Tata Zest

` 4.6 - 7.0 Lac*
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3.5 / 5 based on 16 reviews

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Highlights

November 26, 2014: The latest offering from Tata Motors - Zest, is getting an overwhelming response from prospective buyers as the compact sedan now attracts a waiting period of six months. Moreover, Tata Motors recently appointed President of passenger cars division said that the home grown automaker is trying hard to shorten the waiting period, ramping-up the production of the compact sedan. Build under company's new 'Horizonnext' strategy, the compact sedan is attracting waiting because of the gap between demand and supply. From its inception in August Tata Motors has already sold 10,000 units of Zest. Launched at a price tag of Rs. 4.64 lakh (petrol) and Rs. 5.64 lakh (diesel), the compact sedan lock horns with Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent.

Overview

Tata Motors has officially introduced its much awaited compact sedan, Zest for the Indian automobile market. It is a brand new model in the company's portfolio and is placed in the lucrative sub 4 meter segment. This vehicle is offered in several trim levels like XE, XM, XMS and XT for the buyers to choose from. It comes with petrol as well as diesel engine options both of which are mated with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. The car maker is also offering one more diesel variant badged as XMA, which comes with an advanced F-Tronic AMT transmission gearbox. It offers an experience like a manual version without compromise in its fuel efficiency. Unlike any other Tata model, this latest vehicle comes with a new design language featuring a signature grille with humanity line. By introducing this new compact sedan at Horizonext, the company has clearly stated that it is not leaving any stone unturned in the most competitive compact sedan segment. The car maker has launched this latest compact sedan with several new exciting aspects, one of which is its new 1.2-litre Revotron petrol power plant. This is the company's indigenously developed power plant that is powerful yet fuel efficient in its class. It is capable of producing a maximum power of 88.76bhp along with a commanding torque output of 140Nm. On the other hand, its diesel version sports a 1.3-litre Quadrajet engine that churns out the same 88.76bhp, but it generates a peak torque output of 200Nm. While the base diesel trim XE is powered by the same engine, but it develops a maximum power of 74bhp along with a superior torque output of 190Nm. The car maker has launched this vehicle with several first-in-segment features like projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and signature LED tail lamps with a wrap around look. At the same time, it also comes with a state-of-the-art design EPAS (Electronic Power Assisted Steering) system with active return and speed related function, which will provide an effortless driving experience. Apart from these, the manufacturer has blessed this latest compact sedan with a 9th generated ABS with EBD and cornering stability control function, which reinforces the braking mechanism. Coming to the insides, the company has blessed this new vehicle with a futuristic interior design, which is amplified by a lot of chrome embellishments. Although, it is a compact vehicle, it comes with a great cabin space, which can host seating for at least five passengers without any trouble. The company has connected the AC vents and the instrument cluster via a single 'wing shaped' graphics, which brings an aura of magnificence to the interiors. As far as its features are concerned, it has leading-edge features like an infotainment system designed by 'Harman' that features a 5-inch touchscreen, advanced voice command recognition and surround sound effect with eight speakers. However, most of these aspects are provided to the top end variants, while the mid level trims are made available with standard aspects. It also has a few important safety aspects like dual front SRS airbags, parking sensors and speed sensing auto door locks. This vehicle will now compete with the likes of Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift Dzire in the most competitive Indian automobile market.

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Tata Zest Exterior
Exteriors

One should take a close look at this newly introduced compact sedan as it has a new design language that is adapted by the company. There is no doubt that this all new Zest is one of the most stylish vehicle ever produced by the Indian auto major. The designers have done a fantastic job with its exteriors that gives it a remarkable look, especially to its front profiles. Its front has a dynamic stance owing to its aggressively designed headlight cluster featuring projector lamps and turn indicators. Interestingly, these lamps are given as standard to XM and its above variants. The design of the radiator grille is quite different from the rest of the Tata models and it is decorated with a thick chrome plated strip along with the company logo. The front bumper too gets the new design language with an aggressively designed air dam and fog lamps. The top end XT trim is also blessed with stylishly designed LED daytime running lights, which gives a stunning look to the front facade. The side profile has trendy aspects like body colored door handles and the ORVM caps along with glossy black B pillars. Its elegantly carved wheel arches are blessed with a set of multi-spoke, 15 inch alloy wheels, which enhances the elegance of its side facet. The main highlight is that the company is offering these rims as standard for all the variants. The rear profile is very stylish, thanks to the neat and glossy finish. Its taillight cluster has wraparound design and it is powered by first-in-segment LED brake lights and turn indicators. The boot lid comes with a lot of chrome inserts, especially on the horizontally positioned strip, company logo and model badging. On the whole, the manufacturer has managed to build a stylish vehicle, which will certainly spark a new trend in its segment.

