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Tata Tiago Hatchback Review
The Tata Tiago is finally here with its bold new design and brand new diesel and petrol engines.
So is it any good? Well, read on to find out.

Before we start, let us just wind the clock back a little bit. The day is December 31, 1998, and
Tata Motors has just launched the first real Indian-designed and built passenger car, the Indica.
And although most people in the country might not really consider it to be an important car, with
well over a million units sold in India and across the world, the Indica is definitely a very
important car in India’s automotive history. And now, 17 years later, here is another car from the
house of Tata Motors. A car that will, in principle, be an erstwhile replacement for the aging
Indica. This then is the brand new Tata Tiago.

Exterior styling
The Tiago really is one of the best looking hatchbacks we have seen in a long time.
With a really good balance between a conventional hatchback design like the Alto has,
and a tall boy design like the Wagon R, the Tiago’s proportions are quite on point. The
grille on this top of the line version is finished in gloss black with great little details like
hexagons that get smaller towards the edges.

The pulled back headlamps that fuse with the grille too look great and again have a lot of
chromed out detail in them which make them look premium. What we also like is the car’s
distinct shoulder line that goes all the way from the front of the car, extends just below the
windows and all the way to the C pillar.

Coming to the rear the inbuilt spoiler with two accent pieces combined with the sporty bumper
really ties the car up well and so do the sharp tail lamps. One of the more subtle design features
on the car however is the way Tata has stanced the Tiago, especially around the wheels so as
not to leave any excessive gaps between the tyres and the bodywork which makes the car look
lower and a lot more planted. On the whole then, there is certainly a lot of design effort that has
gone into the Tiago and thankfully there is nothing on this car that reminds us of the older Indica
the way the Bolt still reminds us of the Vista.

Interior & Space
Step into the Tiago and you are immediately greeted with a fresh and modern interior
that looks as current as anything else in the market today. The dashboard gets a soft
touch two tone and uniquely textured interior which when combined with the gloss black
centre console looks quite upmarket for a car of this price range. If you opt for the new
bright orange or red colors, you also get body colored AC vents on the far side of the
dashboard, a feature that just adds a bit of spice to the insides of the Tiago.

As an added bonus, Tata has also identified seven individual panels on the interior that can be
taken off and painted in any color that the customer wants (at the dealer end) adding a level of
customization into the Tiago that is previously unheard of in a car of this category. And even the
base model variants will get the gloss black interior accent pieces which will make even the
barebones version look presentable. The instrument cluster is festooned in a simple brushed
silver color which combined with the crisp readouts make it look quite apt.

Coming to the seats, Tata has used an all new black fabric with black and grey inserts on the
Tiago. The new seats, especially on the top of the line model look really cool with a wedge
shaped top that the headrest fits in and large side bolsters that make it look sporty. Lumbar and
back support in general is great but the seat bottoms are not long enough and severely lack
under thigh support.

The same goes with the rear seats as well. Although there is a great amount of leg space
(better than competition like the Maruti Celerio) and the seat does have a good seating angle,
the seat bottoms again tend to ruin the experience. Taller passengers might also be slightly
inconvenienced by a structural member that does hamper head room a little. And of course, just
like the Bolt, the Tiago too does not get a centre arm rest on the rear seats, the omission of
which in both cars is just not acceptable in this day and age. Tata has also incorporated a new
type of headliner into the car which adds to the premium look.

Features & Equipment
Of course, as expected, you get all the gadgetry like a Bluetooth enabled infotainment
system and a USB slot but what you also get (in the top of the line models) is an added
feature where through a ‘MapMyIndia’ app on your phone you can display and stream
navigation data straight to your central screen. Now although the Tiago does not have a
navigation system inbuilt, this feature does essentially double up as a navigation
package and works really well. Also, considering the fact that it will support both Android
and Apple iOS platforms just gives it a lot more usability.

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