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    Review: Used 2016 Tata Tiago XZ

    by Jagdev Kalsi on Thursday, Dec 10 2020

    Tata Tiago has been in the market since 2016. It received a mid-life update in 2020 that included a redesigned front-end and new features. The new model has a starting price of Rs 4.70 lakh (ex-showroom) in 2020. At launch in 2016, the Tiago started from Rs 2.75 lakh (ex-showroom). If you already own a Tiago or plan to buy a used one, this review is likely to help you understand the car better.

     

    Tata Tiago

    The Tiago used in this review was courtesy Spinny - a full-stack online used car platform that offers its customers safe and reliable car buying experience. The used car platform’s WithExtraCare initiative focuses on buying and selling a pre-owned car in a contactless and safe manner with due attention to hygiene. At delivery, the car comes loaded on a flat-bed truck, leading to a more satisfying car buying experience. There are home test drives on offer as well, a rarity when it comes to buying a used car. Spinny promises quality, 5 day money back guarantee, 1 year warranty and Fixed price assurance on used cars.

    EXTERIOR

    The 2020 Tiago is a four year old car, but it still looks contemporary. It doesn’t have the sharpness in its exterior design, like the 2020 Tiago, but use of glossy black and chrome finish on the front end makes it look fairly upmarket and modern. That said, the Tiago has always had a long roof-mounted antenna that looks dated now.

    Tata Tiago

    At launch in 2016, XZ was Tiago’s top-spec variant, and it came equipped with halogen headlamps and fog lamps, resulting in a full yellow beam at night. During our review of the Tiago, we found the headlamps to be quite effective at night.

    Tata Tiago

    The Tiago has not changed much in profile so it’s hard to distinguish between the old and the new model unless you have a keen eye. The alloy wheels have received an upgrade in size, but the 14-inch wheels on the older model don’t leave you wanting for either an upgrade in size or design. In fact, the lower diameter results in an increased tyre wall, which cushions the ride more. The rear, like its front, looks contemporary.

    Tata Tiago

    The Tiago has a 242-litre boot capacity that is capable of taking enough luggage for a weekend’s outing of four adults. The car we reviewed had a broken lock for the parcel tray. Since only one out of the two locks was broken, we’d like to question the car’s upkeep rather than its material quality.

    While the new Tiago is bigger than the older model in terms of length and width, the 2016 Tiago is still bigger than the current Kwid and Alto.

    TIAGO vs COMPETITION

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    2016 Tiago

    2020 Tiago

    Ignis

    Kwid

    Alto

     

    3746mm

    3765mm

    3700mm

    3731mm

    3445mm

    Width

    1647mm

    1677mm

    1690mm

    1579mm

    1515mm

    Height

    1535mm

    1535mm

    1595mm

    1490mm

    1475mm

    Wheelbase

    2400mm

    2400mm

    2435mm

    2422mm

    2360mm

    Ground Clearance

    170mm

    (165mm w/ R13)

    170mm

    180mm

    184mm

    160mm

    Boot space

    242-lt

    242-lt

    260-lt

    279-lt

    177-lt

    Fuel Tank

    35-lt

    35-lt

    32-lt

    28-lt

    35-lt

    Tyre Size (top)

    175/65 R14

    175/60 R15

    175/65 R15

    165/70 R14

    145/80 R12


    INTERIOR

    While Tata improved the Tiago’s exterior design in 2020, the interior did not change much, because it was already well appointed. The Tiago’s dual-tone black and grey cabin has managed to hold up the colour and texture well with time, with next to no visible scratches or colour fading.

    Glossy black finish, which is considered a fingerprint magnet, has remained flawless in the Tiago over a period of 4 years. The Tiago has uneven shut lines around the glovebox lid; however, we found no unnecessary rattles whatsoever while driving.

    Tata Tiago

    If there’s a quality concern anywhere in the pre-owned Tiago’s cabin, it has to be the loose fitment of the center tunnel, especially the part behind the parking brake. Thankfully, it’s not a major concern because this is a common issue in cars in the Tiago’s price range.

    Tiago has multiple storage spaces in the center tunnel, including 2 cupholders for the front passengers, a cubbyhole to keep small stuff and a large bin ahead of the gear lever that can store modern-day large-screen smartphones. A power outlet and a USB socket near this storage space is a boon.

    Talking about storage space, the Tiago’s front doors can hold a pet bottle each and there’s also a storage compartment to the right of the steering wheel where parking slips or wallet can be kept. Lastly, there’s the spacious glovebox with a partition to hold the owner's manual, and a smart tab or book. Since the glovebox is cooled, one can also keep pet bottles or medicines here. The glove box lid opens gradually by a switch, and it has proven to remain reliable with time.

