Tata Zest Facelift Review First Drive & Transmission

Tata Zest Overview

Tata Zest is the car that has been introduced in the most competitive segment of compact sedans in the year 2014. Before this, in 2008, Tata Motors launched Indigo CS in the market and car did a fairly good job in terms of sale. As the time passed, new generation models from Hyundai, Honda and Maruti heated up the competition.

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Tata Motors to remain relevant in the segment, needed to develop a new product which was capable of competing against the rivals in terms of performance, reliability, quality and refinement. Finally, Zest came to the rescue, helping the Tata regain lost ground. Tata developed Zest using Vista hatchback’s X1 platform. The Zest is the first actual product which came out of Tata’s Horizonext movement. View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Tata Zest Exterior & Style

The Tata Zest is an outcome of design inputs from company’s three different design studios and tips from Jaguar Land Rover. The front grille is complimented well by the dual projector headlamps which come with chrome accents, which are standard for every variant, except the base model XE. The top end trim XT also gets LED daytime running lamps.

The front bumper boasts triangle shaped twin fog lamps and double slat air dam. It comes with an enlarged C pillar with body coloured bumpers, body coloured door handles and body coloured ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors) with integrated turn indicators. The wheels are 15 inches alloys with which the sedan also features first in segment LED tail lamps.

Tata Zest Interior & Space

Just like the exteriors, interiors are also spiced up by adding various class leading elements in the sedan. The Zest sedan has the best inner cabin spaciousness as compared to any other sedan in its segment. There is plenty of legroom due to the enhanced wheelbase, same goes for the immense shoulder room as width is also best-in-class.The interiors have been presented in a dual-tone Java Black & Latte color scheme with fully fabric seat upholstery. The dashboard is also quite stylish and premium in accordance with the Tata Motors next-generation 3-spoke tilt adjustable electric power steering wheel.

The all new instrument panel displays several types of information on it such as Segmented multi-info display, Gear shift (up/down) and in-gear indicator, Driver seat belt reminder with buzzer, Individual door-open display, Light-off and key-in reminder with buzzer, Distance-to-empty info, Fuel consumption display, Digital fuel gauge etc. to mention a few. The top-end variant XT has an added functionality of Ambient temperature display with it. The sedan, despite being a sub 4-meter product, comes with a massive boot space of 390-litres.

Tata Zest has Air Conditioner with Heater as standard feature across the entire variant lineup. The base variant XE misses out on some of the contemporary features like Rear power windows, Electric adjustment for ORVMs, and Remote central locking. Some of the first-grade comfort features that can be seen inside the cabin are Adjustable rear headrest, Height adjustable driver’s seat, Vanity mirror on sun visor of co-driver side, Foldable key etc. to name a few. The top-end XT trim boasts an array of additional features in form of Rear defogger, Fully automatic temperature control (FATC) and Rear parking sensors. Looking upon the infotainment system which turns out to be the biggest USP of the interiors, it is the ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman (of Harman/Kardon fame); though the base variant XE misses out on this. It comes with AM/FM, USB, AUX IN, iPOD connectivity and with 4 speakers and as many tweeters.

There is a remote control system for the music system for the convenience of rear seat passengers. Moreover, the functionality of Speed dependent volume control and steering mounted audio and phone controls further facilitates the driver during city driving. In addition, it also supports Bluetooth connectivity which further gives Phonebook access, Call logs (incoming, outgoing, missed), and Audio streaming. The top-end trim XT has additional features like Call reject with SMS feature, Conference call, Incoming SMS notifications and read-outs, SD card reader, Controls of FATC on touchscreen, Reverse park guide display, Picture/image viewer via USB and SD card, and Voice command recognition technology. Did we forgot to mention that the 5-inch touchscreen system with MapmyIndia next gen Navigation System is also being offered with the top-end trim XT.

Tata Zest Engine & Gearbox

Zest is available in two engine options; the 1.2L Revotron turbocharged petrol and the 1.3L Fiat-sourced Quadrajet diesel engine with variable geometry turbocharger. The petrol engine has been indigenously developed for the best performance. The BSIV compliant petrol motor makes 90PS and 140Nm of torque, mated to 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel one, on the other hand, produces 75PS and 190Nm of max torque paired to either 5-speed manual or 5-speed automated manual transmission.

The petrol mill is more refined, lighter and sounds nicer. This might be a turbocharged engine but the focus is more on drivability and fuel efficiency. And this is evident the moment you step on the accelerator. There is minimum turbo lag and irrespective of whether you are in higher or lower gear, the momentum is just instant. The throttle response in the Sport mode is sharper and comes to life rather quickly.The diesel engine helps in decent pull on the highways and one will find happy cruising at three digit speeds. However, in city traffic, the AMT seems to a bit lazy and definitely lacks the bout of spirited driving. However, there is no jerkiness in the AMT unlike other vehicles with this mechanism.

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 Mumbai

Tata Zest Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai 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 Mumbai. Check for Zest price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Tata Zest Round Up

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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