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Tata Altroz Official Review. Value Price or Over Priced ?

Tata Altroz Official Review. Value Price or Over Priced ?

Tata Altroz Official Review with 1.2 Litre Petrol and 1.5 Litre Diesel Engine Performance, Space, Features, Styling, Mileage, Suspension, Handling, Safety, Prices Explained

 

Tata Altroz Official Review

Tata Altroz emerged as Safest Hatchback Car in India, even before launch. Kudos to Tata Motors for same. Now is Tata Altroz a worth Consideration over other Premium Hatchback

  • Maruti Baleno / Toyota Glanza 
  • Hyundai Elite I20
  • Honda Jazz

Here is what you can expect from Tata Altroz

 

Engine Performance

1.2 Litre Engine Performance: This is the same 3 Cylinder Petrol Engine as used in Tata Tiago but with added balancer shaft to it in BS6 Tune. It delivers 84 BHP with 113 NM Torque and offered in 5 Speed Manual Transmission and available in Eco and City Mode. 

  Tata Altroz Petrol Maruti Baleno Hyundai Elite I20 Honda Jazz
Engine 1.2 Litre, 3 Cylinder 1.2 Litre, 4 Cylinder 1.2 Litre, 4 Cylinder 1.2 Litre, 4 Cylinder
Power 86 PS  83 PS / 90 PS (Hybrid) 83 PS 90 PS
Torque 113 NM  113 NM 117 NM 110 NM
Kerb Weight 1036 Kg 865 Kg 1020 Kg 1007 Kg

So, no Automatic Transmission and this is a big miss. Care for Automatic Car - look elsewhere. Been 3 Cylinder Engine, a slight vibration is there on Car Idling felt on steering and gear, but been Balancer shaft there no shaking as such is felt otherwise seen on Tiago.

Car Performance is linear, low end Pickup is okay. Its Power Output is not something which can be said weak, but neither performance is something which can bring a smile on face. Its just Okay, yes Okay for Masses

Downside however is the High RPM where car engine NVH Levels feels to be relative higher than competition Cars. Engine Noise levels are higher

 

1.5 Litre Diesel Engine: Will rate Tata Altroz Diesel the best Diesel Hatchback we have in Indian Market. The 1.5 Litre, 4 cylinder Diesel Engine is lot more torquey, performance oriented which offers 90 PS Power and 200 NM Torque and coupled with the suspension and handling, Steering Feedback and safety too makes it an excellent hatch. Turbo lag seems well contained, Car eager for pickup on low RPM

  Tata Altroz Diesel Baleno Diesel Elite I20 Diesel Jazz Diesel
Engine 1.5 Litre, 4 Cylinder 1.3 Litre, 4 Cylinder 1.4 Litre, 4 Cylinder 1.5 Litre, 4 Cylinder
Power 90 PS 75 PS 90 PS 100 PS
Torque 200 NM 190 NM 224 NM 200 NM
Kerb Weight 1150 Kg 960 Kg 1140 Kg 1130 Kg

See Tata Altroz Diesel Engine gets Engine Cover, while no such cover given in Petrol Engine

Downside of Diesel Engine is that engine Noise levels is relative on higher side. Its not as refined or silent as otherwise felt in I20 Diesel or Compact Sedan Amaze Diesel. But basis overall pep, handling, steering feedback - will rate this car ahead of competition

 

Tata Altorz Steering, Suspension, Handling, Mileage

Suspension: However, the big Positive to it is Handling and Suspension Component which is just awesome and you going to love in the way car handles in steering feedback, drive on semi urban roads and Altroz just glides over bad road. Altroz available with 14 Inch Wheel on lower trim which may offer even more Plush ride in City condition, the variant driven XZ Plus comes with 16 Inch Wheels and feels better planted too.

Steering: Very Light Electric Steering with Turning radius of 5 Meter. Steering gains good weight on higher speed. Very Responsive Steering. Clutch is light too. Brakes feels instant. 

