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Where Does Bolt stand among competitors?

[1] Tata Bolt vs Honda Amaze
Verdict: Amaze is better than Bolt
Being a sedan Amaze is obviously more expensive than Amaze, but then 25 more horsepower, better efficiency, twice as much boot-space, better resale value and better after sales service is definitely more valuable than electronic trinkets like bluetooth & electrically adjustable mirrors that you would get in a similarly priced Bolt.
Performance & Driveability:
Diesel: The Amaze's lighter kerb weight coupled to a 250cc bigger engine producing a genuine 100 horsepower leaves the Bolt biting dust. First and foremost, it has much lesser turbo-lag than the Bolt, making it far more easier to drive in city traffic. It also has a much stronger mid-range, giving it an advantage over the Bolt in terms of overtaking capabilities. Only caveat is that Honda has not used as much sound deadening cardboard as the Bolt making it more vocal than the Bolt.
Petrol: On one hand we have the free-revving peaky VTEC from Honda, while on the other hand we have the age old 1400cc diesel engine converted into a petrol of the MPFi Indica, later shrunk down to 1200cc for the Xeta and now with an added turbocharger in the Bolt. Both engines lack any go in the lower rpm making them cumbersome to drive in city traffic. Bolt's turbo does give it a slight advantage over the Amaze in terms of overtaking prowess. But it is no match for the ballistic and sonorous top-end gusto of the Amaze.

[2] Tata Bolt vs Volkswagen Polo
Verdict: Polo is better than Bolt
But the price difference is huge, why even compare these two? True, there is a good 1 lakh rupee difference between a Polo and Bolt having similar features. But, most of us don't buy a new car everyday. So if an extra 1 lakh rupees buys you a car which is significantly better in every respect, isn't it worth postponing your purchase until you save up the difference?
Performance & Efficiency:
Diesel: The Polo is simply quicker, faster, equally refined, equally
 efficient in the real world and crucially much better in terms of drivability as it completely devoid of turbo-lag, unlike the Bolt.
Dynamics: Polo handles with much more precision & transmits excellent feedback as opposed the Bolt which takes a moment to react to steering inputs. Polo's steering is slightly heavier at lower speeds but it weighs up linearly as opposed to the Bolt's steering which suddenly weighs up making it feel totally artificial.
Both cars handle rough roads remarkably well.
Space & Comfort: Tata has misjudged the trade-off between rear legroom and boot-space. Whats the use of that 8-inches of knee-room? 4-6 inches is fine thankyou, rest we would rather have in the boot, especially given the Bolt's highly inadequate and oddly shaped (more tall than deep), just 200 litres by volume, which is even smaller than cars like the Celerio. Polo on the other hand has generous amounts of space on either side of the rear seat.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Neither cars can match the Japanese, but Volkswagen is making a real effort to tighten the screws on its unruly bunch of dealers, Tata isn't.

[3] Tata Bolt vs Ford Figo
Verdict: Figo is better than Bolt
Drivability: One crucial difference between the Figo & the Bolt is turbo-lag. Figo's turbo spools up from just 1200 rpm giving it best-in-class drivability around town. Bolt's turbo on the other hand takes a good 2000 rpm too spool up. Tata's desperation to extract a high enough ARAI kpl number exacerbates the problem further because of the tall gearing. Bolt requires frequent gear-shifts in traffic making it a pain to pilot around town.
Boot-space: Tata has misjudged the trade-off between rear seat space and boot-space. Bolt's boot is not adequate even for carrying two full-size suitcases. Figo on the other hand has a 290 litre boot which is one of the biggest-in-class.
Dynamics: Figo's dynamics are the best-in-class. Bolt can neither match its supple ride nor it's precise handling. Bolt's steering also feels to artificial compared to the well weighted, precise & incredibly communicative steering of the Figo.
Space & Comfort: Bolt has more space inside the cabin than the Figo, not that Figo's interior space feels inadequate. Rather it's the Bolt's rear knee-room which feels unnecessarily large. Figo's ergonomics also are much better. Figo has much better forward visibility due to a lower dashboard and slimmer A-pillars.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Both Ford and Tata aren't as good as the Japanese. But Ford has really worked hard at it on the Figo & EcoSport and now has a good 400 dealer wide network supporting it. Tata on the other hand still need to prove itself in this regard.
Performance & Efficiency: Little consolation is that the Bolt feels better while overtaking than the Figo. Refinement and real world efficiency is evenly matched in both cars.

