2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Tata Altroz diesel is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Altrozs diesel variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Tata Altroz with its competitors and other diesel B2-segment hatchbacks.

 

2020 Tata Altroz

Tata has added a new XM Style + Rhythm variant and Automatic AC feature to the XT variant. Let’s see how the variants compare after these updates to find out which one offers the best value for money.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Tata Altroz Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Altroz diesel 2020 are:

  • Most feature-rich car in the segment. It offers everything you expect from a car in this segment and then some.
  • Along with fresh styling, its large dimensions lend it great road presence.
  • Base and top variants offer good value for money.
  • The only car in the segment with 5-star Global NCAP safety rating - diesel or not. Also, the most affordable car with a 5-star safety rating.
  • Strong bottom and mid-range performance as 200Nm of torque peaks at a crawling 1250rpm and stays strong till 3000rpm. It is much better than the barely-adequate petrol engine.

The Tata Altroz diesel 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • The price difference between petrol and diesel engines is unjustifiably high even for a BS6 car. Rs. 1.6 - 1.7 lakh ex-showroom price difference makes the diesel engine option redundant. Nexon-like ~250Nm of torque output would’ve somewhat justified it.
  • Feature packs like Luxe, Rhythm, Style, could’ve been offered as accessories so that you don’t have to pay the registration fee on top of that cost. Currently, these are part of the ex-showroom price.
  • Stripped down base XE variant and expensive, non-VFM XM variant (including XM + feature packs). You have to stretch your budget quite a bit for the higher variants to get a value and ownership experience.
  • No automatic transmission option. The Nexon uses this same diesel engine and gets an AMT automatic.
  • Skinny 165-section tyres on lower variants. Can you imagine buying a car worth more than Rs. 8.0 lakh (ex-showroom) and ending up with bargain-basement 165-section tyres and 14-inch rims₹This tyre size is not acceptable even on the petrol variants and inexcusable with the Altroz diesel.

If you prefer watching instead of reading, then here’s our August 2020 update video of the Tata Altroz variant breakdown:

What Is The Price Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel?

Just like the petrol trims, the Tata Altroz diesel is available mainly in 4 variants - XE, XM, XT and XZ. There are additional options available with all four variants. These are XE Rhythm, XM Rhythm, XM Style, XM Style + Rhythm, XT Luxe, XZ (O) and XZ Urban. Put these all together, and you have a total of 11 variants to choose from.

Prices of the Altroz diesel start at Rs. 6.99 lakh with the XE and go up to Rs. 9.34 lakh for the XZ Urban variant.

The diesel variants cost Rs. 1.6 lakh more than the petrol counterparts. The XE and XE Rhythm are exceptions to this rule as their diesel variants are another Rs. 10,000 more expensive.

TATA ALTROZ DIESEL PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI  | AUG 2020

XE

₹6,99,000

XE Rhythm

₹7,24,000

XM

₹7,75,000

XM Style

₹8,09,000

XM Rhythm

₹8,14,000

XM Rhythm + Style (New)

₹8,39,000

XT (Updated)

₹8,44,000

XT Luxe

₹8,83,000

XZ

₹9,04,000

XZ(O)

₹9,29,000

XZ Urban

₹9,34,000

The price of Altroz petrol and diesel is Rs. 1.6 - 1.7 lakh. There’s also higher insurance and registration costs to consider. And if you’re taking a loan, then you end up paying more interest because of the bigger loan amount.

In a city like Delhi, where there’s no price gap between petrol and diesel fuel, it’ll take you about 3,00,000km to break even just the ex-showroom component of the cost. Even if you have about Rs. 10 difference between the fuels, it’ll still take you about 1,00,000km to recover Rs. 1.7 lakh premium. Unfortunately, there isn’t any competition for the Altroz diesel.

If you think the petrol engine is lame and you clock more mileage, then you’ll have to cough up the cash. Higher torque output from this engine would’ve made the price gap justifiable. We know this engine can make 260Nm of torque as it does in the Nexon.

