Comparison Review - Hyundai Santro vs. Tata Tiago: Similar in Many Paramaters!

Overall Information

Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago have long become a pair of main competitors. The Hyundai Santro is one of the basic entry models for hatchback in the Indian market. And the Tata Tiago has adopted some fresh set of features and new design updates. So, we will launch a comparison between them from the parameters of Ride Quality, Safety, On-Road Price, Exterior, Interior, Dimensions, Colours, Specifications & Features, Mileage, and Ground Clearance.

 

Ride Quality

  • Hyundai Santro

For Hyundai Santro, it is an easy-to-drive hatchback. It is very suitable to drive the Santro in the city with light steering, light control, light clutch and smooth gearbox. However, the Santro doesn' t offer the adjustable, high-set front driver seats, which could be a big problem that would keep bothering you when on a long-term trip. Another problem is the high-speed performance of Santro is unstable.

  • Tata Tiago

If the Hyundai Santro is a car for city, then the Tata Tiago is a competent car for highway. It is loaded with a BS6 compliant 1.2L, 3-cylinder petrol engine, which can power out a max power of 84 bhp @ 6000 rpm and a max torque of 113 Nm @ 3300 rpm. The cabin is quiet when at the speed of 80 or above. Generally, the highway rides for Tiago is perfectly smooth and comfortable.

 

On road price in New Delhi (some cities prices are lower than this)

  • Hyundai Santro on road price:

Hyundai Santro launches a price range from ₹ 5.13 Lakhs to ₹ 7.05 Lakhs, covering 11 available variants. 7 variants are equipped with the manual gearbox while the rest 4 are equipped with the automatic gearbox.

  • Tata Tiago on road price:

As for Tata Tiago, it starts its price at ₹ 5.15 Lakhs and reaches its peak price at ₹ 7.47 Lakhs. The Tiago is only available in 8 variants: 5 are equipped with manual transmission and the rest are loaded with automatic transmission.

The price positioning of these two hatchbacks are extremely close to each other. But the Hyundai Santro offers 3 more available variants than the Tiago, which is a small advantage since you will have more room for consideration.

 

Safety

  • Hyundai Santro:

Let' s take a look at the safety features loaded on the Hyundai Santro:

2 Airbags (Driver, Passenger)

Seat Belt Warning

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

Engine immobilizer

Remote Central Locking

Speed Sensing Door Lock

Child Safety Lock

Besides, the structure of Santro is rated as unstable and the footwell area is also unstable.  It is not quite well-featured for the Hyundai Santro so it is no wonder that the Santro only gets a 2-star rating from the safety test launched by Global NCAP. If you want more detailed safety information of the Hyundai Santro, please click here.

  • Tata Tiago:

In sharp contrast to the Santro, with even one safety features less than the Santro, Tata Tiago surprisingly scored a 4-star high rating in the latest safety test launched by Global NCAP.

2 Airbags (Driver, Passenger)

Seat Belt Warning

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

Engine immobilizer

Remote Central Locking

Speed Sensing Door Lock

The head and neck protection for adult occupants was good and the chest protection was adequate for the driver. If you want more detailed safety information of Tata Tiago, please click here.

 

Exterior

  • Hyundai Santro exterior:

For what we can see, the Hyundai Santro adopts the new Rhythmical Tension design philosophy. It is loaded with the Hyundai' s cascading front grille, which has a black treatment with chrome trim surrounding. The headlamps are integrated by fog lamps. For the rear part, the rear bumpers also have a black insert and a pair of simple and wrap-around tail lights.

  • Tata Tiago exterior:

Based on the IMPACT 2.0 design concept, the Tata Tiago' s exterior design was inspired by the Altroz with the protruding front grille and wraparound headlamps. Besides, the front bumper is remade with big horizontal louvres for air-vents. Moreover, its fog lamps are now combined with a pair of new DRLs.

