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Tata Altroz CNG Review : 12 Pros & 11 Cons

On the surface, it may seem like just a CNG variant, but a lot of thought and effort has gone into this CNG conversion and it shows.

Tata Altroz CNG Pros

  • A well-calibrated CNG system that’s comfortable to drive
  • A CNG car with factory-backing, factory warranty & OEM standards of safety / quality
  • Mature on-road behaviour, including at highway speeds despite the added weight
  • 210 litres of usable boot space even with the CNG tanks
  • CNG benefits like cheap running costs and lower CO2 emissions
  • Looks absolutely stunning! Solid build too
  • Nice interior with good quality parts & adequate space
  • City friendly nature: light controls, agreeable ergonomics & good driveability (in CNG too)
  • Available in the top variant, unlike other CNG models
  • Enjoyable Harman 8-speaker ICE. One of the better systems in this segment
  • Impressive kit (voice assisted sunroof, wireless charger, auto headlamps & wipers, air purifier, ambient lighting...)
  • 5-star NCAP safety rating is commendable

Tata Altroz CNG Cons

  • Reduced power output is evident on the highway. CNG mode has lesser top-end performance
  • Many Indian cities & towns don’t have CNG pumps. Queue for CNG can be long in metro cities
  • Higher maintenance costs & upkeep (overall) in comparison with regular petrol variant
  • Automatic transmission unavailable with the CNG kit
  • Focus on CNG driveablity means that the FE numbers won’t be as high as the competitors
  • Instrument cluster from Tiago/Tigor CNG doesn’t feel premium
  • Mature suspension does have a firm edge at low speeds (16" rim variants)
  • Fire extinguisher is not easily accessible
  • Some missing features (cruise control, auto-dimming IRVM, wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, thinner spare tyre on top trims, split-folding rear seat...)
  • All passengers need to get out of the vehicle while refilling CNG
  • Tata's after-sales service quality is a hit or miss. Remains a gamble
 
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