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February 2022 - Tata Tiago CNG Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Tata Tiago CNG you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 Tiago's CNG variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the Tata Tiago with its competitors and other CNG-powered hatchbacks like Maruti Suzuki WagonR, new Celerio, Hyundai Santro and Grand i10 Nios.

Tata Tiago CNG

Updated (Feb 3, 2022): Tata Motors recently launched the Tiago CNG. This article includes the latest prices and buying recommendations for the Tiago CNG.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Tata Tiago CNG?

The pros or advantages of Tata Tiago CNG are:

  • A reasonably long list of features including auto AC, projector headlamps, LED DRLs, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, steering-mounted controls, auto headlamps, auto wipers, auto AC and keyless entry
  • The only CNG hatchback with a 4-star GNCAP crash test rating
  • The CNG kit carries a reasonable premium of Rs. 90,000, which you can recover in about 30,000km (calculated based on the current fuel prices and official mileage figures)
  • A rare car with the option of factory CNG kit in base,mid and top variants
  • Top-of-the-class power and torque figures when running on CNG

The Tata Tiago CNG has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Spare wheel is difficult to access because of the CNG fuel tank
  • Official mileage figure is the lowest compared to other CNG hatchbacks
  • 3-cylinder engine can’t match the inherent refinement of a 4-cylinder engine; most of its rivals have a 4-cylinder engine

What Is The Price Of Tata Tiago CNG Variants?

The Tata Tiago CNG has a starting price of Rs. 6.10 lakh for the XE variant. The Tiago CNG is available in 4 variants - XE, XM, XT and XZ Plus. The top variant of the Tiago with the CNG costs Rs. 7.53 lakh (ex-showroom). The CNG bi-fuel variants carry a premium of Rs. 90,000 over the petrol-manual variants. Based on the official mileage figures of the Tiago petrol and CNG and the current fuel prices in Delhi, you can expect to recover this additional cost in about 30,000km. If you intend to drive the car for considerably more than 30,000km, then you can consider buying the Tiago CNG.

TATA TIAGO PETROL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | FEB 2022

Variant

Petrol-Manual

Difference

CNG-Manual

XE

Rs 5,19,900

Rs. 90,000

Rs 6,09,900

XM

-

-

Rs 6,39,900

XT

Rs 5,79,900

Rs. 90,000

Rs 6,69,900

XZ Plus

Rs 6,62,900

Rs. 90,000

Rs 7,52,900

Tata Tiago CNG XE - Base Model Features & Review

The base model of the Tata Tiago CNG costs Rs. 6.1 lakh. It gets some notable features like tilt steering, body-coloured bumpers, adjustable front headrests, rear parcel tray, black door handles and 14-inch steel wheels.

This variant misses out on some key features like day/night internal mirror, music system, wheel covers, power mirrors, power windows, remote central locking and body-coloured door handles. Because of these missing features, we won’t recommend buying this variant even to budget buyers.

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TATA TIAGO XE | FEATURES

Rs. 6.10 Lakh (1.2L CNG MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety

Functional

Style

Std. Safety Features

Tilt Steering

Front Power Outlet

Body Coloured Bumpers

Seat Belt Pretensioner w/ Load Limiter

Adjustable Front Headrests

Integrated Rear Headrests

Black Door Handles & ORVMs

Corner Stability Control

All Door Pockets

Tinted Glasses

Integrated Rear Spoiler

Fire Extinguisher

Parcel Tray

Puncture Repair Kit

14-inch Steel Wheels

     

Digital Instrument Cluster

Tata Tiago CNG XE vs XM Variant

The Tata Tiago XM CNG costs Rs. 6.4 lakh, which is Rs. 30,000 more than the XE. For this additional price, this variant adds features like music system, power windows, display for parking sensors, day/night inside mirror and central locking.