Exterior Measurements:


Tata Motors has designed this vehicle with a total length of just under 4-meters, which helps it to qualify for tax benefits. It comes with a total length of 3995mm along with a decent width of 1706mm. its height is quite good with 1570mm, while the overall wheelbase is pretty large with 2470mm. On the other hand, the petrol version comes with a minimum ground clearance of 175mm, while the diesel version has just 165mm, which is somewhat satisfactory. On the other hand, this compact sedan comes with one of the class leading boot storage capacities of 390 litres, which can be extended further.

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Interiors

Ed's Take: The interiors of the Zest are contemporary, and probably the best any Tata car has ever had. This makes it look stylish and at par even on quality with the competition. The top of the line Zest gets features like Harman touchscreen music system, which isn’t seen on any other car in this segment.

This newly introduced compact sedan has an elegantly designed cabin with great leg, shoulder and headroom space. It is done up in a premium Latte and Java black color scheme, which is further complimented by chrome inserts. The cockpit has a stylishly designed dashboard that is adding to its classiness . It is decorated with a lot of brushed metallic inserts that renders a premium look to the interiors. It is equipped with a fully automatic AC unit with touch controls, a large glove box unit and ergonomically positioned control switches. However, the entry and mid range variants have been blessed with a manual air conditioning system. The dashboard is also equipped with a new generation Tata’s signature steering wheel with multi-functional switches. The company also focused on seating arrangement by affixing ergonomically designed seats with excellent back and thigh support. They have integrated head restraints and are covered with good quality fabric upholstery. The XMS and XT variants also comes with a height adjustable driver's seat, which further adds to the convenience. This vehicle provides seating for a total of 5-passengers in a 2+3 seating arrangement. At the same time, it comes with a huge boot compartment, which can be extended further by using the rear bench seat with 60:40 split folding facility.

Interior Comfort:

The company has created a lot of buzz across the Indian compact sedan segment by introducing this vehicle with impressive comfort features. This sedan is available in several variants, each of which are integrated with important aspects. It’s base XE variant has features like a manually operated air conditioning unit with heater, power steering with tilt function, front power windows passenger side vanity mirror, manual central locking and an advanced instrument panel. It also has aspects like a large glove box unit, drink holders, storage pockets, an inside rear view mirror, internally adjustable outside mirrors and grab handles. In addition to these, the variants starting from XM trim upwards have aspects like remote central locking, adjustable rear head restraints, rear power windows and electrically adjustable outside mirrors. On the other hand, the top end version comes equipped with a proficient fully automatic air conditioning system, that keeps the entire ambiance pleasant irrespective of temperature outside. In addition to these, it has rear defogger, rear parking guide display.

Interior Measurements:

The space inside the cabin is quite good in comparison to the other compact sedans. It has a front track of 1450mm, along with an impressive rear track 1440mm, which is quite good. At the same time it also comes with a roomy 2470mm wheelbase, which provides good leg space for the passengers in both front and rear cabin. At the same time it has a decent boot storage capacity of 390 litres (air volume).

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Tata Zest Color Options
Dune Beige
Platinum Silver
Sky Grey
Venetian Red
Pristine White
Buzz Blue
Tata Zest Gear
Acceleration & Pick-Up

Ed's Take: The acceleration produced by the Zest isn’t brutal as more focus has been paid on drivability. This is what a Zest segment customer will need.

Both the petrol and diesel variants of this compact sedan are perkier in terms of acceleration and pick up. Its diesel version is available with five speed manual and a five speed F Tronic AMT transmission gearbox. Both manual and automatic versions can break the 100 Kmph mark in 15 to 16 seconds. However, its XE variant takes about 17 to 18 seconds to reach the 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill. Both these engines allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of approximately 158 Kmph. On the other hand, its latest 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged petrol engine is mated with a five speed manual gearbox. It takes only about 15 seconds for this mill to break the 100 Kmph speed mark and it can go up to a top speed similar to the diesel counterpart.


