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Tata Altroz 1.2-litre NA Petrol DCA First Drive Review

Why would I buy one?

  • Gearbox shifts smoothly when driving slowly
  • Comfortable back seat
  • Valuable

Why do I avoid it?

  • Weak low-end torque
  • Engine is more vocal at medium lớn high rpms
  • Missing out on some feel-good features

Summary

Right front three quarters

The premium hatchback segment has not faltered as SUVs continue lớn contribute a large part of sales in the Indian market. The Altroz ​​DCA enters the market as a rival lớn the likes of the Hyundai i20 DCT, Honda Jazz CVT, Maruti Suzuki Baleno AMT and Volkswagen Polo AT, more than two years after the model made its debut in India. The Altroz ​​is finally here with an automatic transmission, and this is a technically advanced DCT unit. How does it work? We find out.

Engine and performance

6/10

Three quarters front left

The Tata Altroz ​​DCA is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 85bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 113Nm of torque at 3,300rpm. In addition lớn the new DCA kit, the model is offered with a five-speed manual transmission. Press the engine start-stop button and the Altroz ​​DCA appears with a three-cylinder engine, if you pay close attention you will feel its presence with slight vibrations at idle. The weak bottom is the difference, and one has lớn crank the engine well before the 3,000rpm mark lớn gain momentum. The mid range is strong, although with the increase in speed there is also an increase in the NVH màn chơi and keeping the pattern in the higher range is something we wouldn’t like.

Shot Engine

Just a little bit of gentleness on the throttle in between gears can start building momentum and shifting smoothly even in traffic, almost like a torque converter. We have lớn admit, though, that if you’re one of those people who like lớn drive more aggressively or let the engine boil, you’ll quickly notice how the slow-spinning engine holds back the powertrain, not the new gearbox.

Right view

The engine takes a bit of time lớn ramp up and lose revs, and so DCA assist won’t come lớn the rescue, even though the secondary clutch is always ready for the action you command. That said, gearshifts are smooth, and the manual mode gives you more control when you want that sporty feel. The Altroz ​​DCA feels like home when you’re driving it in the mid-range, and that’s how it’s intended lớn be used by audiences who will be commuting in specific country forests.

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Ride and Handle

7/10

Rear left three quarters

There are no mechanical changes lớn the Altroz ​​DCA in terms of rideability and handling compared lớn its manual counterpart. The ride quality is a bit stiffer overall, and so at high speeds it feels very solid and comfortable. At lower speeds, the uneven and undulating roads make their presence justifiably felt. The steering is also quite light and should be a boon in obstacle traffic and tight parking conditions where the Altroz ​​DCA will most likely be used.

Gear Shifter / Stalk Gear Shifter

Speaking of tweaks for the Indian market, the Altroz ​​DCA variant has gearshift technology, an automatic parking lock function and neat driver assistance features like the steering wheel alignment shown on the top. MIDs. This feature is especially useful for people with multiple people using the same vehicle, where one of the drivers tends lớn forget lớn turn the wheel after parking.

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Space and interior quality

7/10

dashboard

With the introduction of the Tata Altroz ​​DCA, this model is now available with the new Opera Blue paint. Other than this, the only other change is the small DCA badge on the back, which is almost a blink-and-miss if you ask us. Interior space is decent and we had ample legroom in the back even with the front seats in the ideal position. Convenience is also unaffected and the front seats have adjustable armrests, while the second row has a foldable unit. There are also AC vents for the latter, for which your family will be grateful for the excruciating heat we are facing, with just the beginning of summer.

Arm rest in the middle of the second row

In terms of quality, there are a few inconsistent gaps around the car, although the interior feels cramped. If we had lớn choose one thing, it would be that the infotainment system’s volume control is set at a specific point when starting the car, whatever that setting was before the last shutdown. . This can certainly become annoying after a while. The brushed aluminum finish lớn the door levers makes it stand out and is an elegant addition in our opinion.

