Review: Tata Punch AMT
- Exceptional Ride and Handling
- The advantages of using two pedals
- Performance is inadequate
- Features for the second-row passengers are missing
In the past few months, much has been made of the status of The Tata Punch as a revolutionary product and first-in-segment, and that's exactly what it is- everything you'd expect from a hatchback wrapped like an SUV.
After all, The Tata Punch will be competing against cars such as the Maruti Swift, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, and the Renault Triber, all of which are quite successful in their own right. In pursuit of that goal, it boasts all of the segment's unique selling points, including a two-pedal option that has raised the bar for the Tata Punch.
Yes, the AMT in this Micro SUV has a lackluster low-end grunt, but it gets the job done with little to no fuss and no drama whatsoever.
Although the inclusion of the drive modes in Tata Punch appears to be a blessing, they actually don't make much of a difference in terms of performance, and it is preferable to leave the car in City mode the majority of the time.
The ride and handling qualities are on the softer side, but they are manageable if you plan ahead and maintain a steady pace of travel. The Tata Punch performed also very well in the Global NCAP Testing where it received a score of 16.45 out of 17.00 for adult occupant safety and a score of 40.89 out of 49.00 for protection of the child occupant.
The only areas in which Tata Punch succeeds are in the areas of ride quality, features, and the overall construction quality of the cabin. Let’s take look at the details of Tata Punch.
Engine and performance of Tata Punch AMT
84bhp/113Nm is produced by the engine, which is a three-cylinder 1.2-liter unit from Tata. It can be ordered with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic manual transmission, which is what we used for this review.
In addition to the Tata Tigor and Tiago, this engine is also used by the Tiago NRG and the Altro. It is not the most refined unit available, and it exhibits characteristics that are typical of a three-cylinder engine.
Vibrations can be felt in the steering wheel as well as the gear lever. Furthermore, with the AMT gearbox in city mode, it seems very short on the bottom end, changing only a few hundred revolutions per minute past the 3000rpm mark.
Overtakes must be carefully planned because the gearbox of Tata Punch requires a small amount of adjustment to deliver the necessary punch.
Nonetheless, because this is an automatic transmission, you will never have to worry about stalling or losing momentum, which should provide for a convenient, albeit perhaps un-dramatic, driving experience in Tata Punch.
When driving on the highway, the Tata Punch with this engine and gearbox feels like a considerably more secure vehicle. The engine has a powerful mid-range, which is reflected in its ability to travel at highway speeds without sputtering.
In addition to feeling more rooted on the highway when compared to its competitors, then this micro SUV is on the heavier side. To get the most out of the tata punch, leave the automobile in D-mode and allow it to run in the background while you do other things.
The AMT will not shift or cause the car to lose balance if you load up in advance and maintain a consistent throttle through the curves, which is an added bonus.
While the driving modes of Tata Punch are useful as checkboxes to ensure that the vehicle has unique selling points, they don't add much to the driving experience. The grunt is wheezy below 3000rpm, which means you'll need to be in City mode rather than Eco mode if you want to get any kind of usable performance out of the vehicle.
We put the Tata Punch engine through its paces and found that it completed the 0-60kmph kick down in 7.56 seconds and the 0-100kmph kick down in 17.74 seconds, respectively. The sprint from 20 to 80 kilometers per hour took 10.77 seconds, while the sprint from 40 to 100 kilometers per hour took 13.56 seconds.
It's one of the slowest cars we've ever driven, and the lengthy timings are primarily attributable to the lack of early oomph in this vehicle.
Because of its automatic nature, the Tata Punch AMT will compensate for some of this in everyday situations; nonetheless, if you do not use the system, progress will be at a leisurely rate for the most part.
Ride and Handling of Tata Punch
Tata, with its many years of experience in designing and producing vehicles to withstand the rigors of Indian road conditions, is one of the leaders in this field. The Tata Punch continues this legacy and drives like a Tata in city settings, and that trait is defined by a significant weight that has been incorporated into everything.
The Tata Punch travels the road less traveled with the same confidence as its larger siblings, and despite the fact that the suspension is on the softer side, it does not get disturbed easily by poorly constructed speed breakers, potholes, and other flaws.
Because of the high ground clearance, your progress will not be slowed down if the road quality deteriorates throughout your journey.
Although it is capable of cruising in a straight line at triple-digit speeds, the Tata Punch will hold its own if you don't make any unexpected maneuvers when driving at these speeds.
You should plan your moves carefully in advance if you are driving on a mountainous route with many curves and frequently have one side of the car loaded with cargo because of the soft suspension and the AMTs tendency to shift unexpectedly.
The steering of the Tata Punch has a pleasing weight to it, but it is not as precise as one would expect from a car of this size and class.
Interior of Tata Punch AMT
Take a look around and you'll notice that everything is familiar; there's nothing novel or innovative about the interior in this micro SUV, but it is really nicely put together, with everything falling smoothly into place for both the driver and the front passenger.
The Tata Punch's quality, fit, and finish are all in line with the segment standard and on par with what is supplied by all of its competitors. An overall look reveals a dashboard with a vertically stacked arrangement, with squares and rectangles serving as the primary shapes throughout.
If you are two adults, especially if you are on the larger side, the second row is best suited for you, and while you can accommodate three persons in the second row, it will be a tight squeeze.
The rear seats of Tata Punch have excellent under-thigh support and headroom, and this, combined with the 90-degree opening doors, makes getting in and out of the vehicle a simple chore for anyone in the back seat.
Some items, such as 1.0-liter bottle holders in the doors, a central air vent, and cup holders in the armrest, are missing from the vehicle.
Although the Renault Triber's boot capacity is quite bigger than the Tata Punch which is 366 liters, the Punch is still able to beat the boot capacity provided in the Swift and Nios (with the third row removed).
However, because of the way this Micro SUV Tata Punch is designed, the loading lip is quite high; however, because of the high roof, it is able to easily store at least one large bag.
Features of Tata Punch AMT
Every feature and option available for the Tata Punch is included in this top-of-the-line vehicle, which we have driven and tested.
Projector headlamps, 16-inch diamond-cut wheels, temperature control, touchscreen infotainment system with floating display, chilled glovebox, rear armrest, power mirrors and doors, twin front airbags, and ABS with EBD are among the features on this list, which also includes navigation (all variants) in the Tata Punch.
Additionally, this AMT-spec vehicle is equipped with a hill-hold function, as well as a feature known as Traction-pro, which adjusts power between the wheels in order to combat low grip situations.
The Tata Punch possesses all of the necessary segment credentials to be a competitive rival among the crop, but it has the added advantage of having an SUV body type.
More importantly, while this two-pedal setup is not the most comfortable to operate, it gets the job done without a lot of fuss and frustration.
Currently, the Tata Punch price range starts from Rs 6.09 lakh (on-road Delhi at the time of writing this review) to Rs 10.52 lakh (on-road Delhi at the time of writing this review), which puts it on par with the competition and pretty near to what we projected during the first evaluation.