Tata Zest is the latest compact sedan to enter into the car market and it is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. It is offered with a standard warranty of 3-years or 100000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. The buyers can also avail an extended warranty at an additional cost paid to authorized dealer. At present, the company is selling this compact sedan in quite a few exterior paint options, which are a Platinum Silver, Sky Grey, Buzz Blue, Dune Beige, Pristine White and Venetian Red finish option for the buyers to choose from. Among the various trims available, this Tata Zest Revotron 1.2T XM is the mid range variant in its petrol line up. It is powered by a 1193cc engine, which is cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box. This variant comes with an advanced ConnectNext infotainment system by Herman, which comes with a few input options. Its front and rear wheels are further equipped with disc and drum brakes respectively. Meanwhile, the front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while the rear one gets a semi independent twist beam type of mechanism.
The overall dimensions of this compact sedan are quite standard and it can accommodate five passengers with ease. It has a spacious boot compartment of 390 litres and its fuel tank can store about 44 litres diesel in it, which is perfect for planning longer journeys. The overall length stretches about 3995mm, a total width is 1706mm including external rear view mirrors and it has a decent height of 1570mm. The minimum ground clearance is 175mm and wheelbase of 2470mm. Its side profile is dominated by strong character line and chrome finished window sills that gives it an appealing look. The flared up wheel arches are equipped with a classy set of 15 inch alloy wheels, which are covered with 185/60 R15 sized tubeless radial tyres. Its door handles and ORVMs are painted in body color. These external wing mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with LED side turn indicator. The frontage is designed with a body colored bumper, which houses a pair of fog lamps. It also has a wide air intake section for cooling the engine. Just above, the black finished radiator grille is fitted with a chrome humanity line. It also has a company emblem, which is embedded in the center. This grille is flanked by a radiant head light cluster that is powered by projector headlamps and turn indicators. The rear end has a large windscreen with a high mounted stop lamp, a body colored bumper and a stylish tail light cluster.
The internal section of this Tata Zest Revotron 1.2T XM variant is quite spacious and designed with a dual tone dashboard. It is equipped with a few features like AC vents, a large glove box, a 3-spoke steering wheel and an advanced instrument panel. This variant comes with well cushioned seats, which are integrated with adjustable head restraints. These seats provide enough leg space and head room for all the passengers and covered with fabric upholstery. The instrument panel has a few features like a digital tripmeter, key-in and light-off reminder buzzer, a digital tachometer, low fuel warning light, door ajar and driver seat belt reminder notifications. The company has given this mid range variant a lot of utility based aspects like cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets, co-driver seat under storage driver, cabin lights, a spacious boot compartment, map pockets in all doors, remote fuel lid opener and front power windows. Then day and night internal rear view mirror, body colored inside door handles, aluminum finished gear shift lever and key ring illumination gives the cabin a decent look.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is powered by a 1.2-litre, Revotron petrol mill, which has a displacement capacity of 1193cc. This engine is integrated with 4-cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. It has the ability to produce about 88.8bhp at 5000rpm in combination with 140Nm of peak torque output between 1750 to 2500rpm. This motor is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system, which allows the vehicle to deliver about 16 to 18 Kmpl, under standard driving conditions. It is cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which helps in delivering a decent acceleration and pick up. This compact sedan can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in close to 15 seconds. It can achieve a top speed in the range of 150 to 155 Kmph that is quite decent for this segment.
Braking and Handling:
The front wheels are fitted with a set of disc brakes, while the rear ones have conventional drum brakes. This braking mechanism is further assisted by ABS (anti lock braking system) along with EBD (electronic brake force distribution). On the other hand, the front axle is assembled with dual path independent McPherson strut type of mechanism, which also has anti roll bar. Whereas, the rear axle comes equipped with a semi independent twist beam. It also has a corner stability control function, which keeps the vehicle stable at all times. The electric power assisted steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.1 meters. This tilt adjustable steering wheel is speed sensitive and comes with an active return function.
This Tata Zest Revotron 1.2T XM variant is bestowed with a lot of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a comfortable driving experience. The multi-functional steering wheel is integrated with audio and call control function. The tilt adjustable steering wheel makes handling convenient even in heavy traffic conditions. This variant is bestowed with an advanced connectnext infotainment system by Harman, which further enhances the ambiance of its cabin. It supports radio with AM/FM, USB port, Aux-in socket, iPod connectivity, speed dependent volume control function along with speakers and Bluetooth connectivity as well.
The list of features include speed dependent auto door lock system, front and rear fog lamps, an advanced engine immobilizer, which safeguards the vehicle from unauthorized entry, seat belts for all occupants with driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel, central locking system and a high mounted stop lamp. The rigid body structure of this compact sedan comes with impact beams, which further enhances the safety in case of any collision.
1. Decent ground clearance.
2. Spacious internal cabin.
1. Fuel economy is not satisfying.
2. Turning radius can be reduced.