Tata Altroz ​​DCA (Automatic) Review: Should You Buy It?


Tata Altroz ​​DCA (Automatic) Review: Should You Buy It?

Written by
Somnath Chatterjee

March 30, 2022, 09:56
3 minute read

2022 Tata Altroz ​​DCA starts from Rs. 8.1 million

Automatic cars have gained great popularity in India over the years due to our traffic conditions and the fact that awareness of automatic gearboxes has increased tremendously.

It was therefore the right time for Tata Motors to present the Altroz ​​DCA equipped with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It is the first car from Tata Motors equipped with such a gearbox.

Here is our opinion.

Why is this story important?

  • Previously, we have seen several cars with dual clutch automatic gearboxes offered in India.
  • However, Tata Motors claims that the Altroz ​​DCA has a gearbox that has been developed for our road and weather conditions while being much more reliable.
  • After the launch of this car and market reaction, we can expect more cars from Tata Motors to get this gearbox.

The car gets a new blue color

Apart from a ‘DCA’ badge on the rear and a new blue color, the Altroz ​​DCA is identical to the standard model.

Even after two years, the Altroz ​​design looks fresh and attractive with its clean lines.

The higher-end variants come with 16-inch alloy wheels and add a sporty touch to the stance along with the two-tone roof.

The interior design has a radical dashboard layout

The interior design is among the best we’ve seen from Tata Motors with a cleanly designed dashboard and pleasing beige/black upholstery.

The sporty 3-spoke steering wheel is pleasant to hold while the silver finish of the dashboard is a premium touch.

Quality levels are good and it feels well built. The space offered is similar to the standard Altroz.

From connected car technology to cruise control

The Altroz ​​DCA’s equipment list includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment console, automatic climate control, connected car technology, cruise control and a rear view camera with rear parking sensors .

You also get leatherette upholstery, rear air vents, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and an Xpress cooling feature for faster cooling.

That said, it lacks features like a sunroof or a 360-degree camera.

Dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts smoothly

The Altroz ​​DCA is only available with the 1.2 liter petrol engine which develops 86 hp / 113 Nm.

So while the performance is adequate, the gearbox works better by reducing lag with this engine.

The dual-clutch automatic works smoothly in town or on the highway while gear changes are fairly quick.

Although paddle shifters are not provided, a manual override option is available via the gear lever.

The suspension is well tuned to deal with our roads

If the automatic transmission makes life easier at the wheel of the Altroz, the suspension is also well calibrated to face our roads.

We find the traffic light in town while weighing perfectly at high speed.

One of the benefits of a dual-clutch automatic transmission is that fuel efficiency does not suffer.

The Altroz ​​DCA will give around 10-12 km/l.

The premium automatic variant tested here costs Rs. 9.6 lakh (former showroom). Compared to the equivalent manual variant, the Altroz ​​DCA charges a premium of around Rs. 1.07 lakh.

We think the price is justified by the smoothness of the automatic gearbox and the comfort it brings.

All in all, the Tata Altroz ​​DCA makes an attractive proposition as a premium automatic sedan.

What works and what doesn’t

Good product:

Responsive dual-clutch gearbox

Bad things:

The engine seems a bit sluggish

Automatic gearbox not offered on turbo-petrol engine

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