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Expert Review of Tata Zest diesel XMA

Tata Zest was expected to recapitulate Tata’s position in the enhancing and utterly competitive sedan segment and it promised to astonish one and all. It is fact that the diesel version launched with an automatic variant attracted many eyes.


The things that we look:

  • Quality of the interiors
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Space and Comfort
  • Only diesel automatic in the segment


Things that make us to think again:

  • Off-set steering wheel
  • Turbo lag



Once you enter in it, it makes you feel wrapped in comfort. The dual tone interiors offer stylish appearance and the quality of plastics is revised. The interiors are crafted in such a way that makes the occupants feel classy. It is offered with climate control, Bluetooth, Aux-in, USB. Bluetooth function is easy to handle and it should be paired with phone and with steering mounted controls you need not lift a finger off the wheel in order to attend the calls and manage music.




The infotainment center is offered with more number of buttons unlike its petrol variant that has a touchscreen infotainment center. The speedometer is analog and we expect the values were a tad bit bigger. Tata has offered a digital trip meter and fuel gauge that specifies the number of kilometres travelled and also lets the driver know about how many miles can be extracted from the remaining fuel.




Zest comes with decent boot space of 390 litre and it can easily accommodate two medium sized briefcases. The seats offer good comfort and thigh support. The only variant of Zest that has height adjustment is 1.3 quadrajet diesel and this variant is also offered with the automatic climate control. The legroom in front row and second row is spacious. The seats are offered with grey upholstery along with dual tone beige and dashboard.




The silver inserts are witnessed on steering wheel and inner door handles. The outer rear view mirrors can be adjusted electrically and it is an added advantage in monsoons. The biggest critic is off-set steering wheel that is noticeable when you just start the car.



The first thing that makes you impress is the compact beefy dimensions. The car is offered with clean design lines, fog lamps, projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs. The matted black plastic grille further improves chrome Tata insignia makes it more important.




The fog lamps impart sporty appearance. Similar to the most of the Tata cars the utilisation of chrome on zest is limited with the hints witnessed only on insignia on grille and boot along with the name of the variant. Door handles and mirrors accommodate in body colour with latter that feature indicator strips.


Engine and Performance:

1.3 3-litre quadrajet engine produces out 88 bhp of power and a torque of 220 Nm. The power delivery is linear and the car is quick enough to touch three figure speeds. The automatic tiptronic transmission gearbox is sleek. The sport mode though can be handled only while utilising the automatic transmission, not when one opts the manual mode.




Fuel economy of Zest is impressive for the automatic version. All diesel variants of Zest have 1.3 litre engine, power and torque generated by base variants varies from all other variants. The base version of diesel Zest generates 74 PS of power and a torque of 190 Nm.


Ride and handling:

Tata Zest surprises us with its brilliant handling and the minimal body roll. Car is well positioned at high speeds and corners and steering input is accurate. Turning radius on Zest makes easy to manoeuvre the car around the tight bends. The ground clearance of 165 mm is sufficient to handle most pothole laden roads. Zest has an impressive list of features that may give competition to many of its rivals. It is also offered with an impressive performance.

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