Those of you who are owning a Tiago would easily relate to Tigor's In-Cabin layout but for me its my 1st Tata Car so in my view, the dual tone interiors do look good in design and layout. Since I have a Silver color car so I did wish that there should have been an option of Beige interiors for the Top Variant since the Gray/Black color combo in Silver color looks a bit odd and dark. As my other car is a Honda CITY with Beige and for all these years I have been using it so I am used to seeing a Beige / Black color theme which does make the cabin look spacious and bright. As I said, the designing is excellent and with it Tata has taken huge leaps ahead in regards to their car's interiors. The 5 inch Touchscreen console in XZO Variant comes in Gloss Black finish with looks very elegant. Coming to the seats layout, I found them to be comfortable in terms of width & cushioning. The seats in my car have come with Black printed fabric from the OEM so that in itself looks really neat and that is the reason I avoided putting seat covers so early. The knitted roof liner provided to the XZO version does give a sense of premium feel to the cabin but the again the color of the fabric is such that it shall catch stains way too easily. The cabin design overall appears good to me and in comparison to Tiago, features like the rear armrest & touchscreen make a good deal of difference.
The seats of Tigor are well cushioned and give good back-support. However do note, it's just a 4 seater only. I am 6'1in and my dad also is 6'2in and both of us had 2 main criteria i.e rear leg space and headroom. As I sat in the display model at the showroom, I could well feel the good amount of rear headroom Tigor is offering. My dad too had sat in the back seat during the initial test drive in April and since we owned a Esteem, he did mention the following observations:
1) Rear Seats for tall people like my dad is comfortable in terms of back-support and under-thigh support and legroom. Headroom is also acceptable.
2) Ingress and Egress are OK but not the best as told by my dad. A 60+ year old man's view on this is worth considering. Coming from a low seating Esteem, he said, its better than Esteem but still could be much better
3) If front seat is pushed back, the knee-room and legroom is a slight concern.
Now when I sat in the car during the test drive and even otherwise, I felt the front seats to be well cushioned and offer good under-thigh support. Even though I don't need the height adjustment in driver seat, yet the XZO version comes equipped with it. My chauffeur is also around 5'10-5'11 and with a medium built, he too felt that the seats are very comfortable and offer good legroom and headroom even more so when the front passenger seat is pushed ahead. From the front the ingress and egress is excellent for me but the rear ingress and egress needs a slight effort since the slopping roof line makes it a bit tricky.
Important Aspects of Tata Tigor's Seats
The well cushioned and broad rear seats
The rear armrest when opened does take the space for a child to sit
Increased rear legroom with front passenger seat pushed ahead
Front seats do not have seat back pockets
The headrests in front seats are adjustable but in rear it is fixed.
Misaligned Glove Box lid is an eye sore. Though Tata has provided a double level glove box with soft touch push button and cooling feature in XZO but the ill fitting looks ugly. Also there is no illumination in it still a very thoughtful design element included in the glove box is the family of elephants which are etched inside. It goes on to show a sort of family hierarchy.
Piano Black Corner AC Vents with Chrome surround. The option of Black color AC vents is available only in Silver Color and their design is similar to those in Tiago.
Center AC Vents are are in Black color with chrome surround. Their design looks a lot like the ones in JLR cars
The Hazard Lights Switch in it's conventional position
Good Quality door hinges provided with proper wire insulation between door and body frame
The Fan Speed and Temperature Adjustment Knobs have chrome surrounds. There is a sensor in the center of both knobs. The quarters in both the dials are for using Auto Feature, Econ Mode for AC, to Switch of the Auto AC Unit and to Switch on/off the AC
The door knob is like the Alto that I am having at present. The driver side one can be used to lock all the doors.
Back-lit Center Console, Power Window Switches & Auto AC Unit Buttons
Bottle Holders in front and rear doors
Good & Durable Quality Plastic used in Indicator and Wiper levers. The indicator lever also has the beam adjuster integrated.
The Black Door Grip will show stains easily and the door pad area near it would be most prone to stains during servicing so do take note. The plastic on the armrests in front door is also prone to stains if polished and by chance water falls on it.
A solar sensor is also placed on the dashboard
Front Windshield defogging vents provided
From front the hood is not visible but a good thing is that the reflection of the dashboard on the windshield is also not there as well.
ORVM visibility is also quite good
The Rear Visibility can be a issue if the rear sear is occupied by tall passengers
Driver's seat height and backrest adjustment levers
Air Pressure levels for Tires mentioned on driver side door frame
Steering mounted telephony button.
If the armrest hampers the smooth accessibility of the handbrake then you may push it up. The armrest's flap is extendable as well.
Tata Tigor comes with a dual barrel instrument cluster i.e a speedo-dial and a RPM dial me accompanied by an MID unit in between them. To avoid any visibility issue the cluster has a very well designed cowl above it. The instrument cluster comes with White illumination and the MID shows info(s) like Gear Indicator, Time, Temperature, D.T.E, Number of Kms done, Fuel Efficiency, Door Open Icon, Trip A & B details and to get these details the driver/owner can press the Black "Mode" button. Also, the drive modes icons appear when the car is cranked. Blue icon is "CITY Mode" and Green Icon is "ECO Mode".
Some Important Internal & External bits of Tata Tigor
Ground Clearance from Front End.
