We had our first taste of the new Tigor EV back in September when Tata Motors invited us to check out their latest product during a media drive. The weather gods, however, had something else planned for us that day, for we found ourselves in a deluge by the time we started our shoot. Against all odds, we drove the Tigor EV all day through knee-deep water. And when we arrived back to drop the car in the evening, we were pleasantly surprised, for we didn’t encounter any issues whatsoever.
In hindsight, it was indeed one of the harshest tests to which one could have subjected an EV. But that wasn’t the end of our time with the EV, for we once again got to test the Tigor EV during our mega track test – only this time, it was a completely different playing field.
While the Tigor EV left me amazed and impressed in the initial test, it revealed a few weaknesses on the track. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Tigor EV undoubtedly remains a capable urban runabout, but just a single lap of the Buddh Circuit was enough to tell me that it still has a mountain to climb in terms of matching the driving dynamics of a comparable ICE-powered car. After all, if EVs are the future, they need to be as good, if not better, as their current fuel-powered counterparts.
But let’s focus on how the Tigor EV is like in real-world conditions. Inside, the first thing that impresses you is the space and levels of comfort. The seats are supportive and quite comfortable. There are also quite a few features on offer, such as Tata’s iRA connected car tech, projector headlamps, LED DRLs, a smart key with push-button start, a cooled glovebox, an electric boot release, and a 7-inch Harman touchscreen infotainment system, with an eight-speaker setup.
Now, while all this may sound reasonable, the only downside here is that all of this is expected in a car that’ll cost you north of ₹12 lakh. Not to mention its weak visual appeal, which can potentially be a deal-breaker for many.
- 2021 Tata Tigor EV (Lap Time – 01:20.0)
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