[4] Tata Bolt vs Maruti-Suzuki Ritz
Verdict: Ritz is better than Bolt

Reliability & After Sales Service: One big difference between a Maruti & Tata is the huge difference in their track record on quality & service. I addition to that Maruti’s sales and service network has spread to the remotest corners of our country. These factors not only affect the ownership experience of the car but also have implications on the resale value. After 5-7 years identically priced variants of both these cars will have a good 60 to 80 thousand rupees difference in resale price.
Fuel Efficiency, Driveability, Refinement & Performance: Since both cars have the same engine-gearbox as well as similar weight, there is hardly any big difference between the two.
Space & Comfort: Bolt has slightly more spacious cabin. But Ritz has better comfort and ergonomics than the Bolt. Ritz’s dashboard does not intrude into forward visibility as much as the Bolt’s. At the rear, higher hip point of the Ritz’s seat gives it outstanding under thigh support. Boot-space however is disappointingly limited in both the cars.
Dynamics: Both cars have excellent ride-handling abilities with a bias towards ride quality. Both are wonderfully planted at speeds and under hard braking. Even the slightly higher body roll is a drawback common to both. But it is the steering set-up where Tata has yet to catch up to Suzuki. Ritz’s steering feels much more precise and gives better feedback than the Bolt’s unit.

[5] Tata Bolt vs Hyundai Grand i10
Verdict: Grand i10 is better than Bolt
Reliability & After Sales Service: Hyundai has proven itself to be the best of the rest (excluding Maruti) in the last 2 decades when it comes to quality, longevity and customer service. It also boasts of the second biggest service network in the country. As opposed to that Tata has become notorious for its usually minor and sometimes major quality issues as well as complacent and rapidly shrinking dealer network. Hence, even though the Bolt may be able to match the Grand i10’s value proposition when brand new, its resale value is bound to fall more rapidly, translating into a difference of over 50k in resale value within 5-7 years.
Efficiency, Drivability, Refinement & Performance:
Diesel: The Grand i10 has a 130cc smaller engine than the Bolt. Thus it is marginally more efficient. However the extra CCs have made the Bolt much more capable on the Highway. It does not run out of breath like the Grand i10 while pulling overtaking maneuvers. Both cars are equally refined.
Petrol: Grand i10 is more drivable, significantly more refined and has better performance than the Bolt's turbocharged mill, no two ways about it.
Dynamics: Bolt has a much more mature and comfortable ride quality than Grand i10. It even tackles corners better than the Hyundai. High speed stability and stability under braking are also better in the Bolt. The difference is down to the fact that Bolt is based on the Vista chassis while Grand i10 is based on the extended-Santro-i10 platform which is from a segment lower.
Space & Comfort: Bolt has a wider cabin while the Grand i10 has a longer cabin. This translates to better legroom & knee-room in the Grand i10 but not as much shoulder & elbow room as the Bolt. Crucially the Grand i10 also has a bigger boot than the Bolt. It also has better ergonomics, thanks to better forward visibility due to lesser intrusion from the lower mounted dashboard than the Bolt.