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Tata Zest Engine
Engine and Performance

Ed's Take: The engine performance of the petrol and diesel Zest is decent. What a customer needs, the Zest provides that. There is also an AMT variant on the Zest.

As said above, the Indian automaker has developed a new 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine for this compact sedan. It has a displacement capacity of 1193cc with 4-cylinders and 16-valves, which receives fuel through multi point injection system. It is further incorporated with an intercooled turbocharging unit that helps it to develop a maximum power of about 88.73hp at 5000rpm that results in generating a peak toque output of about 140Nm at 1750 to 3500rpm. The company has paired this petrol engine with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that delivers the power to the front wheels. On the other hand, the diesel version is equipped with a 1.3-litre Quadrajet motor that displaces 1248cc. It comprises of 4 cylinders and 16-valves based on DOHC valve configuration. It is further equipped with a variable geometry turbocharger. This motor can produce a maximum 88.73Bhp of power at 4000rpm, while generating a peak torque output of about 200Nm at 1750 to 3000rpm. This diesel version is available with a choice of 5-speed manual and an F-Tronic technology enabled automated manual transmission gearbox. However, its base XE trim is equipped with a same engine, but it belts out a maximum power of 74bhp at 4000rpm, while generating a maximum torque of 190Nm between 1750 to 2000rpm.

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Mileage

Ed's Take: The diesel version of the Zest is the tried and tested multijet engine and this is extremely frugal.

This newly introduced model series is available with petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its diesel version is powered by a 1.3-litre Quadrajet engine that has a common rail fuel injection system. It comes in two states of tune wherein its 90PS (88.76bhp)  version delivers a maximum mileage of approximately 23 Kmpl, while the 75PS (74bhp) version produces a peak mileage ranging between 20 to 22 Kmpl more or less. On the other hand, its petrol version is introduced with a newly developed 1.2-litre Revotron engine. It is incorporated with a multi-point fuel injection system, which allows it to deliver a minimum mileage of close to 15 Kmpl in city traffic while producing a maximum of 18 Kmpl on the expressways.

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Power of Tata Zest

Ed's Take: The power produced by the petrol engine is 88bhp, while the diesel produces 89bhp. These power ratings of the Zest are good enough on paper and real world. There is also a 75bhp diesel engine option on the Tata Zest.

The all new Zest compact sedan is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. Its petrol version is equipped with a newly designed 1193cc Revotron engine, which is very powerful. This petrol motor can produce a maximum power of about 88.76bhp, which results in a commanding torque output 140Nm. Coming to the diesel version, the base XE trim comes with a 1248cc Quadrajet engine that is incorporated with a variable geometry turbocharger. It can produce a maximum power of 74bhp along with a mammoth torque output of 190Nm. While the remaining diesel variants are equipped with a slightly powerful motor, which can develop 88.76bhp of maximum power, which is same as its petrol version. However, it can develop a superior torque output of 200Nm, which is remarkable.

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Tata Zest Specifications
Variants Transmission Engine Description Mileage Power AC Power Steering Central Locking
City Highway
Quadrajet 1.3 75PS XE
(Diesel)
Manual 1248cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
19.2 23.0 74bhp @ 4000rpm Standard Standard Standard
Quadrajet 1.3 XM
(Diesel)
Manual 1248cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
19.2 23.0 88.8bhp @ 4000rpm Standard Standard Standard
Quadrajet 1.3 XMS
(Diesel)
Manual 1248cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
19.2 23.0 88.8bhp @ 4000rpm Standard Standard Standard
Quadrajet 1.3 XMA
(Diesel)
Automatic 1248cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
19.2 23.0 88.8bhp @ 4000rpm Standard Standard Standard
Quadrajet 1.3 XT
(Diesel)
Manual 1248cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
19.2 23.0 88.8bhp @ 4000rpm Standard Standard Standard
Revotron 1.2T XE
(Petrol)
Manual 1193cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
13.2 17.6 88.8bhp @ 5000rpm Standard Standard Standard
Revotron 1.2T XM
(Petrol)
Manual 1193cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
13.2 17.6 88.8bhp @ 5000rpm Standard Standard Standard
Revotron 1.2T XMS
(Petrol)
Manual 1193cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
13.2 17.6 88.8bhp @ 5000rpm Standard Standard Standard
Revotron 1.2 XT
(Petrol)
Manual 1193cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
13.2 17.6 88.8bhp @ 5000rpm Standard Standard Standard
Tata Zest Accessories
Stereo & Accessories

Ed's Take: The Zest comes with an in-dash music system with touch screen system, steering controls for audio and even voice command. All these systems are developed by Harman for Indian customers with various Indian accents and we haven’t seen all these features on any other cars before.