The incremental asking price for the XM CNG variant of the Tiago is only slightly higher and it also almost justifies this price gap. So, you’re not compromising on value, but it still doesn’t get some utilitarian features like power mirrors, steering-mounted controls, remote central locking and wheel covers. Budget buyers can consider buying the XM variant, but if you can stretch your budget, then we would suggest getting a higher variant.

TATA TIAGO XM | FEATURES OVER XE

Rs. 6.4 Lakh (1.2L CNG MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Display for Rear Parking Sensors

Audio System

Front & Rear Power Windows

Day/Night IRVM

2 Speakers

 

Central Locking

USB & Bluetooth

 

Tata Tiago CNG XM vs XT Variant

The Tata Tiago XT variant with CNG costs Rs. 6.7 lakh, which is another Rs. 30,000 higher than the lower XM variant.

For this additional price, it adds the following notable features:

  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Power mirrors
  • Remote central locking
  • Wheel covers
  • 2 extra speakers
  • Auto door lock

With the XZ variant, you get most of the must-have features and it also justifies the incremental asking price over the lower variants. So, with this variant, you’re also not compromising on the value and it earns our top recommendation as it’ll suit the needs of most TIago CNG buyers.

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TATA TIAGO XT | FEATURES OVER XM

Rs. 6.7 Lakh (1.2L CNG MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Glossy Black ORVMs

2 Speakers

Cabin Lamps

Full Wheel Covers

Steering-mounted Controls

Remote Central Locking

Turn Indicators on ORVMs

 

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

Body-coloured Door Handles

   

Glossy Black Interior Finish

Tata Tiago CNG XT vs XZ Plus Variant

The top-spec Tata Tiago XZ Plus CNG variant costs Rs. 7.53 lakh and it carries a large price premium of Rs. 83,000 over the lower XT variant. In terms of on-road price, the difference could get very close to Rs. 1.0 lakh. This variant adds the following notable additional features:

  • Projector headlamps
  • Rear defogger
  • Rear parking camera
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Auto AC
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Fog lamps
  • Power folding mirrors
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Stylish wheel covers
  • LED DRLs

Since this variant gets a rear view camera, Tata have removed the rear parking sensors from this variant.

The top-spec variant gets a good mix of must-have and good-to-have features. While the price gap between the XZ Plus and XT variants is quite big, the top variant does justify its asking price. It’s the most value for money variant of the Tiago CNG. So,if you can afford the top-spec XZ Plus variant and find its features relevant, then you should buy this variant. Otherwise, the XT will serve you just fine.

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TATA TIAGO XZ PLUS | FEATURES OVER XT

Rs. 7.53 lakh (1.2L CNG MT) | Ex-Showroom Price | Feb 2022

Safety

Entertainment 

Functional

Style

Projector Headlamps

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

Passenger Side Vanity Mirror

14-inch Styled Steel Wheels

Rear Parking Camera

4 Tweeters

Electrically Foldable ORVMs w/ Auto Fold

Chrome Door Handles

Rear Defogger

Apple CarPlay

Cooled Glovebox

Black B-pillar

Front Fog Lamps

Android Auto

Auto AC

LED DRLs

Rear Wiper & Washer

Voice Commands

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Chrome Exterior Detailing

(-) Rear Parking Sensors

 

One-touch Down Driver Window

Body-coloured Air Con Vents

     

Better Roof Liner

Which Variant Of The Tata Tiago CNG Should You Buy?

The price gap between the lower 3 variants of the Tiago CNG is so small that we’ll strongly suggest most buyers stretch their budget to accommodate the XT variant. While it has the lowest VFM rank in terms of concrete numbers, it is still a pretty good value-for-money option. It also offers plenty of must-have features, which you’ll appreciate during your everyday ownership.

If you don’t want to stretch your budget for the XT variant, then you should at least buy the XM variant. The base XE is too basic and misses out on critical must-have features.

