Tata Zest Facelift Review & Performance

Tata Zest Overview

The fast-paced growth of the sub-four meter sedan segment led Tata Motors envisage a credible product that could sustain stiff competition amid rivals including Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent. Inspired by Tata’s ‘DesigNext, DriveNext, ConnectNext’ philosophy, Zest was the first product to be built on the new design language.The first product from Tata’s new breed of cars, Zest sports a fresh design. Interior styling is in tandem with the new design philosophy, giving prominence to the looks and features. Tata Zest On road price starts from 5,21,055/-. Check for price details of Tata Zest in CarzPrice.


Tata Zest Design

Introduced into the most competitive sub 4 meter sedan segment, Zest has come of age as it not only looks attractive but has the important elements that could pull a customer towards it. What are these elements? At the front, we have the all new ‘Signature Tata Grille’ that speaks of humanity and trust line. Basically what it refers to is a plastic grille that bears the logo with chrome lining on top giving it a glossy look. Combination of projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights and light guide position rings further help in enhancing the front fascia. Sharp lines along with body coloured door handles, side view mirrors with ORM inserts and a set of elegant 8-spoke alloy wheels highlight the side profile of this sedan. While the rear features wrap round around LED tail lamps and chrome lining that puts together an attractive stance. In profile, having an overall length of 3995 mm, width of 1706 mm and overall height of 1570 mm – the Zest does feel appealing to the naked eyes with it ground clearance of 175 mm.

Tata Zest Cabin

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-litres.

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.

Tata Zest Performance

This is one area where Tata Motors claimed to have cracked revolutionary changes with its first in class 1.2 litre Turbocharged MPFi petrol engine. So what’s so special one would ask? To begin, the 1.2 litre petrol power plant features shift-on-fly technology which basically aims to provide three different driving modes comprising of Economy, City and Sport. In detail, the petrol variant comes loaded with an 1193cc engine on board that puts out a maximum power output of 89 bhp with 140 Nm of torque.

All of this basically translates to an impressive engine performance which is said to be extracted out of a modern water cooled turbocharger that aims to provide faster, flatter response along with better torque spread. Having said this, there is a bit of turbo lag especially lower down the revs, the presence of a 5 speed synchromesh gearbox catering to smooth shift indicates that the Zest is perfectly packaged and meant for Indian conditions. Its ride quality, we must say is at par with rest of the competition within its segment as going over potholes and broken roads isn’t really an issue. Throw it at corners and curves, the Zest will do its best in providing decent handling as per its ability. Having mentioned all three driving modes earlier, its Sport mode really tinkles the maximum power from the engine making it rev all the way to 5,500rpm where in the needle automatically changes its colour to red indicating ‘redline’. Just to highlight the petrol model runs on ‘City’ which is its default mode.

This is just not it, for the increasingly competitive and growing diesel compact car segment Tata Motors have come out with an automatic diesel option which is again a first for this category. Interested in knowing more, christened as F-Tronic AMT, Zest diesel caters to a 4 cylinder; turbo intercooled 1248cc diesel engine that gives out a maximum power output of 89 bhp with 200 Nm of torque. Featuring a 5 speed F-Tronic AMT with Shift Assist Manual, the manufacturer has tried to address driving comfort for an end consumer considering that automatics are a boon nowadays keeping our traffic conditions in mind. The diesel provides two modes for driving; normal and sport. In normal mode the sedan remains subdued and goes about taking its occupants swiftly to places while the sports is more torque heavy relating to better power for those swift getaways.

Tata Zest Rideing

Automatics are meant for city use majorly and the AMT on the Zest makes life stress free when driving in the city. This is one of the strongest points for the Zest. With no creep function, things can be a bit different especially if you are used to driving automatics. Thats just one downside on the Zest so far. Where this compact sedan moves up is the ease of driving. There is sufficient pull from the engine and the all around visibility.If city, you need to be alert on the road and it is important to have good all round visibility. This is what the Zest does with its large glass area and big size outside rear view mirrors That is where this compact sedan is good and then the manner in which you sit in the car. It isn’t too low slung, neither too high to climb into it. With the Zest AMT, you walk into the car and sit like a chair. This makes it a great thing as the comfort is more and then the Zest even has large and comfy seats too. So, driving in city is a breeze and with no need to shift gears. View offers on Tata Cars from Tata dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Tata Zest Safety

Safety provisions on the Zest comprise dual front airbags for driver and co-passenger, immobilizer, speed dependent auto door lock system, front fog lamps, ABS with EBD & CSC, front seat belts with pretensioner & load limiter and perimetric alarm system. Tata has added a lot of elements to enhance the exterior appearance such as projector headlamps with LED light guide rings, LED indicators on ORVMs, LED DRLs, chrome garnish around windows and LED tail lamps. Java black and latte dual tone colour scheme inside the cabin goes well with the full fabric seat covers. It also gets rugby shoulder seats and styling bits like aluminium finish on gear shift lever, key ring illumination, door co-ordinated cabin lights, door trim fabric inserts and boot lamps

Tata Zest Price

Tata Zest Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,21,055/- (Zest Revotron 1.2T XE) to 8,54,052/- (Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XTA). Get best offers for Tata Zest from Tata Dealers in India

Tata Zest Verdict

The Zest is spacious, well-equipped and lets one choose from a likeable turbo-petrol and a dependable diesel engine. The diesel-automatic combo is good to have, but we wish it was equipped with a creep mode as well. Other positives include the solid exterior build, and the stellar 8-speaker audio system.On the whole, the Zest is a value-for-money offering which ticks all the essentials of being a well-rounded compact sedan.

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