We advise you to consider the petrol model of the Altroz or another car altogether as the Altroz diesel offers poor value with its much higher upfront price. If you’re still interested in buying the Altroz diesel, then read on to find out which variant you should buy.

Is The XE Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The Altroz diesel costs Rs. 7.0 lakh and doesn’t get enough features either to justify spending this much either. Here are the most notable features of the Altroz XE:

  • Std. Safety Features
  • 5 Star NCAP Rating
  • Multi-Drive Modes
  • Front Power Windows
  • Body Coloured Bumpers
  • Central Locking
  • Tilt Steering
  • Body Coloured Door Handles
  • Umbrella Holder
  • Integrated Rear Headrests
  • Black ORVMs
  • Steel Wheels w/ Hub Cap
  • Adjustable Front Headrests
  • MID
  • Flat-bottom Steering

If you can justify spending Rs. 1.7 lakh more for a diesel Altroz, even then the XE variant comes across as too basic and not worth buying. Let’s see if the XE Rhythm does it any good.

TATA ALTROZ DIESEL XE | FEATURES

₹6,99,000 | Ex-Showroom Delhi

Safety

Functional

Style

Std. Safety Features & 5 Star NCAP Rating

Multi-Drive Modes

Front Power Windows

Body Coloured Door Handles

Central Locking

Tilt Steering

Front Power Outlet

Body Coloured Bumpers

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

Adjustable Front Headrests

Integrated Rear Headrests

Flat-bottom Steering

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Driver Foot Rest

4 Door Pockets

Steel Wheels w/ Hub Cap

ISOFIX 

Umbrella Holder

MID

Black ORVMs

Front Seatbelt Load Limiters

     

Is The XE Rhythm Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The XE Rhythm variant of the Altroz diesel costs Rs. 7.24 lakh, which is Rs. 25,000 more than the standard XE. It adds the following notable features:

  • Music system
  • 4 speakers
  • Remote central locking
  • Extra horn

Although this variant kinda justifies spending another Rs. 25,000, it’s not recommended for most buyers. If you can’t stretch your budget any further, then the XE Rhythm is worth buying. But otherwise, the higher variants will offer better value as the price gap between petrol and diesel variants of the Altroz shrinks to Rs. 1.6 lakh.

ALTROZ XE DIESEL RHYTHM PACK

₹7,24,000 | Ex-Showroom Delhi

Entertainment

Functional

Audio System

Remote Key

4 speakers

Dual-tone horn

Is The XM Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The Altroz XM diesel costs Rs. 7.75 lakh - Rs. 51,000 more than XE Rhythm. For the additional cost, you get:

  • Rear power windows
  • Power adjustable and foldable mirrors
  • Rear parcel tray

The XM variant doesn’t get the following benefits, which are available in XE Rhythm:

  • 2 rear speakers
  • Remote central locking
  • Extra horn

Despite the Rs. 10k smaller price jump for the XM diesel than the XM petrol, the features don’t justify buying the XM diesel. The included features are certainly must-have but the deletion of some features compared to the XE Rhythm doesn’t go unnoticed. The XM diesel is a poor value for money option and not recommended.

ALTROZ DIESEL XM | FEATURES OVER XE RHYTHM

₹7,75,000 | Ex-Showroom Delhi

Rear Power Windows

Electrically Adjustable & Auto Folding ORVMs

Rear Parcel Tray

Is The XM Style Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The XM Style is Rs. 34,000 more than the XM and costs Rs. 8.09 lakh. The notable additional features over the XM variant are:

  • 16-inch wheels with covers
  • Wider tyres
  • Black roof
  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • LED DRLs

Again, the XM Style is a decent value upgrade over the XM but the price gap XM created is difficult to ignore. The XM Style is not worth buying.

