Tata Bolt Hatchback climbs stairs, but should you do it?

By Ajeesh Kuttan

Tata is currently one of the leading car manufacturers in India. They are known for their build quality and we have seen several examples in the form of crash tests and accidents that prove the same. Tata does not have a proper 4×4 vehicle in their line up at the moment. Well that isn’t stopping some Tata car owners from trying out things. We have seen videos where Tata Nexon, Harrier and Safari owners have taken their SUVs off-road to test the SUVs capabilities. Here we have one such video where a Tata Bolt hatchback is seen climbing stairs.

The video has been uploaded by CARBAZZAR on their YouTube channel. The video was uploaded 7 years ago and the car seen here in the video is actually not sold in the market anymore. The Tata Bolt in Red shade in the video, looks like a brand new car. It does not have a number plate and the driver slowly brings the car to the bottom of the stairs. As this is a hatchback, it needed some assistance. They placed a small brick just before the stairs so that the bumper of the Bolt does not hit the stairs.

At first the Tata Bolt stutters but, then the driver got hang of it and accelerated even more. The front wheels on the small hatchback were spinning as they were unable to find enough traction. However once the car gained momentum, the Bolt just climbed up the stairs without any issue. Tata Bolt was a small hatchback which used to compete with cars like Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Hyundai Santro, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Renault Kwid and Hyundai Grand i10. It was an evolved form of Tata Indica which was again a very popular and successful model from Tata.

Tata offered Bolt with petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version used a 1.2 litre turbocharged unit that generates 90 Ps and 140 Nm of peak torque. The diesel version used a 1.3 litre turbocharged engine from Fiat. This engine generated 75 Ps and 190 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines were offered with a manual gearbox only. Tata also had a sedan form of Bolt in the market and it was called Zest.

Should you do it?

The answer to this question is simply a No. You should not do such stunts especially with a hatchback. Tata Bolt is a hatchback and the ground clearance on this vehicle is ample to cross the speed breakers on our city roads. It is not meant to pull out stunts like climbing up and coming down the stairs. The suspension set up on these cars are usually not tuned to handle such harsh terrains. You can see in the video that the car is continuosly jumping around while it is being driven up the stairs. This is putting a lot of pressure on the suspension of the car. As mentioned above, the front bumper of the Bolt was very close to touching the stairs. If the driver was not careful, it could have easily brought some damage to the car.


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