Tata Tigor EV Review | Ready For The Real World?
If evs are the future, the future is already here. The time for evs is now and its the end of the internal combustion engine, big statements that have varying degrees of truth or exaggeration to them. However, if you look at the indian car market, most sales come for vehicles that are priced below rupees 18 to 20 lakh. Yet if you look at most ev launches, they have happened in above that price point. For example, if you look at the mg zv or the hyundai kona the price in the 20s or the mercedes, eqc and audi eternal, which are priced north of rupees, one crore, the first car to truly deliver on the promise of giving us a usable mass market. Electric car was the tata nexon ev, so tata has a formula that works. Theyve had the time to polish things out and now theyre ready to make things even more affordable, so lets review the tata tigor evie together, Music, and i do mean review together. I feel like if you come and experience what happens on one of our reviews. You get a good idea of why we can figure out a decent bit about what a car is going to be like to live with in a short span of time. So the time is about 6 40 am the charge is at 100 and the range says 256 kilometers were on our way to the shoot location so ill, see you there.
So why do a review this way well, on average first drives like this. Give us about six to eight hours with any car in which we have to get a whole set of photos, get static, videos, action, videos, test the car through traffic, open roads, good roads, bad roads, analyze the car accurately build a script. So all of this makes sense to you and of course, deliver our pieces to camera through all of this. Every media car exchanges multiple hands and goes through the most inefficient driving possible and for a long duration at that. So we effectively simulate a sort of worst case for an electric cars range and get an idea of what the baseline range could be and what itll be like as a daily driver in more caring and careful hands all right, so weve reached our shoot location. Now i think weve driven about 25 to 30 kilometers, but we had to do our action photography on the way, so a lot of quick driving switching to sport mode, so weve lost a decent amount of range. In fact, i think weve dropped to 82 battery charge and about 190 kilometers of range displayed right now, so were going to begin with our static photo shoot. So lets talk about how the car looks well, its the tigor ev, so that style back design is still very much there and its not like youre, going to confuse it with anything else. Whats happened is that with the facelift the front end looks a lot sharper.
More grown up, but the tigors pull in terms of design has always been with the side profile and the rear that swooping roof and the weight just ends in that really stubby boot. It definitely makes the tigor evie look like the most offbeat subcompact sedan, but of course there are some differences that are specific to the ev and it goes beyond just the blue hues. But lets start there. Theres blue ev badging all around the car theres, a big blue bit of trim underneath the front grille and the halogen projector headlights actually not grill. It is more a grill panel with a slit youll, see more of the blue around the fog lamps and the led drls. Are there too unusual placement of drls got ta, say but a nice inclusion, and then there are these 14 inch hyper style wheels, which in tatas peak is basically, we wont, give you alloy wheels but well try to make you not miss them so yeah. Even if you do get the top end version of the tigor ev youre, still getting 14 inch steel wheels. If you get the regular tigor that does get 15 inch alloy wheels on the top spec exit plus 10.. Now these wheels have got this blue hue to denote the electric powertrain on one particular section which, on the move kind of makes it look like theres a fidget spinner on the tire. Also, you have two color options here: teal blue and daytona gray.
So no white, silver or red, like the regular, tigor and theres another difference. You need to keep in mind. First of all, this thing doesnt take fuel, obviously, and when it comes to your charge options, you have two now the first one is what youre going to be relying on, primarily, especially if you want to ensure good battery longevity, and that is your home charging with That zero to eighty percent takes about eight hours, 45 minutes and zero to 100, takes about 9 hours 45 minutes, and you also have dc fast charging. That is something you need to be using periodically. Not all the time and with that 0 to 80 takes about an hour say 65 minutes now lets move to the boot Music. Now one of the biggest redeeming factors for the tigor was its boot space, but that has seen a change with the introduction of tagore ev, because the spare tyre has moved up over here vertically placed. Why is that? Thats? Because the battery pack and the associated components have been moved into the spot where the fuel tank would have been, and that has also eaten up some of the depth that the boot would have had so yeah. You can fit in a decent amount of luggage. Still large trolley bags shouldnt be an issue, but full size suitcases will be a little bit of a squeeze its one of those challenges that come up with adapting a petrol or diesel car to become an ev as opposed to building an ev from scratch.
But one place where it does enjoy the same benefits as the regular tigor is the cabin its a very roomy spacious and airy cabin, and you can fit in people who are six foot tall, one behind the other quite easily. Of course, it may not look like it when i am in the frame, because i am both six foot, five and fat, but look even i have a decent amount of head room to spare and that rear seat. Yes, its a sub compact sedan. But if you are of an average build, you can fit in three people in the back quite easily, with a nice and supportive backrest boot, along with an armrester spin, but it also shares the same cabin plastics as a regular tigor. So these hard and scratchy plastics that you see all around and even some of the alignments of the plastic, which arent quite good, something we had seen even with the first drive of the regular tigor, not really been fixed right now. But that would have been acceptable in a car thats priced at rupees, 7 to 8 lakh like the regular ticker, but when youve got something that costs about 11 lakh rupees, even with subsidies, it starts to feel like this. Cabin quality should have been better that upgrade from the regular ticker to the tigar ev thats, not something youre going to see – and this is the same price point at which you could get something that feels better more richer on the inside, like the hyundai i20 or Even the tata ultras, even the features list, is nothing exceptional.