In terms of Mileage: Tata Altroz available with Idle Stop-Start, as the same smart Hybrid system available in Maruti Baleno. When you halt at red light and slot gear in neutral car engine turns off, and press clutch the engine comes back to life. This is to avoid Wasting Fuel at red Light. Although Mileage is based on number of factors, Altroz Mileage is expected to be in range of 12 to 13 kmpl in City and around 15 to 16 Kmpl in Diesel in City Conditions on day to day drive

AC Performance: Could not be tested, as weather is cold already

 

Tata Altroz Seating, Visibility, Space

Visibility: The Seating Position at Front Seats is relative on taller side compared to Baleno and Jazz and this aids in better visibility. A Pillar are not as thick as otherwise seen in Nexon

Seats: Ingress and Egress is outstanding, Wide Opening almost 90 Degree Doors. Seats are well comfortable. Sliding Armrest available at driver side to adjust best position. Rear Seat also gets Center Seat Armrest, Flat Floor

Space: But some how the Space in Rear in legroom is not the way one gets in Baleno or Honda Jazz. Even, Headroom space is slight tight for tall people too. But Altroz is a Wide Car with 3 Average Size Adult can sit in, Floor hump is Minimal. Another Downside Felt is that Window Line on Rear Door seems sloping and thus can create a claustrophobic effect on Taller Passenger on Rear Seat

 

 Body Specifications Tata Altroz  Maruti Baleno Hyundai Elite I20 Honda Jazz
Length 3990 mm 3995 mm 3985 mm 3955 mm
Width 1755 mm 1745 mm 1734 mm 1694 mm
Height 1523 mm 1510 mm 1505 mm 1544 mm
Wheelbase 2501 mm 2520 mm 2570 mm 2530 mm
Boot Space 345 Litre  339 Litre 285 Litre 354 Litre
Ground Clearance 165 mm 170 mm 165 mm 165 mm

 

Tata Altroz Styling

Exterior Styling : Car looks awesome in Front, Alloys looks impressive, Exterior styling is what a big USP of Tata Altroz. You going to love the Styling of this Hatchback

Interiors Aesthetics: Although Interior Aesthetic looks good and Altroz available with Flat Bottom Steering Wheel and Feature of Digital Instrument Cluster in top end Model, See Dash Layout in Night and Day, somehow the Plastic Quality with Hard Touch Plastic do not feel premium.

 

Tata Altroz Safety, Features

Safety: Nothing goes better than this car in Build. 5 Star Build Quality with ABS, EBD, Dual Airbags as standard

Although is what 5 Star Rating, but we expect now time has come to take a leap in Safety Features too. Adding Active Safety as Rear Disc Brakes, ESP, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System along Passive Safety of Side and Curtain Airbags is what the need of hour

 

Features: Tata Motors offering features across range with Top End Model available with Automatic Headlight on in low visibility, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers with Safety Features as standard going up to other Variants offering higher up features as compared to other hatchback in segment. Also, it has Smart Wearable Band key available in Top End Model - thats quiet Interesting

 

 

Tata Altroz Prices

Prices: Well, other than Product per se - its the Prices which matters a lot and is a key deciding factor. This is something which slight disappoint as Tata Motors when introduced Zest, Tiago, Tigor, Nexon and Harrier too in its new generation cars priced them very competitively against competition cars

But not this in Altroz, to view Altroz XM seems lot overpriced against Altroz XE basis these limited set of features.

To view if you choose Altroz then either go for Base or Top End Altroz XT and XZ Model. The Middle Variants XM just seems overpriced basis the features this Variant Offering

Tata Altroz Model Tata Altroz Prices

XE Petrol

Rs. 529000

XM Petrol Rs. 615000
XT Petrol Rs. 684000
XZ Petrol Rs. 744000
XE Diesel Rs. 699000
XM Diesel Rs. 775000
XT Diesel Rs. 844000
XZ Diesel Rs. 904000

Now see the Difference in between Altroz XE and XM Model

Rear Parcel Tray, Additionally Rear Door Power Window, Electric Adjustable ORVM, Ambient Light on Driver Side, Power Fold ORVM, 3.5 Inch Floating Harman Music System with Front Door Speakers, Half Wheel Cap

For these Small Features - the On Road Price in Delhi is higher to extent of over Rs 1 Lakh

Altroz XM simply is Overpriced

 

Value Pick: Altroz XE Base Model

Safety: ABS EBD with CBC, Dual Front Airbags, Seat Bely Reminder, Immobiliser, High Speed Alert

Convenience: AC with Heater, Electric Power Steering with Tilt, Front Door Power Window, Manual Central Lock, Adjustable Front Head Restraint, Reverse Parking Sensor

Styling: Silver Finish Dash Layout, Body Colored Door Handle, Piano Black ORVM, Integrated spoiler with Piano Black Finish, Blackout B Pillar, Body Colored Bumper, Driver Side Body Cladding, Fabric Seats, Flat Bottom Steering

