Citroen eC3 vs Tata Tigor EV: Which Budget EV Performs Better In The Real World?

Modified On Jul 10, 2023 11:52 AM By Ansh for Citroen eC3

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In our tests for these models, we covered aspects including acceleration, top-speeds, braking and the real-world range

Citroen eC3 vs Tata Tigor EV

The Indian electric vehicle segment is constantly growing, and that too at a fast pace. With new electric vehicles being launched every couple of months, they have started gaining popularity, and out of all of them, the entry-level EVs are the ones getting most attention due to their affordability. 

Also Read: Real World Charging Test Of The Citroen eC3 Electric Hatchback

So we took two of them that we have tested, the Citroen eC3 and the Tata Tigor EV, and compared their real-world performance figures. But before we see how these two EVs performed, first we need to take a look at their specifications.


Citroen eC3 Electric Motor
Tata Tigor EV Electric Motor

Citroen eC3

Tata Tigor EV

Battery Pack









Range (Claimed)



As per the table above, we can see that when it comes to output figures, the Tigor EV is noticeably ahead of the eC3. Also, even with the bigger battery pack, the claimed range of the eC3 is not that higher than that of the Tata electric sedan. So now that we know what these two EVs offer on paper, let’s get into the results of our performance tests.


Acceleration (0-100kmph)

Citroen eC3
Tata Tigor EV

Citroen eC3

Tata Tigor EV

16.36 seconds

13.04 seconds

When testing any vehicle, we consider the best performance for each car. For the Tiago EV, these figures are when it was in sports mode; and for the eC3, the acceleration figures are of the regular drive mode, as it does not get a sports mode.

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It's clear from the table that the Tigor EV has a better acceleration and is over three seconds quicker than the eC3.

Top Speed

Citroen eC3
Tata Tigor EV

Citroen eC3

Tata Tigor EV



Top speeds of both these models are not that high, but here too the Tigor EV has pulled ahead by a big margin. But these speeds for both models are electronically limited.

Quarter Mile

Citroen eC3
Tata Tigor EV

Citroen eC3

Tata Tigor EV

20.01 seconds @ 102.15 kmph

19.00 seconds @ 113.35kmph

The difference in the time taken to cover a quarter mile (a distance of 400 metres) is not that much here. But there is one thing to note, while the Tigor EV stayed under its top speed for the quarter mile, the eC3 reached its top-speed before completing the 400-metre run.


Citroen eC3
Tata Tigor EV


Citroen eC3

Tata Tigor EV


46.7 metres

49.25 metres


28.02 metres

30.37 metres

Now in this part of our testing, the eC3 performed better than the Tigor EV. In both the 100-0kmph and 80-0kmph braking tests, the former had a considerably shorter stopping distance. Both these models come with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the back, but the eC3 offers bigger 15-inch wheels, which may very well be the reason for its shorter stopping distance.

Real-world Range

Citroen eC3 Charging Port
Tata Tigor EV Charging Port

Well, we have tested this figure as well. The Citroen eC3, on a full charge, gave us a driving range of 257km. For reference, the Tigor EV delivered only 227km in real-world driving conditions. Both EVs come with similar claimed ranges but the eC3 performed better in real-world conditions.

Also Read: Citroen C3’s Turbo Variants Get The BS6 Phase 2 Update Along With A New, Fully Loaded Shine Trim

Overall, the Tigor EV offers more performance than the eC3, but the electric hatchback has the advantage of stopping in a shorter distance. The prices for the entry-level Tata EV start from Rs 12.49 lakh, and those of the Citroen EV start from Rs 11.50 lakh (all prices ex-showroom). Let us know which of these models you prefer in the comments below.

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