    Unlike modern-day cars that usually get a touchscreen infotainment system at least in their top-spec version, the 2016 Tiago had a conventional audio system with short-cut switches. The switches continue to function properly, and lack of a touchscreen infotainment system doesn’t make the Tiago’s cabin look dated. The audio system is available with Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs and is easily amongst the better sounding systems in the price range to date.

    The audio system can be operated using controls on the steering wheel, which is good to hold. Since the steering wheel is the most frequently used control in any car, you’ll be happy to know that there was no sign of wear and tear on it after a usage of 4 years and 16,000km. The Tiago’s cabin lights have also fared well with time, with no malfunctioning of any sort.

    Tata Tiago

    During our review, we realised that the pull-up type center locking lever near windows on the doors are now a passe, and these are inconvenient to use. It will be one of the things that will remind you that your new car is actually a yesteryear product.

    Tiago, however, makes up for it by way of some convenience features like tilt adjustable steering and electrically adjustable ORVMs, and a commanding driving position that is adjustable for height.

    Ingress or egress in the rear cabin is not convenient because of lack of space. When inside, headroom is adequate and there’s space under the front seats to slide the feet and find a comfortable position, however, taller passengers will feel the dearth of knee space. We found the Tiago’s cabin to be suitable for 4 adults at max, preferably shorter ones in the rear.

    Since the Tiago is not a rear seat focused car, it has only a basic set of features for those who’d travel in the rear, like illuminated power windows, a cupholder in the front center console, door pockets and armrest on the doors.

    Overall, we found that the plastic quality, switchgear and steering wheel have not had a major impact on their fit and finish in time, however, the gear lever did show some signs of ageing.

    PERFORMANCE

    The Tiago’s 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine did not get a balancer shaft in the initial years, and that led to noticeable engine vibrations. Over time, these vibrations have not worsened to a level where they’re bothersome, but have intensified. Since it’s early winters in Delhi, we experienced diesel engine-like vibrations on cold start with idle engine revs touching the 1500 mark.

    Tata Tiago

    While engine revs settle over time, one can experience continuous minor vibrations in the gear lever and seats during idling even after driving for some time. The vibrations are coupled with engine noise as well -- a rattle that filters in the cabin at low revs.

    The enjoyable part of the engine is its driveability, especially at the lower end. The Tiago feels lively in the city, and while you may not be putting it in the higher gear most of the times, it would amble gleefully in 3rd and 4th gear. On the highway, don’t expect the torque to help you in overtaking without shifting a gear or two, but maintaining a 100kmph speed in the top gear will be a breeze at around 2800rpm, below the peak torque zone.

    Tiago’s gear shifts are smooth, but its brakes appear to be have a little less initial bite. Apply a little force, and the brakes will do the job sincerely, making Tiago feel confident under emergency braking.

    The steering is light at city speeds, and has a tendency to come back to the center making it feel communicative. It gets stiffer with the increase in the speed and the car feels confident while changing lanes on the highway.

    The ride quality is comfortable, neither too soft nor hard. Thankfully, there’s no degradation of the ride quality with time.

    The Tiago returned a mixed fuel efficiency of 16kmpl during our review. We drove it in the City mode all this while, which sips more fuel compared to when the car is driven in Eco mode. This mode, however, makes the car feel more lively.

    We suspect Tiago’s NVH levels to increase with time, and may get bothersome after 5-6 years of usage.

    TIAGO vs COMPETITION

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    2016 Tiago

    2020 Tiago

    Swift

    Grand i10 Nios

    Ignis

    Displacement

    1.2L

    1.2L

    1.2L

    1.2L

    1.0L Turbo

    1.2L

    Cylinder

    3

    3

    4

    4

    3

    4

    Capacity

    1199cc

    1199cc

    1197cc

    1197cc

    998cc

    1197cc

    Maximum Power

    85PS @ 6000rpm

    86PS @ 6000rpm

    83PS @ 6000rpm

    83PS @ 6000rpm

    100PS @ 6000rpm

    83PS @ 6000rpm

    Power:Weight

    91.40PS/t

    87.58PS/t

    94.32PS/t

    90.12PS/t

    101.73PS/t

    97.08PS/t

    Peak Torque

    114Nm @ 3500rpm

    113Nm @ 3300rpm

    113Nm @ 4200rpm

    114Nm @ 4000 rpm

    172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

    113Nm @ 4200rpm

    Torque:Weight

    122.58Nm/t

    115.07Nm/t

    128.41Nm/t

    123.78Nm/t

    174.97Nm/t

    132.16Nm/t

    0-100kmph

     

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    Manual Transmission

    5MT

    5MT

    5MT

    5MT

    5MT

    5MT

    Manual FE

    23.84kmpl

    20.27kmpl

    21.21kmpl

    20.7kmpl

    20.3kmpl

    20.89kmpl

    Tested FE

    16kmpl

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    FEATURES

    If you’re planning to buy a pre-owned Tiago, especially one from the year 2016, we’d recommend you search for the XZ variant in good condition. Back then, Tata would offer ABS and dual front airbags as standard only in this variant, and no other. And these are must-have features in our opinion.

