Tata Tigor Hatchback First Drive Review

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Tata Tigor Overview

The Tata Tigor subcompact sedan was first launched in 2016 at a competitive price, and within a year and a half of its launch, the model has received its first facelift. Changes to the Tata Tigor 2018 are subtle, primarily restricted to cosmetic tweaks and a host of new tech. On the mechanical front, the car remains unchanged. The Tata Tigor variants now receive a new top-spec XZ+ grade, which gets additional bits. With these changes, the Tata Tigor price in India is largely the same.

Tata Tigor Exterior & Style

Study photos of the Tigor and Tiago’s front ends and you’ll find only a few subtle differences. The Tigor’s headlights get a smoked-effect and also use projector lenses. New chrome lining for the lower portion of the glasshouse adds a bit of richness to the Tigor’s look. However, it’s from the B-pillar onwards that the Tigor takes on a whole different identity. The sedan sits on a 50mm longer wheelbase, uses different rear doors and even has a unique window line with a Skoda-like upward kink at the rear quarter glass.

Visually though what really makes the Tigor stand out is the coupé-like manner the roof flows into the tail; inspiration for the ‘Styleback’ name. The swooping roof and distinctive tail section make the Tigor look far removed from all other compact sedans that are, more often than not, hatchbacks with a boot tacked on. Certain angles aren’t quite as flattering to the Tigor’s derriére (especially on the diesel version that gets only 14-inch rims) but, on the whole, the car’s shape is attractive and sure to be a big draw.

Styling at the rear is neat, helped by the smart tail-lamps, chunky bar of chrome above the number plate and a black plastic strip low down on the bumper to balance visual mass. There are also some nifty details elsewhere on the body. See the blacked-out lip (home to a strip of LEDs) above the rear windscreen? Aside from being a design element in its own right, it’s also the end point for a neatly hidden hump in the roof that’s been incorporated to free up headroom in the rear section of the cabin. Care has been taken to ensure maximum boot space too. How?

Tata has ditched the traditional gooseneck hinges for the boot opening and opted for a significantly more expensive multi-hinge and damper arrangement. The setup is less intrusive and helps make the most of the luggage area, which, by the way, is a sizeable 419 litres. Another point to note is that only petrol Tigors will be available with the attractive ‘diamond cut’ 15-inch alloy rims. As mentioned, diesel Tigors make use of smaller 14-inchers. Tata engineers we spoke to told us the heavier diesel required the added cushioning of thicker sidewall tyres to keep ride comfort at the desired level. In all, the Tigor weighs 50kg more than a comparable Tiago. To know more information on Tata Tigor visit Tec

Tata Tigor Interiors & Space

Although there are plenty of changes on the exterior Tata Motors decided not to mess too much with the cabin inside for the Tigor. You can clearly notice that the steering wheel, dashboard, instrument cluster and everything else that you see shared with the Tigor hatchback. However, the changes do come in the form of a new 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which housed in the middle of the dash.

What else is also new is the rear seat design. Tata Motors calls it a sofa because the back seat stretched to the both the edge of the door opening; the rear seat also gets a foldable rear armrest with two additional cupholders exclusive to Tigor. There are also plenty of cubby holes inside the cabin as well Tata says that there are as much as 17 cubby holes inside the cabin which is quite practical. The extended wheelbase has not only helped in extracting the maximum amount of knee room for the rear passengers but boot space as well. The Tigor gets an impressive 419 Litres of boot space at the back of this compact car which definitely will come in handy for the customers of this segment.

Overall the interior looks spacious (credit goes to the extended wheelbase), well-equipped thanks to the new touchscreen infotainment screen, automatic climate control (available on the top end variant) and JBL speakers. The seats too look comfortable because it is slightly more reclined and can comfortably accommodate 3 average side adults. Furthermore, the cabin also gets plenty of cubby holes as well which really comes in handy during long tours.