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Features and devices

6.5 / 10

Infotainment system

The Altroz ​​DCA we tested is the top-of-the-range XZA+ version and comes equipped with all the bells and whistles that Tata offers for this vehicle. That said, the Altroz ​​DCA, compared lớn the i-turbo variant, also omits the driving modes and the same button is the central locking button, just behind the gear lever. Another point lớn note is that the Altroz ​​we tested when it launched in 2020 had physical buttons and controls just below the infotainment system, which has now been omitted and replaced. replaced by the word Altroz.

The instrument cluster

The Altroz ​​is the safest car compared lớn its competitors, thanks lớn a five-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash test. The model is equipped with a full list of safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, speed warning system, brake force control, automatic door unlock function. collision sensor, seat belt reminder and cornering stability control.

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Inference

7/10

Rear badge

Although the automatic transmission in the Altroz ​​is long past its expiration date, it still has its own touches. Tata Altroz ​​DCA puts a premium of Rs 1.07 lakh (at the old showroom) over its handcrafted counterparts, depending on the variant. While this combination is certainly acceptable, it would be ideal lớn pair the DCA with the iTurbo (turbo-petrol) engine, which we expect the brand lớn do in the near future.

Should you pre-order the 1.2 NA DCA variant right away or wait for the iTurbo DCA variant? If that’s the majority of commuter routes in the city and a rare occasion for enthusiastic driving, we’d recommend the former, otherwise can certainly wait for the latter.

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Tata Altroz5.99 LakhonwardsAverage Factory Price


