Tata Motors has significantly upped its game in our market ever since the advent of its entry-level hatchback – the Tata Tiago. Fresher design, a better fit and finish, a host of equipment, great safety ratings and of course, peppier petrol engines – and the same applies to the Tigor, the Tiago with a boot extension. Then there’s the stylish and sporty Altroz, which has also, very recently, been introduced with a turbo petrol engine, targeting enthusiasts. We shortlist some of the best Tata models you can buy under the 10-lakh-rupee mark.
1) Tata Tiago
For 2020, Tata’s Tiago received a face-lift along with some important updates and a BS6-compliant petrol engine as well. On the styling front, it sports new headlights and a restyled front grille that gets the ‘Humanity Line’ in chrome. The restructured front bumper is new as well and all the slashes and creases give it a sportier look along with a new air dam and fog lamp housings. The upright bonnet helps meet pedestrian safety norms, while the rear sports a new bumper and tail lamp clusters. The interior comes with new fabric for the seats, accompanied by a few other changes too.
What’s majorly new, however, is the new BS6-compliant petrol engine. The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, petrol engine makes 84bhp and 113Nm of torque, and is mated either to an AMT gearbox or a 5-speed manual. There are some vibrations that filter through due to the motor being a 3-cylinder unit. Engine refinement isn’t all that bad, and can mostly be felt at idle. However, the AMT is a bit sluggish in terms of response and might disappoint the driver in this regard. And the engine pulls only if you really floor the throttle.
The new Tata Cars gets a four-start Global NCAP rating, making it the safest entry-level hatchback in its segment. It gets features like 15-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, automatic climate control and a Harman audio system.
2) Tata Tigor
The exterior gets the same updates as the face-lifted Tiago, along with new alloy wheel patterns and reworked tail light clusters. Apart from the new upholstery, everything in the cabin remains untouched. The quality and finish are moderately good, and the build quality doesn’t cease to impress either. The cabin layout is rather simplistic and the touchscreen unit is quite user-friendly. Also, we were impressed with the sound quality from the Harman Kardon audio system. The seats provide great comfort and there’s ample room for five occupants.
The engine and gearbox options too, remain the same as the ones on the Tiago. The refinement of the petrol engine is good, and like on the Tiago, vibrations filter through at higher rpms. However, performance for the city is sufficient, and the driver has great visibility from the front seat, thanks to the heightened seating position. What’s most delightful about the car, is the ride quality, but the electric power steering leaves one wanting for more. And of course, body roll is apparent around corners.
3) Tata Altroz
There’s not a single person we know who doesn’t like the way the Altroz looks. There are lots of Piano Black accents all over the car, and it gets a wide body because of the ALFA platform it’s built on. At the front, it features a sharp nose, giving it an aggressive look from the front. The smoked-out tail light outlines and huge headlights give it a sporty persona. And the 16-inch wheels don’t look small or ill-fitting either.
The cabin is neatly designed as well; it’s functional and the layout is tidy. And the best part is, the dashboard isn’t cluttered with too many buttons and controls. It features a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen system that gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and the custom Harman sound system, is perhaps the best in its class.
The Atroz was being sold with only two engines: a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that makes 85bhp and 113Nm and a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that pushes out 89bhp and 200Nm of torque, but now gets the much-anticipated i-Turbo version that comes with a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol motor that makes 108bhp and 140Nm of torque – all engines being paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox; however, a DCT auto ‘box is on the cards too. Also, grab the latest info on the Kia Sonet, only at autoX.