Tata is finally out with its much-awaited hatchback, the Tata Altroz. With the Altroz, Tata expects to capture the already rushed and much competitive segment of the premium hatchbacks.

With a new design and several first in the segment features, Tata surely hopes to acquire a big piece of the market. Although, it won’t be easy considering the fact that some of the best selling vehicles of the country come from this very segment.

So let’s find out how the Altroz looks in comparison to its competitors viz Baleno, Glanza, Polo and the Elite i20.

About the Tata Altroz

Tata Altroz
The Tata Altroz

The Altroz is Tata’s first car based on its ALFA platform which is an acronym for Agile, Light, Flexible and Advanced. The hatchback’s design is already being appreciated and acknowledged by many. The laser-cut creases and a premium yet bold presence is something that might go well with the young audience in the urban settings.

The launch date of the hatchback is said to be January 22nd, as revealed by Tata Motors CEO Guenter Butschek. The hatchback will be available in five variants which are XE, XM, XT, XZ and XZ (O).

Tata has made sure that it complies it’s models to the BS6 variants. The engines used in the two BS6 options are borrowed from the home itself. One of them is taken from the Tiago which is a 3 cylinder 1.2-litre engine, whereas the diesel engine is a 1.5-litre turbocharged taken from the Nexon.

In the feature front, the Tata Altroz is packed and loaded. It has got everything one can think of in the price range. From a 6 speaker, Harman sound system to a wireless charging pad. Tata has surely put in a lot of R&D and tried to meet most of the customer demands in this one.

Let’s look at the different aspects and compare the Altroz to see how the new launch from the house of Tata competes with some well-placed players in the segment.

Tata Altroz Dimensions Comparison

Tata Altroz
Tata Altroz Dimensions
Dimensions Tata Altroz Honda Jazz Hyundai Elite i20 Maruti Baleno Volkswagen Polo Toyota Glanza
Length 3990 mm 3955 mm 3985 mm 3995 mm 3971 mm 3995 mm
Height 1523 mm 1544 mm 1505 mm 1510 mm 1469 mm 1510 mm
Width 1755 mm 1694 mm 1734 mm 1745 mm 1682 mm 1745 mm
Wheelbase 2501 mm 2530 mm 2570 mm 2570 mm 2469 mm 2570 mm
Wheel size 16 inches 15 inches 16 inches 16 inches 15 inches 16 inches
Ground Clearance 165 mm 165 mm 170 mm 170 mm 165 mm 170 mm

The hatchbacks, when compared together in the dimensions of the car, have some clear winners in different areas.

Longest Car: Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Toyota Glanza are the tallest cars in the hatchback segment.

Tallest Car: Honda Jazz turns out to be the tallest car when compared in all the segments.

Widest Car: The Tata Altroz is the widest car out of all the hatchbacks.

Wheelbase: Out of all the cars in the hatchback segments the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Toyota Glanza have the largest wheelbase out of all the cars.

Wheel Size: Most of the cars have a similar wheel size of around 15-16 inches.

Ground Clearance: The Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and gl have a similar ground clearance at 170 mm making them the cars with the highest ground clearance.

Tata Altroz Engine Comparison

Tata Altroz
Tata Altroz Engine| Image Courtesy: Motorbeam.com

When it comes to engine and horsepower, the hatchbacks are known to have a peppy amount of power which make them powerful and agile. Let’s compare them on the performance front.

Tata Altroz Honda Jazz Hyundai Elite i20 Maruti Suzuki Baleno Volkswagen Polo Toyota Glanza
Engine 1.2 L 1.2 litre 1.2 litre 1.2 litre/ 1.0 turbo 1.0 litre/ 1.2 litre turbo 1.2 litre
Power 86 hp 90 hp 83 hp 82 hp 76 hp 82 hp
Torque 113 Nm 110 Nm 117 Nm 113 Nm/ 150 Nm  95 Nm 113 Nm
Transmission 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Manual
Emissions BS6 BS4 BS4 BS6/BS4 BS4 BS6
No. of Cylinders 3 4 4 4 3/4 4

When it comes to showing off the power most of the cars have somewhat similar numbers. All the cars sport a 5-speed manual transmission and all the cars offer a CVT transmission option as well, whereas the Polo offers a DSG transmission.

Torque: The Elite i20 offers the highest torque at 117 Nm.

Power: On the power front the Honda Jazz offers the peppiest engine at 90 horsepowers

Emission Standards: All the cars are compliant with the latest BS6 models except the Volkswagen Polo which offers a BS4 emission standard engine.

Tata Altroz Safety Comparison

Tata Altroz
Tata Altroz Safety

Most of the companies in the Indian market have started taking the safety standards seriously in order to sell it as a USP to its customers.

Tata Altroz  Honda Jazz Hyundai Elite i20 Maruti Suzuki Baleno Volkswagen Polo  Toyota Glanza
Airbags 2 2 6 2 2 2
ABS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Parking Sensors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NCAP Ratings  Not out yet 4 star 3 star 3 star 4 star 3 star

Most of the cars have been rated 3 or 4 stars in the NCAP safety ratings. For the Tata Altroz, the ratings haven’t been out yet but are expected to be out soon with a great rating. The Hyundai i20 Elite with the six airbags although might have had a better rating.

Tata Altroz Features Comparison

Tata Altroz
Tata Altroz Features

On the feature front, the cars have been pitched against each other quite competitively due to the feature-rich accessories and interiors which have been loaded into them.

Tata Altroz Honda Jazz Hyundai Elite i20 Maruti Suzuki Baleno Volkswagen Polo Toyota Glanza
Fog Lamps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
LED DRLs Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Ambient Lighting Yes No No No No No
Navigation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keyless Entry Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Rear Wiper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cooled Glove box Yes No Yes No Yes No
Infotainment System Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear Defoggers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cruise Control Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Electric Tailgate  Yes No No No No No

Tata Altroz Price Comparison

Tata Altroz
Tata Altroz Price | Image Courtesy: Indianautosblog

The price factor has been something which has made or break the fortunes for many car companies in India. No matter what you bring into the Indian market, the consumers are price conscious which makes it a field to play cards sensibly for the car companies.

Here are the premium hatchbacks when compared on the price front:

Fuel Altroz Jazz Elite i20 Baleno Volkswagen Polo Glanza
Petrol ₹ 5-7 Lakhs* ₹7.45-₹9.29 lakhs ₹5.52-₹9.14 lakhs ₹5.58-₹8.90 lakhs ₹5.84-₹9.77 lakhs ₹6.98-₹8.90 lakhs
Diesel ₹ 6-8 Lakhs* ₹8.16-₹9.40 lakhs ₹6.90-₹9.34 lakhs ₹6.68-₹8.68 lakhs ₹7.36-₹9.90 lakhs N.A.

*The official price hasn’t been revealed by the manufacturer. The price mentioned is the expected price. All the prices mentioned above are ex-showroom, Delhi.

Tata Altroz | Is it worth the buy?

The Tata Altroz surely seems like a package to go for on all fronts. The BS6 compliant engine, along with the stylish and bold exterior as well as a feature-laden interiors make it a great competitor even before it’s launched. The final wait is for the price reveal by the Tata Motors and a road test which will prove how the car turns out for real.

Stay tuned for more.

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