Tata Tigor Engine & Gearbox

We drove both the petrol and diesel versions, and the engines and transmissions are the same 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Revotron and 1.05-litre 3-cylinder Revotorq from the Tiago mated to five speed manual gearboxes. Power and torque figures are the same as the Tiago’s, at 85PS and 114Nm. The diesel remains unchanged too, offering 70PS of power and 140Nm of torque. However, as the Tigor is heavier by 40 – 50 kgs, the gearing has been tweaked to offer the right kind of drivability.On the road, the engine feels smooth and is quiet at idle but gets a bit noisy as you rev it. The petrol engine is the better pick in this lineup as it feels livelier even at low speeds. Throttle response is quicker at part throttle, which should make the petrol easier and more comfortable to drive in city. However, the petrol uses gear ratios that are aimed at getting good fuel efficiency and that saps some of the engine’s peppiness. For instance, you can almost hit a speedo-indicated 140kph in third gear alone!

Being more powerful, it also felt quicker to accelerate, and also has a better torque curve since its power does not taper off as sharply as the diesel’s. It also feels quite at ease while cruising on the highway.The diesel feels quite dull to drive. It is at its peppiest best in a very narrow window. Turbo lag is apparent below 2000rpm and you feel some of the turbo’s effect at around 2200rpm, but it tapers off just after 3500rpm. Any time you want to go faster, whether in the city or on open roads, you will have to work the gearbox. Gearshift quality in the diesel is also not as good as in the petrol, especially when shifting from second to third gear.Petrol and diesel both get Eco and City driving modes, like the Tiago, and Tata says the modes have been tweaked for a better experience.

Tata Tigor Ride & Handling

The ride quality has to be one of the Tigor’s biggest highlights. The suspension offers a very good combination of ride and handling, especially the diesel, which runs on 14-inch wheels. It soaked bumps and potholes extremely well, and while both versions do not lose their composure over bad roads, the diesel offers a better ride with lesser up-and-down or side-to-side movements. The petrol uses 15-inch wheels and tends to cause more movement on broken roads, though ride quality is very good. Apply car loan for Tata Tigor.

The Tigor is impressive in terms of handling too. The suspension offers confidence when driving sportily or going fast around corners. The steering has a nice weighted feel, and it is not too sharp in terms of responses, but the suspension adds to the confidence. The petrol feels more confident with its bigger wheels and a slightly more responsive steering, as it is lighter than the diesel by about 70kg. Brakes feel good, though we would have liked some more initial bite. Stability under hard braking is better in the petrol.

Tata Tigor Safety & Security

Tata Motors is offering the new Tigor with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD with cornering stability control. The Tigor hasn’t been crash tested yet but the body panels and the sheet metal feels quite solid and well built, specially when you open/close the doors. Tata has a wide network across the country and with the success of the Tiago, their after sales have become much better. The Tigor is expected to offer low maintenance with reasonably priced servicing and spare parts.

Tata Tigor Price in Bangalore

Tata Tigor On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 6,64,581 to 9,20,053 for variants Tigor XE Petrol and Tigor XZ Plus Diesel respectively. Tata Tigor is available in 8 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Tata Tigor variants price in Bangalore. Check for Tigor price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Tata Tigor Last Words

The Tata Tigor styleback surely was able to impress the crowd with its styling and also with its features both inside as well as outside. The smoked projector headlamps, stylish alloy wheels, coupe-like roofline all contributes to the unique looks of this compact sedan. The interior too gets plenty of updates as well in the form of better legroom for the rear passengers, redesigned rear seats a new touchscreen infotainment screen and JBL speakers. The car uses the same drivetrains from the Tigor hatchback which might affect the performance a bit because the compact sedan is slightly heavier than the hatchback. What the owners will also miss is an AMT transmission as well which makes driving a lot more stress-free especially in bumper to bumper City traffic. But Tata might introduce the AMT at a later stage for sure with the Tigor.

