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June 2022 - Tata Altroz Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Tata Altroz diesel you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 Altroz diesel variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the Tata Altroz with another diesel-powered B2-segment hatchback — the Hyundai i20.

Tata Altroz 2022

Updated: This Tata Altroz diesel variants explained article was updated to include the latest prices of the Tata Altroz and engine, dimension comparison of its rivals.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Tata Altroz Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Tata Altroz diesel are:

  • A diesel engine alone is worth some praise as only a handful of hatchbacks offer this luxury these days for mile munchers
  • The diesel engine carries a reasonable premium over the normal petrol and turbo petrol options
  • 5-star safety GNCAP rating
  • Notable features of the Altroz include projector headlamps, font and rear armrests, auto AC with rear vents, cruise control, power mirrors, wearable key, keyless entry with push-button start/stop and full-colour LCD instrument cluster
  • Well-priced and feature-loaded XZ variant is an easy recommendation for Altroz diesel buyers

The Tata Altroz diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Power, torque, gears and fuel efficiency are all lower than the i20 diesel
  • No automatic transmission option with the diesel engine
  • Stripped down base XE and XE Plus variants miss out on several must-have features
  • Lower variants get skinny 165-section tyres with 14-inch wheels; we wish it had at least 15-inch wheels with 175-section tyres
  • Long and confusing variant lineup makes decision making difficult for potential buyers

What Is The Price Of Tata Altroz Diesel Variants?

The Altroz diesel is available in 6 primary variants with prices starting at Rs. 7.43 lakh. The top-spec XZ Plus diesel costs Rs. 9.85 lakh.

The Tata Altroz diesel carries a premium of Rs. 1.17 to Rs. 1.23 lakh over the 1.2L normal petrol engine variants. Compared to the turbo petrol-manual, the diesel-manual’s prices are Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000 higher.

TATA ALTROZ DIESEL

PETROL VS DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON

EX-SHOWROOM | JUNE 2022

Variant

1.2L Normal Petrol Manual

Difference

Turbo Diesel Manual

Difference

1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

XE

Rs. 6,19,900

Rs. 1,23,000

Rs. 7,42,900

-

-

XE Plus

Rs. 6,54,900

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 7,74,900

-

-

XM Plus

Rs. 7,14,900

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 8,34,900

-

-

XT

Rs. 7,64,900

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 8,84,900

Rs. 60,000

Rs. 8,24,900

XT Dark

Rs. 8,10,900

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 9,30,900

Rs. 40,000

Rs. 8,70,900

XZ

Rs. 8,14,900

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 9,34,900

Rs. 48,000

Rs. 8,86,900

XZ Plus

Rs. 8,64,900

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 9,84,900

Rs. 60,000

Rs. 9,24,900

XZ Plus Dark

Rs. 8,94,900

Rs. 1,17,000

Rs. 10,14,900

Rs. 60,000

Rs. 9,54,900

For a buyer considering the 1.2L normal petrol and diesel Altroz, you’ll have to drive the diesel model for about 87,000 to 92,000km considering the June 2022 fuel prices in Delhi. However, if you also factor in the performance, then we believe you should make the jump to diesel even if you’re expecting to cover 60,000km during the ownership.

For an Altroz turbo petrol buyer considering the diesel Altroz, you will have to drive the diesel model for about 28,000 - 42,000km to recover the higher cost. While the diesel engine has better torque, the turbo petrol has better power output. Still considering the performance advantages of the diesel engine, you can consider the Altroz diesel even if you intend to drive the car for about 25,000 - 33,000km depending on the variant.

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how much any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

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Tata Altroz Diesel XE - Base Model Features & Review

The base XE variant of the Tata Altroz diesel costs Rs. 7.43 lakh (ex-showroom). The most notable features of the Altroz XE are:

  • Drive modes
  • Front power windows
  • Body-coloured bumpers and door handles
  • Black outside mirrors
  • Adjustable front headrests
  • Tilt steering
  • Dead pedal
  • Bottle holders and pockets in all doors
  • Umbrella holders in front doors
  • MID
  • 14-inch steel wheels
  • Flat bottom steering wheel
  • Manual central locking

The base variant is missing several must-have features like:

  • Remote central locking
  • Power mirrors
  • Internally-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Music system
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Larger wheels with wheel covers

With so many features missing in the base XE variant, we can’t recommend anyone to buy this variant.

