Tata Zest Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

Tata Zest Overview

One of the most popular Indian auto manufacturers who does not need any introduction unveiled two of their latest offering in the Indian market at the 2014, Auto expo christened as the Bolt and the Zest. Most of you are already aware of the fact that the popular manufacturer is none other than Tata motors and their Bolt hatchback will replace their aging hatch Vista while the Zest will be the saloon version of the Bolt hatch which will compete with the above mentioned compact saloons in the Indian market. We already brought you our first impression of the Bolt hatch now it’s time that we bring our first impression of the Zest saloon as well which already is gaining lot of popularity from the crowd even before its launch because of its exciting new but different styling, impressive interiors and the newly developed petrol engine.

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Quite frankly Tata Motors has tried best to design the Zest compact saloon differently than the existing Manza or the Vista hatch and as a result of that the long signature Vista tail lamps has been omitted from this new car. Cover the Tata Motors badge and it will keep you wondering which car is it exactly. So go through our first impression and find out everything about this new compact sedan from Tata Motors. Tata Zest in Tryaldrive

Tata Zest Exterior & Style

This Tata car doesn’t look like a Tata car. It might sound confusing but holds strongly for the Zest. With its modern contemporary design language, it looks way different from their portfolio models and it is for the first time a Tata car looks in sync with modern trends in automobile.Ditching aggression and angry looks, the Zest gets a human touch on its face. It has a humanity line which consists of the smiling radiator grille. The overall shape as many would expect is based on the Indigo but it is the finer details which differentiates the Zest from its siblings.

Is if the first car in its segment to offer projector headlights and day time running lamps which can’t be switched off. It is encouraging to see Tata Motors paying attention to features which add to the overall safety of the vehicle. To make sure everyone notices the new engine, the hood has subtle power bulges displaying strength.Front bumpers are completely new and have a reverse trapezoidal air dam. The petrol variants had the DRLs mounted along with the fog lamp while in the diesel; it just gets a mild chrome strip and no DRLs. Even the detailing on the fog lamp housing in the petrol variant is more than that of the diesel.

Petrol and diesel also have different alloy wheel design. It gets clear 8 spoke 15 inch sporty alloys in the petrol while the diesel gets multi spoke type alloys which look more elegant than sporty. It has a length of 3995mm and a width of 1706mm. They claim the Zest to have the best in class width and wheelbase of 2470mm and it is true when compared with Honda Amaze which has a width of 1680mm and a wheelbase of 2405mm while the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire has a width of 1695mm and a wheelbase of 2430mm also the height of Zest is greater than the other two meaning better headroom.

A strong shoulder line followed by sculpted wheel arches make the side profile of the Zest look and feel attractive. External mirrors affixed with turn indicators are body coloured. They can be adjusted electrically. Visually the ground clearance looks higher. Height of the Zest has gone up but the slender Diamond DLO design of the side window panel make the roofline travel lower than others.It gets a sling shot line on the rear profile which flows around the body giving it an in motion look even in standstill position. Wrap around tail lamps with LEDS are modern highlights given to the Zest along with a smart lip spoiler integrated with the rear boot lid. Continuing the theme, the rear bumper gets inverse trapezoidal design with plastic cladding.

Tata Zest Interior & Space

Step inside the Zest and you might step out instantly mistaking it for a premium sedan. The team has not only improved but taken the standard several notches higher. First glance of the dashboard, central console and the steering wheel and it won’t remind of any other Tata car.It is the suave beige dashboard panel which manages to attract all attention possible. The trim quality and the plastics used are fantastic. The instrumental panel which sports a new design along with a central display of essential information has been tweaked too. It feels similar to the one on VW models. It displays all the information along with the gear engaged indicator.

The XT petrol variant comes loaded with features and functions. The Zest is one modern Tata car and the reason behind that statement is the series of duties the infotainment screen can do. If you wish to set the temperature or change the mode of air conditioning, it can be done with ease. It gets a powerful fully automatic air conditioner with climate control.Personally I feel, the most important aspect inside a car has to be its entertainment system. I was thoroughly impressed with the one on Ford Classic but in Zest is equally amazing. It gets an 8 speaker individual channel music system by Harman. You can fiddle around with the sound quality along with adjusting the area of concentration with just a simple touch on the infotainment screen.

It also gets USB and Aux-in options along with Bluetooth telephony. All of them can be controlled via the screen in addition to the controls mounted on the steering wheel. There is also a segment first feature of voice assist in the Zest. The system is quick to understand voice commands. It can play music, adjust AC and make phone calls without any efforts. Check for Tata Zest in

Seats are reasonably comfortable. Even in top spec variant there are no leathers and instead it gets high quality fabric seats. Leather seats will be available as an optional pack. The Zest is primarily a driver centric car and it feels roomy in the first row while it is reasonably spacious for the second row. Door trims do not get space for large bottles. There are cup holders in the central zone. The boot swallowed our bags giving us a fair its large storage area.

