When it comes to buying an affordable car in India or a family’s first car, 9/10 times the car is most likely to be a hatchback, why? Because they are the most affordable of all, starting from the ranges of alto and kwid in the under 4 lakhs range to all the way up to the premium hatchbacks like the Volkswagen polo gt tsi.
But sitting in exactly the middle of this segment there is a car that strikes the perfect balance between affordability and premium-ness and that car is made by an Indian Brand, I am sure you would have guessed it by now…..
The car is none other than the tata Altroz, the car that took over the internet, and the enthusiasts all around India with its striking design.
It’s not that we didn’t have an Indian hatchback in this segment, it’s just that we didn’t have a hatchback that we as Indians could be proud of, and it seems to me like that tata has just given us the chance to be proud of Indian car designs.
Starting from the design itself, the Altroz is perfect in its proportions, designed by the famous Indian car designer Pratap bose. The lies, the curves everything on the Altroz is spot on, there are no weird angles that interrupt the design, it just follows smoothly and it ends very well in the rear.
The best compliment that I can give to the design of the Altroz is that it’s an absolute head turner despite being a hatchback and it can stand up to the polo gt tsi in terms of attractiveness.
Now moving on to the engine of the Altroz, the Altroz is available with a 1.3 liter 3-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine.
Recently a turbocharged variant has been introduced into the Altroz line-up. The base 1.3-liter Revotron engine puts out 86 ps and 113 nm of torque, moving to the turbo petrol engine, it’s pushing out 110 ps of power and 140 nm of torque, but if you desire more torque instead of horsepower then you can also get the diesel Revotron engine that’s putting out 90 ps of power and 200 nm of torque!
Coming to the transmission of the Altroz, all the Altroz models in the line-up are available with a 5-speed manual transmission, I am really glad to see that tata is preserving the manuals by giving a manual as an only option.
The Altroz has a ground clearance of 165 mm unladen, which is more than enough for a city car. The boot space at 345 liters would certainly prove to help when going in for long trips.
With a seating capacity of 5 people, I would say the Altroz is a pretty practical car as well, the 37-liter fuel tank might seem low on capacity but when it combines with the mileage of the Altroz, you can expect to get a decent range from the altroz.
When it comes to safety, the altroz is safe af, being a tata product always pays off well in safety and that’s why I wasn’t surprised when I saw that the altroz scored 5 stars at the global NCAP, they did it with the Nexon and they have done it with the altroz too.
Features like EBD (electronic brake distribution) make the altroz a much safer car.
Also, there is a first-time feature in this class of car and that is driving modes, never have I ever seen a car in this segment providing the driver with the ability to switch between drive modes but here we are with tata doing its magic.
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