With the Tiago, Tata entered an important entry-level segment that has a mid-size competitor like the Maruti Celerio. The Tiago, over the last few years, has changed the game for Tata Motors, giving customers a very different perception of modern-day Tata cars. And the Tiago, when launched, was an all-new car, unlike the Zest and Bolt which were basically re-engineered versions of the Vista. In this test, we’re comparing the regular Tiago with the Tiago JTP to see which one is the better bet.
The Tiago gets a fresher look that includes a new grille with the signature ‘Humanity Line’ in chrome, a heavily reworked front bumper and sharper lines along with a restyled air dam and new fog light housings. The bonnet too, has been raised in order to meet the current pedestrian safety norms. At the rear, the bumper has been restyled and the tail lamp inserts are new.
The Tiago JTP looks more like the older Tiago, but gets a lot of blacked-out bits, like the roof, ORVMs, alloys and the honeycomb pattern grille. It gets JTP badging all around, and there’s a bonnet scoop as well that gives it a sporty look. There are also side air vents that help cool the engine.
The new Tata Tiago gets new fabric and seat upholstery and a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but apart from that, everything remains the same. The cabin is a blend of grey and black, and the gloss black plastics give it an upmarket look. There are a decent amount of storage spaces around too and the body-coloured AC vents are quite attractive. The instrument cluster has been revised and the AMT gear lever is different from the manual gear lever. The dials sports easy-to-read, big displays. Inside the JTP model, everything remains the same, barring the red outlined AC vents, red stitching and the drilled pedals.
The Tiago JTP feels very quick on the road, particularly in Sport mode. After 3000rpm, the turbo impresses with a strong surge in power and it pulls effortlessly. The car reaches three-digit speeds that excite you, and the car feels confident too. It puts down all its power without any fuss. And the car simply excels around corners.
The regular Tiago is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder that makes 84bhp and 114Nm of torque, mated to the same gearbox. The engine response on the AMT model is similar to that of the manual model’s. You can also shift gears yourself if you intend on having fun. The steering is light and the gearbox is smooth, and the car soaks in bumps well. The car feels planted at high speeds too.
With the Tiago JTP model having been shelved, the only model there is to buy is the regular Tiago. It has proved to be popular choice among first-time car buyers and is preferred for its cute looks and good comfort. However, if you can find a JTP Tiago in the used market, there’s nothing quite like it, for it offers thrills like no other small car on the market. Also, read the latest car comparisons, only at autoX.