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. Under the hood, it plonks a 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine and a 1.3 litre Quadrajet diesel unit putting out power in two states of tune. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual gearbox and an F-tronic AMT unit.
Tata Zest Exterior
Although it dons a new design philosophy, yet its resemblance to other Tata models cannot be ruled out. Face gets the quintessential smiling grille, swooping headlamps, fog lamps and air-intakes. On the side, it sports sharp creases and flared wheel arches. Rear section gets wrap-around tail lamps and chrome garnish on the boot lid.
Tata Zest Interior
Cabin is a step up from the older models from Tata, use of better quality material makes it look up-market. The dual tone dashboard with chrome bits around air con vents, steering wheel etc bring elegance.
Tata Zest Engine Specifications & Transmission
The 1.2 litre Revotron petrol engine gets four cylinders and puts out maximum power of 89bhp at 5000rpm. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the petrol engine develops 140Nm or top torque. Diesel variants in the line-up draw power from the Fiat sourced 1.3 litre Quadrajet engine belting out power in two states of tune-73bhp and 88bhp. The diesel engine gets an option between five-speed manual and F-tronic AMT units.
Tata Zest Features
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 Performance & Mileage
Mileage figures are impressive with petrol engine claimed to return 17.6km/l. The 75bhp diesel manual delivers 22.95km/l as opposed to 20.65km/l by 89bhp version. Fuel economy for the AMT diesel variant is rated at 21.58km/l.
Tata Zest Accessories & Infotainment
As for infotainment, Zest gets ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman, the top-end trims come with touchscreen unit. Music can also be streamed through AM/FM, USB, AUX-IN and iPod. Other infotainment features equipped inside include speakers, tweeters, remote control for music system, speed dependent volume control, steering mounted audio & phone controls, Bluetooth connectivity, SD card reader, controls of FATC on touchscreen, reverse park guide display, videoplayback & image viewer via USB and SD card, smartphone enabled navigator and voice command recognition.
Tata Zest Braking & Handling
Power to retard speed is derived from disc brakes at front axle and drum units at rear axle.
Tata Zest Safety & Security
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 Zest Comfort & Convenience
Tata has stuffed Zest with a string of comfort gizmos such as tilt adjustable electric power steering, air-conditioner with heater, foldable key, power windows in front & rear, power operated ORVMs, remote central locking, adjustable rear head rest, height adjuster for driver’s seat, aully automatic temperature control and rear parking sensors.
Tata Zest Wheels & Tyres
The XE variant in the line-up sports 175/65 R14 tyres whereas the rest of the variants come equipped with 185/60 R15 tyres. Top-spec variants don alloy wheels, other trims in the range get full wheel covers save for the base variant that sports hub caps.
Tata Zest Competition
The sub-four meter sedan faces competition from Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Ford Aspire and Volkswagen Ameo.