Tata Zest Engine & Transmission

The Tata Zest is offered with the tried and test 1.3-litre Quadrajet diesel engine which produces the same output as it used to earlier. This engine is sourced from Fiat and is also popularly called as the “National Diesel Engine of India”. While offered with a 5-speed manual earlier, it now also gets paired to a 5-speed AMT automatic gearbox, making the Zest the cheapest diesel automatic in the country and also the only diesel automatic car in its segment. The bigger news is the new 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine, which has been developed by Tata Motors in conjunction with AVL. It’s the first and only turbocharged petrol engine in its class.

The 1.2-litre Revotron turbo engine uses an alloy head and a cast iron block, it belts out 90 PS at 5000 RPM and 140 Nm of torque at as low as 1750 RPM (up to 3500 RPM). The Zest gets a clutch lock and once you start the vehicle, you will really appreciate the low NVH levels, the motor is super refined with no vibes at all. In fact, the NVH is so good that at speed with the audio system playing, you can’t hear much of road, tyre or wind noise. Drivability is where the 1.2T Revotron mill truly shines, it offers an excellent low and mid-range punch but lacks top-end thrust. There is no turbo lag and performance is instant too, with power delivery being linear. The engine doesn’t rev quickly though and you do have to work the gearbox for quick overtakes, more so if the RPM drops below 2500 RPM in higher gears (4th and 5th).

So for instance, driving at 90 km/hr in fifth and you stand on the pedal, the motor does take its time to pull, clearly fifth gear is for cruising. Redline comes in just under 6000 RPM with the tacho glowing red once you whizz past 5500 RPM. 100 km/hr comes up in third gear with the tacho ticking in at around 2300 RPM in top gear at the same speed, so the engine is relaxed when you want to maintain cruising speed on the highway. Tata Motors has tested the engine for 3 lakh hours and there are many highlights of this powertrain – 10% faster than the closest rival, highest power and torque density in it class, 23% better peak torque than the closest rival. The engine doesn’t sound sporty but you can hear the turbo whistle. This is not the motor which will put the tarmac on fire as it’s not tuned for high revs but drivability is its forte. Still, it does cut off smoothly when it hits the redline (like European cars) and doesn’t feel jerky there.

Tata Zest Driving Dynamics

This Tata car rides well and handles great. The Zest impressed us completely with its amazing handling potential. It has a taller ground clearance but at the same time the roof line flows at a lower height bring down air resistance. Introduced in the Nano, EPAS (Electronic Power Assisted System), with speed sensitivity along with a segment first feature of Corner Braking stability makes the Zest handles corners confidently.

All the earlier issues of steering losing grip and wobbling on high speeds has completely gone. During out test drive in Goa, it was raining heavily but the ride quality of Zest held the wet roads firmly. The 185/60 R15 tyres have great traction. Even on rough patches, the suspensions refused to give up doing its best to keep the disturbance felt at the lowest level possible. It is evident that the team at Tata Motors has worked really hard to make sure the Zest delivers on points where Tata cars have been highly criticized for like ride and handling, in cabin noise insulation, gear shifts and steering response.

Tata Zest Braking & Safety

The Tata Zest uses a baked hardened steel in its construction. It gets front and side crumple zones along with protection bars for rear passengers. Safety equipment includes dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and Corner Stability Control (CSC). The Zest feels strong, the doors close with a reassuring thud and the thickness of metal is good too. However, the vehicle isn’t tested by Global NCAP yet and we can only comment on the safety of the vehicle after a crash test rating has been given to it. The company has crash tested the Tata Zest at its own facility and it meets Indian regulations.

Tata Zest Price in Gurgaon

Tata Zest On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 5,73,428 to 9,63,931 for variants Zest Revotron 1.2T XE and Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XTA respectively. Tata Zest is available in 11 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Tata Zest variants price in Gurgaon. Check for Zest price in Gurgaon at Carzprice

Tata Zest Bottomline

There is no doubt in the fact that the Tata Zest will give some tough time to its competition. The new Zest compact sedan comes with good looks many segment new features like projector headlamps and LED tail lamps while the interior gets a completely new dashboard and all the modern equipments and gadgets which make the cabin feel upmarket, nobody can complain about the interior space and comfort either. The new petrol engine definitely packs new technology and weighs less which will definitely help improving its performance and also fuel efficiency, the diesel engine on the other hand is the same old engine however to attract the attention of the consumers it also comes with a AMT gearbox which is also something new for this segment. Lastly the introductory prices look extremely attractive too.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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