I will be honest. I love cars with a petrol engine but am equally curious as to how an alternative method of propulsion would feel like on an everyday basis? So, when Tata asked if we would like the Tiago EV for a long term test, I jumped at the chance of it being my next long-termer. It was ideal too as I have an easily accessible charging point at home and office, which would make living with the Tiago EV a great deal easier. And so, it arrived.
It was actually my colleagues who got their hands on it first and both Manav and Shivank had the same reaction. The range was just too less for the Tiago EV to be practical. You see, the Tiago EV that we had gotten was the short range version with a 19.2 kWh battery pack. The range, as per Tata, stands at 250km, but to be honest, you would have to drive like your great grandfather to be able to get anywhere near that figure in the real world. Another shortcoming is that the electric motor is also considerably down on power and a little low on torque compared to the long range version, which does pinch a bit. But, the biggest takeaway from all of this is that it will also weigh less than the long range one, so that should definitely make it a little more fun to drive.
So far, I have been using the Tiago EV sparingly and it was also part of our Best of 2023 jury round, about which you can read elsewhere in this issue. I have used it to make the home to office commute and vice-versa. I have also used it to visit friends who stay really close to my house and in that sense, the Tiago EV does a good job. It drives considerably well, the ride quality allows you to go over speed breakers way faster than you normally would and the overall handling abilities are good to say the least. The one odd bit I have noticed in my short time with the Tiago EV is a rubbery squeak that seems to be emanating from the front right of the car. I am not really surprised by this as fit and finish issues generally exist in Tata cars, but to be honest, it’s something you can live with. However, this one seems to keep on increasing, and will it be bearable by the time I am done with the Tiago EV? Well, only time can answer that question. A good way to get around this issue is to turn up the volume on the Harman sound system, which is an absolute peach to listen too, and makes my commutes a whole lot more relaxing. What about the charging? Well, I haven’t had a chance to charge it using the different options available at my disposal, so, we will talk more about that in the next report.
When it came: October, 2023
Current odo reading: 5,726km
Mileage this month: 300km
Real world range (AS Tested): 160km
What’s good: Ride quality, Audio clarity
What’s not: Fit and finish