Tata Tigor EV Review | First Drive
The general consensus. While countries the world over have started to fully embrace electric vehicles. Indias evi juggernaut has been slowly but surely gathering steam and at the forefront of it. All as one of the flag bearers is tata motors, which has had the nexon eevee on sale in india for over a year and being the most affordable one on sale, or at least it was the most affordable one. It was also the best selling. But now the company has added another name to the list in the form of the tigor eevee. The headline here is that this is now the most affordable electric vehicle on sale in india, with a very practical range of 306 kilometers, which is what tata claims before we get to. The full story, though, do remember to subscribe to the channel and click on the bell icon so that you get notified every time we go live with a new video on auto today to differentiate the tigor ev from its fossil fuel. Shipping, siblings tata, has given a few exterior touches, starting with this paint scheme, which is specific to the electric version of the tigor, which is further accentuated by those blue. Highlights that you see around the grill, and those blue highlights also trickle down to the interiors. But well get to that in a bit. Other key noticeable changes are that grill, since this is an electric vehicle, so the radiator does not require so its closed off and tells you exactly that this is an electric vehicle uh those wheels you see they might look like alloy wheels with those blue highlights, but Theyre actually plastic wheel covers the rim within is a steel rim which is shaped to match those wheel covers, but yeah they still look uh good enough and to most people they will appear like alloy wheels.
Other changes include just a smattering of eevee badges all around stepping inside the tigor ev. This blue highlights that you saw on the outside have made their way inside as well. You get them around the air, convents instrument, console and other places, and speaking of the instrument console its a digital setup right in the middle. You get a screen with your speed range power. Consumption displays and on the left. Is your the throttle input the degree of throttle input which, obviously the higher it is, the more power will be consumed. Obviously, on the right is your battery status instead of a fuel gauge, you get that battery status and just under that is your regen display, which basically tells you the extent of regenerative braking thats happening every time say you lift off or you apply the brakes. Music rear seat space is the same as a regular petrol tigor, and there are no changes on that front. Despite the battery being laid out across the floor uh, it seems to me that this space has remained exactly the same once again, just to refresh your memories. This seat is adjusted to my driving position and my height is 5 8 for reference and, as you can see, i have plenty of leg room under the seat to stretch out my legs, and i have ample knee room as well. Under thigh support is quite okay for a person my height, but taller individuals might find it a little lacking.
Headroom again is pretty good, and if youre above six foot tall, then it might, your head might be a little too close to the roof of a comfort. But for an average size individual like me, the rear seat space is pretty ample in the tata tigor in terms of amenities, if youre sitting in the back there isnt really much to speak of apart from this cup holder or cup holders in the armrest rubberized lining. So you know they hold on to your bottle of water, or your can of soft drinks are pretty well and theres a cup holder here as well, but there are no rear ac vents and you also dont get any pockets behind the front seats and uh. Aside from these specific touches, everything else within the cabin is essentially the same as the tigor. You get the same amount of space. You get a similar steering wheel, same touch, screen system with android, auto and apple carplay support automatic climate control as well is present uh. The other crucial difference is instead of a gear selector. You get this rotary dial very similar to what weve already seen in the nexon ev, which is pretty straightforward to use you get reverse neutral drive and s, which is sport mode. The seats have been revised as well to reflect the tigors electric nature with the tri arrow motif and again, those blue highlights uh running through them to let you know that this is different from your petrol powered sibling and in the boot.
I did mention that space essentially is the same as the tagory v, but there is a small difference. Since the battery pack is located along the floor of the vehicle, there is no space uh, the traditional space for the spare wheel has been eaten up. So now the spare wheel is placed inside the boot. Its been done neatly its pushed to one side, but it does slightly eat up into the overall boot capacity. Music tigor ev has a peak power output of around 75 bhp and a peak torque output of 170 newton meters and you get two driving modes to choose from there is your standard drive mode, and then there is s which is sport. What it does is gives you access to the full code of torque and power, which basically means every time you step on the throttle. The car goes goes really quickly, but yeah exciting, but what it will do is have a very, very negative impact on your overall range. Every time you hit the throttle, hit the throttle, hard range drops and thats another thing with electric vehicles. You have to be careful about that, but lets be honest and lets be responsible rather dont do that in normal city conditions. Of course, you can use it for executing quick, overtaking maneuvers, but yeah dont keep flooring the throttle, because you will run out of charge rather quickly but drive it with a light foot or just normally how you normally drive your car in city conditions within the speed Limits and you will be fine youll get a decent amount of range performance will still be way better than a similarly priced petrol or diesel powered vehicle, and still the tigor ev will be exciting enough to drive.