[6] Tata Bolt vs Maruti-Suzuki Swift
Verdict: Swift is better than Bolt
Reliability & After Sales Service: The biggest advantage Swift has over the Bolt is that its a Maruti, which means it has 2000 dealerships against Tata's 250 and it has an excellent track record for reliability in the last 20 years against Tata's pathetic one. Not only does it affect the overall ownership experience but it also affects the resale value which currently is a good 1 lakh rupee more in a Swift compared a vista of similar age and running.
Space & Comfort: Both cars have a disappointingly small boot, inadequate even for a weekend trip for 4 people. Bolt trumps the Swift however, when it comes to the sofa set rivalling rear seat, signature of a Tata car. But when it comes to the driver's comfort, Swift is arguably the best in class. It's distinct 1.5 box shape has resulted in minimum blind spot from the A-pillars and a low dashboard giving excellent forward visibility.
Driveability, Refinement & Performance:
Diesel: Since both cars have the same engine-gearbox both cars are more or less similar in this regard.
Petrol: In spite of adding a turbo the portly Bolt is just about able to match the performance of the Swift.
Dynamics: Swift is THE driver's car when it comes to enthusiastic dynamics. Steering is quick and precise albeit without much steering feel and a harsh ride. But for majority of the market, Bolt's set up is more preferred with excellent bump absorption, excellent ground clearance and a lightweight steering. It even grips well around corners. However, body roll is excessive and steering weighs up suddenly as the speed rises.
Efficiency & Affordability: Swift is a good 1-2 kpl more efficient than the hefty Bolt in real world conditions. Add to it the fact that over 5 years Swift will retain close to a lakh rupees in resale value more than the Bolt.
Features & Pricing: Tata seems to have lost their Pricing advantage with the Bolt. The Swift's base as well as top variant has better features for the same price compared to respective variant of the Bolt. In the mid variants, Bolt Petrol seems to have crucial additional features.

[7] Tata Bolt vs Hyundai Elite i20
Verdict: Elite i20 is better than Bolt

Reliability & After Sales Service: This is one parameter where there is a world of a difference between the two brand, on one hand we have Hyundai who have kept their promise of a reasonably good reliability with which they launched the Santro back in 1999, while on the other hand we have Tata, which has only promised but never delivered reliable products, quality service or even punctuality. Whatever, money you might save by buying a Bolt instead of an Elite i20 having similar features, you will surely lose it and some more when you sell your car after 5-7 years.
Space and Comfort: Bolt's ergonomics are quite flawed due to a high-set dashboard and soft seat cushions that cause fatigue on long drives. Elite i20 on the other hand has slightly better ergonomics. It also has seat cushions on softer side but it has a much better driving position with better visibility all round. Both cars have spacious front as well as seats, but the Elite has a whopping 50% bigger boot than the Bolt. The Bolt's boot isn't even big enough for carrying 4 people's weekend luggage.
Drivability & Performance: Both diesels have the same problem of turbo lag making life cumbersome in city driving. In petrols however, Bolt is definitely better. The turbo charger has certainly helped the 1.2 Petrol cope much better with the heft of the Bolt. Elite's naturally aspirated (non-turbo) engine falling far behind the Bolt's be it in terms of performance, drivability or overtaking ability.
Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back fuel efficiency tests, both cars were totally neck to neck, but it needs to be said that efficiency of both the petrols was much worse than what is expected of 1200cc hatchbacks.
Dynamics: Neither cars are any good at cornering, both have excess body roll and uncommunicative steering setups. However both cars have decent ride quality, with the Bolt having a slight upper hand thanks to better ground clearance and ability to handle rough roads.

[8] Tata Bolt vs Toyota Etios Liva
Verdict: Etios Liva is better than Bolt

Reliability & After Sales Service: It's good to see that Toyota haven't compromised on reliability, longevity & durability in their India centric products. Tata's track record in this parameter in last 15 years has arguably been the worst. No wonder then that Toyota is the biggest car maker in the world and Tata Motors has lost 50% of its volumes in the last couple of years alone. Dont be surprised to see a difference of one lakh rupees in resale value of similarly priced Liva & Bolt after 5-7 years. Hassle free ownership experience is an added advantage in the Liva.
Space & Comfort: Bolt has a more spacious and importantly wider rear seat than the Liva, whereas the Liva has a usefully bigger boot b than the Bolt. Liva's Ergonomics are also slightly better than the Bolt owing to a lower dashboard and better all round visibility.
Efficiency, Drivability, Refinement & Performance:
Diesel: Bolt has a smaller engine, while Liva is a lightweight car resulting in identical fuel efficiency. However there's a huge difference in the character of these two engines. Liva is much easier to drive in the city thanks to a much lesser turbo lag than the Bolt, but it is a noisier engine than the Bolt's Fiat sourced 1.25 litre unit.
Petrol: Bolt's sheer flab defeats any advantage gained by it's turbo, making it less drivable as well as poorer in terms of performance.
Dynamics: Bolt has a more pliant ride quality, thanks to Tata engineers being more attuned to the reality of Indian roads. And even though the Bolt has good grip around corners, it has more body roll. But Liva is no corner carver either and yet ride quality is not even close to the Bolt's.
Features & Pricing:

