In terms of appearance, there is no way one can differentiate between the Tigor AMT and the manual variant, except for the AMT specific XTA/XZA badge on the boot-lid. Design wise, the car sports a very clean and conservative front-end while not straying far from the Tiago AMT that preceded it. The smoked headlamps and the 15-inch razor cut alloy wheels give it a nice and premium look, while the contrasting chrome bits on the front grille, fog lamps and the boot help to add contrast to the metallic red paint on our test car. The fastback style rear end is tastefully done, too, with the highlights being the crisp LED taillights and a compact bumper.
The black and grey dashboard looks rather smart and the plastics especially on the top half of the dash and the centre console are of good quality. Lower down, however, the quality is degraded somewhat with hard plastics and inconsistent panel gaps around the steering column. All in all, Tata still has some catching up to do when it comes to fit and finish.
Since the engine remains unchanged, the power delivery and response feels quite similar to that of the manual Tigor. You do feel some vibrations at idle but on the go this engine is pretty silent as long as you don’t work it extremely hard. Coming back to the crux of this review i.e. the AMT gearbox, the rocking motion that is always associated with the AMT shifts has slightly reduced compared to the Tiago AMT. Sure, there is still that typical judder when you get off the line or drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic, but the jerkiness smoothens out as you up the pace. The AMT also comes with a creep function which will inch the car forward when you take your foot off the brake – a neat feature when driving in heavy traffic conditions.
Like the manual version, the Tiago AMT handles bad roads with ease. While the ride quality does feel slightly firm at low speeds, there is still a lot of compliance over pot holes and undulations. At higher speeds the Tigor has that big car-like feel with its flat ride and stability. The steering, on the other hand, isn’t the most intuitive in this segment – it completely lacks feel and there is some slack at the straight ahead position as well.