The petrol is solid and a pleasant thing to drive. However, where Tata has scored the most is in throwing a list - a big one - of equipment into the Zest. There's a lot of engineering done on the car and it shows. It shows that Tata is walking the right path now and the future looks promising. Time to work on shedding the inhibition in peoples' minds about the brand image, then!
It must be said that the Zest is probably Tata's best and well coveted attempt to target most sought after compact sedan segment. It actually breaks away from what we Indians are used to seeing in Tata Motors product portfolio till date as this sedan brings forward the company's latest design philosophy and engineering to conquer competition.
The talking point of the Zest is the new Revotron engine. It's a 1.2-litre turbocharged, multi-point, fuel-injected petrol motor that makes 84bhp. The Revotron's USP is the meaty 14.3kgm of turbo-aided torque it makes right from 1750rpm, 11.2kgm of which is available right from 1,000rpm. So, you will have plenty of power to play with.
The Zest will surprise you with its overall driving dynamics. Acceleration in Sport mode is sharp with turbo kicking in at around 1800rpm and pulling cleanly till 6000rpm. The gearbox too is butter smooth with short and precise throws teamed with well-spaced out ratios to aid city and highway driving