Tata Punch : An Entry-Level SUV.

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The basic understanding of the Tata Punch. Tata will plant the Punch below Nexon in the product lineup and so, it’s safe to call it a sub-compact SUV, though these definitions don’t hold any importance in times where products often overlap segments. It is based on the ALFA platform and is not merely a hatchback on stilts, atleast by the looks of it.

It has a high ground clearance of 187 mm and elements like prominent black coloured body cladding, tri-arrow inserts, sleek DRLs, wraparound tail lamps which probably is the most stylish tail light unit from Tata yet, floating roof and 16-inch alloys, all adding to the road presence of the Punch.

Not only that, smaller elements like beautifully crafted door handles, a Rhino Easter Egg at the rear windscreen, and ‘Vocal for Local’ branding elevates the whole design. The biggest highlight, it, has to be the 90-degree opening doors, all four of them, for easily getting in and out of the SUV, a much thoughtful design touch for the elderly.

The dark grey coloured cabin gets a large light grey strip running across the dashboard. The colour coordinated AC vents adds a peppiness element. The seats fabric, on the other hand, carries forward the tri arrow design elements. One commendable thing is that Tata has improved the cabin quality many notches above.

The Rear seats of the Tata Punch are comfortable and spacious, especially with loads of headroom. The rear leg room and should room is also good, and with no floor hump, it’s easier to seat three people comfortable.

The boot in itself is rated at 366-litre making it among the largest, even in a segment above thanks to replacement of spare tyre with puncture repair kit. The seats can be folded, but not in split.

Tata Punch gets a 7 inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with Harman sound system and connectivity like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You also get a semi digital instrument panel with 7-inch TFT, steering mounted controls, cooled glove box, cruise control, auto AC, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, and idle start stop. In that sense, Tata Punch is one of the most feature loaded cars below Rs 10 Lakh.

The Tata Punch gets only one engine option that is the 1.2-litre unit we have seen in the Altroz. It produces 86 PS and 113 NM of output and gets two gearbox options – a 5-speed MT and an AMT unit.

There are two driving modes – ECO & City. Tata has also introduced Traction pro mode with the AMT gearbox for people using the car in rural areas or high altitude cities for easy driving experience and this technology mimics a 4WD system to some extent. The super comfortable seats and soft suspension gives it a plush ride quality overall.

The Tata Punch is absolutely top-notch when it comes to safety standards. This is also justified by the Global NCAP results. The Tata Punch has achieved a 5-star safety rating for adult occupant protection and a 4-star safety rating for child occupant protection in Global NCAP’s latest crash tests. Based on the ALFA (agile light flexible advanced) architecture, the car is equipped with safety features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD and corner safety control, child seat ISOFIX anchor points, reverse parking camera, tyre puncture repair kit and segment-first brake sway control.

The Tata Punch comes with a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine. It develops 86PS of maximum power and 113Nm of peak torque. The transmission options include a 5-speed and a 5-speed AMT. Although the engine is not very peppy, it performs decently at low speeds and mid-range. However, it does not like being pushed very hard and takes some time to reach triple-digit speeds. Both transmission units feel refined. The ride and handling of the Tata Punch is exceptional. The sub-compact SUV has impressive off-roading capabilities as well.

Tata Punch is great offering if you are fine with its pricing but the lower variant is best deal to offer.

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