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Tata Tiago- A Preface

One of the leading Indian automakers, Tata Motors, is aggressively releasing a slew of hatchbacks, entry-levels, and also compact sedans this year. And principal among them is the Tata Tiago, which was earlier named Tata Zica and owing to unanticipated events; the automaker had to change the car’s name in a jiffy. And thus was born the Tata Tiago which saw its debut showcasing in the Auto Expo 2016 and it was launched amidst much fanfare in April 2016.

New Car Comparison - Tata Tiago vs Datsun GO

Initial responses as also reviews have been promising. And to top it all, the Global Brand Ambassador of Tata Motors is the famous international footballer, Lionel Messi. And with the youngish, new looks of the Tiago, Tata Motors is hoping to appeal to the sporty, younger audience who would take to the vehicle like a bee unto honey.

Datsun GO- A Preface

The Japanese automaker, Nissan is known world over for its brand of vehicles that are pocket-friendly, neat, and well-designed. Yet, in India, globally one of the biggest automobile markets, Nissan hasn’t really gotten the toehold it would have wanted to in the first place. Yet, the automaker hasn’t really given up on its attempt to be visible in the Indian auto market circuit and is consistently releasing, hatchbacks, sedans, and SUVs in the Indian market.

The Datsun brand is a relatively budget version and a subsidiary of Nissan. Datsun vehicles are comparatively cheaper and aimed for growing, developing countries and it was India that the global debut of the Datsun GO was made in the year 2014. Cost-effectively made on the same platform as the Nissan Micra, it is an entry-level hatchback that is definitely making its presence known.

Tata Tiago- Exterior

It is a good move by Tata Motors to not follow the previously established design path of its already released vehicles. With the Tiago, it makes a refreshing and surprising move in its exterior as well as interior design. It doesn’t bear resemblance to any known Tata vehicles which is a good thing. It is contemporary and inviting. It is a heavy vehicle, but it is also very wide as compared to cars in its segment. The sweptback front fascia and low profiling of the Tiago’s side is also noticeable. And all this culminates in a minimal design at the rear end.

Specifications

Tata Tiago

Datsun GO

Automaker

Tata Motors

Nissan

Year of Launch

2016

2014

Body Type

Hatchback

Hatchback

Engine Mill

Petrol Revotron and Diesel Revotorq Engines

1.2L, 12V DOHC with Dual VTVT Petrol Engine

Engine capacity

1199cc

1198cc

Variants

1.05 Revotorq XB 

1.05 Revotorq XE

1.05 Revotorq XE Option

1.05 Revotorq XM

1.05 Revotorq XM Option

1.05 Revotorq XT

1.05 Revotorq XT Option

1.05 Revotorq XZ

1.2 Revotron XB

1.2 Revotron XE

1.2 Revotron XE Option

1.2 Revotron XM

1.2 Revotron XM Option

1.2 Revotron XT

1.2 Revotron XT Option

1.2 Revotron XZ

 

D

A

A EPS

NXT

T

T Option

Pricing

INR 3.2 lakhs for Petrol vehicle

INR 3.94 lakhs for Diesel vehicle

INR 3.3 lakhs to INR 4.1 lakhs

Transmission Type

Manual

Manual

Number of cylinders

3

3

Maximum Power- bhp@rpm

84bhp@6000rpm

67.07bhp @6000rpm

Maximum Torque- Nm @rpm

114Nm@3500rpm 

104Nm @3500rpm 

Length 

3746mm

3785mm

Width

 

1647mm

1635mm

Height

1535mm 

1485mm

Ground clearance

170

170

Wheelbase

2400mm

2450mm

Boot space

242

265

Can Seat

5

5

Fuel tank capacity

35

35

Mileage on Highways

27.8kmpl

20.06kmpl

In City Mileage

24.4kmpl

17kmpl

Top Speed

150kmph

150kmph

Acceleration 0-100kmph

16 seconds

13.3 seconds

Drivetrain

Front wheel drive

Front wheel drive

The Datsun GO- Exterior

The Datsun GO makes a good fitment between the entry-level and hatchback segment. The overall design theme is a safe version that is universally appealing and practical. The front fascia is the best looking owing to its headlamps placement, the bonnet, and the prominent bumper. The side profile typically depicts the design character of the vehicle. But one point to be noted here is that, the ORVMs stand out and is not automatically adjustable but one has to do it manually. It all ends in a simple rear end design and the wheel arches are prominent too.