The top-spec XZ Plus variant of the Tiago CNG has quite a big premium over the lower XT variant. However, it also adds plenty of features to justify the higher asking price and earns top marks in the value-for-money department. If you can afford the XZ Plus in your budget, then you should upgrade to this variant, especially if you intend to hold on to the car for a longer duration like 7 or more years.

TATA TIAGO CNG | BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

XE

Rank 2

Rs 6,09,900

Not recommended

XM

Rank 3

Rs 6,39,900

Suitable for budget buyers; consider upgrading to XT

XT

Rank 4

Rs 6,69,900

Top recommended

XZ Plus

Rank 1

Rs 7,52,900

Worth upgrading

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Tata Tiago CNG?

Compared to the other CNG bi-fuel hatchbacks in the segment, the Tiago CNG’s power and torque output are the highest. But the fuel efficiency figure with CNG are the lowest at 26.5kmpkg. With this figure and current CNG fuel cost in Delhi, you can expect a per km cost of Rs. 1.64. This is still Rs. 3.15 lower than the Tiago petrol. So, you can expect to recover the Rs. 90,000 higher price you’re paying for the Tiago CNG in about 30,000km.

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TATA TIAGO VS RIVALS

CNG ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

 

Tiago

New Celerio

WagonR

Santro

Nios

Displacement

1.2L

1.0L

1.0L

1.1L

1.2L

Cylinder

3

3

3

4

4

Capacity

1199cc

998cc

998cc

1086cc

1197

Maximum Power

73PS @ 6000rpm

56.7PS @ 5300rpm

59PS @ 5500rpm

60PS @ 5500rpm

69PS @ 6000rpm

Power:Weight

70PS/tonne

63PS/tonne

65PS/tonne

60PS/tonne

67PS/tonne

Peak Torque

95Nm @ 3500rpm

82.1Nm @ 3400rpm

78Nm @ 3500rpm

85.3Nm @ 4500rpm

95.2Nm @ 4000rpm

Torque:Weight

91Nm/tonne

91Nm/tonne

86Nm/tonne

85PS/tonne

92PS/tonne

Manual

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

26.49kmpkg

35.60kmpkg

32.52kmpkg

29.1kmpkg

28.1kmpkg

Fuel Cost

Rs 1.64

Rs 1.22

Rs 1.33

Rs 1.49

Rs 1.54

You can also use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

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What Are The Dimensions Of The Tata Tiago?

Compared to other CNG cars like the Celerio, WagonR, Santro and Grand i10 Nios, the Tiago has the shortest wheelbase and the second-lowest roofline. Otherwise, it has fairly standard dimensions for a B1-segment hatchback.

The Tiago CNG has 168mm of ground clearance, which is better than that of most other CNG hatchbacks and only 2mm lower than the petrol-only model. With the CNG fuel tank in the boot, the exact details about boot space available for luggage are not available for any of the cars in this comparison.

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TATA TIAGO VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Tiago

New Celerio

WagonR

Santro

Nios

Length

3765mm

3695mm

3655mm

3610mm

3805mm

Width

1677mm

1655mm

1620mm

1645mm

1680mm

Height

1535mm

1555mm

1675mm

1560mm

1520mm

Wheelbase

2400mm

2435mm

2435mm

2400mm

2450mm

Ground Clearance

168mm

170mm

165mm

160mm

165mm

Fuel Tank

60L

60L

60L

60L

60L

Tyre Size (base)

175/65 R14

165/70 R14

155 / 80 R13

155/80 R13

165/70 R14

Tyre Size (top)

175/65 R14

165/70 R14

155 / 80 R13

155/80 R13

175/60 R15

What Are The Colour Options Of The Tata Tiago?

The 2022 Tiago is available in the following 5 colours:

  • Red
  • Blue
  • White
  • Grey
  • Dark purple (a.k.a. Midnight Plum)

Dual-tone exterior colour is available in the top XZ Plus variant for an additional Rs. 12,000.

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

 

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Ciaz, New City (Exception), Slavia (Exception), Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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