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Tata Tiago EV Driving Review: Battery-powered cars go mainstream


Affordable is a subjective term but when it comes to electric or electric vehicles, the Tiago EV takes the crown – at least for now – as the most pocket-friendly option in India. First sub $The domestic 100,000 electric car, the Tiago EV takes some cues from its brothers Nexon EV and Tigor EV and promises a character of its own.

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Shubhodeep Chakravarty

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Update on:
10:00 am on December 21, 2022

Tata Motors has received more than 20,000 orders for the Tiago EV.  (Sabyasachi Dasgupta/HT Auto)
Tata Motors has received more than 20,000 orders for the Tiago EV. (Sabyasachi Dasgupta/HT Auto)

The petrol-powered Tigor has been a hit on Indian roads since it was launched in March 2017 and its electric twin now hopes to benefit too. goodwill earned over many years while delivering the much advertised benefits of running low costs and zero-emissions technology. We landed in sunny Goa recently to test drive Tata Motors’ latest electric dynamite but does it deliver the power it promises to have?

Here’s the Tiago EV’s first ever driving review:

What does the Tiago EV look like on the outside?

At first glance, there is not much difference in the design of the Tiago EV compared to the non-electric version. In terms of overall shape and size, both models are almost identical twins.

The high ground clearance further helps the Tiago EV navigate India's roads better.

The high ground clearance further helps the Tiago EV navigate India’s roads better. (Sabyasachi Dasgupta/HT Auto)

However, the electric Tiago does have some unique design genetics of its own such as a black sealed front grille, projector headlights, body-colored door handles with piano black strips, plenty of EV badging around and super stylish wheels. And unlike other electric vehicles from the stable Tata, the Tiago EV is also available in up to 5 color options – Signature Tea Tree, Daytona Gray, Tropical Fog, Pristine White and Midnight Plum.

Look at the back of the Tiago EV.

Look at the back of the Tiago EV. (Sabyasachi Dasgupta/HT Auto)

While the EV could have done with some of the more unique aesthetic styling elements – be it a shark fin antenna or a more obvious rear spoiler, it certainly still looks pretty smart.

What’s the inside of the Tiago EV like?

Take a look at the dashboard layout inside the top-end Tiago EV.

Take a look at the dashboard layout inside the top-end Tiago EV. (Sabyasachi Dasgupta/HT Auto)

Don’t expect too much cabin space and comfort is taken care of inside the Tiago EV. That said, it’s a decent fit for a small car, and because it’s the same size as the regular Tiago, there’s room enough for a family of four.

Tiago EV – Dimensions
Length (mm) 3.769
Width (mm) 1.677
Height (mm) 1.536
Wheelbase (mm) 2,400

In terms of the feature list, the EV really manages to shine. Tata Motors deserves credit for making certain features such as automatic climate control and the ZConnect telematics system standard on variants. And because this is an EV, there’s an automatic transmission, of course.

But as one moves up the variation list, the feature list expands even further. There’s a two-speaker sound system plus two tweeters, a 10.1-inch touchscreen – however, it looks and feels rather dated, a fully digital driver display, and plenty of charging options.

Among the omissions, however, is the fact that there’s no Type-C charging port anywhere here and a simple armrest next to the driver’s seat should have been an obvious addition since this is a car. automatic number.

What is the Tiago EV range and its battery options?

Now this is where things get super interesting. The Tiago EV doesn’t call itself a mile-runner and is hardly expected to replicate what the Tigor EV, Nexon EV or Nexon EV Max can do.

But while it’s not a marathon runner, it can still be a good sprinter. The Tiago EV comes with two battery packs – the more affordable one comes with a 19.2 kWh battery pack while there’s also a 24 kWh battery pack that offers a claimed range of around 315 km. Actual range will depend on a number of factors but during our test drive – around 100km we felt the larger battery pack should be able to last around 230km to 250km.

How is the Tiago EV on the go?

The Tiago EV has a single engine set up and produces around 74 hp and 114 Nm of torque.

The Tiago EV has a single engine set up and produces around 74 hp and 114 Nm of torque. (Sabyasachi Dasgupta/HT Auto)

The powertrain of the Tiago EV is significantly different from that of the Tiago but this is obvious. It’s silent, a lot faster, and the automatic transmission is smooth enough for the segment. There are two driving modes – City and Sport. While it’s unlikely one would use Sport mode too often – for the sake of extracting the best range, City mode is also quite fun.

There are also three levels of regenerative braking, and each setting is capable of adding enough slowing power to send power back to the battery, but doesn’t seem to overpower the drive itself.

The Tiago EV accelerates from zero to 60 km/h in just over five seconds, and while the triple-digit mark also rises relatively quickly, it is by no means precisely driven at whirlwind speeds. The EV has a calm composure that becomes unsettling due to its wheelchair body and jerky suspension when it’s pushed too hard. Instead, the balance pays off in city limits, where the EV does a pretty good job of providing stable drivability.

Should you buy the Tiago EV?

If you’ve been wanting to buy an electric vehicle for a long time but don’t want to go broke, the Tiago EV offers that ideal window of entry. It may not attract attention, but the offering ensures you are not fooled in terms of features either.

Price

$8.49 lakh onwards

pros

  • relatively affordable
  • Many cabin features
  • Ideal range for everyday city commutes

Defect

  • The quality of the vehicle increases rapidly in terms of speed

But if you’re still not sure about EVs overall, then we suggest you wait longer and see the newer options slated to launch in 2023 – some from rivals and some from Tata. Motors.

Date of first publication: December 21, 2022, 10:00 am IST

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