Wheels: R14 165/80 Steel Wheel

Rhythm Pack: In the Base XE Model you can opt for Rhythm Pack which has Harman 2 DIN Music System with 4 Speakers, Remote Central Lock and Dual Tone Horn - It costs Rs 25,000 and this what makes Altroz XE Model absolute Perfect Value Proposition

 

Tata Altroz Positives and Negatives

So here in Summary are Positives and Negatives of Tata Altroz

Tata Altroz Positives Tata Altroz Negatives
Diesel Engine Performance Petrol Engine Performance which feels average
Suspension Well Tuned for both City & Bad roads No Automatic Offered at Launch
Steering Feedback. Light yet very responsive Prices which seem slight Overboard other than XE Model
5 Star Build Quality, Safety Rating Touchscreen Response feels Average
Exterior Styling is Very Impressive Tata After Sales, Service still not the USP against Maruti, Hyundai
Light Clutch, Wide Opening Door, Good Brakes, Seating Comfort & Seat Cushion Interior Aesthetics, Rear Seat Legroom & Headroom Space

 

Should you Buy Tata Altroz


Yes if you Care for

  • Safety, Build Quality, Diesel Engine, Stylish Car with Top Notch Handling, Suspension and Dynamics, Easy Ingress and Egress for Senior Members of Family, Good Seating Position

Possibly Not if you seek

  • Automatic Car, Fun to Drive Petrol Engine, Very Refined Engine NVH Levels, Top Notch Fluid Touchscreen Response, Value Buy Higher Up Models, Rear Seat Space Comfort as Preference
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Comments 13

Guest - Balaji on Sunday, 26 January 2020 21:42

Hi ji,

I heard Tata altroz turbo engine is going to get launched for petrol if you have any information on launch date kindly share.. Thank you..

Hi ji, I heard Tata altroz turbo engine is going to get launched for petrol if you have any information on launch date kindly share.. Thank you..
Guest - chandan mishra on Saturday, 25 January 2020 00:20

Hi Sir,

What is the mileage of Altroz Petrol,

Claimed mileage by the company and also the real word mileage.
Thanks in advance

Hi Sir, What is the mileage of Altroz Petrol, Claimed mileage by the company and also the real word mileage. Thanks in advance
Admin on Saturday, 25 January 2020 09:51

Claimed to be around 22 Kmpl in Altroz Petrol as got info through Tata Dealership
Real world mileage based on number of factors still anything around
> 12 to 13 Kmpl in City
> 16 Kmpl on highway
should be considered a reasonable satisfactory fuel efficiency for Tata Alroz Petrol

Claimed to be around 22 Kmpl in Altroz Petrol as got info through Tata Dealership Real world mileage based on number of factors still anything around > 12 to 13 Kmpl in City > 16 Kmpl on highway should be considered a reasonable satisfactory fuel efficiency for Tata Alroz Petrol
Guest - Raju chacha on Friday, 24 January 2020 22:04

Which other 1.2 petrol or below 1.5 diesel engine car offers 5 star safety?

Car weight is more so response in petrol will be less than feather light maruti with 4 cylinder 1.2 petrol.

Safety first
Buy 4 or 5 star cars only.

Which other 1.2 petrol or below 1.5 diesel engine car offers 5 star safety? Car weight is more so response in petrol will be less than feather light maruti with 4 cylinder 1.2 petrol. Safety first Buy 4 or 5 star cars only.
Guest - Rohit Kaushal on Friday, 24 January 2020 20:19

Great

Great
Guest - Vivek on Friday, 24 January 2020 15:22

Will Tata Altroz be launched in CNG

Will Tata Altroz be launched in CNG
Admin on Saturday, 25 January 2020 09:46

@ Vivek - no plans of CNG as of now.

@ Vivek - no plans of CNG as of now.
Guest - Balaji on Friday, 24 January 2020 10:12

Hi team,

In this review you have mentioned that petrol engine is nOt upto the mark, if you can tell us till which speed and Rpm the car is good, it would be very useful for new buyers.. Thank you..

