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Tata Tiago EV vs Petrol: Narrowing Gap Between ICE And Electric


Depending on which variant you prefer, it’s not a long leap from ICE to electric

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The Tata Tiago EV is a well-thought-out entry-level electric offering that’s India’s most affordable EV by a wide margin. It’s undoubtedly the most expensive variant of the Tiago, but for the price premium, it does offer more kit than even the top-spec ICE version of the hatchback. Here’s our on-paper comparison of the ICE and EV variants of the hatchback to see what makes the Tiago EV special. 

How expensive is the Tiago EV compared with the petrol hatchback? 

Model and Powertrain 

Ex-showroom price range 

Tiago petrol manual transmission (MT)

Rs 5.40 lakh to Rs 6.83 lakh 

Tiago petrol automatic transmission (AMT)

Rs 6.70 lakh to Rs 7.38 lakh 

Tiago NRG (MT and AMT)

Rs 6.42 lakh to Rs 7.38 lakh 

Taigo iCNG (MT only) 

Rs 6.30 lakh to Rs 7.73 lakh 

Tiago EV 19.2kWh 

Rs 8.49 lakh to Rs 9.09 lakh 

Tiago EV 24kWh 

Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 11.79 lakh 

Only single-tone variants considered 

If you compare the base variants, the Tiago EV is a whopping Rs 3.09 lakh more expensive than the ICE-powered Tiago MT. However, a fairer comparison would be with the automatic variant of the ICE hatchback, where the difference narrows down to Rs 1.8 lakh. 

That said, the EV might appeal to those looking for lower running costs and for Rs 76,000 over the fully loaded iCNG variant, you can have the standard-spec EV and not worry about having to change gears. 

Specifications compared 

 

Tiago EV 

Tiago petrol 

Tiago iCNG

Power 

Standard: 61PS 

86PS 

73PS 

Long-range: 75PS 

Torque 

Standard: 110Nm 

113Nm 

95Nm 

Long-range: 114Nm  

Range 

Standard: 250km 

Over 600km

Over 900km 

Long-range: 315km 

Efficiency figures are official and calculated estimates

On paper, the standard Tiago EV seems to be the least powerful of the lot, but it offers more torque than the CNG version. Tata hasn’t quoted the 0-100kmph time for the electric hatchback, but the carmaker has revealed that the 0-60kmph time for the long-range variant is 5.7 seconds. 

The EV offers an MIDC-tested range of 250km to 315km depending on the variant. The range figures for the petrol and CNG Tiago are calculated using the official fuel economy estimates, so keep in mind that they may vary drastically depending on driving conditions. 

ICE Tiago and EV Features 

The ICE Tiago offers features and amenities such as a seven-inch touchscreen, eight-speaker Harman sound system, rear washer and wiper, 15-inch alloy wheels, projector headlights with LED DRLs, fabric seats, digitised driver’s display and central locking. 

Going electric has its perks in the features department since the Tiago EV is better equipped than its ICE sibling. It gets leatherette seats, ZConnect connected car tech, auto headlights and rain-sensing wipers, electrically operated and folding outer rear-view mirrors and cruise control. 

The hatchback’s EV-specific features include four levels of regenerative braking settings and a single-pedal driving mode that can effectively help you add more range as you drive around in the city. 

Safety features of the ICE and electric hatchbacks are largely identical and include a parking camera with dynamic guidelines, dual front airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors. The EV gets a tyre pressure monitor (TPMS) and an auto-cut-off for the electric system in case of an accident. 

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So, there you have it, the Tiago EV is a compelling proposition in its segment, not just as an EV but as an overall package. It currently doesn’t have any direct rivals, but the upcoming Citroen C3 EV will go head-to-head with the Tiago EV.

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