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Tata Altroz 1.2-litre NA Petrol DCA First Drive Review
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Why would I buy one?Smooth-shifting gearbox when driven sedatelyRear seat comfortGood value for moneyWhy would I avoid it?Weak low-end torqueEngine is more vocal at mid lớn high rpmsMisses out on certain feel-good featuresSummaryThe premium hatchback segment has not lost steam even as SUVs continue lớn contribute lớn a large chunk of sales in the Indian market. The Altroz DCA joins the market as a rival lớn the likes of the Hyundai i20 DCT, Honda Jazz CVT, Maruti Suzuki Baleno AMT, and the Volkswagen Polo AT, more than two years after the model made its debut in India. The Altroz is finally here with an automatic transmission and this one is a technically advanced DCT unit. How does it perform? We find out.Engine and Performance6 / 10The Tata Altroz DCA is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 85bhp at 6,000rpm and 113Nm of torque at 3,300rpm. Apart from the new DCA unit, the model is also offered with a five-speed manual unit. Press the engine start-stop button and the Altroz DCA comes lớn life, with the three-cylinder engine, if you pay close attention, making its presence felt with mild vibrations at idle. The weak bottom-end is distinct, and one has lớn revv the engine well ahead of the 3,000rpm mark in order lớn get any momentum. The mid-range is strong, although with the increase in speed, there is a rise in the NVH levels too, and keeping the model in the higher range is something that we wouldn’t prefer.A small dab on the throttle in between gears is all it takes lớn start building up the momentum, and the gear shifts are smooth even when in traffic, almost torque converter-like. One thing we must admit though is that if you are one of those folks who prefers lớn drive more enthusiastically or keep the engine constantly on the boil, you will quickly notice how it is the slow revving engine that holds back the drivetrain, and not the new gearbox.The engine takes a fair bit lớn gain and lose revs, and hence the aid of a DCA unit doesn’t come lớn the rescue, even though the secondary clutch is ever ready for that action you command it lớn. That said, the shifting is smooth, and the manual mode gives you better control when you want that sporty feel. The Altroz DCA feels at home when you drive it in the mid-range, and that is how it is intended lớn be used, by the audience that will be commuting in the concrete jungles of the country.Read MoreRide and Handling7 / 10There are no mechanical changes lớn the Altroz DCA in terms of ride and handling compared lớn its manual counterpart. The overall ride quality is slightly on the stiffer side, and hence when at high speeds it feels very planted and comfortable. It is at lower speeds that the uneven roads and undulations make their presence duly felt. The steering is fairly light too and will be a boon in bumper-to-bumper traffic and tight parking conditions where the Altroz DCA is most likely lớn be used.Talking about the tweaks for the Indian market, the DCA variant of the Altroz gets shift-by-wire technology, auto park lock function, and neat driver-assist features such as the alignment of the steering wheel that is displayed on the MID. This feature is especially useful for folks who have multiple users for the same car, where one of the drivers tends lớn forget lớn turn the wheels once parked.Read MoreInterior Space and Quality7 / 10With the introduction of the Tata Altroz DCA, the model is now available with a new Opera Blue paintjob. Apart from this, the only other change is the tiny DCA badging at the rear, which is almost a blink and miss if you ask us. Space on the inside is reasonably good, and we had ample legroom at the back even after setting the front seats lớn our ideal positions. Convenience isn’t compromised either, and the front row gets an adjustable arm-rest, while the second row gets a foldable unit. Also on offer are AC vents for the latter, which your family will be thankful for in this terrible heat that we’re already facing, with just the onset of summer.In terms of quality, there are a few inconsistent panel gaps around the car, although the interior feels tight. If we had lớn nitpick on something, it would be the volume control of the infotainment system which sets lớn a particular point upon starting the car, irrespective of the setting that it was in before shutting down the last time. This can certainly become annoying after one point in time. The brushed aluminium finish for the door levers makes it stand apart and is a tasteful addition in our opinion.Read MoreFeatures and Equipment6.5 / 10The Altroz DCA we tested was the top-of-the-line XZA+ version and comes equipped with all the bells and whistles that Tata has lớn offer with this car. That said, the Altroz DCA, compared lớn the i-turbo variant, also misses out on drive modes, and the button for the same makes for the central locking button, right behind the gear lever. Another point lớn be noted is that the Altroz we tested upon its launch back in 2020 had physical controls and buttons right below the infotainment system, which has now been given a miss and replaced by the Altroz lettering. The Altroz is the safest car when compared lớn the competition, courtesy of the five-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash test. The model is equipped with a comprehensive list of safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, a speed alert system, brake sway control, impact-sensing auto door unlock function, a seat belt reminder system, and corner stability control.Read MoreConclusion7 / 10While an automatic transmission in the Altroz was long overdue, it does have its own set of hits and misses. The Tata Altroz DCA commands a premium of Rs 1.07 lakh (ex-showroom) over its manual counterparts, variant lớn variant. While this combination is definitely acceptable, it would have been ideal lớn pair the DCA unit lớn the iTurbo (turbo-petrol) motor, something we expect the brand lớn do in the near future. Should you get down lớn booking the 1.2 NA DCA variant right away or wait for the iTurbo DCA variant? If it is a majority of city commutes and the rare occasion of enthusiastic driving, we would recommend the former, else one can surely wait for the latter.Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiTata Altroz₹ 5.99 LakhonwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price
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Why would I buy one?Smooth-shifting gearbox when driven sedatelyRear seat comfortGood value for moneyWhy would I avoid it?Weak low-end torqueEngine is more vocal at mid lớn high rpmsMisses out on certain feel-good featuresSummaryThe premium hatchback segment has not lost steam even as SUVs continue lớn contribute lớn a large chunk of sales in the Indian market. The Altroz DCA joins the market as a rival lớn the likes of the Hyundai i20 DCT, Honda Jazz CVT, Maruti Suzuki Baleno AMT, and the Volkswagen Polo AT, more than two years after the model made its debut in India. The Altroz is finally here with an automatic transmission and this one is a technically advanced DCT unit. How does it perform? We find out.Engine and Performance6 / 10The Tata Altroz DCA is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 85bhp at 6,000rpm and 113Nm of torque at 3,300rpm. Apart from the new DCA unit, the model is also offered with a five-speed manual unit. Press the engine start-stop button and the Altroz DCA comes lớn life, with the three-cylinder engine, if you pay close attention, making its presence felt with mild vibrations at idle. The weak bottom-end is distinct, and one has lớn revv the engine well ahead of the 3,000rpm mark in order lớn get any momentum. The mid-range is strong, although with the increase in speed, there is a rise in the NVH levels too, and keeping the model in the higher range is something that we wouldn’t prefer.A small dab on the throttle in between gears is all it takes lớn start building up the momentum, and the gear shifts are smooth even when in traffic, almost torque converter-like. One thing we must admit though is that if you are one of those folks who prefers lớn drive more enthusiastically or keep the engine constantly on the boil, you will quickly notice how it is the slow revving engine that holds back the drivetrain, and not the new gearbox.The engine takes a fair bit lớn gain and lose revs, and hence the aid of a DCA unit doesn’t come lớn the rescue, even though the secondary clutch is ever ready for that action you command it lớn. That said, the shifting is smooth, and the manual mode gives you better control when you want that sporty feel. The Altroz DCA feels at home when you drive it in the mid-range, and that is how it is intended lớn be used, by the audience that will be commuting in the concrete jungles of the country.Read MoreRide and Handling7 / 10There are no mechanical changes lớn the Altroz DCA in terms of ride and handling compared lớn its manual counterpart. The overall ride quality is slightly on the stiffer side, and hence when at high speeds it feels very planted and comfortable. It is at lower speeds that the uneven roads and undulations make their presence duly felt. The steering is fairly light too and will be a boon in bumper-to-bumper traffic and tight parking conditions where the Altroz DCA is most likely lớn be used.Talking about the tweaks for the Indian market, the DCA variant of the Altroz gets shift-by-wire technology, auto park lock function, and neat driver-assist features such as the alignment of the steering wheel that is displayed on the MID. This feature is especially useful for folks who have multiple users for the same car, where one of the drivers tends lớn forget lớn turn the wheels once parked.Read MoreInterior Space and Quality7 / 10With the introduction of the Tata Altroz DCA, the model is now available with a new Opera Blue paintjob. Apart from this, the only other change is the tiny DCA badging at the rear, which is almost a blink and miss if you ask us. Space on the inside is reasonably good, and we had ample legroom at the back even after setting the front seats lớn our ideal positions. Convenience isn’t compromised either, and the front row gets an adjustable arm-rest, while the second row gets a foldable unit. Also on offer are AC vents for the latter, which your family will be thankful for in this terrible heat that we’re already facing, with just the onset of summer.In terms of quality, there are a few inconsistent panel gaps around the car, although the interior feels tight. If we had lớn nitpick on something, it would be the volume control of the infotainment system which sets lớn a particular point upon starting the car, irrespective of the setting that it was in before shutting down the last time. This can certainly become annoying after one point in time. The brushed aluminium finish for the door levers makes it stand apart and is a tasteful addition in our opinion.Read MoreFeatures and Equipment6.5 / 10The Altroz DCA we tested was the top-of-the-line XZA+ version and comes equipped with all the bells and whistles that Tata has lớn offer with this car. That said, the Altroz DCA, compared lớn the i-turbo variant, also misses out on drive modes, and the button for the same makes for the central locking button, right behind the gear lever. Another point lớn be noted is that the Altroz we tested upon its launch back in 2020 had physical controls and buttons right below the infotainment system, which has now been given a miss and replaced by the Altroz lettering. The Altroz is the safest car when compared lớn the competition, courtesy of the five-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash test. The model is equipped with a comprehensive list of safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, a speed alert system, brake sway control, impact-sensing auto door unlock function, a seat belt reminder system, and corner stability control.Read MoreConclusion7 / 10While an automatic transmission in the Altroz was long overdue, it does have its own set of hits and misses. The Tata Altroz DCA commands a premium of Rs 1.07 lakh (ex-showroom) over its manual counterparts, variant lớn variant. While this combination is definitely acceptable, it would have been ideal lớn pair the DCA unit lớn the iTurbo (turbo-petrol) motor, something we expect the brand lớn do in the near future. Should you get down lớn booking the 1.2 NA DCA variant right away or wait for the iTurbo DCA variant? If it is a majority of city commutes and the rare occasion of enthusiastic driving, we would recommend the former, else one can surely wait for the latter.Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiTata Altroz₹ 5.99 LakhonwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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