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2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

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2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

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Tata Motors introduced the Tata Altroz premium hatchback back in 2020, loaded with a massive features list, a few segment-first custom packs, and an exciting design. The car brought plenty to the premium hatchback space, even as it missed out on an automatic variant, and a turbo-petrol unit. Then in 2021, the company addressed one of those topics and added a turbo petrol unit to the range.

Nevertheless, many enthusiasts, as well as yours truly, rued on the fact that there was still no automatic gearbox on offer. Nevertheless, better late than never, as the company finally introduced an automatic transmission to its ultra-popular Tata Altroz, which was till now only offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox for its three engine options. The newest addition is a dual-clutch unit or DCA, as the compan

Highlights of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Brand Name — TATA
• Model Name — Altroz DCA
• Vehicle Type — Hatchback
• Body Type — Hatchback
• Segment — B2
• Colours Option — High Street Gold, Downtown Red, Opera Blue, Arcade Grey, Avenue White, Harbour Blue
• Engine Type — 1199cc, 1.2L Revotron, 3-Cylinder Petrol Engine
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 1199 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Maximum Power — 86 HP @ 6000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 113 Nm @ 3300 rpm
• Number of Gears — 6-Speed DCA (Dual Clutch Automatic)
• Acceleration (0 – 60 km/h) — 8 Seconds
• Top Speed — 165+ kmph
• ARAI Mileage (Certified) — 18.53 kmpl
• Ground Clearance — 165 mm
• Boot Space — 345 litres
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 37 litres
• Seating Capacity — 5
• Doors — 5
• Price — ₹ 8,29,900 – ₹ 9,99,990* (Ex-Showroom Price Delhi)
• Warranty — 2 Years / 75,000 km
• Official Tagline — The Gold Standard of Automatics

2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review : Specification

Ever since Tata Altroz made its way onto Indian roads it found good acceptance owing to the stunning exterior design, spacious interiors, impressive comfort and of course the well-known five-star GNCAP certified crash rating. However, the car despite so many positives had a big shortcoming in the form of the absence of any automatic transmission. This acted as a limitation, especially in larger cities, where a large section of consumers across mass-market segments prefer automatic gearboxes over manual ones.

Tata Motors knew this but took its own sweet time to equip the Altroz with an AT and that time is now. The car is now finally on sale and the company has tried to make up by bringing in not just an AMT but a DCT (Dual-Clutch Transmission). which it calls as DCA. We got a chance to drive the car recently and find out if the Altroz DCA has taken a leap ahead or is it just the cheapest DCT-equipped car in the country.

Key Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• 5 Star Global NCAP Safety Rating,
• Advanced ABS 9.3 with EBD and Corner Stability Control,
• Drive Away Locking,
• Dual Front Airbags,
• Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock,
• ISOFIX Child Seat Tether Anchorage,
• Central Locking,
• C-Pillar Mounted Rear Door Handles,
• Piano Black ORVM,
• SHOOTING COMET – Beltline Highlight,
• Body Coloured Bumpers,
• 10.16cm LCD Instrument Cluster,
• 17.78cm Floating Dashtop
• Touchscreen Infotainment by Harman,
• FM/AM, Bluetooth,
• USB, i-PAD Connectivity,
• 4 Speakers, Apple CarPlay,
• Andriod Auto,
• Smartphone integration with ConnectNext App Suit,
• Image and Video Play Back at Parked Condition,
• Steering Mounted Infotainment Control,
• Remote Keyless Entry,
• Voice Alerts – Door Open,
• Drive Mode Engaged & Tailgate Open,
• Seat Belt Reminder,
• Premium Black and Grey Interiors,
• Light Nickel Silver Finish Dashboard Layout,
• What3Words – Address Based Navigation,
• All Doors Power Windows,
• Electric Temperature Control.

Engine & Transmission Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Engine Details — 1199cc, 1.2L Revotron, 3-Cylinder Petrol Engine
• Engine cc (Displacement) 1199 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Maximum Power — 86 HP @ 6000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 113 Nm @ 3300 rpm
• Transmission Type — Automatic
• Number of Gears — 6-Speed DCA (Dual Clutch Automatic)
• Gearbox Type — Shift by Wire Technology
• No. of Cylinder — 3
• Valves Per Cylinder — 4
• Clutch Type — Wet Clutch with Active Cooling Technology
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Engine Immobilizer
• Acceleration (0 – 60 km/h) — 8 Seconds
• Top Speed — 165+ kmph
• ARAI Mileage (Certified) — 18.53 kmpl

Steering, Suspension & Breaking Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Steering Type — Flat Bottom Steering Wheel
• Front Suspension — Independent MacPherson Dual Path Strut With Coil Spring
• Rear Suspension — Twist Beam With Coil Spring and Shock Absorber
• Breaking Type — ABS
• Front Brake Type — Disc
• Rear Brake Type — Drum
• Minimum Turning Radius — 5.0 m
• Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
• Corner Stability Control (CSC)

