Tata Tiago: 3 reasons why it continues to be a great buy

The Tiago is good-looking city hatchback from Tata Motors. The 2020 update adds to the style and brings a BS6 compliant petrol engine that delivers 85 bhp. It is available with manual and AMT gearbox options. The Tata Tiago diesel has been discontinued.

Tata Tiago: 3 reasons why it continues to be a great buy

The cabin is nicely designed and looks relatively high quality with its textured plastics on the dash and a knitted roof-lining doing much to improve the ambience. A light steering makes the Tiago easy to steer and while set to the firmer side, the suspension delivers good ride quality on the whole.

Prices start at Rs. 4.6 lakh and go all the way up up to Rs. 6.59 lakh, ex-showroom.

There is a lot to like about Tiago. When talking about Tiago, or for that matter recent Tata Motors cars, one has to begin with Safety as that is clearly their USP.

Sturdy build. Betters many pricier cars in terms of safety. 

Tata Tiago: 3 reasons why it continues to be a great buy

Tata Motors have been putting a lot of emphasis on the safety in their cars. Both the Nexon and Altroz have won 5-star ratings in the Global NCAP ratings. And Tiago, with a 4-star is not far behind. The best it’s competitors have managed is a 2-star rating. In fact, cars costing a good Rs. 3-4 lakh more don’t come with 4-star ratings.

All variants come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and CSC [corner stability control]. Tiago also gets rear park assist across the range as well and that helps boost the safety quotient as well. The latter two features are often missing from the lower end variants of the competing cars. The bonnet meets the new pedestrian safety norms meaning that Tiago is safe not just for it’s occupants but also for those in the vicinity.

VFM pricing. Much larger than rivals. 

If safety is Tata Motors newfound love, the value for money has been there right from the beginning when it launched Indica. Tiago easily offers the most space per rupee in its class. It’s small hatchback that is, relative to its competition, quite big. It has a good-size boot as well.

But the VFM proposition extends beyond just space. The interiors quality is quite good for the segment, the audio system is best in class and you get 15-inch wheels [many rivals offer 14-inchers].

NRG variant on offer: High ground clearance and good ability to handle bad roads.

Tata Tiago: 3 reasons why it continues to be a great buy

If you live or drive in area with bad roads, you can go for Tiago NRG which is a cross-hatch version of the Tiago. It gets all-around black cladding, four-spoke alloy wheels and slightly raised ride height that make it standard apart from regular version and also help it negotiate bad roads better. Inside, you get body hugging seats with different upholstery and a five-inch Harman infotainment system among other features. The NRG edition makes for a good pick if you are after a unique looking small hatch with good comfort and efficiency.