Tata Tiago: a hatchback that has revolutionised the segment.

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Tiago, a hatchback that revolutionised the market and changed the business dynamics for Tata Motors. It looks stylish, is feature loaded and is a great value for money. The Tata Tiago AMT is offered only on the petrol engine and comes only with the top-of-the-line variant.  So, how does it perform? Does it have good enough performance? Read further to know more about it also look to it’s features.

Tata Tiago Design

The Tiago has a balanced and proportioned design also It doesn’t stand out in its styling and it doesn’t have out of the box design. At the same time, the design is good enough and there isn’t a reason not to like how it looks.The fascia is dominated by a honeycomb mesh front grille and sleek headlamps. The fog lamps are round and have chrome surrounds. The crowned hood is a part of the cab forward design. It gets 14-inch tyres and the AMT comes only in XZA variant, which even has alloy wheels. The rear styling is somewhat different from the current Tata cars and it looks different.

Interiors

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The front row seats are highly comfortable and there is more than sufficient head room and leg room. The seats are designed to be supportive and they offer good cushioning too. The Tiago ensures there is more than sufficient support and comfort on the front seats. The rear appears to be compact, but it still offers good knee room and head room. The boot space at 242 litres isn’t the largest.

As this transmission comes only with the top-of-the-variant, it does have all the features one can get in the Tiago. The steering wheel is precise in size and chunky to hold. The side AC vents continue to have body colour surrounds and then the air-con is manual. In terms of safety, there are dual airbags and ABS on offer on this variant.

Engine and Transmission

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A 1.2-litre petrol engine is offered in the Tiago AMT. This mill comes mated to a five-speed AMT box. Initially we had complaints that the Tiago petrol engine is noisy.

There is the crawl function. The engine and AMT aren’t very peppy and one needs to press the pedal harder to extract performance. In the sporty mode, one can achieve some amount of spirited driving. But it is just fine. The AMT box is a tad lethargic but in manual mode, things are better.

Driving Dynamics

If you look to an AMT, your first point of concern is brakes. You will use it the most as there is no clutch. Braking in city traffic can be a bit off. The bite of the brakes ins’t progressive and this could mean unaffordable driving in city traffic. The ride of the Tiago AMT is pliant. In fact it can be compared to cars that are a segment above.

The other bit about the Tiago that’s worth a mention is its handling. This has agile handling if we compare it to its competition. They are all rolly-polly when pushed hard around corners. The Tiago does the job well. The steering wheel is also light in city and as the speeds go up it weighs up. The feedback is good enough from the steering wheel.

Conclusion

At a price of about INR 7 lakhs the Tiago AMT is the best value for money product you can consider. It has decent performance and good mileage too. The plastic quality is good and even the music system is the best in its class. There is space, features and good driving dynamics.

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