ToyCar joins family -- Tata Tiago XZA ( Petrol, with AMT) Last week, we brought another car in family. It's meant for my wife, so it had to be safe, comfortable and compact. The first parameter decided unanimously was that it had to be "Automatic". No gears & clutch business. Although she is comfortable with manual transmission on our other cars, but she wanted her exclusive car to be equipped with an AT. Budget was finalised at about INR 5,50,000 (+- 10%). We went through numerous test drives of Alto, Celerio, Tigor (no AMT, but still we loved this car ), Tiago, Grand i10, i20, Kwid, KUV100, etc. But with such a smallish budget (!), we zeroed in on Kwid 1L AMT. And then tried to squeeze ourselves for its Climber variant. But then good senses prevailed, and just few minutes before signing on our cheque, we chose to checkout Tiago AMT, again. The wafer thin sheet metal of Climber variant went against it and we moved out of Renault showroom. Surprisingly, Tata dealer welcomed us this time with much refined hospitality. After the flimsy built of Kwid, Tiago felt like a Humvee, if not a tank. We took another TD of Tiago AMT at our home on our known stretch, with keen eye to find the faults which can make us regret later. Apart from couple of negligible things, which are obvious in a Tata car, we were smiling at the end of TD. Dealer was not ready to give us 'any' benefit in cash or kind. We played dealer-against-dealer game to no avail. We immediately went to another showroom, and equipped with a more sharp attitude, we started negotiating with him. Fortunately, he agreed to our requests (suggestions ). We booked the car, signed the cheque with initial amount. And the wait game started. XZA can take about 20-25 days, but we managed to get it within a week. Yes, in 6 days flat. Somehow we couldnot take the delivery on expected date due to some personal exigency. We took the delivery after a week's time. During the negotiations, we managed to save more than INR 31,000 for the final On-Road Delhi price. -------------------- Till now it has covered some 125 KMs only in last one week. Tiago feels slightly wider than my WagonR in front seats. Getting in and out of car is easy for elders as well. Seats are comfortable and airconditioning is also nice. Nothing significant was experienced from AC. Its as good as all other cars! With temperature hovering at 45-46 C in delhi, ACs are prone to deliver lesser than THE expectations. But yes, since ours is brand new car, it chilled entire cabin during night drives in no time. Many users have reported that AC is pathetic in Tiago. I also felt the same while coming out of showroom in peak afternoon. I was driving on default City mode. Couple of days later I noticed a sudden change in AC's behaviour when the car is driven in Sports mode! Tiago's AC perform much better in Manual and Sport modes. It seems the default setting of City mode is tuned in a way where AC is also less interfering in fuel efficiency. After spending a number of years with a CNG fed car, I drive Tiago XZA slowly on its default City mode for a KM or so in morning, before changing to Sport mode. Fuel efficiency on MID is 12.9KMPL with 110% AC. Didn't checked it by brim-to-brim method yet. Why 110%? ['Çoz we are spending few more minutes in car after every drive, checking its features and counting the cubby holes/slots/places where we can keep some stuff!] Stereo is fantastic at high volumes. Headlights are enough. Foglights are useless. Horn is adequate. Boot space is decent. Ground clearance is high enough for all normal speedbreakers and potholes, etc. Noise from a 3-pot Tata petrol engine is acceptable. No noise inside cabin. Light music, AC on full, blower on 1-2, no clutch/gear ... Nirvana!