Toyota Camry Hatchback First Drive Review

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Toyota Camry Overview

Around 70% of the total sales of the Toyota Camry were generated out of the Camry Hybrid variant. This is why Toyota had planned to introduce the updated version of its Camry Hybrid to gain more popularity. Toyota Camry 2019 is all set to launch in the Indian automobile market with some vital upgrades after six years. The four-wheeler is said to be based on GA-K platform that also supports the newly launched Lexus ES 300h. Toyota Camry 2019 is indeed the crucial variant for the company since the former Camry Hybrid got an amazing response.

Toyota Camry Design & Style

Stylish and sophisticated are the best words to describe the new Camry’s design. Gone are the boxy and slightly awkward looks of the older car replaced by something much more futuristic. The front of the car looks very nice with the twin-grille set-up. The top grille is minimal with a large chrome strip across it merging into a ‘V’ at the centre with the blue-tinged Toyota logo atop it. The lower grille looks busy with several lines running on it but is neatly flanked by sharp housings for the fog lamps. The tail-lights are sharp and intricate adding to the smartness of the front. There are many cuts and creases across the bonnet but none of it looks overdone.

It is surprising how elegant the Camry looks despite so much on its body. Even on the side, there are many lines flowing across but it looks purposeful and not done for style’s sake. We love the design of the alloy wheels and the long, stately character of the side-profile. The rear may not be the prettiest part of the Camry but the large tail lamps look like they are brought in from Lexus. The prominent scoops on either side of the bumper and the air vent like element that extends from the taillamp to the bumper look interesting. There is that typical chrome finish with Camry inscribed on it above the registration plate. Overall, we think this design will age better than the previous one.

Toyota Camry Cabin & Comfort

The interiors have a beige colour theme and feel bright and spacious right from the moment you open the door. The design of the dashboard is typical Toyota with a massive ‘Y’-shaped kink on the central console and onyx trim inserts in certain areas. Materials used are largely good, and the soft-touch plastics and leather feel high quality. The touchscreen, however, could have been better, as the one here is feels quite fiddly to use, and it even misses out on Apple or Android connectivity. For those who enjoy their music, there is a 9-speaker JBL sound system, and while it sounds quite nice, it’s worth noting that the outgoing version had a 12-speaker JBL unit.

The front seats are large, cooled and comfortable. To aid visibility, the bonnet of the Camry is 40mm lower, the A-pillar is narrower than before and the outside mirrors are mounted on the doors to eliminate blind spots. Most owners, however, would be seated at the rear, and is the place to be. The seat here is large and almost sofa-like with good support, and although it is a bit low-set, the space is so good, you can really stretch out. The front passenger seat can be slid forward electrically (via buttons on its backrest), to free up more room. The backrest can recline up to eight degrees, and while that might not seem much, it does the trick. The coolest bit at the back though is the touch-operated controls in the rear armrest; these include controls for the rear sunshade, audio, rear air-con and the backrest recline.

In terms of equipment, the Camry is well loaded with kit like nine airbags, ESP, 18-inch alloys, auto LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, leather upholstery, front seat cooling, electric steering adjust, head-up display, cruise control, electric reclining rear seat, three-zone climate control and tyre pressure monitor.

Toyota Camry Engine & Transmission

The Toyota Camry Hybrid shares its powertrain with the 2018 Lexus ES 300h. Meaning, it has a 2.5-litre petrol engine which comes matched to an electric motor. Yes, the previous generation Camry had a similar powertrain but Toyota has made significant changes to the engine such as a longer stroke and high compression ratio and enhanced cooling. The location of the hybrid battery has also been moved from the boot to the area under the rear seat. The powertrain produces a combined 215 HP. Like I had mentioned in the ES 300h review too, this powertrain is extremely refined, it doesn’t make any noise even when you start the car. To know more information on Toyota Camry  check Msresearch

Power delivery is also ultra smooth. The engine has a lot of kick and it doesn’t mind going all the way to the redline too. In city driving, the 10th generation Toyota Camry fares really well, with the powertrain delivering a good punch. You won’t be disappointed on the highways too, because this motor pulls very cleanly and takes you to triple digit speeds without any strain. The e-CVT gearbox works well with this powertrain, the rubber band effect isn’t felt as much as it does on conventional petrol-CVT cars and this transmission is very refined too. The Camry also gets paddle-shifters but I found little use of them.