TATA ALTROZ XE

BASE MODEL STANDARD FEATURES

Safety

Functional

Style

Std. Safety Features

4x door pockets

Tilt Steering

Body-Coloured Bumpers

Front Seatbelt Load Limiters

Front Power Windows

12V Front Power Outlet

Body-Coloured Door Handles

ISOFIX 

2x Umbrella Holders

MID

Black ORVMs

Puncture Repair Kit

Dead Pedal

4x door bottle holders

R14 Steel Wheels

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Adjustable Front Headrests

Integrated Rear Headrests

Flat-bottom Steering Wheel

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

Drive Modes (Eco, City)

 

Spoiler

Central Locking

     

Tata Altroz Diesel XE vs XE Plus Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The XE Plus variant costs Rs. 7.75 lakh and it’s Rs. 32,000 more expensive than the base model. For this additional cost, it adds the following notable features:

  • Music system with 4 speakers
  • Remote central locking
  • Internally-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Follow-me headlamps

TATA ALTROZ | PRICES

 

XE

Difference

XE Plus

1.5L Diesel Manual

Rs. 7,42,900

Rs. 32,000

Rs. 7,74,900

Even with the addition of some must-have features, it still doesn’t offer the following:

  • Power mirrors
  • Internally-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Larger wheels with wheel covers

The Altroz XE Plus doesn’t offer good value either as the incremental asking price is much higher than what you’re getting for the price. You should stretch your budget and skip the XE Plus trim for a higher variant.

TATA ALTROZ XE PLUS

FEATURES OVER XE

Entertainment

Functional

Music System w/ USB & Bluetooth

Remote Central Locking

Follow-me-home Headlamps

4x Speakers

USB Charger

Electric AC controls

Tata Altroz Diesel XE Plus vs XM Plus Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Tata Altroz XM Plus variant is the next in line with an ex-showroom price of Rs. 8.35 lakh This variant is Rs. 60,000 more expensive than the lower XE Plus variant. It adds the following notable features:

  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Power mirrors with auto folding
  • Rear parcel tray
  • Rear power windows
  • 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Dual horn
  • Voice alerts

TATA ALTROZ | PRICES

 

XE Plus

Difference

XM Plus

1.5L Diesel Manual

Rs. 7,74,900

Rs. 60,000

Rs. 8,34,900

The additional features of the Tata Altroz XM Plus also don’t justify the price gap from the lower variants. But for budget-conscious buyers, this is the minimum variant worth buying to enjoy a decent ownership experience. We’ll still strongly recommend stretching your budget for the XT if you can to get better value as well as more meaningful features.

TATA ALTROZ XM PLUS

FEATURES OVER XE PLUS

Entertainment & Style

Functional

7-inch Touchscreen System

Voice Alerts

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Power Mirrors with Power Folding

Steering-mounted Controls

In-built Navigation

R16 Steel Wheels w/ Wheel Covers

Rear Parcel Tray

Image and Video Playback

Rear Power Windows

Voice Commands

Dual Horn

What3Words Navigation

 

Tata Altroz Diesel XM Plus vs XT Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Altroz XT diesel costs Rs. 8.85 lakh (ex-showroom), which is Rs. 50,000 higher than the XM Plus’ price. For this additional sum, it adds the following notable features:

  • Auto AC
  • Cruise control
  • Rear camera
  • Front fog lamps
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
  • Footwell lighting
  • LED DRLs
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Idle start/stop

TATA ALTROZ | PRICES

 

XM Plus

Difference

XT

1.5L Diesel Manual

Rs. 8,34,900

Rs. 50,000

Rs. 8,84,900

It not only offers a well-rounded ownership experience with the features, but also justifies the higher asking price over the lower variants. The only features you might miss in the XT are:

  • Projector headlamps
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Front and rear armrests
  • Rear AC vents

This is the most affordable variant of the Altroz diesel we can recommend to a budget buyer without any complaints. However, you should consider stretching the budget a bit more for the higher XZ variant, which offers even better value for money.

