Tata Zest Facelift Review & First Drive


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.Check for Tata Zest price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Tata Zest Exteriors

When buying a car in India, it is said that the visual appeal of a product can help you win half the battle. Taking this thing in mind, Tata Zest is a right step in this direction. The car has been heavily re-engineered in order to look more modern and upmarket than the Vista and Manza from which it derives its inspiration. The front shows the typical smiley face of the company which is called as ‘humanity line’, which runs across the bottom of the grille connecting the headlights.

The carmaker has provided projector type headlamps while the bumper housing and large fog lamps and a reverse air dam gives a modern touch to the front profile. The bonnet is more sculpted while the top end variant also features LED daytime running lights. At the sides, the wheel arches are pronounced with the revamped shoulder line and the 15-inch wheels lending the car a great road presence. At the rear, the large wrap-around LED tail lights, well-defined bumper and the boot lid with wide chrome bar helps the vehicle maintain the dominant stance.

Tata Zest Interiors

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-liters

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. For more info on Tata Zest  check Oprst

Tata Zest Transmission

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.

The engines are tuned to derive maximum fuel efficiency and Tata seems to have done the homework quite well. Moreover, the Eco mode provided in the car takes the engine into the fuel efficient mode. The ARAI certified fuel efficiency of Zest is rated at 23kmpl for the diesel version while the petrol one delivers 17.6kmpl.

Tata Zest Riding

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

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 Cost in Pune

Tata Zest On Road Price is 6,44,094/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,61,450/- in Pune. Tata Zest comes in 6 colours, namely Venetian Red,Platinum Silver,Sky Grey,Pristine White,Dune Beige,Buzz Blue. Tata Zest comes with FWD with 1193 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 89 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 140 Nm@1500-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Tata Zest comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Tata Zest Final Word

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.

Currently, Tata Zest is offered in six variants such as XE, XM, XMA, XMS, XT and XTA. The base variant is priced at Rs. 5.28 lakh. The top of the range trim is available at the price tag of Rs. 8.70 lakh while the top-selling model Revotron 1.2T XM is tagged at Rs. 6.21 lakh. All prices ex-showroom, New Delhi. Tata also launched a premium version of Zest name Premio with additional features such as smoked multi-reflector headlamps, dual-toned roof in glossy black, piano black finishing on the ORVMs, silver-finished wheel caps and piano black garnish on the boot lid.

Zest has been introduced in the highly competitive segment and that too dominated by players such as Maruti and Hyundai. It currently competes against Hyundai Xcent, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and Volkswagen Ameo in its class.

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