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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.

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 Zest in Hyderabad.

Tata Zest Exterior & Style

Tata Zest was designed with inputs from the company’s three different design studios – Pune (India), Conventry (UK) and Turin (Italy). Several designing processes were also carried out by the help of Jaguar Land Rover – company’s luxury vehicle divison, as more than 6000 engineers and technicians worked relentlessly and rigorously across five countries and eleven centres. All the aforementioned hard work resulted in the birth of a distinct and never-seen-before sedan in the form of Zest. Being based on a thoroughly modified X1 platform, The all-new styling of the Zest is based on its new design direction of ‘Confident Dynamism’. As far as the front fascia is concerned, it flaunts the all new company signature grille with the newly introduced ‘Humanity Line’. This front grille is complimented immensely well by the dual projector headlamps with chrome accents, which are standard for every variant, except the base XE. Moreover, the top-end trim XT also enjoys LED daytime running lamps. The front bumper boasts triangle shaped twin fog lamps and double slat air dam.

Coming to the side profile of the sedan, it has an enlarged C-pillar which makes the roofline a bit sloppy. The Zest has body colored ORVMs with blinkers and turn indicators, body colored door handles, and body colored bumpers as standard across the entire range of variants. The flared wheel arches have been bestowed with 15″ alloy wheels which, again, are standard feature and offered with each and every variant. At the rear-end of the car, the Zest is the first car in its segment to flaunt LED tail lamps. The whole tail lamp cluster is quite stylish and feature a wrap around design. The boot-lid gets a lot of chrome treatment, particularly around the horizontally positioned strip, company logo and model badging. Tata Zest is being offered with 6 vibrant colors – Buzz Blue, Venetian Red, Sky Grey, Dune Beige, Platinum Silver and Pristine White. In all, Tata has finally succeeded in carving out a niche sedan that is good looking, stylish and sporty. It won’t be an exaggeration to term it ‘The Best Tata Car’ till date in the exterior designing aspect.

Tata Zest Interior & Space

As the Zest underpins Vista’s platform, the most essential change you will find is the revamped interiors. Unlike Vista, the material quality, fit and finish have improved drastically. It seems the design is way more welcoming and attractive than the car in question. The cabin with dual black and beige theme, the gross black finishing around the centre console and the instrument cluster, air cons, all gives an upmarket feel.

Another interesting addition that gives this car an upper edge is the high-end Harman stereo system. This touchscreen infotainment system with voice command functionality has been specifically developed for Tata Motors. The system also supports Bluetooth telephony so your job of reading text messages, calling and reverse guidance becomes easy with the help of this system. The climate control can also be adjusted by a few touches on the screen and that’s a cool thing.

The information on the instrument is easy to read while the stuffs like wiper stalks and gear shifter are within the reach. The seats are soft but they are large, nicely bolstered along with providing excellent under thigh support. The back passengers will find enough leg, knee and headroom with the seats capable of absorbing three average passengers with ease. No doubt, the car scores well in terms of space. Other aspects in the car include fully automatic AC, tilt adjustable steering, electrically adjustable ORVMs, boot lamp and foldable key.

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. For more info on Tata Zest check Basna

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 Driving Dynamics

Like space, the ride quality is one of the plus points of this car. Tata has managed to balance the area of ride and handling quite well. Thanks to the huge effort made in the suspension and chassis. The car rides well on low speeds and any road blemish that comes in the way is impeccably flattened out. The road shocks are cushioned superbly without letting a sense of agitation enter in the cabin. Apply car loan for Tata Zest.

Tata Zest Braking & 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 is 6,54,434/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,53,554/- in Hyderabad. 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 Verdict

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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