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Tata Tiago- Interiors

In its interiors, the Tata Tiago follows a thematic design that is seen in the newer releases, the Bolt and the Zest. Wherein, cabin spacing is of utmost importance, as also the quality of materials used in the interiors. The color scheme, the theme and the neatly designed dashboard stands out. The plastics quality is first-rate. Also the latest in infotainment system finds its place for the first time in the Tata Tiago. In fact, irrespective of its pocket-friendly pricing, Tata has still paid attention to offering good features, components, and equipment. Yes. In more ways than one, it is interiors that are comfortable that welcomes you.

Features

Tata Tiago

Datsun GO

Air Conditioner

Yes

Automatic

Yes

Manual

Heater

Yes

Yes

Power windows Front

Yes

No

Power windows Rear

Yes

No

Power steering

Yes

Yes

Airbags

Yes

Yes (Driver side)

ABS

Yes

No

Keyless entry

Yes

No

Central Locking

Yes

No

Cruise Control

No

No

USB & Auxiliary Input

Yes

No

Speakers

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth connectivity

Yes

No

 

The Datsun GO- Interiors

The interiors of the cabin are roomy but what first strikes you is the overtly evident cheap material quality, the moment you step in. Yes. It is priced low, and therefore, the interior material quality also feels thus. Overall, it features a simple finish in its instrument cluster, the color scheme, and the dashboard too. The front seating too feels outdated, as it is bench-like. But seating is comfortable and can easily accommodate three in the back. And owing to its large wheelbase, ride quality is good.

Compares and Contrasts

  • Tata Tiago is offered in both petrol and diesel mills and it comes with a whopping 16 variants for both engine versions. The Datsun GO comes in only a petrol mill and has 6 variants on offer.
  • What the Datsun doesn’t seem to have would be the keyless entry, adjustable driver’s side seat and power windows and all these are present in the Tata Tiago. The Datsun GO has a mobile docking station.
  • With regards to servicing, Tata Motors is better poised than the Datsun GO, as Nissan is still finessing its after sales servicing operations for Datsun in India.
  • The Datsun GO is a good 250 kgs lighter than the Tiago and more nimble too. And the Tiago is not as deft as the Datsun GO on highways.
  • Tiago’s seating and interiors are a lot more upscale than the Datsun GO. But ergonomically, it is the Datsun GO that scores better.

And the IBB Verdict is…

On the face of it, both the Tata Tiago and Datsun GO are neck-and-neck when engaging in a comparison and contrasting between the two vehicles. Both are perfected for Indian road conditions, consumer expectations and have a host of features thrown in, irrespective of the modest pricing. But still, there are noticeable comparisons…

Tata Tiago is a new entrant, a newbie that is aggressively packaged with a refreshing styling, design, performance, and great fuel efficiency and its array of variants and features for its amazing pricing, is definitely a crowd puller. At this stage, with its positive turnout and good booking numbers, looks like Tata definitely has a winner in its kitty. 

Datsun GO is also a neat, compact hatchback from the Japanese automaker, Nissan. It is thoughtfully designed and has good space, engine power and is definitely a good city vehicle. Its torque ratio is better than the Tiago and it is ergonomically more refined. But, when comparing and contrasting it with its competition, Tata Tiago, there is so much more Datsun GO could have offered owing to the fact it was a new brand in the Indian market and to add to its appeal and to be able to draw more customers’ it could have been better. 

At this stage, its going the 'Fantastico'Tata Tiago way, but of course, time will answer....

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