Tata Motors has finally launched the all-new Zest, its second compact sedan, in the Indian car market. To be sold in two engine options and as many as nine versions, the petrol range starts from Rs 4.64 lakh while the diesel models have a starting price of Rs 5.64 lakh.
The Zest will sell in the same segment as the Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Hyundai Xcent. The car bears minimal resemblance to the Vista hatchback on which it is based. The design is all-new and all versions get standard alloy wheels, a move that is a first in the segment. The Zest looks pleasing from the front but we don’t really love the way designers have executed the rear end treatment.
However, once you step inside is when you realize how much time and effort has gone into making the cabin a brilliant place to be in. Quality of plastics and materials is top notch and a huge departure from what we have been used to seeing in Tata cars. While space is impressive, practicality isn’t the best as the car gets a single small cup holder up-front and no bottle holders in the doors at all. This is really shocking given the long list of features the car comes with.
Top end versions get a touch-screen infotainment system that has been developed with Harman, rear parking sensors with adjustable sensitivity, voice commands, steering controls, a comprehensive driver information display, LED day time running lights etc. But again, there are no rear air-con vents or a rear arm-rest, something that other rivals provide.
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On the engine front, the Zest comes with a segment first turbocharged petrol engine and a familiar 1.3-litre Multijet diesel motor. The former is termed as “Revotron” and puts out good numbers on paper – 90PS of power and 140Nm of torque. This engine is fairly nice to drive thanks to oodles of torque in the low and mid-range and gets a certified economy of 17.6kmpl.
The diesel engine is the same unit that powers the Manza and puts out 90PS of power along with 200Nm of torque. This one gets a rated economy of 23kmpl. The talking point here is the new AMT or automated manual transmission that is being offered as an option. This also makes the Zest India’s cheapest diesel automatic car.
Here is the version wise pricing of the car
Tata Zest Petrol:
XE : Rs 4.64 lakh
XM: Rs 5.25 lakh
XMS: Rs 5.43 lakh
XT: Rs 5.99 lakh
Tata Zest Diesel:
XE: Rs 5.64 lakh
XM: Rs 6.27 lakh
XMS: Rs 6.45 lakh
XMA: Rs 6.99 lakh
XT: Rs 6.99 lakh
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