The Tata Punch is a successful offering for the Indian automaker as it brings some SUV flair to a segment that is on par with the compact and mid-size hatchbacks. But the pricing of its top-spec Creative variant with the iRA pack puts it at odds with the top-spec XZ+ variant of its sibling, the Tata Altroz.
So which of the two should you buy? Let’s try to find the answer through their detailed comparison. See also – Tata Punch vs Tiago
|Tata Altroz XZ+||Tata Punch Creative iRA|
|Naturally Aspirated Gasoline: Rs 8,69,900 (MT), Rs 9,79,900 (DCA) Turbo petrol: Rs 9,24,900 (iTurbo MT) Diesel: Rs 9,94,900 (Diesel MT) *up to Rs 30,000 extra for Dark Edition||Naturally Aspirated Gasoline: Rs 8,71,900 (MT), Rs 9,31,900 (AMT) *Rs 17,000 extra for Kaziranga Edition|
- As the table above indicates, the Tata Altroz comes in two petrol and one diesel engine options, while the Punch gets only a naturally aspirated petrol engine.
- As the price difference between the two cars’ natural petrol variants is relatively small, we will only compare them.
|Tata Altroz||Tata Punch|
|Engine||1.2-litre NA petrol||1.2-litre NA petrol|
|Number of cylinders||3||3|
|Maximum power||86 PS||86 PS|
|Max torque||113 Nm||113 Nm|
|Transfer||5-speed MT/DCA||5-speed NT/AMT|
|Claimed fuel efficiency||Up to 18.53 kmpl||18.97 kmpl (MT), 18.82 kmpl (AMT)|
- Both the Tata Punch and Altroz are powered by the same 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that also powers the Tiago and Tigor. In bumper-to-bumper traffic, the engine’s responsiveness at low speeds makes it a comfortable city commuter. However, there is a distinct lack of power, especially at highway speeds and in full conditions. Therefore, it is necessary to downshift to make a quick overtake. Also, it gets pretty noisy after 4,000 rpm.
- Speaking of the automatic transmission, the Altroz gets a more sophisticated dual-clutch automatic transmission option, which shifts quickly, and you won’t even notice the shift that much. But under heavy throttle there is a slight delay in downshifting, but it doesn’t spoil your experience like AMT does.
- It’s also worth noting that the base Tata offerings are EV-ready, and their electric versions are likely to be introduced in the near future.
|Tata Altroz||Tata Punch|
|Length||3990 mm||3827 mm|
|Width||1755 mm||1742 mm|
|Height||1523 mm||1615 mm|
|Wheelbase||2501 mm||2445 mm|
|Ground clearance||165 mm||187 mm|
|Boot Space||345 liters||366 liters|
The Tata Altroz is longer, wider and has a more elongated wheelbase than the Punch micro-SUV, which should result in better cabin space. However, the Tata Punch will be able to handle bumps in the road more effectively thanks to its greater ground clearance.
- Common: Automatic Projector Headlights, Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers, Fog Lights, 16-Inch Alloy Wheels, Semi-Digital Instrument Cluster, Cooled Glove Box, Rear Package Tray, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Power Adjustable & Folding ORVMs, Day/Night IRVM, 7-Inch Floating Touchscreen Infotainment with Apple Carplay & Android Auto, 6 speakers, steering mounted controls, iRA connected car technology, Eco & City driving modes, cruise control, automatic AC, dual front airbags, brake sway control, ISOFIX anchors.
- Additional features of Altroz XZ+: Mood lighting, premium leatherette seats, illuminated glove box, cornering function, two extra tweeters, tire pressure monitoring system, XPRESS cooling function, rear AC vents, sliding armrests, etc.
- Additional features of Punch Creative iRA: Traction Pro (AMT only), Puddle Lamps and Door/Wheel Arch & Sill Trim.
With a better-equipped cabin, larger dimensions and wider powertrain options, the Tata Altroz XZ+ variant offers better value for money, at least on paper.