Considering that I was on leave and driving the Dzire for the better part of last month, I haven’t been able to clock too many kilometres on the odometer of the Tigor. That said, a good portion of the mileage this month was on the highway. A couple of runs to Pune and back were enough for me to realise that the Tigor’s engine doesn’t like to be pushed hard. The car gains some energy when you go past the 2,000rpm mark, but even then, the surge forward is just not strong or quick enough. It even starts to violently express its discomfort as you push it in three-digit speeds. Continue to accelerate further, and you may notice that it isn’t the most efficient car on the highway. Just like we experienced with the Tiago before this, the Tigor too is more of a city tool. There’s just enough punch to zip through traffic between lights, which by the way is further aided by the compact dimensions of the car. In fact, while driving in the ‘Eco’ mode, it proves to be a judicious sipper.
Roads in Mumbai have never been in great shape, and off late, thanks to the construction of the metro rail, they have gone from bad to worse. But the Tata Tigor has been setup well to absorb all of this comfortably. The 14-inch wheels fitted with the 65 section tyres help even out most of the rough surfaces fairly well. There is a bit of body movement, but it doesn’t feel too wobbly to cause discomfort to the passengers inside.
The Tigor is a good city car, but on the highway it needs more power as it starts protesting once it crosses the 100km/h mark.