Tata Zest Facelift First Drive Review

Tata Zest On Road Price In Hyderabad

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.Check car loan for Tata Zest .

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.

Tata Zest Design

There is a new look about the Zest, yes, but there is also a little that remains from the Indigo CS. However, everything except the silhouette is new about the Zest. There’s a new grille that has taken inspiration from the old Indica grille, but is now a snazzy honeycomb design with a bolder logo on it. It is flanked by the headlamps, which remain a dual-barrel design but the top-spec versions now get a projector low beam with a corona ring. The fog lamps are housed in the new bumper that has a trapezoidal black center.

The Revotron gets LED daytime running lamps, while the diesel auto we had sported a chrome accent under the fog lamp. The hood now has a ‘power bump’, which helps the sporty intentions. From the front three-quarter, the shoulder lines are what grab your attention. Never before has Tata made a car this aggressive in the bodywork, and it is a pleasant change. The wheel arches are flared a little, and this time they are adequately filled out by the 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 185/60 tyres. The fenders don’t have indicators on them any more, they have been relocated to the mirrors, and the bottom of the window line gets a subtle chrome strip.

The diesel gets a multispoke design reminiscent of the Manza’s wheels, and the petrol, a new eight-spoke layout. There is no diamond-cut finish here, and the Zest doesn’t really need it, either. As with any other sub-four metre sedan, at the rear is where the proportions are odd, but the Zest does a fair job of hiding the height of the rear by breaking it up into the bumper with a matt black lower section that mirrors the front bumper, a bootlid with a numberplate and a generous chrome strip above it that links the tail lamps and a subtle lip on the top of the boot lid. The tail lamps are horizontal and wrap around the car’s corners a fair bit. The top-spec variants we drove even had LEDs with light guides on the top, linked to turning the headlamps on.

Overall, the Zest is a leap forward for Tata design, without making a clean break from the past. It is the right step forward and will definitely have heads turn, especially when they realise it is a Tata.

Tata Zest Cabin

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 the one 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.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 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. For more info on Tata Zest  check Seepennywork

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 Riding

Just like the engines, Tata has tried to keep all the good things that Tatas are known for – namely, great ride – and tried to get rid of the bad things like the look of the cars rolling along on castors, the vibration in the steering at high speed and ordinary feedback from the controls. The steering is now an electrically assisted unit, and Tata has taken care that it returns to the straight-ahead when the driver isn’t turning it. It works well, this system, and the steering assist at low speeds is very well tuned. It is accurate at speed, but doesn’t weigh up very much as speeds increase, but we’ll put off a final opinion about this until we get a chance to slingshot the Zest along our favourite set of corners. However, Tata’s claim about it not having vibration stands true: it is as refined as the petrol engine now. Request Tata Zest Test Drive.

The suspension is the traditional layout of McPherson struts in the front, and twist-beam rear. However, to keep the plush Tata ride intact with the larger wheels, Tata has included a second rubber mount for the front suspension that helps the secondary ride. The traditional mounts are also different to work around this, so if you’re thinking of swapping your Zest front suspension for something else, it won’t be possible. However, this is a very interesting solution for the problem at hand – secondary ride, in case you didn’t know, is the shock absorption done by things other than the actual spring and damper. Usually it is the tyres and the suspension mounts (made of hard rubber) that do this job, which is generally at low speed, and the primary ride is taken care of by the spring and damper at speed, because that is when the tyre starts moving vertically over bumps. Goa’s roads are smooth and flowing, so we didn’t get to verify this fully on our short drive, but I can safely say that both in high- and low-speed ride, the Zest is a traditional Tata. As far as handling is concerned, it is a whole new Tata – it takes the fast with the slow equally well, giving an unexpected level of feedback and therefore driver involvement. Of course, the Zest isn’t at the top of the class in the driver involvement section, but that was never the expectation. Is it much improved compared to before? Definitely.

Tata Zest Safety

Tata Zest comes equipped with Disc brake as front brake while Drum brake does the duties as the rear brake. This primary braking system responds instantly and to ensure much better braking, the company has also introduced the most advanced, the 9th generation Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) as secondary braking system. Tata has also blessed the Zest with Speed dependent auto door lock system and Front and rear fog lamps.

But unfortunately, the XE variants in both the guises miss out on these features. The company in a bid to avoid any mishap and make sure of maximum safety of the occupants, has also incorporated segment-first, the Corner Stability Control feature in the Tata Zest with mid and top trims. There are also dual front airbags and front seat belts with pre-tensioner & load limiter in the top-end trim. However, for the security of the vehicle; the company has come up with Immobiliser with every variant. But, the top-end trim XT also has a Perimetric alarm system that makes loud sound if any attempt of burglary or thievery is made.

Tata Zest Price in Hyderabad

Tata Zest On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,54,434 to 10,52,499 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 Hyderabad. View offers on Zest at Autozhop.

Tata Zest Verdict

The Zest has a lot riding on it, and that is why Tata has put so much thought – and a whole new engine and an automatic gearbox – into it. Usually when a manufacturer says ‘new car’, us cynical, jaded journalists expect a new paintjob and upholstery and not much else, but the Zest has proved my expectations wrong. That is a great thing for Tata, because it will earn respect and, eventually, profit, slowly but surely if things follow this path. This will also be a difficult period for Tata because the expectations that benefit the consumer, like a low purchase price and extremely low cost of spares and maintenance will be retained. Sometimes that will not be possible – a turbocharged engine with three electronic modes, an AMT gearbox, projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail-lamps… these things aren’t inexpensive, but the Zest will be expected to be just that.

As always, it will boil down to the price: if Tata manages to retain its traditional place in the price hierarchy for the moment, it will convince people to walk into the showroom to look at the car. Once they drive it, I’m sure most people will come away impressed. If Tata wants to retain its customers, it will have to work on service as well – I expect Tata to manage the former with an introductory price, and hope that the latter improves dramatically and soon, because that’s what it will need to keep up with products like the Zest and prevent another sales slump. For the moment, though, Tata’s Zest shines through in almost all areas, and is certainly something that you should wait for if you’re in the market for a sub-four metre sedan.

 

 

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