Tata Zest Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Tata Zest Overview

The Tata Zest is the first automobile out in Tata’s range to feature an all new avatar based on all new “DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext” philosophy. It also comes with an AMT gearbox which makes it the country’s cheapest diesel automatic sedan. The compact sedan comes in four petrol and six diesel variants. The variants are as follows Tata Zest XE, XM, XMS, XT, XE 75 PS Diesel, XM Diesel, XMS Diesel, XMA Diesel, XT Diesel and XTA Diesel. The Tata Zest comes in two engine choices a 1193 cc petrol engine and a 1248 cc diesel engine. In terms of safety, it comes with disc brakes in front with drum brakes at rear, ABS (Anti locking Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), dual front airbags, seat belts with pre-tensioner and load limiter, engine immobilizer and an alarm system. Key features include body coloured bumpers, power steering, alloy wheels and music system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth. Tata Zest in Tryaldrive


Tata Zest Exterior & style

Tata Zest was designed with inputs from the company’s three different design studios – Pune (India), Conventry (UK) and Turin (Italy). Several designing processes were also carried out by the help of Jaguar Land Rover – company’s luxury vehicle divison, as more than 6000 engineers and technicians worked relentlessly and rigorously across five countries and eleven centres. All the aforementioned hard work resulted in the birth of a distinct and never-seen-before sedan in the form of Zest. Being based on a thoroughly modified X1 platform, The all-new styling of the Zest is based on its new design direction of ‘Confident Dynamism’. As far as the front fascia is concerned, it flaunts the all new company signature grille with the newly introduced ‘Humanity Line’. This front grille is complimented immensely well by the dual projector headlamps with chrome accents, which are standard for every variant, except the base XE. Moreover, the top-end trim XT also enjoys LED daytime running lamps. The front bumper boasts triangle shaped twin fog lamps and double slat air dam.

Coming to the side profile of the sedan, it has an enlarged C-pillar which makes the roofline a bit sloppy. The Zest has body colored ORVMs with blinkers and turn indicators, body colored door handles, and body colored bumpers as standard across the entire range of variants. The flared wheel arches have been bestowed with 15″ alloy wheels which, again, are standard feature and offered with each and every variant. At the rear-end of the car, the Zest is the first car in its segment to flaunt LED tail lamps. The whole tail lamp cluster is quite stylish and feature a wrap around design. The boot-lid gets a lot of chrome treatment, particularly around the horizontally positioned strip, company logo and model badging. Tata Zest is being offered with 6 vibrant colors – Buzz Blue, Venetian Red, Sky Grey, Dune Beige, Platinum Silver and Pristine White. In all, Tata has finally succeeded in carving out a niche sedan that is good looking, stylish and sporty. It won’t be an exaggeration to term it ‘The Best Tata Car’ till date in the exterior designing aspect.

Tata Zest Interior & Space

As the Zest underpins Vista’s platform, the most essential change you will find is the revamped interiors. Unlike Vista, the material quality, fit and finish have improved drastically. It seems the design is way more welcoming and attractive than the car in question. The cabin with dual black and beige theme, the gross black finishing around the centre console and the instrument cluster, air cons, all gives an upmarket feel. Another interesting addition that gives this car an upper edge is the high-end Harman stereo system. This touchscreen infotainment system with voice command functionality has been specifically developed for Tata Motors. The system also supports Bluetooth telephony so your job of reading text messages, calling and reverse guidance becomes easy with the help of this system. The climate control can also be adjusted by a few touches on the screen and that’s a cool thing.

The information on the instrument is easy to read while the stuffs like wiper stalks and gear shifter are within the reach. The seats are soft but they are large, nicely bolstered along with providing excellent under thigh support. The back passengers will find enough leg, knee and headroom with the seats capable of absorbing three average passengers with ease. No doubt, the car scores well in terms of space. Other aspects in the car include fully automatic AC, tilt adjustable steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs, boot lamp and foldable key.

Tata Zest Engine & Gearbox

The Tata Zest comes in two engine choices, a 1,193 cc turbocharged petrol engine producing 87 hp of power and 140 Nm of torque and a 1,248 cc diesel engine which produces 87 hp of power and 200 Nm of torque. The driving is pretty easy thanks to the much refined turbocharged petrol and multijet diesel engine.The Tata Zest comes with a five speed manual transmission in all variants except the XMA which comes with F tronic five speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). There is good amount of torque present which aids in the driveability of the carThe Tata Zest has an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 17.6 kmpl for petrol variants and 23 kmpl for diesel variants. These figures are acceptable when compared to the segment competitors.For more details on Tata Zest visit bpas.in

Although, Tata is not the best in this aspect with the Zest but still it has tuned its both engines effectively to return a decent fuel economy. The petrol variants deliver a fuel economy of 17.6 kmpl while the diesel variants come up with an impressive 23.0 kmpl. Both the aforementioned mileage figures are ARAI certified and recorded under normal conditions and they may vary. In thick traffic, narrow and congested roads, and overcrowded streets, the mileage might drop down 4-5 kmpl in both the guises.

Tata Zest Ride & Handling

Tata Zest comprises of a Electric Power Assist Steering (ePAS) with speed sensitivity and ‘Active Return’ function – a first in the segment. The steering wheel has a diameter of 366mm which makes it the smallest for a Tata Car, except for the Nano. The new generation tilt Tata signature steering wheel, designed with 3 spokes, is quite lighter in weight and it is easy to maneuver the sedan through narrow roads without putting in special efforts. Furthermore, The dual-path suspension, coupled with a zero-pivot sub-frame and Anti-roll bar, ensures a smooth and comfortable ride. The rear suspension is Twist beam with coil spring which compliments the working on first one extremely well. Tata has introduced first-in-segment ‘Multi-Drive Mode’ technology which displays three driving modes – Sport, Eco and City with the petrol variants. An individual can select any one mode out of the mentioned three, depending upon the road condition and driving skills. Sport is for lightening fast acceleration, while Eco is intended towards obtaining maximum fuel economy, followed by the City which is a perfect amalgamation of performance and economy. On the other hand, Zest diesel AMT variant comes up with twin driving modes – City and Sport. The Zest petrol variants clock a top speed of 154kmph while the diesel variants register a marginally high top speed of 158kmph.

Tata Zest Safety & Security

In terms of safety, it comes with disc brakes in front with drum brakes at rear, ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), dual front airbags, seat belts with pre-tensioner and load limiter, engine immobiliser and an alarm system.The braking system sourced from Bosch has adequate stopping power. However, a little extra initial bite would have instilled more confidence in the driver. But that is compensated by ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and CSC (cornering stability control). Other safety aspects in the Zest include dual front airbags, speed dependent auto-door lock, and engine immobilizer.

Tata Zest Price in Bangalore

Tata Zest Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,19,594/- (Zest Revotron 1.2T XE) to 8,55,936/- (Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XTA). Get best offers for Tata Zest from Tata Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Zest price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Tata Zest Verdict

Zest’s claim-to-fame is the inclusion of more than two and half a dozen of best-in-class features; a never-seen-before in any product and they make it a one-of-its-type sedan. Undeniably, it is the best Tata car till date with its elegant exterior appearance and impeccable interior cabin. Both the powertrains are influential and the introduction of AMT gearbox will further double up its sales! Hence, India’s most economical diesel automatic sedan is all set for a grand reception in the country and good days have arrived, at least for Tata Motors.

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