Some people are turning away from the Tata Punch because of its high price and low power compared to the Maruti Ignis. Tata had recently announced the prices of the micro SUV which rivals the Ignis directly. Punch has received a full 5-star safety rating at the GNCAP. Based on the same platform as the Altroz means that the micro SUV has a strong build quality and spacious cabin compared to the other products in the segment. In an interesting turn of events, there have been a few people who have expressed their disappointment in Tata Punch because of its high price and low power. Here are the details of what they have to say.
High Prices & Low Power Make People Turn From Punch To Ignis
After having driven the Punch, people think that the performance of the Punch is not what they associate with an SUV. The only petrol powertrain means that people will miss the torque of a diesel. Also, we were expecting a slightly lower price point. But the ex-showroom price between Rs 5.49 lakh and Rs 9.39 lakh is a bit too much for a micro SUV.
After all, the Nexon starts at Rs 7.28 lakh, ex-showroom. For around Rs 10 lakh, you could easily go for a mid-trim or higher trims of compact SUVs like Venue, Brezza and others. There is no point in spending close to Rs 11.50 lakh, on-road for a car of this segment. That is what people are also complaining about. The Ignis also scores way more on the mileage figures, which is essential for people buying a car in this segment. Hence, the combination of high price, low power and mileage are making people turn away from the Punch and towards the Ignis.
Powering the Tata Punch is a Tiago-sourced 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that is also available on the Altroz as well as the Tigor. This motor outputs 86 hp. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT. We might see a diesel engine at a later stage but it will take the prices even higher. Now, all eyes will be set on the upcoming micro SUV from Hyundai which will be named the Casper.