Tata Motors made its debut in the premium hatchback segment with the TATA Altroz. The Altroz marks the company’s first product in the premium hatchback space and this car was the first to be based on the ALFA modular platform (AMP).
The Altroz has been brought in with the intention to stir up the competition in the premium hatchback segment where the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20 and even the Honda Jazz enjoy a huge advantage.
Before we get into more details, let’s look into TATA Altroz first drive review from experts!
TATA Altroz Design:
The first point is that Tata Altroz is clearly the best looking hatchback in the country right now and not just in its segment. The car has a distinctive style and looks sharp, sporty and premium at the same time. The highlight at the front is the grille, which is integrated perfectly with the headlamps and protrudes out as well. The LED DRLs have been integrated with the fog lamps in the lower part of the bumper and the abundance of sharp creases and strong lines all around give the Altroz a dynamic stance.
The car when viewed from the side, even when stationary, looks quite kinetic. The other highlight in the design is the lowered window line at the front and the way it rises up towards the rear lends a lot of sportiness to this hatchback. The dual colored rear with the blacked-out top part of the tailgate and sharp tail lamps again adds to the sporty character of the car.
TATA Altroz Features:
The floating 7-inch infotainment touchscreen also looks good and is placed in such a way that the driver doesn’t need to take off eyes from the road completely to operate it. The touch response is fluid and the user interface is also quite simple. The Harman audio system is also quite impressive and the sound output from the four speakers and two tweeters is better than most cars in this segment.
The digi-analogue instrument cluster is all-new and offers a wide host of information for the driver. Apart from the usual readouts even the amount of power and torque being used is shown. The flat-bottomed steering wheel feels nice to hold and consists audio, phone and cruise control buttons.
Interior of Altroz:
To highlight, there are multiple cubby holes all around the cabin and the door pockets can easily store a 1litre and a small water bottle. There’s an inbuilt slot for an umbrella also, which will be appreciated by people who live in rainy areas. A notable thing here is the glove box, which offers a segment-best volume of 15 litres and a removable tray as well along with cooling. A sliding armrest in the front is again a segment-first feature and does its job quite well.
At the rear, as one would expect in a Tata Motors car, space is available in abundance. legroom is quite a lot although not as much as in the Honda WR-V and headroom also should not be an issue for most people. There’s rear AC vents as well and this will be appreciated by people living in hot areas.
The benefit of this upright seat though is that you get a large boot capacity of 345 litres, making the Tata Altroz a good car for weekend getaways with family and friends.
The gold standard safety of TATA Altroz:
The Tata Altroz comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and all the other standard safety features which have been mandated under the new safety regulations. These include rear parking sensors, high-speed alert system along with the driver and front passenger seat belt warning. These safety features are in sync with what the competition offer, but not the best in the segment as the Hyundai Elite i20 scores better with its 6 airbags available in the top-spec trim.
Also Altroz is only the second made-in India car to achieve 5 start rating after the Tata Nexon. The Altroz scored solid 5 stars with 16.13 points out of 17 in adult occupant protection while in child occupant protection it got three stars with 29 points out of 49.
TATA Altroz Price:
Tata Altroz price starts at ₹ 5.44 Lakh and goes upto ₹ 9.09 Lakh. The price of Petrol version for Altroz ranges between ₹ 5.44 Lakh – ₹ 7.89 Lakh and the price of Diesel version for Altroz ranges between ₹ 6.99 Lakh – ₹ 9.09 Lakh.
The Altroz is Tata’s take on the premium hatchback segment. It has got a radical design and a decent list of features. In terms of driving dynamics, it doesn’t disappoint either with its well-sorted steering response, adequate ride quality and superb brakes. However, the pricing could have undercut its rivals though to make the Altroz furthermore desirable.