It has been just 11,500km and already there are signs of wear and tear in the cabin. The music system, while still providing excellent sound, keeps hanging from time to time and on quite a few occasions, I’ve had to pull over to side of the road and switch off and switch on the car again to reset the system. Another minor grouse is that there is no option to fast forward or rewind through a song, with either the controls on the dashboard or even the steering-mounted ones.
The corner AC vents, while looking flashy with their orange borders have no locking function. This means that there is no way to restrict air flow to the centre vents although it is possible to do the opposite as the centre vents do have a locking function.
Quality has become an issue in the cabin especially in the driver footwell where the pedals have taken a massive beating. The rubber covering on the clutch pedal is on its last legs while the brake pedal too looks like it will begin to wear out the same way within the next few months. The accelerator pedal has fared the best of the three, but given that they would be made on the same assembly line and to the same standard, we can expect that this too will take a beating.
The lack of floor mats has really started to affect the carpet and without regular cleaning and maintenance, it’s going to be a tough task to keep the floor looking tidy for sustained periods. Tata does offer floor mats for the Tiago and they can be specified with dealer at the time of purchase. Finally, most of the cabin is still intact but the plastic rim for the driver’s side internal door lock has come loose.