Tata Altroz Review Test Drive
Tata Altroz

Tata has entered the market of the premium hatchback with the Altroz. It was first showcased as a 45X concept in 2018 Auto-Expo. It was later launched in the year 2019. Later, in the year 2021, Tata launched the turbo petrol variant of the Altroz. Altroz promises a good amount of space, comfort and refinement. Let’s take a deeper look into the Altroz and find out if it is worth it.

Pros – Attractive Design, Amazing Ride Quality, Good Performance From Diesel Engine

Cons – Underpowered Petrol Engine, No Automatic Transmission, Misses Out On Certain Features

Tata Altroz Exteriors

From the outside, the Altroz definitely looks smart and handsome. Upfront, it gets piano back grille with hexagonal design. The headlights get a projector setup and they merge into the grille, giving a sweeping design to the car. There is an end-to-end chrome strip below the front grille which looks premium. The high-set fog lamps also home to the LED DRLs and a nicely done air dam on the bumper look nice. There are numerous amount of lines and creases on the side. There is a rising window line with a black slab that starts thick and tapers towards the rear. The rear door handles are placed on the C-pillar. The 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels look neatly done. There is a dual-tone theme present for the tail of the Altroz. The spoiler, tail light surround, and upper portion of the boot lid come finished in black, which gives a sporty appeal to the car. Buyers can also opt for a complete black roof for full effect.

Tata Altroz Interiors

Getting inside the Altroz is an effortless task. All four doors of the Altroz are wide with a 90-degree opening. The dashboard looks neat and has layered effects with textured plastics on the top, a glossy finish on the centre console, and light grey materials lower down. Blue ambient light surrounds the centre console, which uplifts the driving experience at night. The instrument cluster has a 7-inch TFT screen and an analog speedometer. The 7-inch TFT screen shows the tachometer and a lot of information. It also shows the navigation instructions when a smartphone is connected, reducing the need to look at the main touchscreen.

The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is placed at the top of the centre console. The infotainment system comes powered by Harman with 8 speakers. In terms of connectivity, it gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB. In addition, it also gets iRA connected car tech. In terms of features, the Altroz gets automatic climate control, steering mounted audio controls, push-button start/stop, cruise control, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, electrically adjustable and auto foldable OVRMs. The Altroz gets a wearable key that can be put on the wrist like any other smart band and with that, you can lock/unlock the car.

Tata Altroz Space

Front seats are comfortable and provide a good amount of support. Getting into the back seat is easy, thanks to the 90 degrees opening of the doors and high seating position. Space at the rear is enough to fit three adults. Legroom and headroom are sufficient even for the tall passengers. However, there is an excess of bolstering present which may be uncomfortable at certain times. The Altroz gets a 345-litre boot space. The high loading lip makes it difficult to load heavy luggage. However, the boot is well-shaped to fit in more luggage easily.

Tata Altroz Engine Performance

The Altroz is offered in three engine options – a 1.2-litre Revotron, 3-cylinder, petrol engine, a 1.2-litre i-Turbo, 3-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre Revotorq, 4-cylinder, diesel engine. The 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine produces 86 PS of power at 6000 RPM and a torque output of 113 Nm at 3300 RPM. The 1.2-litre i-Turbo petrol engine produces 110 PS of power at 5500 RPM and a torque output of 140 Nm at 1500-5500 RPM. The 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel engine produces 90 PS of power at 4000 RPM and a torque output of 200 Nm at 1250-3000 RPM. All the three engines are available with 5-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic transmission on offer with the Altroz.

Talking about the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, it is an updated version of the Tigor’s 1.2-litre engine with dual variable valve timing and high compression ratio. The engine is refined, but it doesn’t feel peppy at low speeds. The Altroz gets two driving modes, i.e. Eco and City mode. In Eco mode, the motor feels very lethargic and is only good for cruising at highway speeds. The City mode is somewhat better than the Eco mode, but in City mode also you can feel that the Altroz is underpowered. The clutch is on the lighter side. However, the 5-speed manual gearbox isn’t very slick-shifting.

The 1.2-litre, i-Turbo petrol engine is the same engine that is available in the Nexon with a higher state of tune. There is some amount of lag felt in the low range. The mid-range is the best to drive and there are no flat spots felt. Compared to the NA 1.2-litre engine, the turbo petrol engine is much better to drive and because of this engine now the Altroz doesn’t feel underpowered. However, it is still slow when compared to its rivals. The Altroz i-Turbo comes with two driving modes – City and Sport (the regular car gets Eco and City modes). The sport mode feels enthusiastic and you will enjoy it driving in Sport mode if mileage is not a concern for you.

