Tata Bolt Hatchback Test Drive & Overview


Tata Bolt Overview

In what should be seen as the resurgence of Tata Motors, the GenNext series of models have undergone a complete overhaul in how Tata designs and builds its cars.The Bolt is Tata’s contender in the premium hatchback segment, and by the looks of it, Tata has hit the bull’s eye. Essentially it is the same design architecture as that of the Zest, the Bolt has a large interior space, the interior quality has improved to a level where it can actually stand at par with its German competitors.

Bolt features one of the highest spec equipment listings in the segment. The choice of engines is same as that of the ones available in the Zest, and with such refined and capable engines, comfortable quality interiors, Bolt is seriously a good car in the premium hatchback segment.Check car loan for Tata Bolt.

Tata Bolt Exterior & Look

They are both based on the X1 platform and a lot of components come from the same parts bin, yet aside of the overall shape of the front of the Bolt which it shares with the Zest, there are a lot of new bits when one gets down to comparing.

The front of the Bolt is more expressive mostly due to the headlamp design and some changes to the front fender. The bonnet grille with what Tata designers call the ‘Humanity’ line offers a pleasing introduction to the Bolt too. The headlamps, though, are different, combining projector bulbs with highlighted and blacked out elements to create a unique eye-like effect. The same eye-liner structure is carried forward into the fog lamp housing in the fender. A large airdam in the centre of the fender and design lines that merge seamlessly into the bonnet creases and further into the A-pillar give the Bolt’s front a strong and clean look.

The same scheme of trying to impress without going overboard continues at the rear of the Bolt. The most eye-catching bit of design at the rear is the blacked out C-pillar arms that give the Bolt a reverse floating roof look. The rear of the Bolt is, of course, the completely new bit of design. And the good news here is that the designers have desisted from giving the Zest and the Bolt awkward resemblances. Instead the Bolt has a completely different backside.

The tail-lamp’s combination has also shed the legacy design of vertically stacked elements going all the way up to the roof. Instead it is now a more petite, clean and very European combination that ends below the rear glass and below the shoulder line wrap. The roofline and the rear hatch have an air of familiarity and that is why the blacked out C-pillar arms is possibly a good strategy to distract the onlookers’ attention.

We came away with the general impression that the design of the Bolt’s exterior has a cohesiveness and solidity to it. Shut lines are tight, the integration of the various elements are clean and its stance is more relaxed and much less ungainly compared to the previous Tata hatches. Yes, larger wheel rims would have given the Bolt a better stance, but they will also affect ride quality. But, the 15-inch alloys aren’t too bad.

Tata Bolt Interior & Space

Inside, the general arrangement and theme of the dashboard are almost identical to the elder sibling Zest. However, the Bolt hatchback features all-black dashboard as compared to the dual-toned in the Zest. The highlights of piano black and the chrome around the AC vents do make the dashboard appear nice.

One would also feel an improved level of quality and fit and finish, never seen before in Tata hatchbacks. All the essential buttons and switches are within the ambit of the driver and are also easy to operate. The new steering with metallic inserts has really uplifted the ambience inside. The instrument cluster is the same as Zest which does look upmarket with the backlight provided. The multi-information is also comprehensive showing info on current gear, digital clock, distance to empty, fuel efficiency, outside temperature, and the door open warning.

Space is one of the plus points of this car. There is a huge amount of head and shoulder room inside. And not just space, the seats are pretty large and generous. And despite the reduction in length as compared to Zest, there is enough knee and legroom at the back. This also makes seating for 3 average adults quite easy. For more information on Tata Bolt check Incmanifesto

As this vehicle is part of the paradigm shift of Tata Motors towards revolutionary products, the feature list should be in-line with the contemporaries. The car gets touchscreen infotainment system developed in partnership with Harman Kardon. The ConnectNext infotainment is compatible with Bluetooth, USB, Aux-In, SD-card and iPod. It also gives access to climate control, voice command, SMS readouts and navigation. Overall, the interior fit and finish and the equipment level are vastly improved than the predecessors.

Tata Bolt Engine & Transmission

The Bolt hatch is available with two engine options. The 1.2L Revotron turbocharged motor is made in-house and is able to develop 90PS and 140Nm of torque. The diesel engine is a Fiat-sourced 1.3L Quadrajet motor that pumps out 75PS and 190Nm of peak torque. Both the engines are paired to 5-speed manual transmission. Looking at the stern competition and the growing demand for automatic cars, Tata Bolt direly needs automatic transmission under the hood.

The turbocharged engine response is nice on tap. There is also a fine bump in the power whenever you want it while the throttle response is also impressive. The diesel engine is one of the quietest we have seen in hatchbacks and the refinement levels are awesome with minimum vibrations.Like the elder sibling, the Bolt is also excellent in terms of fuel efficiency. Where the diesel engine powered variant returns ARAI certified mileage of 22.95kmpl, the petrol-powered version, on the other hand, delivers 17.57kmpl.

Tata Bolt Driving Dynamics

The suspension setup in the car has been tweaked to offer safe and neutral handling. It is a bit stiffer than the Zest but the ride quality is still compliant. The Bolt hatch impresses with its ability to mask road undulations and potholes and goes over bumps quite smoothly. The minor body movement will be hardly noticed by the passengers.Even at the faster speeds, the composed nature of the car is truly commendable.

Tata Bolt Safety & Security

The car features disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear with the ABS system sourced from Bosch. Brake feel is quite positive but the vehicle can nose dive unexpectedly under heavy braking. However, the disc-drum combination can bring the car to standstill quite reasonably.On the safety front, the car features driver and co-passenger airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and CSC (corner stability control). Other aspects include engine immobilizer, speed sensitive auto door lock, rear door child lock, front and rear fog lamps, and rear defogger.

Tata Bolt Cost in Ahmedabad

Tata Bolt On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 5,65,665 to 8,47,401 for variants Bolt XE Revotron 90PS Petrol and Bolt XT Quadrajet 75PS Diesel respectively. Tata Bolt is available in 8 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Tata Bolt variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Bolt price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Tata Bolt Round Up

The Bolt is probably the best car TATA has made till date and its build quality, feature list, touch of the plastics, fit and finish, are all way better than any of the TATA cars from the past. The diesel engine is a tried and tested mill and performs decently here too. The new REVOTRON petrol engine is the best part the Bolt has, it is silky smooth, powerful and a fun to drive engine making the bolt a truly hard car to beat in the segment.

Tata Bolt is available in four variants namely XE, XM, XMS and XT. Looking at the pricing details, the base variant XE is tagged at Rs. 4.94 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 6.0 lakh for the diesel trim. Its mid-range variant XM is available at Rs. 5.66 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 6.48 lakh for the diesel model. Tata Bolt top-spec variant XT is offered at the price tag of Rs. 6.5 lakh and Rs. 7.53 lakh for the petrol and diesel trims respectively. For price details Tata Bolt check AutoZhop.