Tata Bolt Review: The Hatchback That Will Steal Your Hearts

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Tata has recently seen success with the launch of Zest, competing with the likes of Suzuki Desire and Honda Amaze. However considering the number of players in the mid range hatchback segment, with the launch of Tata Bolt, has Tata succeeded again? My answer would be a big 'YES'. Here are my five reasons why. 

Engine & Performance

The Bolt is powered by 1193CC Revotron motor (Petrol) just like that of Tata Zest. The motor has gone through extensive reworks to differentiate itself from previous hatchback models from Tata like Indica V1 and Vista. The powerplant of the engine uses the honeywell turbocharger and makes about 5000 rpm. The five speed transmission is sure to give smooth and positive shifts. For the first time in this segment, the Bolt offers 3 driving modes such as Eco, Sport and City. When switched between the modes, the Bolt not only changes the accelerator pedal's sensitivity but also informs the ECU to deliver better fuel economy or more power. I must say the engineers at Tata have done a great job in making the engine drivable while keeping the turbo-level at minimal levels in low rpm range.

Style (Interior)

Anyone who's familiar with Tata cars will definitely be surprised looking at Tata Bolt. There's a vast improvement in Bolt from Tata's previous offerings in the similar segment. As soon as you jump inside the car, the first thing you'll notice is the elegant and stylish dashboard. The design looks absolutely fresh with a java black theme and chrome silver detailing. The switches and knobs has the feel of Euro Design unlike the other cars in this segment which is more of Japanese or Korean designs. 


The bolt comes with a powerful 8-speaker Harman Kardon entertainment system with video playback and navigation. The devices comes with a 5 inches resistive touch screen with added features like bluetooth, USB, AUX and SD card connectivity. The performance was stunning. Even when I turned up the volume to the maximum, there was no distortion or clipping. It's one of those rare OEM systems, where it gets better as you go louder. The navigation system deserves a big applause. Owners can download the free MapMyIndia Navi Maps & Harman Smartlink apps in their Android smartphones and then connect it to the Harman Kardon system. 

Features (Driving Modes)

The instrument cluster comes with a clean white lighting. The power window switches and the buttons on the central console are illuminated with a super clean back light. The best part is, the brightness of this back light can be adjusted to five different modes too. There's an MID in the middle with a speedometer to the right and a tachometer to the left. Right above the MID, the tata bolt has got options for three different driving modes - City, Sport and Eco. A chime is played to let the user know there's a shift between driving modes. 


Parked next to it's competitors in the similar segment, the bolt stands out with a completely mature design. It's contemporary and nearly identical to Zest when seen from the front. For the low beams, the headlamp possesses halogen projectors and it also has a smoked finish. The bonnet has a power bulge in the center. The silhouette is quite similar to vista. The absence of plastic strips or claddings on the side gives Bolt a professional look. 

Check out few pictures I took with Tata Bolt at Forum Mall, Koramangala, Bangalore

“This post is a part of the Get. Set. Bolt. activity at BlogAdda.”
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