The manufacturer is offering the XM, XMA and XMS variants with a ConnecNext infotainment system designed by Harman. It comes incorporated with a music system that supports AUX-In, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. In addition to these, this sedan comes with the first in class 8-speaker surround sound system, which provides ultimate entertainment on the go. Furthermore, it features dependent volume controls and remote operation for music system. The top end variant also comes with a 5-inch touchscreen that provides touch controls for several equipments including automatic air conditioning unit, reverse parking guide and music system. However, these aspects are not available in the entry level variant, but there is a provision to install them. Individuals who are looking to purchase Zest can personalize the vehicle with several accessories for both interiors and exteriors as well. In terms of exteriors, individuals can customize the car by fitting the rear deck-lid spoiler, side molding, body graphics and many other such features. Coming to the insides, you can opt for leather seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, parking sensors, rear view camera and an advanced navigation system.

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Braking & Handling

Ed's Take: The handling of the Zest is good and even the electronic steering is good to drive.

This latest compact sedan is offered with a proficient braking and robust suspension mechanism. Its front wheels are fitted with a set of disc brakes and the rear wheels have drum brakes, which performs well in all conditions. Apart from the base variant, all the remaining trims have been integrated with an advanced 9th generation Anti-lock Braking System in combination with an Electronic Brake-force Distribution . It also comes incorporated with first-in-segment corner stability control function, which keeps the vehicle stable while gliding through curves. On the other hand, this vehicle is also equipped with an electronic power assisted steering system with “Active Return” and speed related function that provides superior response depending upon speed levels. As far as the suspension is concerned, its front axle is equipped with dual path, independent McPherson strut loaded with anti roll bar and coil spring. While the rear axle is integrated with a robust semi-independent twist beam system featuring coil springs, which keeps this sedan well balanced.

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Safety & Security

Ed's Take: The safety features on the Zest include dual airbags and ABS.

The car maker is offering this newly introduced compact sedan with important safety aspects. Its entry level variant has an advanced engine immobilizer unit, which helps to safeguard the vehicle from theft. While the XM and XMA trim have aspects like speed dependent auto door lock, front and rear fog lamps, and an advanced 9th generation ABS with EBD . In addition to these, XMS trim also comes with dual front SRS airbags and front seat belts with pre-tensioner and load limiter function. While the top end XT variant has been incorporated with Perimetric alarm system, which improves the protection for this compact sedan.

Wheels

Tata Motors has surprised the automobile market by offering all the variants of Zest with a set of stylish 15-inch multi spoke styled alloy wheels . These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 185/65 R15, which provides superior grip on any road condition.

Tata Zest Pros

 

1. Price range is very competitive in its segment.

2. Alloy wheels given as standard for all variants

3. Only segment turbo Revotron petrol engine.

4. External appearance is looking a lot better.

5. Surprisingly attractive interior design.

6. Only diesel automatic in the country under 9 lakhs.

 

Tata Zest Cons

 

1. Fuel economy of petrol engine is below par.

2. Limited in-cabin storage capacities.  

3. AMT does not matches smoothness of conventional automatics  

 