Wheels & Tyres Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Wheel Type — Steel Wheels
• Spare Wheel — 165/80-R14 Steel Wheel
• Full Wheelcaps — Stylish Wheel Caps Full
• Tyres Type — Tubeless, Radial
• Front Tyres Size — 185/60-R16
• Rear Tyres Size — 185/60-R16

Physical Measurement Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Overall Length — 3990 mm
• Overall Width — 1755 mm
• Overall Height — 1523 mm
• Wheelbase — 2501 mm
• Ground Clearance — 165 mm

Space & Capacity Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Doors — 5 Doors
• Seating Capacity — 5 Person
• No of Seating Rows — 2 Rows
• Boot space — 345 Litters
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 37 Litters
• Open Door Angle — 90 Degree Opening Doors (All 4)

Interior Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Tachometer
• Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
• Glove Compartment
• Digital Clock
• Digital Odometer
• Dual Tone Dashboard
• Premium Black and Grey interiors,
• 10.16cm LCD Instrument Cluster,
• Mood Lighting(Driver & Co-Driver Side Footwell),
• 15L Cooled Glove box with illumination,
• Rear Parcel Tray,
• Umbrella Holders in Front Doors,
• Driver Foot rest

Exterior Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Adjustable Headlights
• Fog Lights – Front
• Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
• Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
• Wheel Covers
• Power Antenna
• Rear Spoiler
• Halogen Headlamps
• Cornering Foglamps
• Body Coloured Bumpers & Door Handles,
• C-Pillar Mounted Rear Door Handles,
• Dual Chamber Headlamps,
• Piano Black Applique on Tailgate and Integrated Spoiler

Electrical Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Head Light 6 Dual Chamber Headlamps
• Projector Headlamps
• Headlight Leveller
• Follow Me Home Headlamps

Safety Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Anti-Lock Braking System
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Anti-Theft Alarm
• No of Airbags — 2
• Driver Airbag
• Passenger Airbag
• Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
• Rear Seat Belts
• Seat Belt Warning
• Door Ajar Warning
• Adjustable Seats
• Engine Immobilizer
• Crash Sensor
• Engine Check Warning
• Follow Me Home Headlamps
• Rear Camera
• Speed Alert
• Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
• ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
• Pretensioners & Force Limiter Seatbelts
• 5 Star Global NCAP Safety Rating,
• Advanced ABS 9.3 with Corner Stability Control,
• Puncture Repair Kit,
• Voice Alerts – Door open(For all Doors),
• Tailagte open,
• Driver seat Belt Reminder,
• Drive Mode Engaged,
• Drive Away Locking,
• Mechanical Child Safety Lock on Rear Doors,
• Dual Horn

Entertainment, Communication & Instrumentation Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• 17.78cm Floating Dashtop Harman Infotainment,
• 2 Tweeters,
• Voice Command Recognition – Climate control,
• Smartphone Integration with Connectnext App Suite,
• Whatsapp and text message Readout,
• Personalized Wallpaper,
• Drivenext(Driving Score),
• Hindi/English/Hinglish Voice Assist,
• OK Google and SIRI Connection via Bluetooth,
• What3Words – Address Based Navigation
• Radio
• Speakers Front
• Speakers Rear
• Integrated 2DIN Audio
• USB & Auxiliary input
• Bluetooth Connectivity
• Touch Screen
• Touch Screen size — 7 Inch
• Connectivity — Android Auto,Apple CarPlay
• No of Speakers — 4

Comfort & Convenience features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Steering Mounted Controls — Steering Mounted Infotainment Control
• Power Outlet — Front Power Outlet
• Power tailgate — With Piano Black Applique
• Air Conditioner — Manual Air Conditioner with Heater
• Keyless Entry — Remote Keyless Entry
• Power Steering — Electric Power Assisted Collapsible Steering
• Power Windows 6 All Doors Power Windows
• HVAC Rear Temperature Control Unit —Electric Temperature Control
• Bottle Holder
• Tilt Steering Wheel
• Fast Charging Ports
• Rear Parcel Shelf
• Clutch Foot Rest

Locks & Security Features of 2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review

• Smart Access Card Entry
• KeyLess Entry
• Engine Immobilizer — Vehicle Immobilizer with Security System Alarm
• Anti-Theft Device
• Anti-Pinch Power Windows
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Anti-Theft Alarm

2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review : Impressive Looks

Not much has changed on the styling front when it comes to the Altroz DCA, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When the Altroz was first launched, it wowed us with its styling and it still turns heads as I drove it around Pune’s two-wheeler infested traffic. A big part of that is also down to the new Opera Blue paint job which looks really classy. Apart from that, there are not many changes to report on the exterior front. It continues to get the black contrast roof and 16-inch alloy wheels, same as before, and the only way to identify the Altroz DCA is the DCA badging on the tailgate.

