Tata Zest Facelift Test Drive & Overview

Tata Zest Overview

Tata Zest comes in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with a total of 9 variants. The variant nomenclature with this sedan is also fresh unlike the several ongoing Tata cars. The four petrol variants are – XE, XM, XMS, and XT, while the five diesel variants are – XE, XM, XMS, XMA, and XT. It comes loaded with as many as 29 best-in-class features and also dimension wise, it is the largest and the most spacious.Tata has installed an AMT gearbox with the diesel variant of this sedan which makes it the country’s cheapest diesel automatic sedan. It is also the first vehicle to be wheeled out of Tata factory in accordance with company’s latest ‘DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext’ philosophy. The Zest is being assembled locally at the company’s Pimpri and Ranjangaon plant in Pune. Book a test drive for Zest In Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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Tata Zest Design & Look

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 Cabin & Comfort

If the exteriors are a step up for Tata Motors, the interiors are even a bigger step up. The Zest has a very exciting dashboard, it’s all new and there is absolutely nothing in common with other Tata cars. If you remove the Tata logo on the steering wheel, you will be fooled to think that your sitting in an European vehicle, such is the leap in interior design and equipment. The dashboard is focussed towards the driver and the dual-tone treatment works well to boost the appeal. Tata Motors has used a slew of colours, the top part of the dashboard is black, with the centre using beige for that airy feel. Still, there are more colours like the piano black finishing on the centre console, above the glove box and around the instrument cluster. Silver finishing at multiple places and chrome surrounds around the AC vents and instrument cluster give the cabin the premium touch.

The instrument cluster is very neat on the Zest, on start-up, it swings the needles to the max and comes back. The tacho and speedo have a digital display in between them which shows instant economy, distance to empty, two tripmeters (with average mileage), gear shift indicator, time, driving mode, individual door open warning, outside temperature, etc. There is no redline marking on the tachometer because once the car approaches the redline, the tachometer needle turns from white to red. The temperature and fuel meters have bars. The stalks are chunky and the headlight leveller is on the right stalk itself. The steering wheel is small and a prefect 360 mm in size, it has height adjust. It has contours on 2 and 10 O’clock positions for added grip. The 3-spoke wheel also gets audio controls, not too many buttons but highly functional as you can accept/reject calls, use voice commands, change audio source, mute, increase/decrease volume all from the comfort of the steering. Check for Tata Zest in msresearch.in

The Tata Zest is the widest car in its class, it also has the biggest wheelbase. No wonder then, it has a very roomy cabin. The front seats offer good support and cushioning is just right with ample back support (the driver seat gets height adjust but the seat belts don’t get height adjust). Even at the rear, the seats impress you, they offer terrific levels of comfort with plenty of leg, knee and head room on offer. Under thigh support is decent too but there are no pockets behind the front seats, which are scooped out to boost knee room at the rear. The cabin being wide enough makes seating three at the rear an easier task than in other compact sedans but the floor isn’t flat and there is no fifth headrest in the car. The Zest lacks a rear seat centre arm rest, a shocking omission as all other sub 4-metre sedans come with this feature. Each door has an arm rest with the power window switch falling right in hand. The rear windows are big too (they roll down completely) and visibility is good from the rear. Storage inside the cabin isn’t great as the doors don’t have bottle holders but small pockets which will take a half litre bottle but not a 1-litre one. There is only one cup holder (below the centre console) although the glovebox is very big and there is a storage tray below the co-driver’s seat. Even the rear parcel shelf is small.

Where the Tata Zest over-impresses is with the ConnectNext Infotainment system which has been made by Harman, specially for this car (and the Bolt). The system has a plethora of features, most of them being a segment first. There are two head units, the top of the line model gets a 5-inch touch screen (the touch is smooth and accurate) while lower models gets a 3.5-inch screen, still there is not much difference in features. The audio system comes with Bluetooth, AUX, USB/iPod (also charges a phone), SD card (supports up to 64 GB) connectivity options. The system also doubles up as a reverse parking sensor display, image viewer, climate control display (the AC works very well) and the likes. The features are just countless. There is voice commands (for the Phone, Radio, Media and Climate Control) which works flawlessly, even complicated names are easily picked up and if you search for a song, the system will search across all sources to find the song and play it for you. A long hold on the right button (on the steering wheel) activates the voice command feature. There is also an IR remote.

Tata Zest Engine & Performance

As known, the Zest is being offered in both petrol and diesel trims. The petrol variants in-house the recently unveiled all new Revotron 1.2T engine. Being an extremely silent engine, it is India’s first Turbocharged Multi-point Fuel Injection (MPFi) Petrol engine. This 1193 cc, 4-cylinder, BS IV compliant motor musters out a maximum power output of 88.7 bhp at 5000rpm and a best-in-class peak torque performance of 140Nm at 1750-3500rpm.

The power is transferred to the front wheels of the sedan enroute a 5-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the diesel variants come loaded with company’s tried and tested Fiat’s 1.3 MJD engine which returns power in two states – 73.9 bhp and 88.7 bhp. The base trim XE carries this engine and it belts out a top power of 73.9 bhp at 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 190Nm at 1750-3000rpm. It is paired to the company’s traditional 5-speed manual transmission. The remaining variant lineup of the diesel trim, donning the same 1248 cc, 4-cylinder, BS IV compliant engine, gets a power output of 88.7 bhp at 4000 and torque performance of 200Nm at 1750-3000rpm. All the variants are coupled with the company’s conventional 5-speed gearbox, except the XMA as it is mated to the first-in-class F-Tronic technology-enabled, 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), with both Automatic and Sequential mode of gear-shifting.

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

The ride of the Zest one of the best in its segment. The compact sedan glides over potholes, however it does make a crashing sound. This makes it sound harsh, but in reality it is a lot smooth and the suspension irons out most of the road shocks. The Zest has a softer rear, which means more comfort for the rear passengers. Despite all this, it has good handling characteristics. It does well around bends. It might not have the alacrity like its European competition but it does a fairly good job.The electronic steering wheel is light and this makes it easy to manoeuvre in city. On the highways too the steering has a good feedback. It is only on bumps that the Zest steering feels disconnected, especially when around a corner. The steering wheel is small and nice to grip.

Tata Zest Safety & Security

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 Chennai

Tata Zest On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 5,97,247 to 9,79,576 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 Chennai. Check for Zest price in Chennai 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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