ALTROZ DIESEL XM STYLE | FEATURES OVER XM

₹8,09,000 | Ex-Showroom Delhi

R16 Wheels w/ Covers

Contrast Black Roof

Body Coloured ORVMs

Front & Rear Fog Lamps

DRLs

Is The XM Rhythm Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The XM Rhythm adds Rs. 39,000 to the cost and is priced at Rs. 8.14 lakh. The additional features of the XM Rhythm are:

  • 7-inch Touchscreen
  • Rear Camera
  • 2 Tweeters
  • Rear Speakers
  • Remote Central Locking
  • Extra Horn

The asking price over the XM variant for these additional features is justifiable but the XM itself is quite overpriced. So, the Altroz XM Rhythm diesel is also not worth buying.

ALTROZ DIESEL XM RHYTHM | FEATURES OVER XM

₹8,14,000 | Ex-Showroom Delhi

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Rear Parking Camera

2 Tweeters

2 Speakers

Remote Key

Dual-Tone Horn

Is The XM Rhythm + Style Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The Altroz’ XM Rhythm + Style is exactly what the name suggests. It gets all the features of the Style pack and Rhythm pack with the XM variant but the price is Rs. 10,000 lower than what you’d pay if you bought them separately. This option was not available earlier.

The XM Rhythm + Style costs Rs. 64,000 more than XM and is priced at Rs. 8.39 lakh. It gets the following additional features over the XM variant:

  • 16-inch wheels with covers
  • Wider tyres
  • Black roof
  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • LED DRLs
  • 7-inch Touchscreen
  • Rear Camera
  • 2 Tweeters
  • Rear Speakers
  • Remote Central Locking
  • Extra Horn

Combining the two special features packs and saving Rs. 10k in the process sounds like a sweet deal. But not enough to compensate for the already overpriced XM variant. The XM variant is not worth buying, with or without any feature packs. Instead, consider spending another Rs. 5,000 and get the XT variant. Let’s see what that one offers.

ALTROZ DIESEL XM RHYTHM + STYLE | FEATURES OVER XM

₹8,39,000 | Ex-Showroom Delhi

7-inch Touchscreen

Rear Parking Camera

2 Tweeters

2 Speakers

Remote Key

Dual-Tone Horn

R16 Wheels w/ Covers

Contrast Black Roof

Body Coloured ORVMs

Front & Rear Fog Lamps

DRLs

Is The XT Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The Altroz XT diesel costs Rs. 5,000 more than the XM Style + Rhythm and is priced at Rs. 8.44 lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi). It gets the following additional features over the XM Style + Rhythm variant:

  • Cornering lamps
  • Cruise control
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Auto AC (new features for XT)
  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Footwell ambient lighting
  • Steering-mounted controls

This is an easy recommendation as it is offering better value for money than the XM with either of its feature packs does. The XT variant is highly recommended and worth buying. The only reason to skip this one is if you want even better value and more features. If you’ve come this far, then we strongly urge you to take a look at the XZ variant, which is our top recommendation only nominally more expensive than the Altroz XT diesel.

ALTROZ DIESEL XT | FEATURES OVER XM STYLE + RHYTHM

₹8,44,000 | Ex-Showroom Delhi

Safety

Functional

Style & Entertainment

Cornering Lamps

Auto AC

Cooled Glovebox

Body-coloured Roof

Day/Night IRVM

Cruise Control

USB Charger

Black ORVMs

 

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Chrome Insert on Dashboard

   

Voice Alerts

Footwell Mood Lighting

     

Steering-mounted Audio Controls

Is The XT Luxe Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The Altroz XT diesel with the Luxe pack costs Rs. 8.83 lakh, which is Rs. 39,000 more than the XT. It gets the following additional features over the standard XT variant:

  • Height-adjustable Driver Seat
  • Rear Seat Armrest
  • Rear Fog Lamps
  • Black Roof
  • Body Coloured ORVMs
  • Different Wheel Cover Design

The only important and functional features in this list are rear armrest and height-adjustable driver seat. If you want these, then you should instead consider spending Rs. 21,000 more and getting the Altroz XZ instead. As it stands, the XT Luxe doesn’t justify its price and is not worth buying.

