~Guest Post by Abhishek Joshi
Buoyed by the global brand ambassador Lionel Messi, Tata Motors mean serious when it comes to lead the passenger car segment in India. Zica, the new kid on the block, is definitely the best Tata vehicle we’ve seen yet. Zica a deviation shift from the Tata hatchbacks as we know them. Post Zest and Bolt, Zica looks to keep cementing on the zippy ride Tata Motors is on.
Zica = Zippy + Car
I was fortunate to be amongst the 60 bloggers invited from across the country to get hands-on experience on what I call the zen car in today’s tense times.
Stacked against Maruti Celerio and Hyundai Grand i10, the Zica is a complete package that rides on urban good looks, impressive fuel efficiency and cool features.
Here’s my review of the Tata Zica:
1. Safe, sturdy… did I hear tata Steel? The Zica comes packed with safety features like front airbags, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and corner stability control, rear parking sensors, etc.
Tata Zica’s most expensive trim would be provided with various safety features like EBD, ABS, corner safety control and dual front airbags.
With the advent of Tata Zica, the battle has become more intense as Chevrolet Beat, Hyundai i10 and Maruti Celerio have already occupied the space in the respective segment.
2. Designed to delight! It was welcoming to know that the design studios of Tata Motors based out England, Italy and India worked in tandem to curate this fresh breather of a design!
Armored with steel, sensational style and driver/passenger delight, Zica revolutionizes the hatchback segment as we know it. For starters, why no automobile manufacturer before thought of a simple hack like to replace the dim dashboard light to LED or to place it somewhere near the middle so that the passengers can also use it? And how about the coffee cup holders moved to a more ergonomic locale? Zica does it all!
3. Engine to enthral! Among the petrol hatchbacks, Tata Zica seems to be the most powerful with its Revotron 1.2 litre three-cylinder motor that generates 84bhp power and 116Nm torque.
4. Intelligently curated interiors: The interior of the Zica, the dual tone dashboard – piano black, is aesthetically well laid out. The quality plastic lends a premium touch, but the back seats leave just a little to be desired.
5. Performance packed! I tried the three-cylinder petrol version which produces 114Nm of torque. For sure, it lived to its name and was zippy all through the Goan roads.
6. Mileage Although we drove in-and-out of the highways, the car easily delivered the mileage of around 15 kmpl.
7. Ride and Handling The Zica scores heavily in ride comfort. It offers a supple enough ride that takes the sting out of potholes and undulations with aplomb.
For those evaluating hatchbacks for the daily urban drill and occasional leisure, Tata Zica surely fits the bill.