 

Interior

  • Hyundai Santro interior:

Inside the Hyundai Santro, it is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen on the centre console. There are several manual buttons under the screen for media control. The overall fit and finish of the interior are good. The quality of Santro feels very good for a hatchback in this segment, and with the materials, it even feels like a segment above. The cabin is quite spacious but the legroom is quite compact.

  • Tata Tiago interior:

The overall interior quality of Tata Tiago is not as good as the Hyundai Santro. However, compared with its previous version, the Tiago did make some improvements. One of the greatest improvements is the full set of digital instrument cluster and a brand new touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. USD and AUX-IN connectivity are also available.

 

Petrol & CNG mileage

  • Hyundai Santro petrol & CNG mileage: 20.3 to 30.48 kmpl
  • Tata Tiago petrol mileage: 23.84 kmpl

Both Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago did not offer the diesel version. Santro is available in petrol and CNG version while the Tiago is only available in petrol version. From the official statistics above we can learn that Hyundai Creta is doing slightly better in the mileage performance.

 

Dimensions

  • Hyundai Santro dimensions ( length/weight/width/height ):

Length

3610 mm

Width

1645 mm

Height

1560 mm

Wheelbase

2400 mm

Kerb Weight

925 Kg

  • Tata Tiago dimensions ( length/weight/width/height ):

Length

3765 mm

Width

1677 mm

Height

1535 mm

Wheelbase

2400 mm

Kerb Weight

991 Kg

After the comparison, we can see that the Tata Tiago is a little bit bigger than the Hyundai Santro. But such differences are quite difficult to be spot out with eyes. The real obvious difference is the Kerb Weight; the Tata Tiago is 66 Kg heavier than the Hyundai Santro.

 

Colours

  • Hyundai Santro colours:

There are 7 available colour options for Hyundai Santro: Titan Grey, Marina Blue, Fiery Red, Imperial Beige, Typhoon Silver, Diana Green, and Polar White.

  • Tata Tiago colours:

As for Tata Tiago, it offers 6 available colour options in Indian market: Victory Yellow, Flame Red, Pearlsent White, Daytona Grey, Tectonic Blue, and Pure Silver.

 

Ground Clearance

  • Hyundai Santro ground clearance: 165 mm
  • Tata Tiago ground clearance: 170 mm

Both Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago have the typical ground clearance for hatchbacks. And there is not a big difference between them. With only 5 mm higher than the Santro, Tiago could perform a bit better when dealing with bad road situations.

 

Specifications & Features

  • Hyundai Santro specifications & features:

There are two main specifications & features for Hyundai Santro:

Engine

1086cc, 4 Cylinders Inline, 3 Valves/Cylinder, DOHC

1086cc, 4 Cylinders Inline, 3 Valves/Cylinder, DOHC

Fuel Type

CNG

Petrol

Max Power (bhp @ rpm)

58 bhp @ 5500 rpm

68 bhp @ 5500 rpm

Max Torque (Nm @ rpm)

84 Nm @ 4500 rpm

99 Nm @ 4500 rpm

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Manual - 5 Gears

AMT - 5 Gears

Emission Standard

BS 4

BS 6

Alternate Fuel

Petrol

  • Tata Tiago specifications & features:

Engine

1199cc, 3 Cylinders Inline, 4 Valves/Cylinder, DOHC

Engine Type

Revotron 1.2 L BS6 engine

Fuel Type

Petrol

Max Power (bhp @ rpm)

84 bhp @ 6000 rpm

Max Torque (Nm @ rpm)

113 Nm @ 3300 rpm

Drivetrain

FWD

Transmission

AMT - 5 Gears, Conventional Shift

Emission Standard

BS 6

 

Conclusion:

It is very hard to tell which one is better since both the Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago are good hatchbacks for the entry level segment. Since they have the similar price range with each other, the budget problem could be neglected. So, considering the value for money, I would suggest you to go for the Hyundai Santro. I am not saying the Tiago is not good, but after the comparison from the above parameters, the Hyundai Santro gets a slightly better price to performance ratio.

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