Tata Motors, the popular Indian automaker has managed to augment its sales in the fast growing compact sedan segment with Zest . It is now celebrating the first birthday of this sub 4-meter vehicle by launching its Anniversary Edition in the market. It will be produced in limited numbers and it comes on the XMS variant platform. For the customers, it is available with a choice of petrol and diesel engine option. This latest edition comes with 10 additional features, which are mostly cosmetic. Among these, there are two utility factors are present, which are rear windshield power curtain with remote and bottle holder on floor console. The remaining eight features further enhance the elegance of this compact sedan. Some of these include piano black painted ORVMs, new set of wheel covers, scuff plates with illumination for front and 'Anniversary Edition' badge on its C pillar. Currently, there are ten trims available in the series among which, XMA and XTA are the versions that are available 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 producing 88.76bhp along with a commanding torque output of 140Nm. On the other hand, its diesel version sports a 1.3-litre Quadrajet mill that churns out the same 88.76bhp, but it generates a peak torque output of 200Nm. While the base trim XE is powered by the same motor, but it develops a maximum power of 75bhp 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. 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.
The 'Anniversary Edition' looks sportier than the existing trims. Firstly, it is available only in Vocal White Color and this paint is garnished to the bumpers. On the sides, it gets piano black finished ORVM caps along with a new set of wheel covers. Additionally, we can notice body decals on its door panels and 'Anniversary Edition' badge on its C-Pillar. These are the only factors given to the exteriors as part of the kit. 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 from XM trim onwards. 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 versions. 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.
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 comes with a class leading boot storage capacity of 390 litres, which can be extended further.
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.
The interiors of this compact sedan are better than others in its class, thanks to the excellent build quality, finish and material used inside. The newly launched limited edition trim looks even better and exclusive, thanks to the 'Anniversary Edition' embroidery on its front seats and illuminated scuff plates for front door panels. We can also see some more utility features inside like bottle holders on its floor console and a power curtain for rear windscreen that can be operated with a remote. Besides these updates and factors, its entire design remains unchanged. 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 options 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 trims 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.
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 versions, 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 trims 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.
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), which is currently the best in its segment.
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.
Its oil burner is available with five speed manual and a four speed F Tronic AMT transmission gearbox. Both of them can break the 100 Kmph mark in 15 to 16 seconds. However, its XE version takes about 17 to 18 seconds to reach the 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill. They can reach a top speed of approximately 156 Kmph. Its latest 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged petrol power plant 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 in the range of 150 to 155 kmph.
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 mill 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 drive-train with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that delivers the power to the front wheels. The other motor is a 1.3-litre Quadrajet drive-train 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 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.
Ed's Take: The diesel version of the Zest is the tried and tested multijet engine and this is extremely frugal.
This model series is available two power train options for the buyers to choose from. Its diesel version are powered by 1.3-litre Quadrajet drive-train that has a common rail fuel injection system. It comes in two states of tune wherein its 90PS version delivers a maximum mileage of approximately 23 Kmpl, while the 75PS 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 motor. 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.
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.
Its 1193cc Revotron 4-cylindered mill produce a maximum power of about 83.76bhp, which results in a commanding torque output 140Nm. Coming to the oil-burners version, the base XE trim comes with a 1248cc Quadrajet mill that is incorporated with a variable geometry turbocharger. It can produce a maximum power of 74bhp along with a mammoth torque output of 190Nm. The same motor in other versions are slightly powerful. They can develop 88.76bhp of maximum power along with 200Nm of torque.
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 options 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 version, but there is a provision to install them. Individuals who are looking to purchase Tata 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 trim, 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.
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 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 has been incorporated with Perimetric alarm system, which improves the protection for this compact sedan.
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.
1. Price range is very competitive in its segment.
2. Alloy wheels given as standard for all.
3. Revotron engine performance is quite good.
4. External appearance is looking a lot better.
5. Surprisingly attractive interior design.
1. Fuel economy of petrol version is below par.
2. Rear cabin leg space is not up to the mark.
3. Turning radius is too high for this compact vehicle.
4. Lack of AMT for petrol versions is a disadvantage.
5. Safety standards can still be made better.
Tata Zest price
|Quadrajet 1.3 75PS XE |
|6,16,090 ||6,41,776 ||6,63,947 ||6,35,473 ||6,44,842 ||6,38,215 ||6,60,875
|Quadrajet 1.3 75PS XM |
|6,87,146 ||7,02,001 ||7,26,703 ||6,95,673 ||7,05,774 ||6,98,423 ||7,21,736
|Quadrajet 1.3 75PS XMS |
|7,14,716 ||7,29,722 ||7,54,788 ||7,23,391 ||7,33,614 ||7,26,144 ||7,49,543
|Quadrajet 1.3 XMA |
|7,74,406 ||7,87,597 ||8,16,107 ||7,81,271 ||7,92,160 ||7,84,018 ||8,08,324
|Quadrajet 1.3 XT |
|7,78,347 ||7,91,609 ||8,20,277 ||7,85,277 ||7,96,151 ||7,88,029 ||8,12,400
|Quadrajet 1.3 XTA |
|8,58,566 ||8,73,254 ||9,03,591 ||8,66,928 ||8,77,273 ||8,69,675 ||8,94,833
|Revotron 1.2T XE |
|5,14,233 ||5,16,366 ||5,43,692 ||5,17,082 ||5,27,644 ||5,18,685 ||5,41,959
|Revotron 1.2T XM |
|5,80,485 ||5,87,415 ||6,10,508 ||5,81,205 ||5,92,445 ||5,82,814 ||6,06,815
|Revotron 1.2T XMS |
|6,01,029 ||6,07,989 ||6,31,304 ||6,01,778 ||6,13,181 ||6,03,388 ||6,27,410
|Revotron 1.2 XT |
|6,59,542 ||6,68,185 ||6,94,972 ||6,61,971 ||6,74,048 ||6,63,582 ||6,88,524