2017) car. The test drive experience was in Delhi. More of that as you scroll down. First on Tata Tigor Features.
Tata Tigor Features
Interior Features of Tata Tigor
Tata Tigor has got premium interiors with fine finish and made with attention to detail. I am really impressed with interiors of Tata Tigor! I don’t know how the interiors of your cars are after a drive with kids, but my present car seems to be hit by a tornado with bottles, magazines, tissue papers all scattered around. Somebody has put brains in designing the interiors in this. There seemed to be a place for everything inside. There are 24 utility spaces, no more excuse – “no place to keep things”! Travel with your world inside Tata Tigor!
They have given a premium black finish to the interiors with body colored highlights. The rear seat spans edge of door to edge; complete use of interior space, not a millimeter has been wasted. Tata Tigor is very intelligently designed with superior leg room and hand rest, seats are of luxurious patterns. Other noteworthy Tata Tigor features are: the car has a premium knitted roof liner, along with customizable air vents, lending a very upmarket and inviting feel.
Another mention worthy feature of Tata Tigor is its boot space. Intelligent engineers of Tata Motors have used 4 way hinge in its rear door, it opens upwards in such a way that it doesn’t protrude into the luggage space. Compare this with gooseneck hinges that are used in other cars. There is no hindrance and entire space can be effectively used, that amounts to 420liters of bootspace.
Exteriors of Tata Tigor
Visually stunning and sporty, I heard someone commenting muscular too! During the presentation for us, Mr. Pratap Bose, Head of Design at Tata Motors spoke in length about how much effort went into creating an immediate and lasting IMPACT with the style of the car.
Quoting him here: “Tata Motors has worked intricately on the styling of the TIGOR, the 3rd vehicle based on the IMPACT Design philosophy. The product is smartly designed on the outside with EXpressive, EXciting’, and EXtraordinary exterior features. Its lively and dynamic stance exudes the feeling of youthfulness. On the inside, the TIGOR makes ‘INtelligent’ use of space and has ‘INviting’ interiors and connectivity features that will make owners feel ‘INtouch’ with the world inside and outside.”
Infotainment System in Tata Tigor
Tata Motors collaborated with HARMANTM to design and engineer an acoustic audio and infotainment system. It is certified by the globally renowned Golden Ears and tuned by seasoned Harman audio experts. The infotainment system comes with a 5” touch screen enabled with video playback, voice command recognition, SMS readout and display for the rear parking assist camera. There are 8 high fidelity speakers designed to deliver a true and natural sound.
The TIGOR is equipped with dedicated apps (available only for android). These apps add to the connectivity experience and engagement between TIGOR and its occupant’s device.
- For Navigation – NaviMaps
- Sharing music on-the-go Juke Car App
- Smart Bluetooth based remote – Tata Smart Remote
- Tata Emergency Assist app adds to the safety by sharing the co-ordinates of the vehicle and informing the emergency contacts saved in the system in case of a collision.
Safety Features in Tata Tigor
As much as you want to experience a car there are certain things you will never want to experience. One among them is the air bag! Tata Tigor is equipped with multiple safety features.
- TIGOR has dual front airbags for maximum safety in case of a collision
- An energy absorbing body structure
- An advance Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
- Corner Stability Control (CSC) for improved braking efficiency.
My Tata Tigor Ride Experience
Tata team had made good arrangements with 30 cars, 15 diesel variant and 15 petrol variant. Color code for the day was, Diesel – Platinum Silver and Petro – Copper Dazzle. The drive distance was 51kms from Andaz Hotel to Heritage Transport Museum near Bilaspur Kalan. There was a support car for tracking and assistance. Throughout the route there were signboards directing to destination. With 3 bloggers in each car, each of us got good distance to drive the car and feel the driving experience. We spent a couple of hours in Heritage Transport museum where we refueled and refreshed ourselves. While the onward trip was in petrol variant of Tata Tigor, for the return trip we were given diesel variant.
It is always so refreshing to drive new cars, especially after driving the same car at home for years!
I drive around in the city a lot ferrying kids and for other household errands. For me the shift was from automatic car at home to these geared variants of Tata Tigor. Initially I was slightly cautious about the gear falling in slots. However to my surprise I found the transitions from gear to gear both backwards and forward was very smooth. I could do them with lot of ease. Steering was easy-peasy; Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) is designed, that enabled light steering feel and easy maneuvering.
I glanced at the numerical display of gear in the dashboard to check which gear I was in. (This may be trivial for an experienced driver but for me it was useful). I was a little clueless though why there was tiny arrow mark beside the number of the gear. While speeding the arrow made sense to move to next gear but while slowing the arrow did not reverse. It was easy to control on bends, sharp turns and climbs. Additionally the reverse parking and guidance system with rear view camera and ultrasonic sensors gave accurate display on the screen. This is really helpful.
It was an incident free, accident free drive. I thoroughly enjoyed it.