Tata Motors has been in great form. The excellent Harrier and Nexon have been followed up with the gorgeous-looking Altroz and Nexon EV. Altroz prices start at Rs. 5.29 lakh for the base petrol while the diesel will cost Rs. 6.99 lakh, ex-showroom, at the minimum.
Altroz has a lot going for it: it is the only premium hatchback with 5-star NCAP safety rating, offers best-in-class ride, has a well-weighted steering. The interiors are very well put together and seats are comfortable. The feature list too is generous and the price attractive.
In short, if you are looking for a premium hatchback to buy, then Altroz should be on your test-drive list. But, with 5 trim levels– XE, XM, XT, XZ and XZ(O)—which variant of the Altroz is a best buy?
Complicating the equation is the fact that Tata is offering variant specific customisation packs for the XE, XM, XT and XZ which lets you add certain features from higher variants. The options packs – Rythm, Style, Luxe and Urban – costs up to Rs 39,000 over the standard variants.
Tata Altroz XE (Petrol Rs 5.29 lakh; Diesel Rs 6.99 lakh), gets you basic features such as with good safety kit: ABS with EBD, Dual front airbags, Rear parking sensors and Central locking. You also get manual and two drive modes: City and Eco. If you opt for the Rhythm option pack, you will get a 3.5-inch infotainment system, four speakers and Foldable key with dual-tone horn—all for Rs. 25,000.
Even after the add-on, the base version remains pretty basic by today’s standards.
The Best Budget Buys
Tata Altroz XM (Petrol Rs 6.15 lakh; Diesel Rs 7.75 lakh) comes with a 3.5-inch infotainment system by Harman, Power windows, Electrically adjustable, folding wing mirrors, Rear parking assist via infotainment display, Ambient lighting for driver’s footwell. Spend Rs. 39,000 more for the Rhythm pack and you get 7.0-inch touchsreen infotainment system, Four speakers and Reverse park assist camera.
We think this is a pretty good budget option—you get a good set of useful features for not too much more money.
Alternately, you can opt of Tata Altroz XT (Petrol Rs 6.84 lakh; Diesel Rs 8.44 lakh) that comes with 7.0-inch floating touchscreen infotainment by Harman, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Push button start, Cruise control, Rear camera display, Idle start-stop, LED daytime running lights and 7.0-inch TFT digital instrument cluster.
Spend Rs. 39,000 on Luxe pack and you’ll get Rear centre armrest, Driver seat height adjust, contrast black roof, Leather wrapped steering and gear lever, Rear fog lamp and Body-coloured wing mirrors.
Higher-end Variants Costly
The higher end variants Tata Altroz XZ (Petrol Rs 7.44 lakh; Diesel Rs 9.04 lakh) and Tata Altroz XZ (O) (Petrol Rs 7.69 lakh; Diesel Rs 9.29 lakh) are a bit costly in our view. While they add a few features, they are more in the category of ‘nice to have’ rather than ‘must have’.