TATA ALTROZ XT

FEATURES OVER XM PLUS

Safety

Functional

Style & Entertainment

Front Fog Lamps w/ Cornering

Auto AC

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Footwell Lighting

Day/Night IRVM

Cruise Control

One-touch Down Driver’s Window

LED DRLs

Rear Parking Camera

Idle Start/Stop

Cooled Glovebox

2x Tweeters

Anti-theft Alarm

     

Tata Altroz Diesel XT vs XT Dark Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The XT Dark variant of the Altroz is another Rs. 46,000 more expensive than the XT trim and it costs Rs. 9.31 lakh. It adds the following features to the mix:

  • Black exterior colour
  • Black interior
  • Leather upholstery
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Style wheel covers
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Rear armrest
  • Adjustable rear headrests
  • Knitted roof liner
  • Sunglass holder

TATA ALTROZ | PRICES

 

XT

Difference

XT Dark

1.5L Diesel Manual

Rs. 8,84,900

Rs. 46,000

Rs. 9,30,900

While the XT Dark justifies the asking price for the features while also offering a unique black theme, we strongly suggest you consider the XZ variant instead of the XT Dark. Let’s look at its features in the next section to see why we’re suggesting this upgrade.

TATA ALTROZ XT DARK

FEATURES OVER XT

Functional

Style

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Leather Upholstery

Rear Armrest

Leather Steering & Gear Lever

Adjustable Front Seatbelts

Knitted Roof liner

Adjustable Rear Headrests

Black Exterior Colour

Sunglass Holder

Black Interior

Tata Altroz Diesel XT Dark vs XZ Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Tata Altroz XZ diesel costs Rs. 9.35 lakh (ex-showroom). It’s only 4,000 more than the XT Dark. The XZ variant adds the following notable features over the XT Dark

  • Automatic halogen projector headlamps
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Rear defogger
  • Rear AC vents
  • Front armrest
  • Auto wipers
  • Fabric upholstery
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Ambient lighting on dashboard

TATA ALTROZ | PRICES

 

XT Dark

Difference

XZ

1.5L Diesel Manual

Rs. 9,30,900

Rs.  4,000

Rs. 9,34,900

While it doesn't get the unique black interior and exterior theme, it does offer a fairly long list of features, which will immensely improve your ownership experience. The XZ variant is our top recommendation for all Altroz diesel buyers. If you can afford this variant, then this is the one you should buy to get the best value for money without compromising on the ownership experience.

TATA ALTROZ XZ

FEATURES OVER XT DARK

Safety & Functional

Style

Rear Defogger

Automatic Projector Headlamps 

R16 Machined Alloy Wheels

Premium Fabric Upholstery

Rear Wiper & Washer

Auto Wipers 

Ambient Lighting on Dashboard

Metal Finish Inside Door Handles

12V Rear Power Outlet

Front Armrest w/ Sliding & Storage

(-) Knitted Roofliner

Premium Printed Roofliner

Tray in Glovebox

Rear AC Vents

(-) Leatherette Upholstery

(-) Leather-wrapped Steering and Gear

Tata Altroz Diesel XZ vs XZ Plus Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Altroz XZ Plus variant is another Rs. 50,000 more expensive and costs Rs. 9.85 lakh. For the higher asking price, the XZ Plus variant adds the following features over the XZ variant:

  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Telematics
  • Dual-tone exterior
  • Flat wiper blades
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather steering and gear
  • 7-inch full-colour LCD instrument cluster
  • Navigation on instrument cluster LCD display

TATA ALTROZ | PRICES

 

XZ

Difference

XZ Plus

1.5L Diesel Manual

Rs. 9,34,900

Rs. 50,000

Rs. 9,84,900

Strictly on the value front, this variant is right up there with the XZ variant. However, it adds mostly good-to-have features. So, we’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to upgrade to this top model or not.

