Tata Bolt 1.3L Diesel : Official Review

Ivan Leon

Expert Member
May 27, 2008
The Tata Bolt Diesel has been launched in India at a price of between Rs. 5.50 - 7.00 lakhs (ex-Delhi).

What you'll like:

• Build quality, fit and finish are on par with competitors. Tata has made significant improvements here
• Spacious well-designed interiors. A rare hatchback that can seat 5 adults without a fuss
• 1.3L diesel is practical, fuel efficient and very refined
• Balanced suspension offers safe & neutral handling. Nicely calibrated EPS too
• Light controls & agreeable ergonomics. Drives like no Tata hatchback has before
• Superb 8-speaker Harman Kardon entertainment system with navigation & video playback
• Features: Projector headlamps, 5" touchscreen, voice commands etc.

What you won't:

• Ridiculous pricing strategy. Zest XT with greater power & equipment costs merely Rs. 31,000 more!
• Mediocre power-to-weight ratio (65 BHP / Ton). A commuter diesel engine, nothing else
• 210 liter boot is among the smallest from this segment
• Ride quality is noticeably firmer than the Zest
• AMT (automatic gearbox) & higher-tune 89 BHP diesel not on offer. Might follow later
• Poor in-cabin storage & missing niceties (Zest's DRLs & parking sensors, dead pedal, height adjustable seatbelts)
• Concerns over long-term reliability. Also, Tata's sub-par after-sales service is far from that of Maruti & Hyundai


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Resident Lead Bender
Feb 16, 2008
Looks like a nice little car...and i like the idea of a budget car with a economical diesel engine.