Car review (launch report): Tata Bolt

You should be willing to give it a chance

Competing with the likes of the Toyota Etios, Ford Figo, Hyundai Grand i10, Polo Vivo and the Chevrolet Spark – the competition is certainly tough. However the new Tata Bolt does a surprisingly good job.

It’s very well priced and Tata have certainly improved on the build quality compared to some of their previous cars. Unfortunately this perception may still remain – until you get into one of these new Tata Bolt models!

The build quality is up there with the best of them in the segment and it comes packed with amazing features as standard on almost all the models. I was particularly impressed with the ‘ConnectNext’ infotainment system, which is intuitive and easy to use. This comes standard on all entry level models, while the XT models have the same display with touch screen functionality.

Other features that come standard across all models include:

  • Air conditioning
  • USB/AUX connectivity
  • speakers + 4 tweeters 
  • Remote control for music system 
  • Speed dependent volume control 
  • Multi function steering wheel with audio controls 
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Safety features:

  • 9th Generation ABS and EBD 
  • Corner Stability Control 
  • Driver and co-passenger SRS dual Airbags 
  • Front seat belts with pretentioners and load limiters 
  • Auto door lock (speed-based locking)

Under the hood, these models are all powered by a 1.2 litre, turbo engine – capable of 66kW @ 5000RPM and 140 N.m @ 1400-4000RPM. The Tata Bolt also features three different driving modes, “City”, “Eco” and normal.

During the launch there was a challenge to see who could get the best fuel economy, boasting that the record was 4.1 litres/100 km. I managed to achieve around 4.6, but unfortunately while in the ECO mode the car does feel quite sluggish.

We then took the cars through various other challenges and again I was impressed. The steering handled nicely and while not in “Eco” mode, these cars are really quite nippy!

Tata Bolt Hatch XMS: R132 995
Tata Bolt Hatch XT: R142 995
Tata Bolt Sedan XMS: R142 995
Tata Bolt Sedan XT: R152 995

The Tata Bolt should be a good competitor in its segment, as long as people are willing to give it a chance!

If I was looking to purchase a car for around this price – the Tata Bolt would be up there as one of my top choices.