Tata Zest Price
Variants New Delhi Bangalore Mumbai Chennai Pune Hyderabad Kolkata
Quadrajet 1.3 75PS XE
(Diesel)
5,64,694 5,73,644 5,88,705 5,67,758 5,71,941 5,70,100 5,91,889   Get On Road Price  
Quadrajet 1.3 XM
(Diesel)
6,27,694 6,37,815 6,54,767 6,31,905 6,36,144 6,34,255 6,56,720   Get On Road Price  
Quadrajet 1.3 XMS
(Diesel)
6,45,694 6,55,815 6,72,767 6,49,905 6,54,144 6,52,255 6,74,720   Get On Road Price  
Quadrajet 1.3 XMA
(Diesel)
6,99,694 7,11,422 7,31,146 7,05,511 7,09,873 7,07,861 7,31,207   Get On Road Price  
Quadrajet 1.3 XT
(Diesel)
6,99,694 7,11,422 7,31,146 7,05,511 7,09,873 7,07,861 7,31,207   Get On Road Price  
Revotron 1.2T XE
(Petrol)
4,64,694 4,69,538 4,84,172 4,63,654 4,70,150 4,65,000 4,87,369   Get On Road Price  
Revotron 1.2T XM
(Petrol)
5,25,694 5,31,687 5,48,217 5,25,778 5,32,344 5,27,129 5,50,177   Get On Road Price  
Revotron 1.2T XMS
(Petrol)
5,43,694 5,49,688 5,66,218 5,43,779 5,50,345 5,45,130 5,68,178   Get On Road Price  
Revotron 1.2 XT
(Petrol)
5,99,694 6,07,296 6,26,578 6,01,387 6,08,069 6,02,737 6,26,663   Get On Road Price  
A few months ago there was a lot of hype surrounding the launch of the Tata Zest. This car was supposed to reiterate Tata's position in the growing and utterly competitive sedan segment and it promised to amaze one and all; the fact that that the diesel version was being launched with an automatic variant grabbed more eyeballs. We drove the Zest petrol prior to its launch in Goa and this time around we decided to test the mettle the Zest Diesel Automatic has. Will it impress in reality the way it does on paper? Let's find out.... [read more]
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    By akhil jain| | 605 Views
    Look and Style: Despite improvement, Tata Zest still needs betterment in the looks and style department. Comfort: Sitting is average, use of plastic in interiors not at par with rivals. Not the greatest quality of material used. Pickup: The three drive modes are very impressive and good pickup even in higher gears with low rpm. Best in it's class Mileage: Not very good but yes it's average Best Features: The 3 drive modes, voice command f... Read Full Review
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    By JITENDRA KHATRI| | 1655 Views
    Look and Style: Looks are good, attractive and can compete with Hyundai Verna in terms of looks.  Comfort: Comfort level is good, but not better than Hyundai brand Pickup: Pickup is too good, and sport mode is just amazing Mileage: I have just driven 600 kms till now and my average is 9 kmpl Best Features: Driving mode. I believe it is the most exciting feature of this car, its "Eco" mode is too good for heavy traffic conditions. Your clu... Read Full Review
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    By BHARATKUMAR MAKHECHA| | 2288 Views
    I wanted to purchase Tata Zest Diesel in Blue shade. I contacted all the near by dealerships in Ahmedabad. I called around 4 dealers but to my surprise nobody has taken the pain of giving me the Pro invoice and its price. I am completely surprised why this type of negative approach is there from Tata dealers. As there is no dealer nearby my city Porbandar and the Rajkot and Jamnagar dealerships have been cancelled. I don't know how Tata Motor... Read Full Review
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    By haridas kp| | 4259 Views
    Look and style: Perfect and a class 5 star Comfort: The best in the class 5 star Pickup: Good, its quadrajet engine could be given 5 star Mileage. Will not disappoint(not checked yet) Best features: The smoothest ride, perfect insulation from external sound and even the sound of the diesel quadrajet engine does not pilfer in unlike other cars. Needs to improve: An absolute must. The metal to metal thudding sound while shutting the doors and also ... Read Full Review
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  • I am planning to buy this Tata Zest, but my major concern is that TATA has promised everytime to give an excellent car but unfortunately they could not deliver ? | Reply
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  • What are variants of Tata Zest?

    Tata Zest is offered in 5 Diesel variants and 4 petrol variants

    The diesel variants are:

    Tata Zest Quadrajet 1.3 75PS XE ,

    Tata Zest Quadrajet 1.3 XM ,

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  • What is the power of Tata Zest?

    Tata Zest is available in two engine option and they are mentioned below along with their power outputs. The diesel motor develop 2 different power output. The diesel XE ,base variant, puts out 74b...read more

  • What will be the safety features in Tata Zest?

     The new compact sedan from Tata christened as Zest, is featuring some of the company's new innovation. The car sport next generation anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distr...read more

  • How is the performance of Tata Zest?

    Performance wise Tata Zest Revotron and Tata Zest Quadrajet diesel are very impressive as the 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 Litre diesel motor .Revotron Petrol produces a torque of 140Nm@1750-3000rpm wh...read more

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