Front tow hook location on the front bumper. Its neatly covered and has proper mark for pressing it.
Smoked Headlamps are the most prominent feature of Tigor that differentiates it from the Tiago's front profile.
High and Low Beam of the Projector + Halogen Bulb setup is quite impressive
Sharp and Stylish Coupe like Rear Door Design. An Excellent Design Feat!
Wide Rear Window for good visibility from inside
Triangular & Slightly elevated rear quarter glass
Fuel Flap comes with a "CS" Embossing maybe highlighting as "Compact Sedan" and the fuel cap is attached to a string as to avoid it from being misplaced. The Cap mentions "Petrol" as per the engine. The flap often malfunctions though atleast in my car.
The Rear Bumper gets a C Shape type design feature near the rear reflectors on both sides which accentuates the rear profile and gives it a stylish look.
An Important Emergency Feature in Tata Tigor: Power Windows can be operated for few minutes even when key has been taken out
Tata Tigor: Engine and Transmission and Technical Specs
Tigor gets 2 options in engine i.e 1.2 L 3 Cylinder engine for Petrol called Revotron and a 1.05 L 3 Cylinder engine for Diesel called Revotorq. As I was looking for a Petrol Car only hence I went ahead to book the Top End Petrol Version. The Diesel and Petrol Variants come equipped with Drive Modes i.e CITY and ECO mode. CITY mode is default mode and you may select the ECO mode depending on requirement. Even in the Test Drive earlier this year, I had driven the car in ECO mode and CITY as to understand it's driving characteristics because for the 1st time I was going in for a 3 Cylinder car. At that time I had shared the following observations:
Date Of Test Drive: 03rd April 2017
1) Gear Vibrations are very very less in petrol version. (Also I made a video of this now)
2) Gear Slotting is quite smooth too. No jerks.
3) I drove the car in Eco mode and the acceleration is low and the lag is felt. The car makes effort to please you. The more you accelerate in Eco mode, the more evident it becomes that the 3 cylinder motor is under the hood. It is best suited for 70-80 km/h speed and normal cruising in city and not for a Fast & Furious street Race.
4) City mode is better to drive in. The car's performance is much better in it.
5) NVH wise surely a good job done specially in petrol. The in-cabin insulation are good enough.
6) In terms of ride, the suspension is well balanced and unscientific speed breakers in my sector didn't give much jerk to my dad in the rear seat.
7) Steering feedback also was very good. Though its light enough to turn still in the range of 70-80 km/h speed range, the feedback is very assuring.
It has just been 10 days since I bought the car and the ODO stands at 125 Kms in total. Most of the driving that I have done in it i.e 35-40 odd kms has been done on ECO mode and the rest is done on CITY mode. The car is mainly driven by my chauffeur so I will write about just my part here. To me, this 1.2L is fairly rev-happy and an easy going engine. Also, after the initial throttle a familiar 3 pot engine sound comes for a couple of seconds. The drive in CITY mode is quite smooth and no harsh jerks felt in the drive but yes when my driver drives specially in 2nd gear, at times there is a very light jerk which I feel could be because he isn't used to driving this one and still feels its the Ivtec mill. Upon cranking, the vibrations in idle are very very low and that's because Tigor gets a balancer shaft which helps in controlling the vibrations produced during the idling. That sound is way lower and it seems TML people have made a genuine effort here after getting the feedback from Tiago owners. The NVH levels are reasonably good as well in petrol model as I have experienced so far and the gear lever vibration as many have pointed out in Tiago, in Tigor, that is very well controlled too. In terms of city driving this car is a very good option and is a no-nonsense car. Though its a 3 cylinder engine but even then the drive feels quite relaxed. I have driven it at speeds of 60-70 km/h and believe me you'll not require frequent acceleration; it is that well tuned and even with the AC switched ON, I am quite happy with the performance of the car in CITY mode. I have not driven on highways so far so won't be commenting here on that but definitely coming from 4 cylinder engine to 3 cylinder, the performance would surely be different. All in all, in these initial days, I can say that this petrol motor has a reasonable performance for those guys who don't intend to do a drag race or drive it past 100+ km/h. So far in CITY drive Mode, my car gives me a FE of 8.9 to 9.5 km/L in traffic with AC. Talking of the transmission, Tigor gets only 5 speed manual transmission for both petrol and diesel engine. No AMT or AT on offer presently. The gear shifts are smooth and the indicator on the MID does help a lot showing the slotted gear. So far, when I have driven the car, the transmission has worked smoothly. Now, when I drove in ECO mode, there was a apparent difference in performance of the car. It is mainly tuned for giving best possible FE. I felt the car lagged in acceleration and the effort to perform was clearly evident in ECO mode.
Some Important Under hood observation from Tata Tigor
Proper Carpeting under the hood.
Aluminium Engine Cover
Firewall Protection provided and the insulation used on the wiring is of durable quality.
No Hydraulic Structs for the Hood. A conventional lever provided to hold the hood.
Suspension Mounts covered properly with plastic enclosure to protect from contact with water / dust.
Plastic extensions of headlamps properly fixed inside the hood
Good Quality Plastic stripe provided with rivets to hold the front bumper and gives protection to fingers from touching any hot metal part while opening the hood.
The horn is visible from behind the grill and the sound quality of dual horn is quite good.