Tata Tiago EV: An Ecosport owner’s impressions post test drive
Overall, I am impressed with the drivetrain and pricing. Has the potential to be the perfect city car.
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I did a longish test drive of the Tiago EV today. The test drive car was the top-end long-range variant.
As others have commented, D mode is decent in city traffic. S mode is very peppy. The test drive had four adults on board and I did not feel a lack of power at any time. I took the car around the deserted Mysore ring-road, and was pleasantly surprised with how quickly the 80KMPH mark came up on S mode with a full load of 4 adults on-board. This car is definitely peppier than my Ecosport Dragon AT and can be neck and neck with my Tucson Diesel up to 80KMPH. I even pushed the car to 100kmph on a deserted stretch, and it didn’t take long to reach the ton at all!
The car handled bad roads quite well. Bump absorption was good with relatively little being transmitted to the cabin. A world apart from the bumpy Ecosport that I am so used to.
The car is nice and chuckable – the turning radius is really good. I ended up taking U-turns for fun on the test drive
I tried starting the car on an incline to check roll-back. In S mode, it rolled back maybe 2 inches at most before surging forward. Didn’t look like a deal-breaker at all.
Some issues which I noticed –
- The indicated range fell from ~150km to ~110km at the end of a 15km test drive in S mode. Hope the software to estimate range is fine-tuned in the coming days.
- The front seats are have a weird shape to it – just couldn’t get comfortable with it. Lumbar support was somewhat weird for me.
- The rear seat-back is really short with fixed headrests. Not a comfortable bench for taller folk
- The rear seat-back wasn’t folding fully for some reason. Not sure if this was an issue with the test drive car.
- Poor fit and finish visible in a couple of places. For example, the plastic panel in front of the gear selector was roughly finished with uneven edges. Looked like the part had skipped the final finishing process entirely. The fabric in the boot was poorly put-together.
Overall, I am impressed with the drive-train and pricing. Has the potential to be the perfect city car. Hope that the legendary Tata QC doesn’t let the car down.
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