I am a city driver whose route generally consists of driving through narrow , congested lanes when I go for my weekly bhaji shopping. So my current Santro is ideal for me. But I also love zooming down Marine Drive and would love to push the pedal past 60kmph without feeling a wobbly protest. So perhaps it is time for me to get a new car. And what kind of car do I want?
STYLISH & STURDY
So when I went to Phoenix Market City to have a look at TATA’s latest offering , the BOLT, I was struck by its stylish good looks. Unlike the Nano with its “blow and I’ll flyaway looks”, this car looks like a mean machine with its sturdy, solid look. But it doesn’t look menacingly powerful, it looks friendly too. Just look at the picture of me with the car. Doesn’t its grill look like it’s smiling at you?
VERSATILE & FUEL EFFICIENT
There are cars and there are cars. There are cars that are meant for driving up to a red carpet event – cars that are as long as the train behind your dress, sparkling like the diamonds you wear around your neck and classy like the purse you clutch or the person attached to your elbow. And there are cars that need to be tough, to drive over dirt roads while you travel the country side in search of adventure or chasing the deer. And there are cars that you need to fly with the wind as you speed down freeways alongside the coast. But can you really have three in a garage for just one? A car for each mood and each fancy of yours
The BOLT Petrol variant comes with a 1.2 cc engine that allows you to drive in three modes – Sport with more power, Eco with more fuel efficiency and City that perfectly combines the two. So with a BOLT, I’ll get three cars for one, coupled with fuel efficiency.
It’s embarassing to have cars honking behind you as your car huffs and puffs on a steep slope, gasping for power, or revs up viciously when stuck in the dirt. BOLT’s Revotron 1.2 l turbo charged power steps up with a slight touch of the accelerator and makes steep slopes seem flat and getting out of sticky mud a breeze.
But safety comes first and always every time, so there’s no point in being fast if you’re going to land up in the emergency room in no time. With traffic the way it is, you have to be able to stop within the blink of an eye, and stop safely so that you don’t crash into the car in front or skid on a road that’s just wet with the first slush of the season.
I was also relieved to hear that BOLT has a service centre close to my house
ROOMY & COMFORTABLE
With its Rugby seats ( great for large people) and 60/40 rear seat arrangement, the small dickey space can easily accommodate 3 passengers + luggage for an airport/station pick-up or drop, with a smooth, easily manageable and collapsible back seat mechanism .
And what’s more, its roomy back seat allows three passengers to comfortably fit in without having to clutch on to the sides for fear of sliding in so on a day it can easily sit 4 passengers+driver.
No more “go straight, straight left and then right”
No clandestine calls while passing the cops
Equally exciting is the possibility of making phone calls with Voice Recognition and BLUETOOTH connectivity that enables you to ask your car to call your mom while you are still driving! And you can continue talking and driving without the mobile phone .