[9] Tata Bolt vs Nissan Micra
Verdict: Micra is better than Bolt

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[10] Tata Bolt vs Fiat Punto Evo
Verdict: Punto Evo is better than Bolt

Dynamics: One thing that separates wheat from the chaff of the automotive world is the dynamics of a car. Why? because it takes years of research and learnings to percolate into the very architecture of a car's platform for it to have excellent handling & ride quality. Which is where the Punto Evo trumps not just the Bolt but all other cars in its class. Why is it so important? Because every time you go over a bump, every time you take a corner, the Punto will deliver a better experience than a Bolt. This singular factor makes it better than the Bolt.
Efficiency, Drivability, Refinement & Performance: Both cars have identical engine-gearbox. However, due to difference in the final drive ratio, Bolt has a slightly lesser turbo lag than the Punto Evo. Rest of the things are identical.
Space & Comfort: Bolt has a slightly more spacious rear seat but an inadequate boot. While Punto Evo has slightly less roomier but more supportive rear seat and a usably bigger boot.
Reliability & After sales service: Neither Tata nor Fiat have a good track record in terms of their service. But Fiat at least sorts out it's product reliability issues more seriously than Tatas because it has to compete in more demanding markets.

[11] Tata Bolt vs Tata Zest
Verdict: Zest is better than Bolt
Features & Pricing: Overall Bolt is just 20,000 rupees cheaper than the identical variant of the Zest. Considering Zest comes with Alloy wheels & Dual tone dashboard from XE variant, and projector headlamps from XM variant and Angel Eyes in the XT variant.
Automatic Gearbox: Only the Zest comes with the option of the ingenious AMT gearbox, albeit without creep functionality i.e. unlike Celerio or Alto K10's AMTs, Zest does not start moving forward slowly when you take your foot off the brake pedal, which makes it slightly less convenient than other automatics, but still more convenient than other manuals.
Boot-space: Bolt's tiny little 200 litre excuse for a boot is not even adequate for carrying 5 people's luggage for a weekend trip. Zest's 350 litres on the other hand are more than adequate

[12] Tata Bolt vs Renault Pulse
Verdict: Bolt is better than Pulse

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[13] Tata Bolt vs Sail Hatch (erstwhile U-VA)
Verdict: Bolt is better than Sail Hatch (erstwhile U-VA)

Coming soon...

[14] Tata Bolt vs Chevrolet Beat
Verdict: Bolt is better than Beat
Space & Comfort: Sitting inside the Beat makes you wonder whether it was made for midgets. Bolt has better knee room, head room, shoulder room in fron t as well as the rear and ins spite of having a small boot it is still bigger than the Beat's.
Efficiency, Drivability, Refinement & Performance: Beat's 993 cc diesel engine is a sore disappointment. It has neither adequate drivability nor performance which is necessary for daily usage. Beat being a heavy car, fuel efficiency also is no better than the Bolt and being a 3-cylinder derivative of the 4-cylinder engine of the Bolt, refinement also isn't as good.
Dynamics: Beat's smaller wheelbase and track has resulted in a inferior ride quality & stability than the Bolt. Neither cars have any talent at cornering but Bolt has better mechanical grip and useful advantage in ground clearance.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Thanks to years and years of failed products from General Motors, it's dealer network has fallen into disrepute with disappointing customer service. Inherent reliability of the Korean Daewoo developed products (Spark & Beat) is actually quite good. Tata has it's own issues similar to GM when it comes to reliability and after sales service. However it has the added baggage of a track record of unreliable products acquired in the past 15 years. Result is a fast eroding resale value within 5-7 years of ownership.We strongly advise against buying either of these two cars.

[15] Tata Bolt vs Datsun Go+
Verdict: Go+ is better than Bolt
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[16] Tata Bolt vs Datsun Go
Verdict: Go is better than Bolt
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[17] Tata Bolt vs Maruti-Suzuki Celerio
Verdict: Celerio is better than Bolt

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[18] Tata Bolt vs Toyota Etios Cross
Verdict: Etios Cross is better than Bolt

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[19] Tata Bolt vs Maruti-Suzuki WagonR
Verdict: Bolt is better than WagonR
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