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Tata Punch.EV vs Tata Tiago.EV vs Citroen eC3 vs Other electric cars

Punch EV is superior & not that far away in terms of pricing from the Tigor EV.

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Tata Punch.EV:

What you'll like:

  • A well-rounded EV package at an affordable price tag
  • Punchy 121 BHP motor is enjoyable. 300 km real-world range is adequate for most people
  • Zero emissions, cheap “fuel” costs, no gears, light controls & compact size make it an ideal city car
  • Enjoyable 6-speaker Harman ICE. One of the better systems in this segment
  • Sorted road manners & reassuring high speed stability
  • Well-designed & practical cabin with enough space for 4 adults
  • 366-liter boot is accommodating
  • Loads of features such as ventilated seats, auto-dimming IRVM, multi-mode regen, cruise control, Arcade.ev apps, air purifier, wireless smartphone charging, sunroof and more
  • Safety kit includes 6 airbags, disc brakes all-round, ESP, electronic parking brake, auto hold, blind spot view monitor, hill descent control, SOS calling function, etc.

What you won't:

  • Fit, finish & interior quality in some areas have room for improvement
  • Suspension has a firm tune (R16 variants). It is compliant & liveable, but you do feel bad roads
  • The usual EV challenges (charging infrastructure, brand new tech could mean niggles, range anxiety)
  • No spare tyre, you will have to make do with a puncture repair kit! Good luck cruising on highways without a spare
  • Cabin width makes 4 adults welcome, not 5
  • Some missing goodies such as a split rear seat, rear A/C vents, spare wheel…
  • Tata's after-sales service quality is a hit or miss. Remains a gamble
  • It's a brand-new car, so the probability of issues & niggles is high

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Tata Tiago.EV:

What you'll like:

  • A well-rounded EV package at a sub-10 lakh rupee starting price. Total value-for-money
  • Zero emissions, cheap “fuel” costs, no gears, light controls & compact size make it an ideal city car
  • Real-world range of ~200 km is adequate for city commutes & urban dwellers
  • Peppy behaviour in "S" mode! "D" mode is rather tame though
  • Selectable regenerative braking is a very welcome feature
  • Sorted road manners due to the lower center of gravity & firmer suspension
  • Well-designed interiors are likeable & user-friendly
  • Features like the 8-speaker Harman audio system, cruise control, auto headlamps & wipers, connected car tech & more
  • Solid build & construction. Tigor EV's 4-star GNCAP result is reassuring

What you won't:

  • A stiff 4-lakh rupees more expensive than the Tiago Petrol AMT. You're paying for the tech & being an early adopter
  • The usual EV challenges (charging infrastructure, brand new tech could mean niggles, range anxiety)
  • ~200 km range means this is strictly a city car. No long highway runs
  • Stiffer suspension than the regular Tiago means you feel more of the road. Bad roads are felt
  • Power tapers off after 100 km/h; top speed of just 120 km/h
  • No spare tyre, you will have to make do with a puncture repair kit. We suggest buying a spare
  • Some misses such as "P" mode on the shifter, alloy wheels, adjustable rear headrests, etc.
  • Rear headroom is tight. Also, a rare Tata car that cannot seat 5 (best for 4 adults)
  • Tata's after-sales service quality is a hit or miss. Remains a gamble
  • It's a brand-new technology, so there will be issues & niggles

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Citroen eC3:

What you'll like:

  • Funky-looking electric hatchback. Crossover styling cues will appeal to the masses
  • Real world range of ~200 km is good enough for city driving and urban commutes
  • Zero emissions, cheap “fuel” costs, no gears, light controls & compact size make it an ideal city car
  • Sorted handling characteristics, due to the lower center of gravity
  • Good-looking cabin that is practical too
  • 315-litre boot is very usable and fits a 15-inch spare wheel underneath
  • 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Now gets connected car tech as well
  • Lots of customization options and accessories to make your car truly unique

What you won't:

