Tata Motors is all set to get the sub-4-meter compact sedan segment absolutely bang on with its third attempt. While its previous cars belonging to this category, namely the Zest and Indigo CS did not quite create the upheaval the brand was seeking, hopefully the brand new Tigor, which is going to be released on March 29th, will help set things into perspective.

Once on the road, this Tiago-based sedan will be competing against none other than the Maruti Swift Dzire, which has made quite a reputation for itself in the auto industry. The Tigor has been priced quite nominally with the base variant starting at Rs 4.8 Lakh while the top variant retails for Rs 6 Lakh, while the Swift Dzire on the other hand is a pricier car, with the base version being sold for Rs 5.4 Lakh and the high-end model at Rs 8.6 Lakh.

That being said, from the pricing point of view, the Tigor appears to be a much more lucrative choice. So does the low-priced Tigor have any other surprises up its sleeves that can give tough competition to the Dzire? Come, let us find out.

Tata Tigor VS Maruti Swift Dzire

Looks and Dimensions

The Tata Tigor when seen upfront, looks eerily similar to the Tiago hatchback. However on inspection, you will find the smoked headlights along with projector lenses. The doors are also larger with a sloping rear roof which establishes the fact that it is indeed a sedan. The thin LED tail lights, a 419-litre boot garnished in chrome and a well-designed bumper, makes it a compact yet modern looking car. Dimension wise, the Tigor has a length of 3992 mm, width of 1677 mm and height of 1537 mm with a wheelbase of 2450 mm and ground clearance of 170 mm.

The Tigor looks much more contemporary and stylish as compared to the Maruti Swift Dzire.

The Maruti Suzuki Dzire too has been carved out of the Swift hatchback with a few changed here and there. With the recent facelift, the Dzire has seen a few more reforms in terms of the bumpers which has been redesigned, grille lined with chrome as well as a new headlamp bezel and alloy wheels. Also, a new generation Swift Dzire is on its way. The boot space of the car is not bad at 316 liters, but is definitely smaller than the one seen in the Tigor. The Swift DZire sports dimensions of 3,995 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width and 1,555 mm in height along with a wheelbase of 2,430 mm.

Both the Tigor and the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire have 170 mm of ground clearance.

Interiors and Styling

The Tata Tigor has carried forward the full black interiors and body-coloured highlights as seen in the Tiago. It has an Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) along with mounted controls that help in easy steering. The wing mirrors are also electrically operated. The dashboard has a multi-function display for showing important information.

The insides of the Swift Dzire is done up in dual-toned black and beige. It also has an electronic power steering along with controls mounted on top as well as electrically operated wing mirrors. It gets automatic climate control and the electrically operated wing mirrors are foldable as well. Both the cars have been equipped with a 2-DIN audio system completed with USB and AUX connections as well as Bluetooth telephony and music.

ABS and dual front airbags are offered on the both the cars for safety.

So it is safe to assume that both the compact sedans are almost similar leaving aside the fact that the Tigor is more spacious than the Dzire.

Engine and Performance

The Tata Tigor offers both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant holds a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, which is capable of making a maximum power of 83.8bhp at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. However, its diesel variant will be powered by the 1.05-litre Revotorq engine which is capable of churning a maximum power of 69.4 bhp and a peak torque of 140Nm. Transmission on both the variants are taken care of by a five-speed manual gearbox along with an AMT unit available with select variants.

The Maruti Swift Dzire also comes with two different engine options, petrol and diesel. The petrol variant is equipped with a 1.2-litre K-Series engine that works on VVT technology. It churns out a maximum power of 83 bhp at 6,000rpm and the 115 Nm of highest torque at 4,000rpm. The diesel variant runs on the 1.3-litre DDiS unit which can generate 74bhp at 4,000rpm and 190 Nm of maximum torque at 2,000rpm. Both the engine options are available in manual and AGS versions.

Mileage

The Tigor showcases a mileage of 22 kmpl for the for the petrol variant while the diesel variant returns over 25 kmpl of mileage.

The Swift Dzire falls short on this segment with a mileage of 20.85 kmpl for petrol manual trims, while the diesel gives out 26.59 kmpl for the manual/AGS variants.

Verdict

Coming towards the last part of this comparison article, you might already have a clearer picture of which one would be a better option to choose. While the Tata Tigor is new and fresh and will tend to have the newest features, it would not be too wise to write off the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, which has been a household name now. The fact that the Dzire has made quite a name for itself, spare parts of the same are easier to replace and are quite pocket friendly. Maruti has a better customer service as compared to Tata.

Going by the looks, the Tigor seems better, fresh and urban. The Dzire has been running with the same design since its inception. Hence, it would be quite understandable if you choose the Tigor over because of its newness. It also boasts on a superior fuel efficiency as opposed to the modest efficiency of the Dzire.

Overall, it seems that Tata Tigor has an upper hand over the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire.