If there was ever an award for India’s most underrated cars, then the Tata Bolt would easily be on the podium. This car, along with the Zest sedan and Tiago hatchback epitomises how much progress Tata Motors has made in the last couple of years.
We are running a bright red diesel Bolt in our long-term fleet since three months now and on every occasion that it changes hands, there is a bevy of praise for it. It is the first choice in our team for anyone who is planning a road trip. The simple reason for this being its supple and stable high speed ride, which belies its compact dimensions. Tata Motors engineers must be commended for achieving this feat because it makes you feel that you are sitting inside a much bigger car.
No wonder, the Bolt has been on three different highway trips already. All three have been 500km-plus roundtrips. The Bolt has been to Dehradun from Delhi and also been to Shimla as well as Kasauli.
But its highway manners are not the only thing which is good about the Bolt, which makes it popular for long distance travellers. It also offers a hugely comfortable seats. Seat cushioning is phenomenal and there is good room inside the cabin for five occupants. The best part though is that the high set seats make getting in and out a breeze. You don’t have to crouch to get into the Bolt, you can just walk in.
The AC has been a big boon too during the peak of summers here in Delhi. It only takes a scant few minutes to chill the cabin even in 40 degree heat.
That said, the Bolt isn’t perfect. No car really is. My biggest gripe with Tata Motors is that they have simply not given any attention to practicality inside the cabin. In a day and age where almost every other rival has atleast five-six cupholders in the cabin, the Bolt has just one for the front passengers. The doorbins can only hold a newspaper that too folded.
The other irritant is the rather tiny boot. It’s not much bigger than the one on the Swift. This is more alarming when you realise that the Bolt has generous proportions on the outside. Maybe Tata Motors will improve these two facets on the Bolt soon. But apart from these two things, it’s hard to find fault with the Tata Bolt. It really is a car that deserves to sell more.