Tata Tiago EV: Key features you don’t know about!

New Delhi: Tata Motors continues to dominate the electric car segment. Recently Tata Motors has launched a new electric car – Tata Tiago TV. Petrol and CNG versions of Tata Tiago were already present in the market. This vehicle has been electrified and brought in the form of an electric car. Its initial prices (from Rs 8.49 lakh to Rs 10.79 lakh) have attracted a lot of people and the company has received more than 20,000 bookings. But, if you still have doubts whether this EV is worth buying or not, then the time has come to clear them. We bring you the review of the Tata Tiago EV.

Battery Pack and Range

It has the option of two battery packs – 19.2 kWh and 24 kWh, which come with IP67 rating. The entry-level variant offers a range of 250 km with 60bhp and 110Nm power output. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 kmph in 6.2 seconds. At the same time, the power output of the variant with bigger battery pack is 74bhp and 114Nm, it can give a range of 315 km. The car can achieve 0-60 kmph in 5.7 seconds. That is, the car is quite fast as per the requirement. But, the range that the company is claiming will be less than that in the real world.

The Tiago EV can be charged from both a household 15A plug point and a wall box charger. It takes 6.9 hours to charge the 19.2 kWh battery pack from 0 to 100 percent and 8.7 hours to charge the 24 kWh one. 7.2 kW AC Charger Small and large battery pack variants can be charged in 2.6 hours and 3.6 hours respectively. The DC fast charger can charge both the battery packs from 10% to 100% in 58 minutes.

Design and Features

In terms of design, it is almost identical to what the regular Tiago looks like. Only a few places get blue color inserts, which tell that it is an EV. Apart from this, there are some changes in terms of aerodynamics as well. The car gets 45 features through the ZConnect app, along with this it is the first car in its segment to offer connected tech. With the ZConnect app, customers can also switch on and off the car’s AC. Not only this, this app also gives information about the car’s battery, performance, range and nearby charging stations.

The Tiago EV comes with auto temperature control as standard. Along with this, features like cruise control, cooled glove box, rear wiper with demister, rain-sensing wiper, auto headlights, steering-mounted controls are available. It also gets a 7-inch infotainment display, which supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay. It has an 8-speaker Harmon music system.

How is the Tiago EV to drive?

The smaller battery pack variants have lower power figures while the larger – 24kWh variant has higher power figures, which is why the bigger battery pack variant feels better to drive as well. Although the lack of torque is not felt much while driving, but the lack of power can be felt in the city mode. If the car is put in sport mode, the response to the pedals becomes better and the car also feels more torquey.

It comes with two drive modes, City and Sport. However, the range gets reduced in Sport mode. You should not have any problem in overtaking on highways etc. even in city mode as the power output figures may be low but the response of the motor being an EV is good. However, many people might find this car suitable for city use only.

The Tiago EV comes with three level regenerative braking. The first level is the lightest, and hardly gives much stopping power but the second mode is fine for daily city driving and does adequate braking automatically when needed. The third level is the most effective. If you set the car to single pedal drive and set the regenerative braking to level three, the car automatically applies the brakes and comes to a halt when you take your foot off the pedal.

However, from what we noticed, the car does not come to a complete stop when it should have come to a complete stop in single pedal mode. The overall ride and handling quality of the Tiago EV is good. Small potholes on the roads are not known much. You do not feel uncomfortable while taking turns as the car stays glued to the road very well. The steering wheel is also light, which tends to get a bit heavy when the speed is high, which is a good thing.

You may have to face some difficulty in going uphill with the car. If you are going uphill and have to stop midway, when you take your foot off the brake again to start moving, the car will go backwards a bit, after that when you accelerate the car will go forward. This is because hill holt feature is not available in it. There is also no way to avoid this because if you want to slowly take off the foot from the brake and keep on accelerating, it cannot be done.

In fact, the car will not accept the accelerator until you take your foot off the brake completely. You will have to first take your foot off the brake completely and as soon as you do this the vehicle will automatically start going backwards. Only after this the car will start crawling forward. However, to avoid this to some extent, hand brake can be used.

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