Eight things about the Altroz that strengthen its game

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Tata Altroz Image : Tata Motors

The Altroz is Tata’s offering in the premium hatchback segment- the brands answer to the likes of the Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, and the Honda Jazz. While the Altroz comes with some striking design elements and an all-new chassis, dethroning the Baleno and the i20- which have been the prominent choice of buyers, isn’t going to cream puff for Tata. It’s a tough battle to win, but here are eight things that strengthen the Altroz’s game.

  1. Widest car in its segment
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Tata Altroz offers the widest cabin Image : Tata Motors

At 1,755cm, the Altroz is 10cm wider than the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, 21cm wider than the Hyundai i20 and 51cm wider than the Honda Jazz. The rear seats offer decent comfort too and feature a center armrest.


  1. Flat bottom steering wheel
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Tata Altroz three-spoke flat-bottom steering Image : Tata Motors

Yes, across all the variants. And the steering wheel is nice and chunky- leather-wrapped. If only the engines were as exciting!

  1. The rear floor is completely flat
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Tata Altroz offers a flat rear floor with AC vents and 12V socket Image : Tata Motors

No discomfort while seating 3 in the back. Bliss! This is a result of the new ALFA platform, which will also underpin a few electric vehicles. This means future Tata models based on this platform would be carrying a flat rear floor as well.

  1. Ambient lighting around the dashboard, footwell, and console
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Tata Altroz blue ambient lighting Image : Tata Motors

The blue ambient light modernizes the interior, and adds an up-market feel to the cabin.  We wish the colors were customizable, however, the cool blue is perfectly soothing to the eye.

  1. ISS-IDLE start stop
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Tata Altroz comes with start-stop mechanism Image : Tata Motors

Marginally better mileage in city start-stop traffic, also promotes lesser exhaust emission. There is no battery-backed hybrid system onboard though.

  1. Harman infotainment system with 6 speakers
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Six speakers on offer Image : Tata Motors

Well, 4 speakers and 2 tweeters. The Harman tuned speakers offer the punchiest sound in this segment of cars.

  1. Cruise control
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steering mounted cruise control Image : Tata Motors

It’s mainly a city car, however, those occasional highway cruises would be extremely comfortable with a cruise control system onboard.

  1. 5-Star safety
5 Star Safety Tata Altroz Car 2020 - Topgear Magazine
5-Star NCAP rating Image : Tata Motors

The Altroz is based on the ALFA architect construction and scored a 5 star at the global NCAP. #SaferCarsForIndia