I was not sure if to start my own thread or to continue with existing ownership review but here I am, with a new thread
This is going to be my first ownership review ever, hence bear with me and share your comments pls.
It all started 6 months back, when we (me and my wife) decided to buy our first car, I was super excited and was equally confused with so many options. Just like everybody, I was confused between a Petrol or a Diesel engine? Though my monthly run won`t be more than 1000km but looking at my Petrol car owner friends who don’t take their car out just because it would cost, I decided to go with Diesel engine, that too, now the Diesels being regularized just like petrol. I started the hunt by reading various Official Review / Ownership Review and Test drive Review from TAI
and Team BHP (thanks to each one you, without which it would have been very difficult :)
After various research and TD`ing, I decided to go with Vista. Believe me, I decided to go with Vista above Polo. Somehow I felt VW overpriced their products even though their quality is unmatched. Many of my friends did not agree with my decision, because the perception TATA has created “Tata ?.... Woh taxi gaadi?” (believe me, I still get that questions). Somehow we overcome that and went ahead with our decision. We felt Vista was VFM
, with so many feature and at a reasonable price. The hunt was closed, until my friend suggested to look at Amaze. Till then sub 4 meter was out of my mind. I agreed and asked the SA from Capital Honda for TD and I received a very good response from them. When I sat inside the car, I was in love immediately. Wow… what a caaaaaaar!
But few things did not made me to go with it like the NVH level, the build quality and features (though dashboard was of good quality, I still like the ‘tak’ sound when you close that AC vent). The decision to buy Amaze postponed. Vista was out of scope now, since we believed sub 4 meter makes sense, esp. when we are planning to have a long relation with our first car.
Waited for a month for Xcent to launch and after launch, I still preferred Amaze. Then came the news from TML launching sub 4 meter.
We were super excited after reading various features it hold and of course it’s TATA again. As it is said ‘all which starts well, ends well’, in my case, it started with TATA and end with TATA The wait was over on 12th August and I did the TD immediately. I won’t say I fell in love immediately but it was like Rahman`s music which you love over a period of listening.
We stopped our hunt on 30 Aug when we made the initial booking amount of 21k to Concorde Motors, Guindy, Chennai. Had very good experience with Concorde showroom, SA were polite and knowledge (I am not saying well knowledge here) but helped with all my queries and did not push for the purchase (I think, they might have seen the excitement on my face). Booking was done and expected date of delivery was 15th oct.
Came 9th oct and I got call from the showroom that my XT Diesel sky grey has arrived. Have already mentioned my first look experience at test drive thread.
After various discussion with my wife, we decided not to go with sky grey color, considering the safety during night drive. We informed our decision to the SA from Concorde motors and they were completely ok with it. They understood our concern and agreed to help as much as possible. The other color option we gave were white and silver.
They initially informed us that it would take another 8 weeks to get a new color but came a surprise call on 31st Oct when they had received a Prestine White Zest which was booked for another customer but since there was some delay from customer end, they were ok if I take up the car.
Again, I was super excited, took a day off from office, went to SBI bank, completed final formalities and there I go, all payments done on 31st. Being first car, we wanted in shubh din and that was 11th Nov (I know its long but I was not the deciding person here, being WE it had to be SHE). The day came, we went to the showroom, all docs were ready and the SA was waiting for our signature. All procedure completed in an hr time and during that time, they kept our car ready. Everything done with little delay and we drove off with a big smile, ofcourse not a single penny was reduced and no free accessories
One thing to point out….. pls pls…while performing pooja, do not put chandan anywhere in the car -specially on car body (I remember somebody pointed out this in earlier thread but I am re-iterating this). Mine being white, I am not able to remove it completely. Even 3M guys could not do so. What best you can do is, remove the chandan immediately after it is applied. I did the mistake by keeping it overnight.
Overall…. I am a happy customer and would rate 4/5 with my initial interaction with TATA motors. Frankly, i am continue to get the support from the showroom team even after the purchase. Special thanks to Shobana (TL) and Senthil (TSM) of Concorde Motors.
Accessories I opted for: Zest logo carpet, Mudflaps and Car cover. Have also opted for gold AMC and extended warranty. Haven`t got any booklet for extended warranty but I have received a receipt kind of thing, confirming extended warranty has been attached to my car They said, their system is updated and the ASS
systems would also be updated. Hence, I don’t have to worry.
My input (both pros and cons) about this car other than what already has been said:-
#NVH is much far better than any other diesel car. Won`t say it is silent inside the cabin but its best in the segment.
#Have driven 200 km till now inside the city and haven’t felt any gear vibration (in all the gears)
#The ‘A’ pillar near the driver seat is pretty broad, that would create a blind spot when you take right.
#I felt, shifting to 3rd gear is not smooth, it was like shifting gear with half clutch.
#Reverse sensor are good. Both extreme side sensors covers the maximum possible angle
#I did not feel hot air coming in, when internal circulation was switched off
#Phone Bluetooth with the ICE works flawless
#Though the horn pad is little hard to press, I love the horn sound and is loud. I can feel the dual horn and is perfect for Chennai city.
#Putting reverse gear is little tricky than other gear. You have to press clutch complete down and have to pull the gear knob with little force, half gear though pull the car down but will create some noise
#After running 200km, I can see the clutch is not smooth, though is not something to worry about since it will be taken care during the first service
Liked the changes 1) 18 spoke alloy wheel (the one given for lower end model) is now given for XT variant; and 2) the pad color on the door was previously beige and brown and now it`s changed to complete brown. From the beginning I was wondering how to keep that place clean specially with light color.
The car cover provided by the showroom fits perfectly like a lamination sheet. About car cover:-
#Cover has space for both the mirrors. Hence you don’t have to close the mirror
#Antenna is covered perfectly
#Has TATA logo at back and Zest written on the front; and finally the part I love
#Car cover is equipped with a big zip at driver’s side . Which means, in case you want to get inside the car after car cover is placed, you don’t have to remove the cover completely, just upzip and you can open the door (great idea).
My plan is to keep this thread as active as possible for years to come. So that’s it.
Thanks again to all and would love to see other Zestians on road and will sure respond with some sign (might be two blink of a high beam) btw
, haven’t seen a single Zest on Chennai highway yet. I am travelling daily 23 km from Velacherry to Perungalathur.
** If I have left anything to cover, pls let me know, would love to share up things.