Altroz is known as the latest model of TATA Company, which represents a futuristic approach in appearance. The model is expected to rise against Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Hyundai i20, and Honda Jazz. It is known as the subcompact hatchback manufactured by the company, which was revealed at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. The model was launched in India on January 22, 2020.
It is designed with a good looking hatchback, but the platform and underpinnings cannot be seen. It is manufactured with remarkable proportions. This car serves a different and unique appearance that has the similarity of a cliff-like, and not one that sweeps back. It has flared wheel arches, aggressive cut rear-ends, and belt-line for powerful and sporty feeling with a decent gigantic footprint. If compared to the rivals, it is wider, but the length is not comparable. The car has a wheelbase of 2,500 mm, and it is comparable too. By adding a long hood and negligible rear over the equation, you will have a good interior cabin and a large boot with 340 liters.
Review on the interior design:
If we talk about the rear, the doors are able to open wide, and it will be the first thing that you will notice. The same goes with the front doors, as they open wide as well. The seats are designed at a proper height, which makes entering into the cabin easy. The back seats are comfortable, and it has armrests for the people to enjoy the ride. The passenger sitting on a driver’s seat will find enough knee space to fit in easily. The interior cabin is spacious for the shoulder and headroom. Now, if we talk about the front seat, the position of the driver is designed to be convenient, but the design is not agreeable.
If the seat has been fixed on the lowermost position, then the thigh support is missing. The steering is positioned with the right measurement from where gear location does not feel awkward. The floor pedals are positioned perfectly along with power windows, climate control, and audio system, and they are easy to reach. However, the wiper stalks and indicator might feel a bit awkward to you.
In the context of equipment, the top-of-the-line XZ trim has a keyless entry and start, cruise control, and electric ORVMs. This car model also gets adjustable steering to control audio, voice commands, and a flat bottom. The driver’s seat is well designed with height adjustable features. The Altroz is designed with a single zone digital climate control system with rear AC vents. This car also has USB connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Harman touchscreen multimedia system.
It has a DIS and full-color driver information system as a part of the instrument. The DIS system looks pretty impressive, which provides proper information. You might notice Speedo, which looks a bit old school and dull, and it does not suit the overall design of the car. The dashboard looks better, as it is clean, functional with a pleasing effect on the eyes. There is nothing that you will notice out of order or forced. The car is designed with large space in the central console, and pockets of the rear and front seats. There is more to the features, as it has a big glovebox, which has an umbrella holder in the door. There are other things that we would have liked in the addition like metallic outlines for window switches, turn indicators on ORVM, less exposed rear struts, and 60:40 split for rear seats.
How is the driving experience?
The model has two engine options, which are 1.2-liter petrol with 80 bhp and 115 Nm of torque and a three-cylinder. For both engine capacity and engine output, the car does not provide any headers here. These features are considered as par the course. Here, we have diesel and it is a four-cylinder unit. It takes place at 1500 cc and gives out at 90 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. This is what makes it appear as a competitor of Baleno and i20.
The engine will respond quietly and refined unless it is revved up to 3,000 rpm. If kept on a boil, then it will be noisy. The alert throttle is all same as this car, and power delivery with the turbo is linear. The car has the acceleration power that might not make you feel all awesome, but it is interesting as well as involved.
The handling and ride system will promptly indicate that it runs a stiffer setup. The low-speed ride is not luxurious, but it gets better with speed. You will be able to experience a stable ride despite the road and speed. The car handles camber changes, odd pot-hole, and undulations. The steering does not provide a feeling of ‘wow’, but it is responsive. The brake system is strong and feels positive also.
Is it worth buying?
If we talk about the terms of specifications, it lacks some feature, and can be said that it falls behind. The car model is shorter in comparison to the opponents such as Elite i20 and Baleno. Compared to Maruti and Hyundai, it gets lower ground clearance and also designed on a smaller wheelbase. The engine specification is also one of the points where Hyundai beats this model. Well, here is one thing that works as an impressive tool, and that is designing of the model. The appearance of this car model will be the cause to take a step further to buy this one. And the specifications do not end on the looks, as it has spacious cabin interior, decent features, and big boot. The Altroz has to undercut i20 and Baleno notably.
Key specifications of TATA Altroz:
- Price: Rs. 5.43 Lakh
- Mileage: 19.05 to 25.11 kmpl
- Engine: 1199 to 1497 cc
- Transmission: Manual
- Fuel Type: Diesel and Petrol
- Seating Capacity: 5 seating comfortably
- Colors: Skyline silver, Highstreet gold, Avenue white, Midtown grey, and Downtown road.