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Tata Tigor EV Vs CNG: Which Car You Should Buy?

With the rising price of petrol and diesel, many people are switching to cheaper and alternative fuels, the two most popular of those being CNG of Electric. 

For our comparison, we have two cars of the exact same model made by the same manufacturer, the Tata Tigor, which is offered in both CNG and electric avatar. While both the models are the exact same, their differences are much more extensive than it seem. So, let’s see which alternative is the more apt choice for you!

Tata Tigor EV vs CNG

Tata Tigor EV vs CNG: Twinning The Exterior

Both the Tata Tigor EV and Tigor CNG sport the same design, with subtle differentiating cues unique to their engine options. Where the EV sports the blueish tri-arrow theme, closed front grille, and EV badging to signify its electric nature, the CNG model gets design cues similar to the petrol version but gets an iCNG badging to represent itself apart. 

TATA TIGOR iCNGTATA TIGOR EV
LENGTH3993 mm3993 mm
WIDTH1677 mm1677 mm
HEIGHT1532 mm1532 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE165 mm172 mm
WHEELBASE2450 mm2450 mm
BOOT SPACE205 liters316 liters
  • In terms of platform and dimensions, both the cars are the exact same. The Tigor EV, however, is a bit higher off the ground to accommodate for that under-body 26 kWh battery pack.
  • The boot space is the real demarcation between the two, due to that CNG tank the Tigor iCNG may claim a boot space of 205 liters but you’d only be lucky enough to fit small/cabin-size bags in there. However, for the EV, it’s a different story, with an ample amount of space to suit your travel needs.

Also Read: 2021 Tata Tigor EV – Variants Explained

Powertrain: Electric’s furious but the CNG is equally tame

This is where it may break the bank for you. The iCNG is based on the 1.2L petrol engine but gets significantly reduced power figures due to the CNG kit, with 12PS & 23Nm reduction in power and torque in comparison to the regular Tigor Petrol, the difference is clearly visible in driving the vehicle, with much slower overtakes and slower power delivery upon pressing the accelerator.

The EV, on the other hand, is a total polar opposite, with its 170Nm of instantaneous torque there is never a dull moment while driving and the car doesn’t seem to struggle whatsoever.

TATA TIGOR iCNGTATA TIGOR EV
Engine/Motor Type1.2L Revotron Engine with CNG kit55kW Ziptron Permanent Magnet Synchronous Electric Motor
Maximum Power86PS (Petrol mode); 72.4PS (CNG mode)74.7PS
Maximum Torque126Nm (Petrol mode); 95Nm (CNG mode)170Nm
Transmission Type5-Speed ManualSingle Speed Automatic
Battery Capacity26 kWh
Claimed Fuel Efficiency/Range26.8 km/kg301 Km (true range between 170-220km)
Tata Tigor EV vs CNG: Specifications

Interior: The same story here

Both the Tata Tigor CNG and EV are equally well equipped in terms of tech. The only difference lies in the center console, where the Tigor CNG gets a whole center console to accommodate the 5-speed manual gear shift. The EV, on the other hand, is much more minimalistic, featuring a sleek round dial to switch between different drive modes (P,R,N,D), and the overall design cues wherein the EV the tri-arrow theme still follows with blue inserts.

Apart from this, the story is the same with the digital instrument cluster, 7-inch Harmon infotainment system, and auto climate control to name a few.

Safety: Ensured security at those high speeds

Safety is at the forefront of Tata, so rest assured both the models are built on the exact same platform and sport the exact same stellar 4-star GNCAP safety rating.

Tata Tigor EV vs CNG: Price and Cost of Ownership

Similar to how the driving performance was a deal-breaker for some, the price is very much likely to be the same case. Even with the subsidies on offer, the added batteries and electric motor in the EV boast a significantly higher premium (upwards of Rs 4 lakh) in comparison to the CNG, making it tough for certain buyers to commit to such an increment.

Where the EV shines is the running cost, considering the cost of maintenance and a unit of electricity where you live and maintenance charges, the Tigor EV costs you around Rs 1.5 – Rs 2 per kilometer it runs. The CNG on the other hand, keeping in mind maintenance and current CNG gas costs would run you almost Rs 3 – Rs 4 per kilometer. 

So in a sense, if your per year running is almost 20,000 Km, the EV would cost you around Rs 30,000 – Rs 40,000. For the same distance, the CNG would cost you around Rs 60,000 – Rs 80,000.

TATA TIGOR iCNGTATA TIGOR EV
Ex-showroom PriceRs 7.85 Lakhs – Rs 8.57 LakhRs 12.49 Lakh – Rs 13.64 Lakh
Ownerhip Cost (including maintenance, refill/recharge cost for approx 20,00 km/year running)Rs 60,000 – 80,000Rs 30,000-40,000

Through the table, it’s clearly visible that if your running per year is towards the higher end, the initial incremental cost of EVs is worth it, considering your cost down the line would be much lower. But with lower running, the ownership cost between the two cars would not be large enough to cover the initial cost.

Also Read: Tata Tigor CNG Vs Hyundai Aura CNG: Mileage and Price Comparison

Authors Conclusion

Extremely similar yet vividly unique in their own virtues, the Tigor CNG and Tigor EV both are a great alternative to the regular petrol offering.

If you care about the environment and also want to enjoy a great performance from your vehicle, the Tigor EV is an absolute no-brainer for you, but if finances are in shambles and you’re on a strict budget then your eyes should stick to the iCNG.