The Tata Bolt is expected to go on sale next month, and will rival segment bigwigs Maruti Swift, Hyundai Elite i20, VW Polo and the Maruti Ritz. Save for the Ritz, all have seen updates come only recently, and are poised to challenge the new Tata offering.
The Bolt is not the longest, widest or tallest in its segment. In fact even when comparing the wheelbase, the Elite i20 is a good 100 mm longer than the Bolt. The Tata's wheelbase is nearly identical to the VW, but longer than the Swift and Ritz.
The Elite and Polo have the largest boots here, followed by the Ritz, the Bolt and the Swift.
Tata Bolt Diesel vs Rivals
The Bolt, Swift and Ritz make use of the same Fiat Multijet engine, and feature identical power and torque figures. The Elite and the Polo are the most powerful and torque-iest in this class, and for added performance, VW also offers the GT TDI on the Polo which has class-leading power and torque values.
In the power : weight department, the GT TDI and the regular Polo sport the best figures, followed by the Elite, Swift, Ritz and Bolt. Tata is yet to announce the efficiency of the Bolt, and until then, the Swift continues to be the leading champ with 25.2 km/l. All cars get a 5-speed transmission save for the Elite i20 which uses a 6-speed unit.
Tata Bolt Petrol vs Rivals
All cars feature 1.2-liter units, with the Bolt and the GT TSI being the only vehicles to offer turbocharging. After the GT, its the Bolt which makes the most power and torque on paper. When comparing the power-weight ratio, the GT TSI obviously boasts the highest figure, followed by the Swift, Ritz and Bolt.
The Swift, once again leads the efficiency department with a class-leading figure of 20.4 km/l. A 5-speed transmission is fitted standard on all cars, but the GT TSI gets a 7-speed DSG, and the Ritz can be optionally had with a 4-speed automatic gearbox as well.
Tata will announce prices and mileage of the Bolt next month, and this comparison will be updated then.