Got a chance to TD Petrol Tiago Top-End. Here is my very short review.
Drive was with 3 passengers. 2 well built and 2 medium built. It started from my office, where they have one un-scientific speed breaker where I have to go real slow in Xcent, if more than 3 passengers. But with Tiago, it is not the case. 170mm looks closer to Xcent, but I guess stiff suspension played it part really well.
Space inside cabin is awesome and can't believe Xcent rear knee space is short of Tiago, when I put the driver seat with my comfortable position. Dang, TATA knows a lot when it comes to space. In fact, a guy who sat in the back seat behind drivers seat was more than 6 feet but have no issues regarding knee room!!!
Controls are all in proper place except the ORVM adjuster. It isn't easy to operate during the drive. But other than that, everything felt easy to reach. Can't believe they give same ICE from Zest. It was just awesome. I applaud TATA for this. Recently I put my decision to replacing car on hold and after this drive, it kinda came back. Why TATA, why? Stalks looks ok, seat cover looks good and all black interior is excellent! I hate beige! Doors are solid, but not VW solid, but solid compared to competition.
Now comes the power! In one word, it is good. Moving from standstill is good even with the load. Can't believe this is a 3-cyl engine! Gearshift is smooth and clutch is light. Power is linear and good enough for city commute. For overtaking, one needs little planning with gear ratios. But one damn irritating thing was clutch/acc pedal and gear level vibrates. This TD car was done about 3700 kms but it vibrates. As a person coming from Hyundai petrol engine, this was a slight irritant. But can only be concluded if it's deal breaker or not, is over a long drive.
Coming to handling, steering is ultra smooth. Lot smoother than Zest/Bolt twins. Weighs up nicely. It is obviously better than Xcent's EPS unit. Gear shifts are smooth and I can rate it next to Xcent. No struggle or whatsoever. Cornered at speeds of 50 and it holds its composure. Sure, handling is key area for Tiago and it didn't disappoint in any way. Tried to test ABS
, and it kicked in just before a huge pothole I was about to run over at 50 km speed. And it stopped in straight line without any drama!
Overall, it is a nice package at drool worthy price. I will be really sad if it doesn't sell well. This was the one car which make me feel the need to have second car! I wish success and luck for TATA and applaud them for doing a commendable job in giving us worthy car, at superb price in a segment where other car makers offer nothing but sub-par products!