There’s no tachometer on offer, but the older Camry’s display did throw up a tacho if you went into Sport mode. This time around, the instrument cluster display just has a change of colours when you toggle different modes. Of course, these modes do alter the driving experience too. In Normal mode, the Camry feels at ease, delivering power when you want it and cruising comfortably otherwise. Things change when you move into Sport mode when the powertrain starts feeling more responsive. It reacts very swiftly to throttle inputs and delivers power more aggressively. With the transmission shifted to S, it works in tandem with the powertrain for a more linear and quick output.

There’s an Eco mode too, which makes the Camry feel a bit laid back and you can use it if you’re going to be driving on a really long patch of highway and don’t want to push the car much. It’ll reward you with good efficiency too. There’s a pure EV mode too, but the range is very limited. The Camry gets the 4th generation hybrid system and I really liked the smoothness with which it transitions from EV mode to hybrid mode and vice versa. With a mixed driving cycle, you can expect a fuel efficiency of about 10-14 km/l, which is pretty decent for a sedan in this segment. Check for car loans at Fincarz.

Toyota Camry Driving Dynamics

Toyota has taken several measures to lower the centre of gravity and improve the balance of this car – its overall height has reduced by 25mm, the wheelbase is now longer by 50mm, and the battery pack, which earlier sat behind the rear seat, is now placed beneath it (for a better balance and lower centre of gravity), within the wheelbase. The other significant change is the new independent rear suspension, which has resulted in a wider rear track. Sure enough, all these drastically improve the car’s dynamics. It is still a softly sprung, comfortable cruiser, but it now glides over potholes and imperfections with a sense of poise and composure. Yes, there’s a bit of initial firmness due to the large 18-inch wheels, noticeable over sharper bumps, but the suspension does a competent job of soaking up most road shocks. At higher speeds, though, it can tend to float over expansion joints or wavy surfaces but, still, vertical movements are kept in check.

There’s also newfound confidence in the way the Camry drives. Body roll is present around corners, but grip levels are good, and it feels far more capable and willing to change directions. The steering column is all new; it is a lot more direct and predictable, and it weighs up consistently. Turning radius has increased from 5.5 to 5.8m. The Camry Hybrid, of course, gets regenerative braking, and the pedal is quite sensitive, so even the lightest of dabs result in rapid deceleration. Book Toyota Camry Test Drive.

Toyota Camry Safety & Security

Safety is never a bother with Toyota’s India line-up. It is but natural then that the top-spec car from the company’s range gets a whole hog of safety. Toyota gives 9 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, ESP and child seat anchorages as standard. It is likely that the Camry will score top marks in crash tests with so much on offer. The Camry offers world-class safety and it is right up there with the competition. Toyota’s service and reliability, as we all know, is top class too.

Toyota Camry Price in Chennai

Toyota Camry On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 44,57,568 to 44,57,568 for variants Camry Hybrid and Camry Hybrid respectively. Toyota Camry is available in 1 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Toyota Camry variants price in Chennai. Check for Camry price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Toyota Camry Last Words

Toyota Camry, the 4th generation amongst the lavish sedans and 8th generation model of the car across the globe, is expected to be released on 18 January 2019. The updated engine and transmission, improved silhouette, and better interior finish are all that makes this revised hybrid version stand out from the crowd. However, the model is a bit heavier with larger dimensions than its former variant.