Its just right. The highlights are the seven inch touchscreen with android, auto and apple carplay, its actually smoother, to use than the safaris infotainment system and is accompanied by that excellent, eight speaker, music system. There are also nice inclusions like push button start with a smart key, auto ac and a digital instrument cluster, which has a nice game like interface to it. Finally, theres connected car tech with the z connect app, which facilitates geo, fencing, live car, tracking and remote operations of the ac lights and door locks among other features, but, most importantly, tata has maintained the tigors four star global end cap crash safety rating, even with the Ev and the safety package includes two airbags abs, with ebd rear parking, sensors and a rear camera. The resolution of the rear camera, though, is not the best all right now its time for us to see what this thing is like to drive and im not going to get into all the stuff that the spec sheet is going to tell you anyway. We are right now heading out to go ahead and get our tracking and action shots. This is basically all the shots youre going to see of the car on the road, and this is why media cars hate us, because this period is when we put any given car through the most inefficient driving imaginable, because it involves a lot of rapid acceleration. Catching up to the car braking really hard slowing down again cruising matching the speed so its very erratic and usually in petrol or diesel cars.
We do this in second or third gear and were pushing the cars all the way through the rev range. So you can imagine what this kind of driving is going to do through an electric cars range Music, all right, so im going to try and catch up with my tracking car now and im in the regular drive mode. But even if i absolutely pin the throttle 45 47, 48, 50, 52 53, its quick, but its picking up the base gradually its not in the big rush, its not giving you any of that. You know typical terms that they use like instant talk, delivery, thats, violent and exciting from the word go. None of that is happening in the regular drive mode, its progressive, its gradual, its linear, very new car driver friendly, and this is the ideal mode youd want for regular city commutes done calmly. You can even manage like regular, low speed overtakes in this and its a nice and relaxing mode to have for daily commutes Music, but absolutely all of that changes the second you shift to sport mode it. It just turns into a different beast altogether its like the spirit of the tigor gtp lives on through the tigor ev. The acceleration is instant and if you go on even a mild corner and go on the throttle just a little bit hard youre gon na get wheelspin quite easily. So you need to be careful about that, especially if youre an amateur driver, but otherwise this is just its just so much fun, and this is the kind of thing that can even sell the most hardened petrol head on an electric car Music.
And, of course, you do have brake energy regeneration with this car, but the good thing is that the mode is never actually intrusive and its barely noticeable. In fact, like the next one you dont have configurable modes over here, so its not liking. It set. How much reason youre going to get, but it is dependent on the throttle, input and speed. But the deal is that i could pin the throttle right now. Let go immediately and its not like its suddenly getting into region or theres some kind of shift in the driving behavior. It feels very natural, no different than the kind of resistance you get from a transmission anyway, which is a good thing, because it just becomes so much easier to adapt to the driving style of a car like this, which could potentially be the first electric car that A lot of you would want. One thing that you will have to get used to, though, is the brake pedal. It doesnt really have any feel so its kind of tricky to figure out how much braking input you need to be dialing in initially, you can figure it out in a matter of like five six kilometers once you spent enough time with the car but yeah theres. No feedback or communication from the brake pedal, so you just need to figure out that behavior a little bit and its a very commentate of a lot of electric cars. How does it ride? Well, the ev is about 200 kilograms, heavier than the standard tigor and uses a slightly stiffer tune of the same suspension setup.
Not that its taken a toll on ride, though even now the tigor gets through rough roads without a fuss and handles potholes with ease while feeling planted even at highway speeds, even in the back seat at low speeds, you can feel some amount of vertical jumpiness theres, A slight amount of it, but as soon as you pick up the pace and cross like even 40 kilometers enough, its good nice and planted very compliant all over again, all right so were done with our shoot for the day and the final charge and range that Were at when we get back to the hotel ill? Have that posted somewhere down over here but realistically, with a car like this youre looking at a real world range of about 200 kilometers, give or take to 20 kilometers, but that makes it a really great package for in city use. Provided you know you can conveniently charge up either at home or at your workplace. Long distance trips are doable, but not without planning, with the exception of boot space. The tigor ev offers everything we liked about the tigor, including the cabin space, the decent features list, the comfortable ride quality and even the likable styling, while offering a much smoother and in sport mode. Even more exciting drive experience just four to five years ago, an entry level ev was the mahindra e2o plus, which was a commendable first effort, but a very hard sell. The fact that an entry level ev is now something this competent is a great sign of things to come.
So the pressure is now on you, tata youve had the time to get your learnings from the nexon ev and apply them to the tigor ev. To make sure that this experience is as niggle free as possible, because when it comes to selling people on electric cars theres a lot of arguments, you need to make pertaining to the charging infrastructure, the range, the resale value, the cost benefits and even emissions.