Hi team, In this review you have mentioned that petrol engine is nOt upto the mark, if you can tell us till which speed and Rpm the car is good, it would be very useful for new buyers.. Thank you..
Admin on Friday, 24 January 2020 10:22

@ Balaji - Its not like 'upto mark'. Its like engine performance, which feels average
By stating means - pickup is just okay. Its not under-powered and neither peppy pickup. No Lag but no excitement as such in pickup too
Been 3 cylinder, slight vibrations felt at idling too. But no shaking of gear lever as otherwise seen in Tiago earlier
For some one who likes easy pickup can be okay, at higher rpm of 3000+ noise level increases
The biggest USP in drive remains as Handling, Suspension, Steering which is what going to impress buyer. i surely feel a Turbo petrol could have made a lot of difference had it been provided, naturally aspirated petrol is simply average basis expectations.

@ Balaji - Its not like 'upto mark'. Its like engine performance, which feels average By stating means - pickup is just okay. Its not under-powered and neither peppy pickup. No Lag but no excitement as such in pickup too Been 3 cylinder, slight vibrations felt at idling too. But no shaking of gear lever as otherwise seen in Tiago earlier For some one who likes easy pickup can be okay, at higher rpm of 3000+ noise level increases The biggest USP in drive remains as Handling, Suspension, Steering which is what going to impress buyer. i surely feel a Turbo petrol could have made a lot of difference had it been provided, naturally aspirated petrol is simply average basis expectations.
Guest - Balaji on Friday, 24 January 2020 10:41

Thank you so much for the detailed information, this is my first car..

I am planning to buy this car Shall I wait and buy post April or if we buy now I am planning to buy Xt variant but this doesn't have rear ac, kindly advise if we can buy without rear ac and without rear ac will it cause cooling issues.. Thank you...

Thank you so much for the detailed information, this is my first car.. I am planning to buy this car Shall I wait and buy post April or if we buy now I am planning to buy Xt variant but this doesn't have rear ac, kindly advise if we can buy without rear ac and without rear ac will it cause cooling issues.. Thank you...
Admin on Saturday, 25 January 2020 09:46

@ Balaji - No Impact of Rear AC Vents as such. Been Car Compressor size is same, cooling wont be better except some cool air on direct face

@ Balaji - No Impact of Rear AC Vents as such. Been Car Compressor size is same, cooling wont be better except some cool air on direct face
Guest - kuldeep on Thursday, 23 January 2020 20:03

Hi I am confused between Tata Altroz XE+ Rhythm Add on Package & Ignis Zeta which i am getting at 6.23 Lacs on road after deducting all discounts. I am searching for car which my wife can also drive . It will be our first car and & my Budget is strictly not more than 6 to 6.25 lacs. please suggest which one will be better Ignis Zeta or Altroz XE + Rhythm Ad on Package.

Hi I am confused between Tata Altroz XE+ Rhythm Add on Package & Ignis Zeta which i am getting at 6.23 Lacs on road after deducting all discounts. I am searching for car which my wife can also drive . It will be our first car and & my Budget is strictly not more than 6 to 6.25 lacs. please suggest which one will be better Ignis Zeta or Altroz XE + Rhythm Ad on Package.
Admin on Thursday, 23 January 2020 21:20

Hi, As its been your first car, Go in for Tata Altroz XE Plus.
1. Looks more Stylish and Premium - despite been base model against Ignis Zeta, Ignis looks slight awk at rear
2. Needless too mention 5 Star Safety Rating and Unmatched Build Quality
3. Suspension, Dynamics, Handling is lot superior
4. In Cabin Seating space better against Igns Zeta
5. Wider Car, Family Oriented car

For Ignis Zeta - 3 USP and buy only if seek a City Use small car with higher preference towards
1. Low Ownership cost - better mileage, low on Service
2. Slight better pickup, engine NVH Levels feels superior
3. Somehow have additional features as Push Button Ignition, Alloys, Fold ORVM etc

But Altroz XE with Rhythm pack ends up been superior pick

Hi, As its been your first car, Go in for Tata Altroz XE Plus. 1. Looks more Stylish and Premium - despite been base model against Ignis Zeta, Ignis looks slight awk at rear 2. Needless too mention 5 Star Safety Rating and Unmatched Build Quality 3. Suspension, Dynamics, Handling is lot superior 4. In Cabin Seating space better against Igns Zeta 5. Wider Car, Family Oriented car For Ignis Zeta - 3 USP and buy only if seek a City Use small car with higher preference towards 1. Low Ownership cost - better mileage, low on Service 2. Slight better pickup, engine NVH Levels feels superior 3. Somehow have additional features as Push Button Ignition, Alloys, Fold ORVM etc But Altroz XE with Rhythm pack ends up been superior pick
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