Tata has launched the Tiago at a very competitive sticker price of Rs 3.20 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Although the entry-level petrol trim is priced similar to the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, it is actually a B-segment car with the top-end diesel costing only little less than the Celerio diesel. Here are more details on each of the Tiago variants and also the one we think offers the best value for money.
The Tiago is available in five variants – XB, XE, XM, XT and XZ. All the five trim levels come with the choice of one petrol and diesel engine option. The petrol engine is the 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit making 84bhp and 114Nm of torque. The new 1.05-litre diesel mill produces 69bhp and 140Nm of torque.
Tata Tigao XB: On the base variant, Tata offers power steering, coloured bumpers, engine immobiliser and tinted glass. However, there is no AC in this trim. It is the route taken by many carmakers to have a strong sticker price. Renault for example has omitted AC, body coloured bumpers and even power steering from the base trim in the Kwid. The XB petrol variant of the Tiago is priced at Rs 3.20 lakh, while diesel starts at Rs 3.95 lakh, making it the cheapest diesel hatchback in the country.
Tata Tigao XE: There aren’t too many differences between the base and the XE variant. This one gets AC, some extra chrome on the outside for styling, wheel covers and 12V socket. The main difference apart from the AC, however is the fact that starting from this trim, Tata offers an optional pack for Rs 18,000. The safety pack includes front airbags, driver height adjustment, adjustable head rests and premium upholstery. The XE petrol costs Rs 3.60 lakh and the diesel is priced at Rs 4.30 lakh.
Tata Tiago XM: Buying this trim will get you collapsible grab handles and coat hook, central locking, front power windows, speed sensing auto door lock, follow me home headlamps and rear parcel tray. There is however no music system offered in this trim. With these additional features, the Tata costs Rs 3.90 lakh and Rs 4.70 lakh for the petrol and diesel variants respectively.
Tata Tiago XT: The XT variant has body coloured ORVMs and door handles, premium upholstery as standard, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear parking sensors and vanity mirror for co-driver. There is a decent Harman music system on the XT variant – it has all the basics like FM, Bluetooth, i-Pod connectivity, AUX and USB inputs and along with these it also has Juke-App to stream music from multiple phones and ability to read maps from Android phones. The XT petrol is priced at Rs 4.20 lakh and the diesel costs Rs 5 lakh. Unfortunately, the safety features are not part of the price and continue to be part of the option pack.
Tata Tiago XZ: The top-end variant as expected gets all the features as standard. It has the basic safety equipment including the ABS-EBD, alloy-wheels, turn indicators on ORVM, body/chrome colour AC vents, steering mounted audio controls, LED gauges, rear wiper and defogger, front fog lamps and cooled glove box. The top-end versions of the Tiago are priced at Rs 4.75 lakh and Rs 5.54 lakh for petrol and diesel respectively.
In terms of features, the XT has almost everything in place and even the price seems to be acceptable. However, we have one big grouse – there is no ABS-EBD on any of the variants but the top-end. The safety pack should have ideally included the ABS-EBD instead of premium upholstery or may be Tata should have charged a little extra for this safety features. It is a preventive safety function, which acts as a measure to avoid incidents – we believe it is extremely important. So if you are looking at buying the Tiago, you should opt for the top-end XZ version.