    Besides these features, some key features of the Tiago XZ include: fog lamps, electrically adjustable ORVMs w/ turn indicators, 14-inch alloy wheels, rear defogger, rear wiper, integrated spoiler, Harman audio system with 4 speakers & 4 tweeters, steering mounted audio controls, tilt steering, day/night IRVM, Eco & City drive modes, cooled glovebox, height adjustable driver seat, front & rear power windows, all-door bottle holders and fixed rear headrests. 

    2016 TIAGO XZ | KEY FEATURES

    Safety

    Functional

    Dual Front Airbags

    Day/Night IRVM

    Bottle Holders in Center Console & All Doors

    Driver & Passenger Sunvisor w/ Vanity Mirror

    ABS

    Fog Lamps

    2 Drive Modes: Eco & City

    Auto-down Driver Power Window

    Rear Parking Sensors w/ Display

    Rear Defogger

    Front Power Outlet & USB Charger

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

    Front Seatbelt Pretensioners w/ Load Limiter

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    Fixed Rear Headrests

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

       

    Adjustable Front Headrests

    Cooled Glovebox

       

    Follow-me-home Headlamps

    Front & Rear Power Windows

       

    Boot Lamp

    Tilt Steering

     

    2016 TIAGO XZ | KEY FEATURES

    Entertainment

    Style

    Audio System by Harman

    Integrated Rear Spoiler

    4 Speakers

    Body-coloured Bumpers & Door Handles

    4 Tweeters

    Body-coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

    Steering Mounted Controls

    R14 Alloy Wheels

    USB, Aux & Bluetooth

     


    PRICE, RESALE VALUE & MAINTENANCE

    TIAGO | PRICE & RESALE VALUE

    2016 New Car Price (ex-showroom Delhi)

    Rs 4.75 lakh

    Resale Price in 2020

    Rs 2.75 lakh (± Rs 25,000)

    Pre-owned Car Purchase Price

    Rs 3 lakh (± Rs 25,000)


    At launch in 2016, the Tiago XZ was priced at Rs 4.75 lakh (ex-showroom). After 5 years, our tool suggests almost a 50% reduction in value. Therefore, someone selling a Tiago in 2020 or 2021 should expect a resale price of less than Rs 3 lakh. On the other hand, someone planning to buy a pre-owned Tiago should expect the price to be more than Rs 3 lakh. Used car prices are likely to vary for reasons like car condition, number of owners, mileage, demand in respective state and road tax on new car.

    We recommend buying pre-owned cars from either carmaker authorised used car dealerships or third-party organised used car platforms like Spinny. Buying a car from these platforms gives better peace of mind as you get verified used cars with warranty and even money-back guarantee.

    It is worth noting that you’ll be able to buy a pre-owned Tiago XZ at a price lower than a new Kwid or Alto. The ex-showroom price for these cars starts from around Rs 3 lakh.

    TIAGO vs RIVALS | PRICE RANGE COMPARISON

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

    Car

    Price

    Pre-owned 2016 Tata Tiago petrol

    Rs 2.75 lakh - Rs 3.25 lakh

    New Tata Tiago petrol 

    Rs 4.70 lakh - Rs 6.24 lakh

    New Maruti Suzuki Alto

    Rs 2.95 lakh - Rs 4.36 lakh

    New Renault Kwid

    Rs 3 lakh - Rs 5.13 lakh


    VERDICT

    If you’re planning to buy a pre-owned Tiago, we recommend you to go for it if you plan to keep it for 2-4 years, and resell it afterwards. We reckon with time the engine vibrations will worsen and dampen your ownership experience.

    At the same time, we think that ownership of a pre-owned Tiago will be more rewarding compared to buying a new entry-level car. However, we’d recommend you to buy Tiago’s XZ variant only, because lower variants in 2016 were not equipped with ABS and airbags as standard -- features that are a must when buying a car.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Jagdev heads content for V3Cars. Apart from driving cars, he likes to keep an eye on the industry trends. He thinks he knows why Maruti Suzuki sells the most number of cars in India.

     

    Twitter handle : @jagdevkalsi

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