It's a tricky choice to make for me. The Zest has a lot going for it; packed with features, very well priced and a petrol that is surprisingly power-packed. The diesel too makes a compelling case for itself, what with the AMT on offer. I believe that car will be lapped up by the urban masses as it has democratized automatic cars big time. Kudos to Tata for that.
However, Tata has also always had a bit of a reputation of having very iffy first gen cars. I feel that the attention to detail they've showered on the Zest will see this be no issue, but what of the service aspect? It is for this reason that the Xcent comes into the picture for me. It looks great, is a safe bet and has fantastic fit and finish although it's a bit pricier. I wouldn't pick the Amaze or the Dzire over either of these cars, simply put.
All said and done, I'd be leaning towards the Zest though. Seems like a great buy at that price, has tons of features I like and just seems a very complete package. Would love to see how it fares.
Tiago vs Liva Comparison Review
Why are we comparing these two cars?
Liva's most popular variant, the 'GD' (diesel) costs 7.65 Lakh, on road, Delhi. Tiago's top-end, diesel, 'XZ' variant has numerous more features than the Liva, like Infotainment, Parking Sensors, Alloy Wheels, Rear Wash-Wipe etc. and yet costs a colossal, 1.5 Lakh Rs. less than the Liva. What we'll be evaluating in this comparo is, whether it is worth paying such an exorbitant sum of money for the Toyota brand over the Tiago. (Tiago petrol 'XZ' costs 5.2 Lakh Rs. while Liva's 'G' petrol variant costs 5.95 Lakh, on road, Delhi)
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Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Fog Lamps, Tilt Steering, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat, Rear Defogger
Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers & 4 Tweeters, Steering Wheel Switches, Parking Sensors, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe, Alloy Wheels
Extra Features in Etios Liva (GD): none
Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Tiago petrol has better engine specs than the Liva, on paper. But in reality, the Liva outperforms the Tiago, quite comfortably. That is because the Liva is 120 kg lighter than the Tiago. The Liva's engine is also noticeably quieter and rev-happy compared to Tiago's coarse and sluggish unit.
Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 85@6000, Liva – 80@5600
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 114@3500, Liva – 104@3100
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1012, Liva – 895
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 84, Liva - 89
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 113, Liva - 116
Diesel: Liva's diesel engine is a good 300 cc bigger than the Tiago's and it is 100 kg lighter than the Tiago as well. The Liva hardly has any turbo-lag making it effortless to drive in city traffic. In contrast, the Tiago requires more frequent gear-shifting, but still it's fairly easy to drive in city traffic. On the highway is where the Tiago really disappoints. It has a feeble mid-range, especially compared to the Liva, which makes it really difficult to overtake heavy vehicles on the highway. While the Liva, though not great is much better than the Tiago for highway use.
Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 70@4000, Liva - 68@3800
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 140@1800-3000, Liva – 170@1800-2400
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, Liva - 980
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 65, Liva – 69
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 130, Liva – 173 (33% difference)
In our real world tests, the petrol powered Liva & Tiago returned identical fuel efficiency. The diesel Tiago was around 1 kmpl more efficient than the Liva diesel.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, Liva (petrol, manual) – 17.71 (difference 6.1)
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28, Liva (diesel, manual) – 23.59 (difference 3.7)
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.21, Liva (petrol, manual) – 3.21
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.06, Liva (diesel, manual) - 2.17
Space & Comfort:
Liva is a marginally more spacious car than the Tiago. The difference is especially noticeable in the rear seat, where three passengers are able to seat comfortably in the Liva, while things get a bit too tight for three in the Tiago. Liva's seats are also more supportive and ergonomic, which becomes evident after long hours in the saddle. Both cars have equally good boot-space with the Tiago swallowing 242 litres and the Liva gobbling up 250 litres of luggage. Tiago's interiors are more flashy and attractive than the Liva's but they are delicate, Liva's interiors on the other hand feel like they can withstand years of abuse.
Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, Liva – 3775
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, Liva – 1695
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, Liva – 1510
Ride Quality & Handling:
Both cars are surprisingly good fun around the bends. The Liva's lack of body fat has given it quick responses, but it's lack of steering feel and feedback spoils the fun. Tiago also has a keen turn-in and responsive chassis as well as an appreciably better steering response than the Liva. Both cars have a decent ride and adequate ground clearance for Indian road conditions, but again the Tiago has a slight edge over the Liva at isolating the occupants from sharper bumps and potholes.
Ground Clearance (mm): Tiago – 170, Liva – 170
Tiago – 155/80R13 (XB/XB/XM), 175/65R14 (XT/XZ)
Liva - 175/65R14 (J/JD, G/GD, V/VD), 185/60R15 (VX/VXD)
Reliability and After Sales Service:
This is where the Liva makes the most compelling argument against the Tiago. Toyota & Tata's Product Reliability and Service Support are from different worlds altogether. Toyota has THE best product reliability in the World supported by equally good Service Centers. Whereas, Tata has iffy product reliability especially on its newly launched vehicles coupled with lax and backward service support, which makes each visit to the service station a gamble.
Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Liva is bound to hold fantastic residual value, while the Tiago is bound to depreciate steeply after a usage of 5 to 7 years.
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 2.65, Liva G (Petrol, manual) – 3.39
Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 3.30, Liva GD (Diesel, manual) - 4.60
Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The Tiago XZ petrol has identical cost of Ownership as the Liva's 'G' variant, while the diesel Tiago XZ works out to be just 25,000 Rs. cheaper than the Liva GD. Whatever the Liva loses out in terms of higher pricing, it makes up in resale value.
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 5.76, Liva G (Petrol manual) – 5.77
Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 4.87, Liva GD (Diesel manual) - 5.23
The Tiago XZ makes a tempting proposition. It has numerous more features than the Liva's 'G' variant and yet works out to be identical to it in terms of Overall Ownership cost. But it will, in all probability take you to the Service Station for unscheduled visits, which the Liva wont! And every time you reach there, you will repent your decision of choosing the wrong brand. That is the time you will realise than the value of reliability is far more than the electronic and cosmetic trinkets shipped with the car. Plus Liva is an easier car to drive in city traffic and has more comfortable seating than the Tiago as well. The Tiago appeals to the heart, but the Liva appeals to the head. For us rationality always trumps momentary infatuation with new products, making the Liva our choice of this test.
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