Tata Indica Vista (2011) D90 ZX Plus Quadrajet BS IV - Performance Review
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Performance Review of Tata Indica Vista (2011) D90 ZX Plus Quadrajet BS IV
Last Updated at 03:11 pm, May 20, 2013Rating :
The uprated 1.3-litre Quadrajet engine makes the Vista D90 one of the most potent diesel-powered hatchbacks on sale today.
It’s been over a year since we first heard word that Tata was planning to grace the Indica Vista with Fiat’s do-all 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engine in the higher 90PS state of tune. Armed with a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), the same engine (albeit with a few tweaks and Quadrajet badging) in the Vista D90 puts out 90PS of power and 200Nm of torque. The Vista D90, as a result, sits slap-bang between the Fiat Punto 90HP and the Hyundai i20 as one of the most potent diesel-powered hatchbacks on sale today.
Now for some, the combination of 90PS of power and 200Nm of torque in a family hatch weighing in excess of 1100 kg is nothing to write home about; the Vista D90 nevertheless proves to be a very competent and impressively composed vehicle to drive – easily the best attribute the D90 has to offer. Also, the additional power over the 75PS variant doesn’t bring the fuel economy down by much, as Tata claims an ARAI-tested figure of 21.12 kmpl. We managed to average just above 14kmpl, mostly because we were too busy squeezing every ounce of performance out of the 1.3-litre Quadrajet engine.
In terms of performance, there’s nothing to complain about here. The Vista D90 is good for a 0-100kmph sprint time of 15 seconds and a top speed of around 160kmph. The figures put the Vista D90 ahead of the Fiat Punto 90HP and on par with the more powerful Hyundai i20; having said that, straight-line performance isn’t the only bit of behind-the-wheel joy here. Tata claims that for the Vista D90, the suspension setup has been stiffened up a bit, while the steering has been revised to offer better feedback.
So has it worked? Can the Vista D90 come anywhere close to the Fiat Punto 90HP when the going gets twisty? Well, the simple answer would be: why not?
To start with, the steering (while not the best in business) is well weighted and offers ample feedback. The up rated suspension is well tuned to handle the extra power however, there is still quite a bit of body roll. Having said that, the Vista D90 can be easily tamed thanks to the remarkably grippy tyres it comes shod with.
While the Indica Vista range has had quite a few updates in the last couple of years, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still an out-and-out no nonsense hatchback. With its mildly impressive looks, spacious cabin and a frugal set of engines, the Vista up till now always played it safe and stuck to the typical family hatchback fanfare. The Vista D90 though, has drawn the first blood with a more ‘back-to-basics’ approach of adding more power to the table.
And so to answer the original question: The Vista D90 indeed is very close (if not as good) to drive as the Fiat Punto 90HP. Not just that, we believe the Punto’s similarly engined sibling – backed by one of the strongest dealer networks in the country – could end up being the better of the two offerings in the long run.
First Published on 12:11 pm, January 30, 2013