The 1.5-litre diesel engine is the same as that is available in the Nexon with a lower state of tune. The diesel engine is quite fun to drive and offers fantastic pulling in the mid-range. The engine delivers power linearly, and there is no sudden burst of power. The engine feels noisy past 3000 RPM.

Tata Altroz Mileage

The Altroz diesel has an ARAI-rated mileage of 25.11 km/l. In real-world conditions, you can expect anywhere between 15-18 km/l in city traffic and 19-23 km/l on highways. The 1.2-litre NA petrol engine has an ARAI-rated mileage of 19.05 km/l. In real-world conditions, you can expect anywhere between 12-14 km/l in city traffic and 14-16 km/l on highways. The 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine has an ARAI-rated mileage of 18.13 km/l. In real-world conditions, you can expect anywhere between 11-13 km/l in city traffic and 13-16 km/l on highways. The 1.2-litre NA engine has an ARAI-rated mileage of 19.05 km/l. In real-world conditions, you can expect anywhere between 12-14 km/l in city traffic and 14-16 km/l on highways. However, fuel efficiency depends on driving conditions, traffic conditions, and other such external factors. 

Tata Altroz Handling

The Altroz is based on ALFA (Agile, Light, Flexible, & Advanced) platform. The electric steering feels light at low speeds and weighs up pleasantly at high speeds. At triple-digit speeds, the Altroz feels planted and gives you a sense of confidence around the corners.

Tata Altroz Comfort

The suspension is slightly tuned on the stiffer side, but the suspension easily absorbs the bumps and the Altroz glides on the bad roads with ease. There is no vertical movement felt in the Altroz, and as you pick up the pace, the ride becomes flat and composed.

Tata Altroz Safety

Tata Altroz scored a 5-star safety rating by Global NCAP. In terms of safety equipment the Altroz gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, corner stability, ISOFIX child seat mounts, immobilizer, driver and co-driver seat belt remainder, high-speed alerts, and much more.

Tata Altroz Service

Tata has a wide network of service centres across India. Tata’s after-sales service is quite impressive, and Tata cars come with a hassle-free ownership experience.

Tata Altroz Price

Following are the prices (on-road Mumbai) of the Tata Altroz Petrol:

  • Tata Altroz XE Petrol (MT) – Rs. 6.79 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XE Rhythm Petrol (MT) – Rs. 7.08 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XM Petrol (MT) – Rs. 7.50 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XM+ Petrol (MT) – Rs. 7.77 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XT Petrol (MT) – Rs. 8.46 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XT i-Turbo Petrol (MT) – Rs. 9.07 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XZ Petrol (MT) – Rs. 9.12 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XZ (O) Petrol (MT) – Rs. 9.30 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XZ+ Petrol (MT) – Rs. 9.67 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XZ i-Turbo Petrol (MT) – Rs. 9.90 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XZ+ i-Turbo Petrol (MT) – Rs. 10.36 lakhs

Following are the prices (on-road Mumbai) of the Tata Altroz Diesel:

  • Tata Altroz XE Diesel (MT) – Rs. 8.44 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XE Rhythm Diesel (MT) – Rs. 8.77 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XM Diesel (MT) – Rs. 9.10 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XT Diesel (MT) – Rs. 9.96 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XZ Diesel (MT) – Rs. 10.64 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XZ (O) Diesel (MT) – Rs. 10.81 lakhs
  • Tata Altroz XZ+ Diesel (MT) – Rs. 11.24 lakhs

Tata Altroz Resale Value

The Altroz is relatively new in the market but, because it is gaining sales figures, resale value is expected to be good. The resale value also relies on the condition of the vehicle and the total kilometres driven.

Tata Altroz Colours

The Tata Altroz is offered in the following colours:

  • Midtown Grey
  • Downtown Red
  • Avenue White
  • High Street Gold
  • Harbour Blue

Dual Tone treatment is available in the XZ, XZ (i-Turbo), XZ+, XZ+ (i-Turbo) trims.