There is absolutely no engine noise, but on the downside you do hear more of the road tyre noise has increased and you do hear more of it at speeds lower. In relation to what you would hear. You know a tire noise or road noise filtering into the cabin is usually at a higher speed in case of uh petrol or diesel vehicles, but in this case it does filter in at slightly lower speeds. But aside from that, the one really really good aspect about evs has always been the refinement levels. I have driven the tigor in the past and while i loved most of the car, i did have a slight issue with the refinement levels. Overall, even the petrol powered one in this case with an electric motor. All those things are all those worries and cons are put to rest because its feels so smooth, so refined, so seamless and has power, delivery and thats one of the strongest selling points of electric vehicles in general. Aside from that, aside from just uh flooring, the throttle and leaving every other standard ice vehicle in your wake, um excitement is further accentuated by a very nicely balanced, uh ride and handling setup, its not sporty sporty in that sense, but it still is. Quite you know exciting enough for the segment i would say, especially because with the battery, which is the heaviest component of the vehicle spread across the floor, the center of gravity is lowered.
So you know just the tigori is just that much more dynamically accomplished and the steering is nice and light at city speeds its got decent amount of weight when it comes to suspension setup, though uh that inherent firmness which is associated with electric vehicles in general is Present but its not uncomfortable at all. In fact, the tigor eevee has been doing like weve, been doing it in the city and slightly less than perfect roads and over speed breakers, like these, its done pretty well its not uncomfortable its, not bone jarring or anything of that sort, and it isnt too soft Either that it, you know wallows or moves about too much at triple. Digit speeds. A 26 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack tata claims that, as per ari testing standards, the ticker ev can do 306 kilometers on a single charge. Realistically, though, based on the few hours we spend driving the car within the city, users are likely to achieve a range of around 180 to 200 kilometers on a single charge, and that for me, considering the price point and the fact that an average person your daily Office runs would be maybe about 30 to 40 kilometers a day. That seems pretty ample for a weeks worth of running easily, at least five days monday to friday. You will be sorted for your office to home and back to office runs. You will have to have a 15 amp socket through which you can charge the car and uh if youre using that, then tata is claiming a charging time of 8 hours, 30 minutes somewhere around that, even if you assume 9 to 10 hours, thats, basically an overnight Charge so what that means is by the time you plug in and realistically speaking, youre going to be plugging it in by the time the battery drops to maybe 20 or 15 for a full charge.
Thats it an overnight charge should be good enough and you can run the car an entire week almost so that makes it actually pretty usable in the city. The only hitch is and, of course, that its not necessarily something thats wrong with electric cars in general, its highway driving out station driving. You cannot really take it out on the weekends just yet, because charging infrastructure along the highways is still lacking. Some parts of the country it is coming up and coming up quite fast, but right now most parts of the country it is still lacking. So tigor ev, like any other electric vehicle, is very, very well suited as a second car. So you can have your primary vehicle, which can do everything your petrol or diesel powered vehicle, whatever it is, or even a hybrid. If you can get a hold of one in india, but the tigor ev can be your secondary car. Your daily driver for city conditions, but again i pointed out one problem, which is the fact that you cannot really take it on outstation trips. The second issue is the price: it is the most affordable electric vehicle in india, no doubt, and it is very cheap to run compared to a diesel or petrol vehicle, but you will still need a few fair few years to recover the cost. The extra cost that you pay up front because for a similar amount of money, you can obviously get a much bigger vehicle, a vehicle with more space, more features.