Hello folks, this is a short story of my upgrade to Zest from Nano.
I hope you all know that i owned a 2010 Nano Cx ,Ivory white. I have been using this car since Dec 2010 and drove around 70K Km. In one word! It was an awesome trouble free journey! So after driving for such a heavy odo and spending some five digits on modification/visual enhancement i could see the aging in its mechanics. The last few months were heavy. Actually it started to give some minor troubles when i was planning for a replacement! The evaporator coil fan failed! then after 4 years and 70K km the battery failed! kudos to TATA green battery for such a long life!(Car had a Subwoofer,130/100W headlights,etc).I put the car on OLX, the response was not so good and I dropped the plan of sale!
One morning i got a call from TATA Motors dealer asking my interest in Zest/Bolt. I took a test drive of Zest XMA variant. and was quite impressed with the performance! I'm addicted to Skoda Rapid's (MT&DSG) performance. Zest can be 75% of what Rapid is,except the power drop during shifts.So the TD went smooth and the OTR gave a mild attack. 9.3L for Zest XTA ( Top end AMT). I was like 9L for a TATA?
and avoiding the calls from tata.
After repeated calls from tata and that irritated movement without any reasons to tell them, I said I will buy zest if I get good deal for nano! The same evening an executive for TML came home to evaluate. I was happy to get a 6 digit figure! Booked Zest the next day! I was said about the waiting period of 15 days - 1 month for sky grey XTA.
Sept 2, i booked the car, dealer got the car by Sept 10. Settlement done and took delivery by Sept 18.
Got Mud flap, Interior mats as freebies.
I couldn't go for the delivery , so asked dad to do the formalities and take it. The very first day of delivery the Head unit (HU) had an issue. Bluetooth couldn't be enabled. The dealers were not sure whether it is a S/W or H/W related. So many factory restore and software updations nothing helped. Special thanks to Vishal Rane (Phoenix Bird
) for helping me sorting the issue! The HU was replaced in few hours!
I was very much interested in the Sunroof, which is offered as genuine accessories list and again my dealer have no idea about it! luckily they had the OEM
Spoilers in their stock. Painted those to Piano black to give a contrast look. Drive Handling and NVH
As I said before Zest = 75% Rapid. Zest has a non linear power delivery and turbo lag can be felt at 1500 and below rpms. But thanks to the AMT. It shifts down at the point when you start to think about turbo lag.
Zest it equipped with ABS EBD
with corner stability control(CSC). I have not experienced any thing new with CSC though people say it is some % of Electronic Stability Control/Traction control offered in big Europeans.
NVH is even awesome! much much silent than my Rapid. Tyres are Bridgestone BS250, 185/60/R15. offers more grip and less road noise. At above 120+ km/h wind noise can be felt inside cabin.
AMT is very much comfortable for city traffic. but hill hold is badly needed! I'm using left leg to hold brake and right leg to accelerate when starting uphill. Power Lag between shifts can be felt iif driven aggressively. Sports mode shifts at 3500-4000 rpm depending on the throttle response. If we are drivng in manual mode, the gear will upshift at around 4500rpm and downshift below 1500rpm. At downhill it doesn't go to higher gears, mostly stays at 2nd or 3rd. In Car Entertainment
TATA has collaborated with Harman to make HU for Zest/bolt and future tata products. HU is a decent one .the Top end variant comes with a 5 inch touch screen HU. sound quality is great but bass is little low even at full bass levels, the punch is missing. screen readability under harsh sun is just ok
Zest's HU is capable of playing Videos at 480p resolution(MP4,DIVx andAVI formats) only when the vehicle is stationary.
Navigation features are available but restricted to Android only. One need to have TATA ConnectNext
app and Navimaps
by MapmyIndia. The app gets upgraded to a Full Version(Pro Guidance) once you connect in the car. Navigation and video playback are available only on the Top End variants and car manufactured in 2015 (after Bolt launch) Android apps have some bugs, sometimes connectnext app doesn't connect to HU or the navimaps get struct at some unknown locations. Small Yet good
Storage tray under front passenger seats.
Glove box with pen and document holder
Tear wiping function
Power windows and Music system works without key on
Remote for HU
Coolant temperature Bugs/Niggles
External Temperature sensor shows wrong readings! and the Automatic Climate control works comparing the internal and external temperature readings.
If driven sedately at around 60km. we can feel the clutch engage and disengage. i think the AMT is confused whether to shift down or stay. if we take foot off from accelerator, it will shift down immediately Accessories added OEM
Spoiler in piano black
Webasto Pop up Sunroof (Hollandia 100)
Piano black finish at lower bumper and OVRMs
Minda Trumpet Horns
Full PVC mat In one word, TATA Zest is the most Value for money car in its segment! Goods
Projector headlights with corona rings
Perfect tyres for the car.
under seat storage
good seats Bads
Non Electric Boot and fuel tank flap release
No space to store a min 1L bottle.
No Hil hold in AMT.
Odd size bulbs in Fog lamps (H16 19W) 10K Update 25K Update