Tata Tigor, the third compact sedan from the house of Tata Motors after Indigo and Zest, has been a popular car since its launch. It is based on the Tiago hatchback, which itself is a well-sorted car and highly popular in its segment.

Considering the Tata Tigor price and features, it’s a great value-for-money car. It doesn’t only give a tough competition to other compact sedans but also competes with premium hatchbacks like the Maruti Baleno.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a hot-selling hatchback and enjoys a huge popularity for its exciting features along with reliable performance.

Does the Tigor outclass the highly praised Baleno? If you are planning to buy any of these cars, here are a few things you need to know:

Design

The Tata Tigor is based on the company’s popular Impact design philosophy. The front-end looks thoroughly built with a honeycomb grille and sculpted bonnet. It is offered with a coup-ish rear-end and offers a large boot space.

On the other side, the Maruti Baleno is a premium looking large hatchback. It comes with a V-shaped radiator grille at the front to look aggressive. The boot space is large but smaller to the Tigor.

Interior

The inside of the Tata Tigor is similar to that of the Tiago and comes with a piano-shade dashboard, which also features a 5-inch infotainment system. The clever positioning of the seats offers sufficient space inside the cabin.

On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki Baleno has a more spacious cabin and the ambience feels premium. Built with high-quality material, Baleno interior is well illuminated and features a multi-information display.

Power Plant

Coming to the most important part, both the cars offer diesel as well petrol variants. The Tata Tigor comes with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.05-litre diesel engines. The petrol unit produces a maximum power output of 84bhp, while the diesel unit offers 69bhp. Both the engines come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The fuel mileage of petrol and diesel units are 23 kmpl and 27 kmpl respectively.

The Maruti Suzuki Baleno receives 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. The maximum power developed by the petrol variant is 83 bhp and the diesel variant is 74bhp. The transmission part is taken care by a standard 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional CVT is also on offer. Fuel-efficiency of the diesel variant is 27.39 kmpl, while that of petrol is 21.4 kmpl.

Our Verdict

The major reason behind this cross segment rivalry is the price advantage of Tata Tigor. Its price ranges between Rs. 4.79 lakh to Rs. 7.09 lakh. The Baleno, on the other hand, is priced from Rs. 5.28 lakh to Rs. 8.44 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.

While Tata Tigor is a value-for-money car, Baleno is all about premiumness, and this difference is the only thing you need to keep in mind while choosing one among these two options. Moreover, the diesel variant of Baleno is quite powerful in comparison to the diesel variant of Tigor. So if you are looking to buy a diesel car, the more a powerful, premium and spacious Baleno becomes the obvious choice.