ALTROZ DIESEL XT LUXE | FEATURES OVER XT

₹8,83,000 | Ex-Showroom Delhi

Height-adjustable Driver Seat

Rear Seat Armrest

Leather-wrapped Steering & Gear

Rear Fog Lamps

Contrast Black Roof

Body Coloured ORVMs

Different Wheel Cover Design

Metal Finish Inside Door Handles

Is The XZ Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The XZ variant of the Altroz diesel costs Rs. 9.04 lakh. It gets the following additional features:

  • Rear defogger
  • Rear AC vents
  • Auto headlamps with projector
  • Rear washer and wiper
  • Adjustable rear headrests
  • Auto wipers
  • Sliding front armrest
  • Wearable key
  • 16-inch alloy wheels wheels
  • Ambient lighting on dashboard

The XZ variant covers more than justifies the price jump with its features even from the XE variant. The XZ is the most value-for-money variant of the Altroz diesel and is worth buying.

ALTROZ DIESEL XZ | FEATURES OVER XT LUXE

₹9,04,000 | Ex-Showroom Delhi

Safety

Functional

Style

Rear Defogger

Rear AC Vents

Auto Wipers 

R16 Alloy Wheels

Projector Headlamps 

Adjustable Rear Headrests

Sliding Front Armrest

7-inch full-colour Instrument Console

Rear Wiper & Washer

Rear Power Outlet

One-touch Down Driver Window

Mood Lighting on Dashboard

 

Adjustable Front Seatbelts

Sunglass Holder

Fabric Seat Upholstery

 

Retractable Tray in Glovebox

Smart Key Band

Chrome Accent on ORVMs

 

Auto Headlamps

 

Knitted Roof Liner

     

Body Coloured Roof

     

Black ORVMs

Is The XZ (O) Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The XZ (O) is a cosmetic upgrade over the XZ variant. For an extra Rs. 25,000, it gets only a black roof, which is expensive. Everything else is the

Is The XZ Urban Variant Of 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Worth Buying?

The XZ Urban costs Rs. 9.34 lakh. For an extra Rs. 5,000 over the XZ (O), the Urban pack adds body-coloured outside mirrors and body-coloured cabin accents. In this case, the extra money spent is better justified. Both, the XZ (O) and XZ Urban add only style features. So, we leave the decision to upgrade in your hands. As per our data, the XZ Urban is a better option than the XZ (O).

Which Variant Of The 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel Offers The Most Value For Money?

The Tata Altroz XZ diesel is the best value for money variant and our top recommended option in the entire lineup of 11 variants.

The base XE variant is too basic and not worth buying. Not to mention its Rs. 10,000 higher price premium for the diesel engine than most other Altroz variants. If you want the safest car you can get for the lowest cost possible, then consider one of the well-equipped petrol variants. Stretching for the XE Rhythm pack isn’t a bad option, though. But we’d only recommend it to you if you absolutely have to buy the Altroz diesel and can’t afford the XT variant.

The XM variant is overpriced. The additional feature packs like Rhythm and Style also don’t do enough to justify buying the XM. The XT is the variant we’d happily recommend if you want to buy the Altroz petrol. But, if you can afford the XT variant, then you should consider stretching just a bit more for the XZ, which is our top recommended variant for the Altroz diesel. To further enhance the style of the car, you can skip the XZ (O) and go with the XZ Urban, which is more reasonably priced.

TATA ALTROZ | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Diesel

Recommendation

XE

Rank 2

₹6,99,000

Not recommended. Too basic.

XE Rhythm

Rank 3

₹7,24,000

For budget buyers only who want Altroz diesel but can’t afford the XT variant.

XM

Rank 7

₹7,75,000

Not recommended

XM Style

-

₹8,09,000

Not recommended

XM Rhythm

-

₹8,14,000

Not recommended

XM Style + Rhythm

Rank 6

₹8,39,000

Not recommended

XT

Rank 4

₹8,44,000

The most affordable variant that’s worth buying. Buy only if you can’t upgrade to XZ

XT Luxe

Rank 5

₹8,83,000

Better upgrade to XZ

XZ

Rank 1

₹9,04,000

Top recommended

XZ(O)

-

₹9,29,000

Buyers’ discretion

XZ Urban

-

₹9,34,000

Buyers’ discretion

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Tata Altroz Diesel?

