The hatchback segment of the Indian automobile market is so crowded that the competition is becoming tougher nowadays. The Tata Motors Limited has 3 hatchbacks in the market. The new hatchback the Bolt has been launched in January 2015. The Tata Vista is a hatchback launched in January 2014 and surprisingly it has the best sales figures among the Tata hatchbacks.
The Tata Bolt comes in 4 petrol and 4 diesel variants priced Rupees 4.45 to 7 lakh. The Tata Vista Tech comes in 4 diesel variants only priced Rupees 4.84 to 5.97 lakh. Both the cars have manual transmission variants only.
Externally the Bolt has a better appearance with electric body coloured ORVMs and projector type head lamps. The Bolt comes in colours of shy grey, dune beige, venetian red, platinum silver and pristine white. The Vista comes in colours of blue chill, cavern grey, jet silver and dew white.
The cabin of the Bolt is more spacious and organised. The standard features of the bolt include a manual AC, vinyl seats, power steering and internally operated ORVMs. The base variant of the Vista has fabric seats and only one internally operated ORVM. The top variants of Bolt has an automatic AC, central locking facility, electric body coloured ORVMs with blinkers, projector type head lamps and a 2 Din music system with touch controls and Bluetooth connectivity. The Vista Tech VX variant has 2 internally operated body coloured ORVMs, a manual AC and a 2 Din music system with touch screen controls, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. The safety features like ABS and EBD are provided for the top variants of both the cars. The Bolt has 2 air bags additionally.
The Bolt is powered by 1193 cc, 89 bhp and 140 NM torque petrol engines with mileages of 17.57 kmpl or 1248 cc, 74 bhp and 190 NM torque diesel engines giving mileages of 22.95 kmpl. The Vista has 1405 cc, 70 bhp and 135 NM torque TDI engines giving mileages of 19.1 kmpl or 1248 cc, 74 bhp and 190 NM torque Quadrajet diesel engines giving mileages of 22.95 kmpl.
The 3825 mm long Bolt has a wheel base of 2470 mm and a ground clearance of 165 mm. The 30 mm short Vista has same wheel base and ground clearance. The wheels are R14 for the base trims and R15 for the top variants for the Bolt. The Vista R14 wheels for all the trims. The boot size of the Vista is 232 litres and that of the Bolt 210 litres.
The Tata Bolt has modern looks and better cabins. The Tata Vista Tech is the cheapest diesel hatchback in the market with GPS navigation system.
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