2021 Tata Tigor EV review: Should you buy it?
Tata Motors has been immensely successful with its Nexon EV in the Indian market as it currently accounts for a large chunk of the total Nexon sales. Hence, to further increase its footprint in the EV space, it has introduced the Tigor electric. The 2021 Tigor EV gets a new electric powertrain with ZIPTRON technology along with more features. Here's our review.
The car has a glossy black grille
The Tigor EV is easily distinguishable from the standard model due to the distinctive styling touches given by Tata Motors. Up front, there is an updated bumper, a glossy black grille with blue accents, and projector headlights with LED DRLs. The sedan also gets redesigned 14-inch steel wheels with blue highlights and is available in two color choices: Teal Blue and Daytona Gray.
The cabin gets a new upholstery and blue accents
On the inside, Tata Motors has spruced up the cabin with blue accents all over the dashboard and a new upholstery having the tri-arrow theme. There is also a redesigned digital instrument cluster with EV-specific information on display. The Tigor EV is fairly spacious with adequate legroom as well as headroom at the rear. However, the boot space of 316-liter is below average.
From connected car technology to automatic climate control
In terms of the equipment on offer, the Tigor EV comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment console, a digital instrument cluster, smartphone connectivity, a rear-view camera and parking sensors, cooled glove box, automatic climate control, and an 8-speaker Harman audio system. It also gets iRA connected car technology, which offers features like geo-fencing, remote commands, charging status and trip analytics, among others.
It has a seamless power delivery with strong acceleration
Powering the Tigor EV is a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor which develops 75hp/170Nm. The car comes with an automatic gearbox with two drive modes. As far as driving experience is concerned, the EV is smooth and has a seamless power delivery. It is also quite quick with a 0-60km/h time of just 5.7 seconds; in the Sport mode, the acceleration is pretty strong.
The real-world range is around 200km
The battery pack in the Tigor EV is a 26kWh unit which has an ARAI-certified range of 306km. However, in real-world conditions, expect the range to be around 200km, depending on the way you drive. With a fast charger, the charging time is drastically reduced to 60 minutes for an 80% charge while through a regular charger, it takes around eight hours.
Is it worth your money?
The Tata Tigor EV starts at Rs. 11.99 lakh and goes up to Rs. 13.14 lakh for the top-end model (both prices, ex-showroom). It is cheaper than the Nexon EV and also the most affordable EV currently on sale. However, the appeal of the Tigor EV goes beyond that as its range, performance and feature-list is quite impressive. Overall, it is a good buy.