Tata Altroz Specs

Following are the specifications of the BS6 Tata Altroz:

  • Engine:- 1199cc, Revotron, 3 Cylinder, Petrol | 1199cc, i-Turbo, 3 Cylinder, Petrol | 1497cc, Revotroq, 4 Cylinder, Turbocharged Diesel
  • Power:- 86 PS @ 6000 RPM | 110 PS @ 5500 RPM | 90 PS @ 4000 RPM
  • Torque:- 113 Nm @ 3300 RPM | 140 Nm @ 1500-5500 RPM | 200 Nm @ 1250-3000 RPM
  • Transmission:- 5-Speed Manual
  • Fuel Efficiency (ARAI):- 19.05 km/l (Petrol) | 18.13 km/l (Turbo Petrol) | 25.11 km/l (Diesel)
  • Fuel Efficiency (Real World):- 12-14 km/l (City Traffic) 14-16 (Highway) (Petrol) | 11-13 km/l (City Traffic) 13-16 (Highway) (Turbo Petrol) | 15-18 km/l (City Traffic) 19-23 (Highway) (Diesel)
  • Dimensions (L X W X H):- 3990 mm x 1755 mm x 1523 mm
  • Wheelbase:- 2501 mm
  • Ground Clearance:- 165 mm
  • Kerb Weight:- 1035-1150 kgs
  • Fuel Tank Capacity:- 37 litres
  • Boot Capacity:- 345 litres
  • Turning Radius:- 5 metres
  • Tyre Size*:- 165/80/14 (XE (P/D), XM (P/D), XT (i-Turbo)), 195/55/16 (XT (P), XM+ (P), XZ (P/i-Turbo), XZ+ (i-Turbo)) | 185/60/16 (XT (D), XZ (D), XZ+ (P/D)) | 165/80/14 Steel (Spare Wheel)
  • Suspension:- Independent McPherson Dual-Path Strut with Coil Spring (Front), Twist Blade with Coil Spring & Shock Absorber (Rear)
  • Brakes:- Disc (Front), Drum (Rear)

*P – Petrol, D-Diesel.

Tata Altroz Variants

The Tata Altroz is offered in the following variants:

  • XE
  • XM
  • XM+
  • XT
  • XT (i-Turbo)
  • XZ
  • XZ (i-Turbo)
  • XZ+
  • XZ+ (i-Turbo)

Different factory fitted customs packs are also available in the Altroz

  • XE (Rhythm Pack)
  • XM (Rhythm Pack / Style Pack / Rhythm+Style Pack)
  • XT (Luxe Pack)
  • XZ (Urban Pack)

Tata Altroz Rating

We give the Tata Altroz a rating of 4/5.

Tata Altroz Upcoming Models

Tata is planning to launch the Altroz i-Turbo with a DCT gearbox. Currently, the Altroz is available only with the manual transmission.

Tata Altroz vs Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 is available with three engine options – a 1.2-litre NA petrol engine, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.0-litre turbo engine comes with a DCT & an iMT gearbox. Comparing, the turbo petrol and the diesel engines of both the cars, the i20 has more power and torque compared to that of the Altroz. The i20 comes more feature-loaded and feels more premium than the Altroz. In terms of dimensions, both the cars are nearly the same in terms of length. However, in terms of width, the i20 is wider by 20 mm and on the other side, the Altroz is taller by 18 mm than the Hyundai i20.

Tata Altroz vs Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz is offered with a single 1.2-litre petrol engine. There is an option of manual or a CVT transmission available with the Jazz. In terms of power and torque output figures for the NA petrol engine, both the cars are nearly the same. In terms of dimensions, both the cars are nearly the same in terms of length. However, in terms of width, the Altroz is wider by 61 mm and on the other side, the Jazz is taller by 21 mm than the Altroz.

Tata Altroz vs Maruti Baleno

The build quality of the Altroz is way better than the Maruti Baleno. The Baleno is offered with a petrol engine only. There is no option for a diesel engine in the Baleno. In terms of power and torque output figures for the NA petrol engine, both the cars are nearly the same. The Baleno is also offered with mild-hybrid technology for better fuel efficiency. In terms of dimensions, both the cars are nearly the same.

Tata Altroz vs Toyota Glanza

The Toyota Glanza is the re-badged version of the Maruti Baleno. The Glanza is offered with the same amount of features and same engine specification that are present in the Baleno.

Tata Altroz vs Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo is offered with two engine options – a 1.0-litre MPI and a 1.0-litre TSI. The 1.0-litre TSI offers excellent drivability and a good punch. The Polo is a decade-old car and misses out on certain features like a push-button engine start/stop, reverse parking camera, and much more. In terms of dimensions, the Altroz is longer by 19 mm, wider by 73 mm, and taller by 54 mm than the Polo.