The Tata Altroz gets the same 1.5-litre diesel, which is available in the Nexon. This engine is tuned to deliver less torque and therefore makes less power too. It has 200Nm of torque coming at 1250rpm and it stays strong till 3000rpm. This is the widest torque band we’ve ever seen on a mass-market diesel car in India. The torque output is sufficient and not explosive as we see in the Nexon. However, the flat output for a total of 1750rpm should make it quite a performer. It will have great drivability on the highways as well as in the city.

It’s still not quite in the league of the Figo diesel - not because of its lower torque output but because of its heavier kerb weight. The Figo’s torque-to-weight ratio is closer to 200Nm/tonne while the Altroz’ figure is about 25 units lower. That weight penalty also seems to affect its mileage figure, which is 1.4kmpl lower than the Figo diesel.

B2-SEGMENT HATCHBACKS

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

 

Altroz

Figo

Displacement

1.5

1.5L

Cylinder

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1497cc

1499cc

Maximum Power

90PS @ 4000rpm

100PS @ 3750rpm

Power:Weight

78.26PS/tonne

91.66PS/tonne

Peak Torque

200Nm @ 1250 - 3000rpm

215Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

Torque:Weight

173.91Nm/tonne

197.07Nm/tonne

Manual

5-speed

5-Speed

Manual FE

23.03kmpl

24.4kmpl

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Tata Altroz?

Note: While the Ford Figo is the only B2 segment hatchback with a diesel engine, we’re comparing all B2 hatchbacks to give you a better perspective of the Altroz’ dimensions.

The Altroz certainly has the road presence to match its styling too. It’s the widest car in the B2 hatchback segment followed closely by the Baleno/Glanza. It’s also a bit taller than these two cars and almost tall enough to challenge the Figo. That makes it the biggest car in this segment, even if by only a tiny margin.

The Altroz also has a bigger boot than its rivals. Only the Jazz has a bigger boot, but it’s not on sale as of August 1, 2020. The Tata Altroz’ ground clearance is nothing special and at 165mm, it’s on the low side but still acceptable. Similarly, the fuel tank capacity of 37-litres is quite small compared to its rivals but this shouldn’t worry most buyers.

What’s not acceptable is the size of the tyres for the lower variants, which get 165-section tyres around 14-inch wheels. These days, even the base variant of the most affordable car in India - Datsun Redi-Go - gets 165-section tyres with 14-inch wheels. This is inexcusable for the Altroz. Can you imagine buying a car for more than Rs. 8.0 lakh ex-showroom and ending up with bargain-basement tyre and rim sizes?

The Baleno and Glanza are the only cars that offer a minimum of 15-inch even on their base trims. An upgrade to at least 175-section tyres is a must to improve its handling and braking characteristics and lend it better stance. Or, you could just go with our recommendation and get the XT or XZ variants with wider tyres and bigger wheels.

B2-SEGMENT HATCHBACKS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Altroz

Polo

Figo

Baleno/ Glanza

Elite i20

Length

3990mm

3971mm

3941mm

3995mm

3985mm

Width

1755mm

1682mm

1704mm

1745mm

1734mm

Height

1523mm

1469mm

1525mm

1510mm

1505mm

Wheelbase

2501mm

2469mm

2490mm

2520mm

2570mm

Boot Space

345-lt

280-lt

257-lt

339-lt

326-lt

Ground Clearance

165mm

165mm

174mm

170mm

170mm

Fuel Tank

37-lt

45-lt

42-lt

37-lt

40-lt

Tyre Size (Base)

165/80 R14

175/70 R14

175/65 R14

185/65 R15

185/70 R14

Tyre Size (Top)

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

195/55 R15

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Tata Altroz?

The 2020 Altroz is available in the following 5 colour options:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Red
  • White
  • Grey

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City, Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

New City, Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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