Tata Zest

Overview of the car

Sedan

Manual

Diesel

20 Mileage

44 Litres

N/A

5 Seater

2 Years / 75,000 kms

Performance Metrics
0

N/A

Top Speed
14.78

seconds

0-100 kph
10.2

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
1248 cc
Max Power
89 bhp
Torque
20.4 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
4

Dimensions

Wheel Base
2470 mm
Ground Clearance
175 mm
Bootspace
360 ltrs
Turning Circle
10.2 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
Dual-Path Independent Mc Pherson Strut with Coil Springs and Anti-Rollbars
Rear Suspension
Twist Beam with Coil Springs
Steering Type
Power Steering(Electric Assisted)
Tyres
Front: 185/60 R15
Rear: 185/60 R15
Front Brakes
Disc
Rear Brakes
Drum
Reviews and Video
NARAIN IMG

Narain Says

Tata has managed to find a sublime balance between ride and handling; perhaps even the best in this class. Drive it over any manner of road blemish and it will flatten it out impeccably, and quietly. Cornering ability is impressive for a high riding sedan.

HORMAZD IMG

Hormazd Says

 You’ll also have little reason to complain about the Zest on the inside, apart from the lack of cabin stowage. The top-spec car is really well kitted out and for most, the price, fuel economy and AMT convenience factor should outweigh the small foibles.

TorqueX Review

What you’ll like?

Superb Ride-Handling Balance, AMT-Diesel Combo Works Well, Refinement

What you won’t like?

Oddly Shaped Small Boot, Drive Modes don't Feel as Different as They Should

TorqueX Says

Right Up There with the Best

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Autocar Review

Tata Zest Review, Road Test

Tata Zest

I ’m lucky to have a short daily commute of just 10km to the office and back home, so it’s only fair that the diesel cars in our long-term fleet are best left to my colleagues who rack up more miles than I do. Happy to go petrol without burning too big a hole in my wallet, I plumbed for the Tata Zest in its last stint with us.

Three weeks on, the Zest has hugely impressed me by its ability to tackle roads that vary from bad to very bad on my daily office run. During the monsoons, Mumbai roads crumble by the hour, but that didn’t deter the Zest, which tackled the worst surfaces with aplomb. The long travel suspension and beefy dual path dampers provide an outstanding ride, which cushioned my spine like no other car.  It’s not just brilliant suspension, which soaks up the road, but also the light steering and high seating position that took the edge out of tackling Mumbai traffic.

The spacious cabin won fans at home, and the Zest’s large doors and tall stance made getting in and out easy even for elders. Interior quality surprised quite a few of us, with comments like, “I can’t believe this is a Tata car” doing the rounds. The best piece of kit in the Zest is the Harman audio touchscreen system with eight speakers. It’s easy to use, and the acoustic quality is really good.

The last outing for the Zest was as a support car for our Chevy Trailblazer shoot, not far from the company’s Talegaon plant. The roads were terrible – great to test a brute of an SUV with 240mm ground clearance. But how did the Zest manage? Really well, actually. We took it down a muddy track through ruts and ditches, and it coped brilliantly without grounding the underside – the Zest easily wins the ‘Bad Road Baadshah’ title for me.

Weak points? The seats don’t provide a lot of support on long drives. Also, finding an ideal driving position was difficult, as I found the steering a bit too raked for my liking.

I am not a big fan of the 1.2 turbo-petrol Revotron. It doesn’t respond well when you put the hammer down and while it does feel quick when the turbo kicks in, it doesn’t have that spikey power delivery you’d expect from a turbo which I actually like. And it doesn’t sound good either. In traffic, it feels a touch sluggish, but the most irritating part is a slight jerkiness or hesitation at low revs. Most annoying is the Revotron’s tendency to stall just when you engage the clutch, which makes you pile on more revs than usual.

‘Sport’ was the default setting on the multi-drive mode, especially during our 1,700km round trip to Udaipur — the other modes didn’t offer enough grunt for quick overtaking. This resulted in more fuel stops and higher bills which were questioned by the office accountant as the accompanying Xcent petrol consumed 28.5 percent less!

I did end up using Eco mode, but only once, in a bid to stretch a precious few litres in the hunt for a petrol pump. In this mode, the engine feels like it has gone into limp mode, the only consolation being a slight improvement in fuel consumption. For the record, our Zest gave us around 12kpl over the 1,700m it was with us.

I am happy to report that after 7,232km on the clock, the Zest has performed flawlessly. Living with the Tata compact sedan, quality niggles seem a thing of the past. Except for a few squeaks from some of the body panels, there has been nothing to complain about and in its short time with us, the Zest has given me the confidence to drive long distances without a worry. For a Tata, that’s a huge achievement.

SELVIN JOSE

 

 

Fact File

 
 
 
 

General

Price when new Rs 7.83 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)
Test economy 13.65kpl
Maintenance costs None
Faults None
Distance covered 7,232km
 
 
 

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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