Tata Tiago vs Hyundai Grand i10: Can Tiago be Grand enough?

The Tiago just can be the Grand i10 you aspire for at the price of an Alto

By: | Updated: April 9, 2016 12:48 PM
The Tiago embraces the Designext language pretty well and there are no underpinnings from the previous design (the Indica). The Tiago embraces the Designext language pretty well and there are no underpinnings from the previous design (the Indica). (Note: (Note: This photo was clicked when the Tiago was still called Zica)

Tata this week launched its hatchback car, the Tiago. Earlier called the Zica, derived from ‘Zippy Car’, the Tiago, as a product, was ready by December last year. But then the virus happened. The spread of Zika virus in many countries—especially South and Central America—earlier this year forced Tata Motors to change the car’s name, employing a unique crowd-sourcing contest, to Tiago. The other names being considered were Civet and Adore.

The move appears to have helped Tata Motors keep the buzz around the car alive. As far as size is concerned, the Tiago competes with cars such as Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Hyundai Grand i10. However, the Tiago’s starting price of Rs 3.2 lakh (petrol) and Rs 3.94 lakh (diesel) pushes it into the Alto K10’s territory. Does this mean that the Tiago is the Grand i10 you aspire for at the price of an Alto?

The Grand i10 is priced considerably higher (Rs 4.85 lakh for petrol and Rs 5.75 lakh for diesel).

Exterior

The Tiago embraces the Designext language pretty well and there are no underpinnings from the previous design (the Indica). Some cues, however, appear to have been borrowed from the Grand i10. Measuring 3,746mm in length, 1,647mm in width and 1,535mm in height, the Tiago is slightly smaller than the Grand i10. But at 170 mm, it has 5mm more ground clearance.

The Grand i10 has been modelled on Hyundai’s globally-acclaimed Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy. The car was launched over two years ago, and yet its design stands out. The attention to detail is impressive—front hexagonal grille, flowing character lines, wraparound tail-lamps—all add up to give it a stylistic touch. Over two years old, the Grand i10 still retains the youthfulness and energy it promised when it was launched.

 

The Tiago embraces the Designext language pretty well and there are no underpinnings from the previous design (the Indica). (Note: This photo was clicked when the Tiago was still called Zica) (Note: This photo was clicked when the Tiago was still called Zica)

 

Interior

Despite the Tiago being an entry-level hatchback, Tata has not compromised on plastic quality, which is clearly better than that in the Celerio. The dashboard is elaborately laid out and all switches are within easy reach. The steering wheel is just the right size and offers decent grip. There is a tiny multimedia display that also works for the turn-by-turn navigation app that you need to download. The car gets the Connectnext infotainment system exclusively developed by Harman. Among other things, there are eight speakers and the audio experience is the best you will find in the segment. There are as many as 22 utility spaces to store things ranging from files to books to glasses to bottles. The boot space is a decent 240 litres; however, the luggage loading lip is higher than some other cars in the segment.

The Grand i10’s cabin is hard to match, even for the modern Tiago. It is an expensive car, and the richness gets reflected inside the cabin. The design of the two-tone dash is neat and the material used is best in segment. The non-reflective black plastic used on the dashboard is a boon when driving in the sun. The steering wheel seems from a class above. The best thing about the Grand i10 is that the cabin has an airy feel to it, and overall space is slightly better than the Tiago. The boot space is impressive. It also gets rear AC vents.

Engines

Tata has developed all-new engines for the Tiago—Revotron and Revotorq.

The Revotron is a 1199cc, three-cylinder petrol engine made of aluminium. It produces a peak power of 85PS and a torque of 114Nm. On the road, while its performance is adequate, the engine produces a lot of noise. It is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and its claimed fuel-efficiency is an impressive 23.84kpl.

The Revotorq is a 1047cc, three-cylinder diesel engine made of cast iron but with an aluminium head. It produces a peak power of 70PS and a torque of 140Nm. Its performance is quite good and once the turbocharger kicks in at around 1,800rpm, the driving is effortless. Its claimed fuel-efficiency is 27.28kpl.

The Grand i10 is powered by the proven 1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT engine which develops a peak output of 83PS and a torque of 116Nm. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission—there is also a four-speed automatic on offer—the engine is far smoother than Tata’s petrol, making the Grand i10 petrol’s cabin very quiet. But its fuel-efficiency, at 18.9kpl, is lower. The diesel engine in the Grand i10 is called the 1.1 U2 CRDi. It produces a maximum power of 71PS and a healthy torque of 163Nm. This engine has just the right gearing ratios for city driving and is very torquey for its size. Its fuel-efficiency is 24kpl.

Verdict
For prospective customers, the best thing about the Tiago is not really its new design or the features, but perhaps the price. At a starting price of Rs 3.2 lakh (petrol) and Rs 3.94 lakh (diesel), the Tiago is significantly more affordable than the Grand i10. It’s clearly the best Tata we’ve seen, and at the price, a sensible buy.

The Grand i10, on the other hand, is high on space, high on refinement, high on power, but high on price too. Compared to the Tiago, the Grand i10 is a proven product—trusted by lakhs of Indians—and also gives you a big car feel. However, that trust and big car feel costs Rs 1.65 lakh extra for the petrol and Rs 1.81 lakh for the diesel.

(Prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)

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    Suresh Bishnoi
    Mar 15, 2017 at 9:08 am
    its a awosome car...with best in feature...a complete..Package
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      khushbu
      Mar 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm
      which car buy advise please i10 vs tiago
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        Kt
        Apr 10, 2016 at 5:19 am
        I had test drive of petrol versionGood thing is breaking system,smoothness of steering wheel. I feel little vibration on steering. I am confuse should i go with this or not.if any one feel same let me know.
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        1. Amol Waychal
          May 11, 2016 at 4:15 am
          TATA Service is definitely improved over the period. Compared to hyundai, TATA's service cost is much lower. Service cost also plays important role.
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            c wankhar
            Apr 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm
            i think its good value for money
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              Sandeep
              May 11, 2016 at 7:22 am
              I think if considered as an overall package, most Tata cars are better than their respective compeion. e.g. Zest better than Amaze, Bolt better than Swift & i10 and Nano better than Alto. But the problem areas they need to address is the b. Its more tourist and less personal. Secondly the service support, they should be considerate, & prompt. Similarly the in showroom experience should be gentle and cly. This includes the way customer is treated. The overall b image should be elevated in the s persons and the dealers mind. Then only they will project it as a personal car and sell likewise. if the dealer goes after numbers no matter they sell tourist car, then again the bs will be tarnished. In short all cars should be personal Zest, personal Bolt, personal Tiago and not T marked cars.
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              1. mahendren ganesan
                May 10, 2016 at 2:49 am
                We all know that Tata can produce best care for the price point of view... but They themself kill the vehicle in the name of service... Dear Tata, You wont surview until you fix the service network... Insted of releasing new cars to the market you fix the service network issue and release new car... otherwise, the new car's to be spoiled by your service network... In my perception, People do not want TOP quality of the vehicle (as BMW, etc) but they wanted to maintain relatively the same quality (as same as at the time of purchase) for 7 to 10 years but Tata service network relatively spoilts the vehicle for the sure.( Suzuki, Hyundai and Ford are understood and Tata yet to understand)...
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                  Anshul
                  Jun 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm
                  people can have a good looking powerful car by just spending 40-50 thousands more than that of alto or eon. Great car for mid section buyers.
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                    iqrar ahmad
                    Apr 10, 2016 at 11:47 am
                    good car.....
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                      KUMAR
                      Jun 1, 2016 at 1:51 pm
                      BEST OPTION IN THIS PRICE RANGE FULL FEATURE CAR .
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                        Jnaneswar
                        Apr 10, 2016 at 6:44 am
                        It looks like it's paid article by Hyundai. Author is pushing i10 than comparing feature by feature of these 2 cars
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                          Pankaj kapoor
                          Oct 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm
                          G i10 worst milege car in city driving conditions only 7-8KMS per LTS on petrol company promises 15 which is not true at all.totally cheated
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                            Mohnish Ghodekar
                            Apr 10, 2016 at 4:51 am
                            What a biased ANTI TATA Review.. and paid article from Hyundai.
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                              Mohnish Ghodekar
                              Apr 10, 2016 at 4:53 am
                              tiago is high on power.. who is this immature writer???
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                                Pranjal Saikia
                                Apr 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm
                                already booked an i10..
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                                  SANKAR SUBRAMANIAN
                                  Apr 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm
                                  Rs 3.2L X-showrrom price tag for Tiago is without AC ...What a way to fool the market !
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                                    Sunderrajan P
                                    May 7, 2016 at 2:21 pm
                                    Both are good in their place. But finally for Indians affordability is main criteria then only we see other things. So tata seems to be good for the value of money in this case even though the overall Hyundai as a package might be good for those who can afford it. On the other hand Tiago will have a new customer base who wants all things at affordable cost.
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                                    1. Dipesh Bomra
                                      Jun 4, 2016 at 4:07 am
                                      Full cam Bhai rate kam fearures Toyota ki polo jaise Ek baar try karke dekho apne paas ke tata showroom me .Average 24 ki hai bhai petrol me or 28 ki average in diesal me .Best car hai bhai price ke mutabik . Maine to book karvaa li . Or mere shehar me to kafi saari bik bhi i hai . Maine ah banaai thi ki g i10 lu par bhai uska ek to rate zaaada or average bhi bahut low hai . Service to pucho hi mat .bhaiyo meri maano to sabse best car hai ye . Or kuch log kehte hai ki tata ka budhaapa aa hota hai . Un logo ko ye ni pataa ki budhaapa kiska acha hota hai .iske alaave ek baat or agar ek aadmi ka nature acha nahi hai to iska matlab ye thodi hai ki uski saari pidi dar pidi ka nature aa hi hoga . Iske features dekho bhai car dekho app par aapko pataa chal jaaega .abs , ebd ,csc,dual airbag ,alloe wheel , chrome grill ,crome garnish , multifunction steering wheel , speaker front and rear with four twitter , rear window washer ,deffoger and wiper , multidrive system , crash senser, engine emoblizer , vanity mirror , electrical rear veiw mirror , rear view mirror turn indicator or iske alaava or bhi kaafi features hai . Itne rupees me to best car mil ri hai apne ko . TATA TIAGO ..........ITS FANTASTICO
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                                      1. Dhananjayan Kausshik
                                        Apr 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm
                                        No comments about ride and handling?The tIago is a much better handling car than the G i10. It has the better suspension setup as well.
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                                          anand
                                          Apr 9, 2016 at 5:42 am
                                          it good car
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                                            anand
                                            Apr 9, 2016 at 5:42 am
                                            t very good car
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