The Tata Altroz is a subcompact car launched in the Indian market in January 2020.The Altroz is built on Tata’s ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture, and is available in both petrol and diesel engine variants. Let’s take a look at the Altroz’s variants, and find out which of these offers the most value for money.
Tata Altroz: Top Competitors
The top rivals of the Altroz include the Toyota Glanza, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, and the Honda Amaze.
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Tata Altroz Variants
The Tata Altroz has 27 variants, which are listed below along with their prices (ex-showroom, Delhi):
|Altroz XE||Rs 6.45 lakhs|
|Altroz XE Plus||Rs 6.65 lakhs|
|Altroz XM Plus||Rs 7.40 lakhs|
|Altroz XT||Rs 7.90 lakhs|
|Altroz XE Plus Diesel||Rs 8.00 lakhs|
|Altroz XT Dark Edition||Rs 8.26 lakhs|
|Altroz XT Turbo||Rs 8.35 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ||Rs 8.40 lakhs|
|Altroz XMZ Plus DT||Rs 8.50 lakhs|
|Altroz XM Plus Diesel||Rs 8.70 lakhs|
|Altroz XT Dark Edition Turbo||Rs 8.71 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ Plus||Rs 8.90 lakhs|
|Altroz XTA DCT||Rs 9.00 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ Opt Turbo||Rs 9.00 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ Turbo||Rs 9.00 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ Plus Dark Edition||Rs 9.10 lakhs|
|Altroz XT Diesel||Rs 9.20 lakhs|
|Altroz XTA Dark Edition DCT||Rs 9.36 lakhs|
|Altroz XT Dark Edition Diesel||Rs 9.41 lakhs|
|Altroz XZA DCT||Rs 9.50 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ Plus Turbo||Rs 9.50 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ Plus Turbo Dark Edition||Rs 9.70 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ Diesel||Rs 9.70 lakhs|
|Altroz XZA Plus DCT||Rs 10.00 lakhs|
|Altroz XZA Plus Dark Edition DCT||Rs 10.00 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ Plus Diesel||Rs 10.20 lakhs|
|Altroz XZ Plus Dark Edition Diesel||Rs 10.40 lakhs|
Tata Altroz: Quick Review
Design and features: The Tata Altroz has a futuristic look with sharp lines and angular edges. The Altroz features a diamond-shaped grille with chrome detailing and swept-back headlamps. The car’s roofline slopes gently towards the rear.
One of the most striking features of the Altroz is its contrasting black roof, which is available in certain variants. This roof adds to the car’s visual appeal. The car’s 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels also add to its stylish appearance.
In terms of features, the Altroz has an advanced infotainment system that includes a touchscreen display, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay compatibility, voice recognition, and smartphone integration, multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, and keyless entry, among others.
Engine and performance: The Tata Altroz is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol variants of the Altroz come with a 1.2L three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that produces 86.83 BHP of power and 113 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.
The diesel variants of the Altroz come with a 1.5L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 88.77 BHP of power and 200 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
Performance wise, the diesel engine is considered better than the petrol engine, and the latter does feel a little underpowered. However, overall the Altroz’s engine’s performance feels just adequate.
Ride and handling: The Tata Altroz is equipped with an independent McPherson strut dual-path front suspension and a twist beam rear. The Altroz’s suspension feels firmer than what it should be in a hatchback. At low speeds, the ride has a firm edge to it. Big potholes can be felt inside. As speeds increase, the suspension improves the ride quality. On the highway, the Altroz handles broken roads decently.
The Altroz’s straight-line stability is good, and there is no nervousness. The electric power steering does its job well. The brakes are progressive and work as expected.
Comfort and space: The Altroz has ample cabin space, with good legroom, headroom, and shoulder room for both front and rear passengers. The car can comfortably seat five adults.
The Altroz comes with a range of comfort features, including automatic climate control, power windows, height-adjustable driver seat, adjustable headrests, and rear AC vents.
The Altroz has a generous boot space of 345 litres. The boot space is well-designed and can easily accommodate large suitcases, bags, and other items.
Safety: The Tata Altroz is equipped with several advanced safety features, which include dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Corner Stability Control (CSC), reverse parking camera, rear parking sensors, seat belt reminder, and ISOFIX: child seat mounts.
Mileage: The overall mileage in the Tata Altroz ranges from 18.5 km/l to 23.64 km/l, depending upon the variant.
Concluding remarks: The Tata Altroz is a well-rounded premium hatchback that offers a good combination of style, comfort, performance, and safety. With its features, comfortable cabin, and advanced safety features, the Altroz offers a good value-for-money proposition.
Tata Altroz: Most Value for Money Variant
The most value for money (VFM) variant of the Tata Altroz is the Altroz XM Plus, which is priced at Rs 7.40 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Most VFM Variant in Comparison with Base Variant
The base variant of the Tata Altroz is the Altroz XE, which is priced at Rs 6.45 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Additional features in the most VFM variant as compared to the base variant include follow-me-home headlights (safety), steering mounted controls, automatic ORVM (base has manual ORVM), and day/night IRVM as driver assistance features.
Among convenience features, the most VFM variant has USB ports, keyless entry, and power windows in the rear.
The most VFM variant also has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, navigation support, and Bluetooth connectivity (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay), and Harman audio system with 4 speakers. Besides, the most VFM variant has 16-inch wheels as against 15-inch wheels in the base variant.
Most VFM Variant in Comparison with Top-end Variant
The top-end variant of the Tata Altroz is the Altroz XZ Plus Dark Edition Diesel, which is priced at Rs 10.40 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The top-end variant has some additional features over the VFM variant, such as fog lights, and DRLs (as driver assistance features), and climate control as a convenience feature, but it has manual ORVM in place of automatic.
The top-end variant also has 16-inch alloy wheels, and genuine leather upholstery.
However, the top-end variant has a turbocharged diesel engine, with a better mileage and power than the VFM variant.
Key Take-outs from the Comparative Analysis of Base, VFM, and Top-end Variants Above
The most value for money variant comes with a host of extra features than the base variant. The top-end variant has only a few extra features than the VFM variant.
To conclude, the most VFM variant, theTata Altroz XM Plus, offers the most optimal combination of features at an affordable cost.
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