  • 56 BHP motor isn't very fun-to-drive. Top speed is limited to just 107 km/h
  • 200 km range makes the eC3 strictly a city car. Not ideal for long-distance travelling
  • No fast AC home charging even as an option. Either wait 10 hours or find a DC fast charger nearby
  • The usual EV challenges (charging infrastructure, brand new tech could mean niggles, range anxiety)
  • Quality of cabin materials doesn’t feel great; cost-cutting is pretty evident in certain areas
  • Missing plenty of features – adjustable regeneration, climate control, wireless charging etc.
  • Cabin width makes the interiors suitable for 4 adults, not 5
  • Long-term reliability & after-sales service quality are big unknowns; dealer network is tiny

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MG Comet EV:

What you'll like:

  • An affordable EV that focuses on personal mobility
  • Ultra-compact size, light steering and small turning radius make it perfect for crowded cities
  • A well-built hatchback that doesn’t feel cheap
  • Real world range should be 150 – 160 km which is enough for an urban commuter
  • Adjustable drive modes and selectable regen braking are useful in various driving conditions
  • Zero emissions, cheap running costs & green image will appeal to a lot of people
  • Good-looking cabin that has adequate space for 4 people to drive around town
  • Tech includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, connected car benefits, a cool starting procedure (no button to press), digital key sharing, etc.
  • Good feature list includes LED headlamps, indirect TPMS, keyless entry, split folding rear seat, reverse parking camera with sensors, etc.
  • Plenty of customization options and accessories to make your car truly

What you won't:

  • Weird, funky styling may not appeal to everyone
  • Not for people who want to do highway runs. This car is strictly for the city only
  • 2-door design means difficult rear seat access. Also, it is a 4-seater, not 5
  • 41 BHP motor isn’t fun-to-drive
  • Can be used only as the 2nd or 3rd car of the house. Surely not your primary vehicle
  • Zero boot space with all the seats up. You’ll have to fold the rear seats if you want to carry any luggage
  • No DC fast charging or even AC fast charging options. Just home charging is available which takes 7 hours for a full charge (10 – 80% in 5 hours)
  • The usual EV challenges (charging infrastructure, range anxiety, setting up home charging etc.)
  • Missing features like seat height adjustment (tall drivers would want to lower the seat), rear washer and wiper, spare wheel!!
  • 2-speaker sound system is just sad

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Tata Tigor.EV:

What you'll like:

  • A competent EV package at an affordable starting price
  • Zero emissions, cheap running costs & green image will appeal to a lot of people
  • Real-world range of ~200 km is adequate for city commutes & urban dwellers
  • Peppy behaviour in "S" mode! "D" mode is rather tame though
  • Sorted road manners due to the lower center-of-gravity & firmer suspension
  • Well-designed interiors are likeable & user-friendly
  • Features like the 8-speaker Harman audio system, projector headlamps, connected car tech & more
  • Solid build & construction. 4-star GNCAP safety rating is commendable

What you won't:

  • A stiff 5-lakh rupees more expensive than the Tigor Petrol AMT
  • Punch EV is superior & not that far away in terms of pricing
  • ~200 km range means this is strictly a city car. No long highway runs
  • Stiffer suspension than the regular Tigor means you feel more of the road. Bad roads are felt
  • Power tapers off after 100 km/h; top speed of just 120 km/h
  • Smaller 316L boot (regular Tigor = 419L) due to the intrusive spare tyre
  • A rare Tata car that cannot seat 5 (best for 4 adults)
  • Tata's after-sales service quality is a hit or miss. Remains a gamble
  • It's a brand-new technology, so there will be issues & niggles
  • The usual EV challenges (charging infrastructure, range anxiety, setting up home charging etc.)

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Here's what GTO had to say on the matter:

Between the poll choices, I'd go for the Punch EV. It's clearly the superior of the lot. However, I have voted for "Other". Am not price-sensitive & would spend the extra bucks to buy a Nexon EV from the same showroom, or a ZS EV.

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