Across the country, the country’s strong iron Tata Motors is seen planting its flag in the electric vehicle space. Along with safe cars, people are also getting to see affordable electric cars from Tata. Till now Tata Nexon EV and Tata Tigor EV were settled in people’s mind with electric powertrain but now Tata Tiago EV seems to be winning the hearts of people. This is because the Tiago EV has become the most affordable electric car in the country. Now whether people will really like this electric car or not and how much they will like it, you will get to know about it in this review.
Looks and DesignTiago EV is built on the strong platform of Tata Tiago with petrol engine, which has received 4-star safety rating in Global NCAP. Now let me tell you what changes have taken place in the exterior as compared to the petrol Tiago, then it gets an EV-specific grille at the front, on which the EV badge has been given. Apart from this, apart from the headlight and grill, you can clearly see the blue stripes on the fog lamp below. You get to see the use of the Tri-Arrow pattern on the lower grille and the upper grille.
From the side, you get hyperstyled wheels i.e. two-tone plastic wheel caps on the steel wheels. Apart from this, as a dual tone color variant, in this vehicle you have been given black lining on black roof, black mirror casings and body colored door handles. At the rear too, you get to see the Tiago.EV written in the center of the tailgate.interiorYou will get to see the interior of Tata Tiago EV similar to the Tiago with ICE version. However, as an EV, it has been kept a bit upmarket. You get to see the two-tone black and off-white theme along with blue highlights on the AC vents and instrument cluster. You get leather upholstery in the top variant XZ+ Tech LUX. In the rest of the lower variants, you get fabric seats. As an EV specific change, it now gets new buttons for breaking regeneration levels and opening the electric charging lid. The company has placed both of them below the touchscreen infotainment system with all the buttons found in a row. Apart from this, like the Tigor EV, it also gets a rotary gear selector.
The front seats are comfortable and the rear seats too offer plenty of comfort with a good amount of space. If it is an electric vehicle, then the company has not raised the floor and you do not even feel it while sitting. In this case, you get good legroom, headroom and adequate thigh support. However, some changes were necessary which the company did not make. For example, you can clearly see the lack of AC vents, armrest and adjustable headrests on the rear seats.
Talking about boot space, there has been a reduction of only 2 liters which means now you get 240 liters of boot space. However, you don’t get a spare wheel here and the boot space looks a bit cramped due to the charging cable. However, the company is offering a picture kit with the vehicle.
Battery, Range and PerformanceWe drove the long range version of the Tata Tiago EV which comes with a 24 kwh battery pack and the same motor that produces 74 bhp power and 114 Nm torque. Its ARAI range is 315 km on a single charge. The battery is IP67 rated and uses LFP chemistry which is known to be quite safe and the battery only weighs 220kg and the vehicle weighs 1,155kg. The company is also offering a 19.2 kWh battery pack in the lower variants which together with the motor produces 60 bhp power, 110 Nm torque and has an ARAI range of 250 km on a single charge.
Coming to the range first, the long range 24 kWh Tiago EV can give you a range of 210 to 230 km in real world conditions, depending on your driving behaviour. You get two drive modes – City and Sport. You get up to 75 percent torque in city mode and full throttle torque in sport mode. That is, now you should understand that if you want to drive at high speed, then you can drive on sport mode. The special thing is that driving the Tiago EV will completely remind you of the Tigor EV. No compromise of any kind will be seen in the performance. Even in the city mode, the car is seen showing you adequate performance and if you drive on high level regenerative modes here, then the range will also be seen well. There is no problem of any kind while climbing the car even at the height.
Talking about ride quality, the company has made changes to the tires and suspension of the Tiago EV. In such a situation, if you drive the car on slightly bad roads, then there is no problem of any kind, but if you drive it on more bumpy roads, then you will see the car jerking a lot.
If you charge the Tiago EV with a home 15A socket and 3.3 kW charger, then this vehicle will take about 9 hours. Whereas, if you charge the car with 7.2 KW AC wall box charger, then it will be fully charged in 3 to 4 hours. Apart from this, if you charge the vehicle through 25 kW DC fast charger, then it will be charged from 10% to 80% in 1 hour. Now if you charge it with a 15A socket at home, it will cost 24 units of electricity to get fully charged. Electricity is Rs 8 per unit in many places and in such a situation it will cost Rs 192 for Tiago to be fully charged and after full charge the top model of Tiago EV gives you a range of 200 kms, so in this case you will get less than Rs 1. Will see the cost of 1 kilometer from.
Battery & Vehicle WarrantyYou are getting 8 years and 1,60,000 km warranty on the battery of Tata Tiago EV. At the same time, you are being given a warranty of 3 years and 1,25,000 kilometers on the entire vehicle.
price and verdict The bookings for the Tata Tiago EV have already started and deliveries will start from January 2023. The price of Tiago EV in the Indian market starts from Rs.8.49 Lakh which goes up to Rs.11.79 Lakh (ex-showroom). The top model of the Tiago EV costs about Rs 4 lakh more than the top model of the petrol engined Tiago. Now in such a situation, if you want to save the cost of running once and want to contribute in keeping the environment safe, then Tiago EV is a better option for you. Not only this, you get to see great range, tremendous performance and good features too.