TATA ALTROZ XZ PLUS

FEATURES OVER XZ

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

 

One-touch Up Driver Window

Black Roof

Brake Sway Control

Quick Cool Auto AC

Flat Front Wiper Blades

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Navigation on Instrument Cluster LCD

Leatherette Upholstery

Telematics & Connected Car Tech

 

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

2x Tweeters

 

7-inch full-colour LCD  Instrument Cluster

XZ PLUS DARK FEATURES

Black Exterior Colour

Black Interiors

Black Alloy Wheels

Leather Upholstery with Contrast Blue Stitching

(-) Premium Printed Roofliner

Knitted Roofliner

You can also buy the XZ Plus Dark variant for additional Rs. 27,000. It’ll offer black alloys, black interiors, black exterior colour and black upholstery. The asking price is reasonable and worth a look if you want that black theme.

Which Variant Of The Tata Altroz Diesel Should You Buy?

With the diesel engine, you should skip the XE and XE Plus variants as they don’t have several must-have features. Even if you don’t want to stretch your budget, you should at least buy the XM Plus variant and compromise a little bit on the value for a better ownership experience.

Beyond the XM Plus, the XT and XT Dark look like a good value for money options, but the jump to the XZ is more than worth it. So, we’ll suggest you to skip the XT twins and go for the Altroz XZ, which is also our top recommendation. From there, you can decide based on your budget if you want to upgrade to the XZ Plus and XZ Plus Dark. They both offer good value for money but only offer feel-good features.

TATA ALTROZ DIESEL MANUAL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

XE

Rank 3

Rs. 7,42,900

Not recommended

XE Plus

Rank 6

Rs. 7,74,900

Not recommended

XM Plus

Rank 5

Rs. 8,34,900

Budget buyers can consider

XT

Rank 4

Rs. 8,84,900

Worth upgrading for XM Plus buyers

XT Dark

Rank 4

Rs. 9,30,900

Better upgrade to XZ

XZ

Rank 2

Rs. 9,34,900

Top recommended

XZ Plus

Rank 1

Rs. 9,84,900

Buyer’s decision

XZ Plus Dark

-

Rs. 10,14,900

Buyer’s decision

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Tata Altroz Diesel?

The Altroz is the only other B2-segment hatchback with a diesel engine besides the Hyundai i20. It has 90PS of power, which is 10PS less than the i20; 200Nm of torque, which is 40Nm less than the i20 diesel and 1 less gear. Even the i20’s fuel efficiency figure is almost 10% better than the Altroz diesel. While it’s nice to see at least the option of a diesel engine in the Altroz, it is lagging a fair bit behind the i20 diesel’s specs.

TATA ALTROZ DIESEL Vs RIVALS

ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

Altroz

i20

Displacement

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1497cc

1493cc

Power

90PS @ 4000rpm

100PS @ 4000rpm

Power:Weight

78.25PS/t

90.91PS/t*

Peak Torque

200Nm @ 1250 - 3000rpm

240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Torque:Weight

173.91Nm/t

218.18Nm/t*

Manual

5-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

23.03kmpl

25.2kmpl

*Estimated

What Are The Dimensions Of The Tata Altroz?

For a B2-segment diesel hatchback buyer, the Altroz and i20 are the only options. Between these two cars, the i20 is wider and has a longer wheelbase with bigger wheels for lower variants. The only saving grace for the Altroz is its larger boot space.

TATA ALTROZ VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Altroz

i20

Length

3990mm

3995mm

Width

1755mm

1775mm

Height

1523mm

1505mm

Wheelbase

2501mm

2580mm

Boot Space

345L

311L

Ground Clearance

165mm

170mm

Fuel Tank

37L

37L

Tyre Size (Base)

165/80 R14

185/65 R15

Tyre Size (Top)

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

Find out how you can get the best mileage or fuel efficiency from your car:

10 Tips To Get Better Mileage From Your Diesel, Diesel Or CNG Car

What Are The Colour Options Of The Tata Altroz Diesel?

The 2022 Altroz diesel is available in the following 7 exterior colour options:

  • Grey
  • Light blue
  • Dark blue
  • Gold
  • Black (with black interiors in XT Dark and XZ Plus Dark only)
  • White
  • Red

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify 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

 

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Altroz, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception - New City, Slavia,

Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D1

4500-4750mm

XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Carens, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D2

4750+mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, 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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