There’s nothing to complain about on the styling front with the silhouette still remaining fresh, and if I had to nitpick, I hoped that Tata would have done a little bit more to differentiate the DCA from the manual-equipped Altroz. That said, the Altroz continues to be the most handsome hatchbacks on sale, despite its rivals, namely the i20, being updated more frequently. That said, while the i20’s styling may polarise opinion, the Altroz undoubtedly noses ahead when it comes to being the people’s favourite as far as looks are concerned. Oh, and you can have that Altroz in the Dark Edition trim too!

The cabin of the Altroz is where an owner would spend most of their time and on that front, not much has changed with the Altroz. Ingress and egress is superb, thanks to the doors which open 90 degrees, and once inside, you’ll be pleased to know that the cabin is a pleasant place to be in. Build quality is good, the interiors feel solid and everything is where you’d expect it to be. You get a black and grey colour scheme, the seats feature Tata’s tri-arrow pattern and the amount of kit on offer is impressive. I particularly like the serene blue ambient lighting which seeps in from behind the dash.

You get a 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment placed in your line of sight, and infotainment itself on par with the segment has to offer. You get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, albeit in wired form, and the Altroz DCA also gets Tata’s IRA connected car tech. And if you’re the type who really likes to crank up their tunes, the Altroz gets an 8-speaker sound system by Harman which did make the audiophile in me quite happy. And while you groove to your favourite tunes, the automatic climate control is keeping things cool and the Xpress cooling function is a very handy feature to have, given our Indian summers. The Altroz also gets rear AC vents.

The biggest change on the inside however is the gear shift. Instead of the spindly AMT shift-lever from the Tiago, you get a purposeful-looking one from the Safari / Harrier, and keen observers will notice that the central-locking switch now sits in the centre of the cabin, just ahead of the shifter on the Altroz DCA.

2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review : Performance

The 1.2 Revotron engine is a 3-cylinder unit delivering 86 PS and 113 Nm. The 6-speed DCT (or DCA as Tata likes to call it) is available with only this engine for now but there is a chance of Tata offering it with the i-Turbo at a later date. The Revotron engine isn’t known to be very responsive in nature. It is a rather sedate engine and with the addition of the DCA, things are better but there is still room for improvement.

The wet-clutch gearbox is fairly smooth when you’re going easy on the throttle but try to drive a bit fast and you’ll feel that the transmission could have done with quicker shifts. When pushing the car, the transmission upshifts at higher RPMs and that is when you do feel some of the gear shifts. The engine also starts feeling a bit strained and noisy at the higher spectrum of the rev band. We found the low-end response to be fine but there is a noticeable amount of lag between 80-100 km/hr.

The vehicle misses out on paddle-shifters and there are no driving modes too. The Altroz MT gets an idle start-stop system too which has been skipped with the DCA. We timed the Altroz DCA with our VBOX and the vehicle managed the 0-100 km/hr run in 17.99 seconds with just the driver in the car and 22.35 seconds with 4 passengers in the car. The DCA is priced at a premium of about Rs. 1 lakh over the MT variants, making it the most affordable dual-clutch auto on sale at the moment.

2022 Tata Altroz DCA Review : Riding & Comfort

From the brief first-drive experience, a few things became clear: the Altroz DCA is smooth on the move, the ride quality is very good, although the engine does feel gutless, and unsurprisingly, it’s not the most exciting thing to drive. Which is a shame because the Altroz looks quite rapid even when not in motion.

The Altroz is unlike any other Tata car from the past; it sits on a brand-new platform. This is reflected in the way it drives; it feels more refined and in line with what its rivals offer. The engine and gearbox combination might not be the most exciting, but it works well. The shifts, although not super-quick, are jerk-free and for everyday commutes, the Altroz DCA is unlikely to disappoint. For when you want to take control of changing gears, there’s a ‘manual’ mode, too, but it doesn’t turn the Altroz into a Polo GT TSI rival, though.

As a package, nearly everything is good, if you’re looking at it as an effortless mode of commuting. It is comfortable, the inclusion of the automatic gearbox makes it more useable in urban conditions, and it has a lot of space inside. The AC chills the cabin quicker than you’d expect, and that’s even without using the express cooling function. There’s not much to complain about the seats, either, and the overall design (both outside and inside) is pretty impressive too.

Our Opinion

The Tata Altroz is a pretty sorted car in most ways and the DCA is a nice addition to the line-up but yes it could have done with some punch. A lot of people want an automatic these days and if the Altroz has made a place in your heart, you can go ahead with the DCA provided you don’t have very high expectations in terms of performance because for sedate commuting, the gearbox is just about fine and the pricing is pretty decent as well.

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